By Gerry Kosanovic
March 8, 2022 – The tragic situation in Ukraine continues to break our hearts. Members have asked for ways to assist – the following message from The Rotary Foundation establishes a solid pathway for donations with a prioritized Rotary International Disaster Response Fund. If you can support this effort to address this terrifically somber moment in human suffering, please do so:
As one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations, Rotary has made peace the cornerstone of our global mission. We are deeply concerned about the Ukraine crisis and need your help.
Rotary is made up of people of action, especially in difficult times. In response to the deepening refugee crisis, The Rotary Foundation Trustees have decided to prioritize contributions made to the Disaster Response Fund until 30 April 2022 to support disaster response grants for districts affected by these events. These expedited disaster response grants can be used to supply water, food, medicine, shelter, and clothing.
Half a million people have fled Ukraine and are in dire need of emergency aid. The United Nations estimates that number of refugees could grow to as many as 5 million people displaced. Rotary clubs in Europe and around the world have stepped up their relief work, some working on the ground to help displaced families.