Samaritan’s Purse is providing food and non-food items to suffering families in Ukraine while airlifting medical supplies into the country as fighting rages on. In partnership with churches in Ukraine, we are transporting these urgently needed relief supplies to families suffering in areas impacted by conflict.
- Samaritan’s Purse has served more than 1.5 million people throughout the first four months of this response. We have distributed nearly 7,000 metric tons of food within Ukraine in partnership with the local church.
- Twenty airlift missions have brought relief for those struggling inside Ukraine.
- More than 7 million refugees from Ukraine have spread across Europe, the United States, Canada, and other countries worldwide. Many millions are also internally displaced due to the conflict..
Through 20 airlifts—18 of which were carried out through our DC-8 cargo jet—Samaritan’s Purse has transported hundreds of tons of relief items, including our Emergency Field Hospital, medical supplies, food, and hygiene kits. We continue to transport new shipments of supplies nearly every week and are working in close partnership with churches in Ukraine to get these items to communities where the need is urgent.
Specifically, through our Medical Airlift Program, we have transported more than 170 metric tons of medical supplies to Ukraine to assist in resupplying the local, strained health system.
In addition, Samaritan’s Purse continues to treat patients through an emergency outpatient medical facility in southwestern Ukraine. We are also providing patient care during ambulance transport—including international evacuations. As the needs evolve, we have started providing expert burn training to local medical personnel to help meet the increased need.
“God calls us to go into crisis areas to help those who are most vulnerable,” said Franklin Graham. “As the conflict continues in Ukraine, our international disaster response teams with doctors, nurses, and other specialists are equipped and ready to help people in Jesus’ Name. We want them to know that God loves them and has not forgotten them.”
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In areas impacted by violence, we have provided five water systems to provide over 1 million liters of clean water for suffering families. We are also helping to restore homes in Ukraine that have been partially destroyed in the ongoing conflict, allowing locals to return to their communities.
“Ukrainian families are hurting and in desperate need of prayer and support as millions flee for their lives,” said Franklin Graham. “We want to meet the needs of these families in their darkest moments while pointing them to the light and hope of Jesus Christ.”
In mid-June we closed our Emergency Outpatient Clinic in central Ukraine and our Emergency Field Hospital in Lviv. These facilities were handed over to the Ukrainian Ministry of Health for continued use in eastern Ukrainian cities. Samaritan’s Purse staff will assist in training them on the operation of these units. Through these two facilities, we treated more than 5,000 patients—a large part of the more than 14,000 patients we’ve cared for thus far in Ukraine.
Also in June, Samaritan’s Purse concluded its operation in Moldova where we were able to care for thousands of people through food distributions, medical care, and by providing desperately needed items such as mattresses, blankets and hygiene supplies.
Samaritan’s Purse has a partner network of more than 3,000 churches in Ukraine and neighboring Moldova. As conflict erupted, we were in the process of distributing 600,000 Operation Christmas Child gift-filled shoeboxes in Ukraine.
“Please join me in praying for the people of Ukraine and for this conflict to end quickly,” Franklin Graham