Sunday 19, February 2023
The Foundation, which works with a network of 5,000 voluntary, community and charity groups across Ireland, says needs and challenges are continuing to change and evolve as the impact of the war on people’s lives continues.
Through its donors, a partnership with Government and media outlets which formed ‘Ireland for Ukraine’, the Community Foundation has distributed €7.5 million to meet the needs of those seeking safety and shelter here and to contribute to the international humanitarian mission.
In terms of providing support to communities welcoming refugees grants have been provided to 157 projects to date. While the umbrella group ‘The Ukraine Civil Society Forum’ has been established while self-advocacy training has been provided to leaders within the Ukrainian community.
In its report ‘Standing with the people of Ukraine’ the Foundation and its partners which include Ukrainian representative associations, frontline services as well as leading migrant rights campaigners have identified priorities which need addressing:
On the publication of the report Denise Charlton, Chief Executive of Community Foundation Ireland said:
One year into what has been an evolving crisis with ever-changing needs and challenges it is important to reflect on the challenges which should take priority.
“The areas highlighted have been identified by Ukrainians themselves, groups working on the ground in communities and campaigners with expertise and knowledge on migrant and refugee issues.”
As a philanthropic hub with connectivity to organisations right across Ireland built up over the past 23-years we have adapted a partnership approach. It has delivered successes.
“However, this report is a reminder the need remains great.Now the issues have been identified we will again engage with our donors, supporters and Government to identify how effective and strategic responses can be funded and actioned.”