Hungarian Interchurch Aid has delivered more than 6 billion forints (EUR 15.6m) worth of aid to Ukraine over the past year, helping 245,000 people.
László Lehel, the organization’s president, said on Monday that around half of the aid has been contributed by the Hungarian government. During the first phase of the war, Hungarian Interchurch Aid delivered a lot of food to those in need, before setting up a storage facility in Berehove (Beregszász) from where the food is now distributed, Lehel said. The organisation has now delivered aid to every Ukrainian oblast, he said. János Gerevich, head of Hungarian Interchurch Aid’s representation in Ukraine, said the organisation has delivered 1.393 million kilograms of aid to the country over the past year, 300,000 kilograms of which is in western Ukraine’s Transcarpathia region. Most of the supplies delivered were food, baby food and hygienic supplies, he said. Mykhailyna Skoryk-Shkarivska, deputy mayor of Bucha, said the reconstruction of Bucha had already begun. She said around 90% of Bucha’s 35,000 residents had returned to the city. Natalia Kravets, head of the League of Socially Responsible Women in Kherson, said Ukrainians would win the war because they “have to win”. She said they would then have to rebuild all that had been destroyed in their country. The event was also attended by Anikó Lévai, the wife of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, and a welfare ambassador of Hungarian Interchurch Aid.