Disaster Relief Grants – Where the money went

This is how we as Rotarians take swift action and how we are truly a global community.
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Rotarians from around the world donated $15,000,000 to the Ukrainian Disaster Relief Grants. Many from right here in District 5110. We though you would like to see how your donations helped Ukrainians around the world.

[Please note these results are extracted from the grants list. There may be slight variations. Several districts also formed coalitions for single projects.]

There were 442 grants for a total of $15,000,000. These donations came from from 47 countries, including Georgia, Angola, Bolivia, etc. The funds were distributed to 29 countries to help Ukrainians both in Ukraine and in other countries.

The grants ranged in size from $6,000 to provide medical backpacks and medical supplies to Ukraine; to $350,526 to provide medical equipment to 5 hospitals in Ukraine.

Funding was distributed as follows:

  • 297 Ukraine
  • 23 Poland
  • 2 Romania
  • 6 Moldova
  • 1 Hungary
  • 113 to host country (for example US grants to help refugees in the US)

Helping Ukrainians in Ukraine

Some sample projects and the countries that provided funding:

  • $300,000 To supply 20-25 ambulances to Ukraine – Czech/Slovakia
  • $300,000 – To provide body armor vests and helmets for drivers that deliver humanitarian aid, software and training for teachers for online education, kitchen equipment, food, electrical equipment and generators for shelters in Ukraine – Ukraine
  • To provide a generator to a bomb shelter in Ukraine – US
  • To supply beds, mattresses, pillows, linens, and water filters to Ukraine – US
  • To provide medicine, hygiene material, electrical equipment, clothes, and psychological support to Ukrainians – Ukraine
  • To provide medical equipment and supplies to Ukraine – Angola, Namibia, South Africa
  • To supply medical equipment to Ukraine – Bolivia

Some projects also focused on the future, for example:

To provide equipment to help research farm lands for chemical damage and other ground contaminants before farmers return to agriculture activities in Ukraine


Helping Ukrainian Refugees Around the World

Some of the grants went to support Ukrainian refugees in their host country.

  • To provide food and basic necessities for Ukrainian refugees in Italy
  • To provide transportation, medical assistance, accommodations, food, financial independence training courses, and computers to Ukrainian refugees and generators and medical equipment for hospitals in Poland
  • To provide clothes, food, and household items to Ukrainian refugees in Australia
  • To provide accommodations, baby supplies, medicine, hygiene materials, psychological care, food, and appliances to Ukrainian refugees in Austria
  • To provide food, hygiene products, medicine, and clothes to Ukrainian refugees in Georgia
  • To provide displaced families from Ukraine with temporary homes, food, clothing, hygiene items transportation in England
  • To provide dental care for Ukrainian refugees in Israel


Helping Ukrainian Refugees here in the United States

While the majority of the donations from the United States went directly to Ukraine, there were a few projects funded to help refugees here:

  • To provide a 3 day retreat focusing on exploring self-reliance, mobility and healing through nature, to Ukrainian refugee children in the US
  • To help 45 Ukrainian refugees in the US obtain Employment Verification from the US government
  • To provide food, temporary housing, transportation, clothes, counseling, cell phones, tablets, and school supplies to Ukrainian refugees in the US
  • To provide travel and accommodations to Ukrainian refugees in the US
  • To provide accommodations, food, clothes, transportation, and health issues for Ukrainian refugees in the US


District 5110 Helping Ukrainians

District 5110 was one of the first districts to raise funds for projects in Ukraine.

On April 5, 2022 PDG Sergii Savadskyi of District 2232 of Ukraine gave a live address to the Rotary Club of Greater Bend. Within days they funded a firetruck in Kharkiv.

The Rotary Club of Grants Pass had a long standing relationship with Kasia Rewjewski through a Polish Youth Exchange. Kasia is a doctor and a Rotarian so they were able to quickly identify and fill the need for specialized medical equipment.

To provide an ambulance, medical equipment and supplies for Ukrainians.

To support a hospice and palliative care unit in Kharkiv and washer and dryers for Odesa Regional Hospital Centre for Mental Health in Ukraine


Closing thoughts

This is an incredible example of of how Rotary can make a huge difference in peoples lives. How we take swift action and how we are truly a global community.

The war goes on. The need goes on. People are getting tired of hearing about it and turning to other things. We as Rotarians are probably one of the few organizations that grab a hold of a need and don’t let go until that need is over. It’s that dedication that will provide the food, clothing and support these people require to survive this catastrophe.

One Response

  1. The Ukrainians are still in need of our help. Generators are a high priority right now with most of the country in the dark with no power and winter in full force.

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