19 November 2018, 12:02
Donbass people affected by war get 15 mln euro aid from Pope
Kiev, November 19, Interfax - The people affected by fighting in Donbass have received over 15 million euro of humanitarian aid from the Pope.
"This action was announced so that Ukrainians do not feel lonely and abandoned. It was intended for those who are victims of the war in the east, for those spheres where people simply had to survive," the Apostolic Nuncio of Ukraine, Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti told an Interfax press conference in Kiev.
The money was raised at Catholic churches across Europe at the call of Pope Francis, he said.
"The result was very generous: over 11 million euro to which the Pope added another 5 million of his own funds," Gugerotti said.
Eduard Kava, head of the action's technical secretariat and an assistant bishop at Lvov diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Ukraine, said that of the raised sum 6.2 million euro was spent on warming houses and social facilities in Donbass: solid-fuel boilers were installed, buildings insulated, houses restored. Some 107,000 Donbass residents benefited from this type of aid.
Another 2.4 million euro was used on medical treatment of 440,000 victims and 5.7 million euro paid for food supplies and essentials.
Furthermore, 1 million euro was used for psychosocial support for the children and their parents through psychological rehabilitation centers and to organize relevant children's camps.
Thus, the total sum sent for helping Donbas victims amounted to 15.3 million euro.