A year ago today, Russia launched a full scale invasion of Ukraine. Since that day, the Ukrainian people have stood strong; defending the sovereignty and democracy of their homeland. Ukraine still stands. But to continue their bold acts of resilience, they need us to continue to stand with Ukraine.
The UN General Assembly urged Russia to halt its military invasion and withdraw its troops. In solidarity with Ukrainians under attack, the blue and yellow flags have been flying around the world since that time on prominent landmarks.
While the world had hoped the crisis would soon come to an end, sadly the war in Ukraine continues. And with it, the need ongoing humanitarian support of Ukrainian resilience. The process of rebuilding Ukraine’s war-torn country to meet the future needs of its people, will require significant investment in economic development and social transformation; even more so as the devastation mounts.
Our friends at the Co-operative Development Fund of Canada (CDF) continue to collaborate with several co-operative agencies – including the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions. However, they need support. We invite you to join CDF Canada’s efforts to rebuild Ukraine and reunite its people, so they too can benefit from a safe, healthy and sustainable society.
To date through generosity of donors, they have raised $80,000, half of their goal. $30,000 has already been invested in CDF’s SEW Ukraine project (Supporting Economic Prosperity for Women), to purchase sewing machines and materials, aimed at fostering economic prosperity for several thousands of vulnerable women, including Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) living in the Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Dnipropetrovsk oblasts of Ukraine. The project is creating a positive impact by giving access to employment, vocational training, workplace integration training, and ancillary services such as shared childcare facilities.
Housing co-op members have a long-standing history of helping others in need. We hope you will help CDF Canada raise the needed funds to continue this, and other work. Learn more about their work and how you can donate to the ongoing efforts to support Ukraine in rebuilding a strong and sustainable future.
The Vancouver Public Library has a resource page on ways you can support displaced Ukrainian newcomers to BC. The guide provides an access point to resources and initiatives to support Ukrainians displaced by the war and coming to BC as newcomers. Those wishing to extend support by volunteering, donating goods and services or offering housing will also find helpful information.