Multiple Czech NGOs send help to Ukraine following dam breach

The People In Need and Czech Red Cross are among the organizations sending support to the south of Ukraine this week.


Written by ČTK Published on 08.06.2023 07:30:00 (updated on 07.06.2023) Reading time: 2 minutes

Czech humanitarian organizations have been sending drinking water, sanitary items, and non-perishable food items to the areas of Ukraine flooded by water following the breaching of the Kakhovka dam in southern Ukraine.

The partial destruction of the dam on June 6 triggered a flood that displaced thousands and left them without normal drinking water. Ukrainian officials have warned that some 42,000 people are at risk from flooding.

Food and water provided

The Czech People in Need organization has said it will distribute 120,000 liters of drinking water and 1,000 hygiene packages to Ukraine. 

"At the moment, we are in contact with both local authorities and people from the affected area that is under the control of the Ukrainian government”

People in Need regional director Petr Drbohlav

Senior Czech politicians – united in their widespread condemnation of the attack, which Russia denies responsibility for – pledged continued support to Ukraine. Prime Minister Petr Fiala tweeted: “The only way to peace is our strong help and support to Ukraine.”

People in Need, which has been helping Ukraine since the beginning of the war in 2014, mulls helping to restore water systems and build new water wells.

The Czech branch of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is helping the residents of the affected Kherson Region in cooperation with Ukrainian local authorities. ADRA’s first truck with drinking water and food was dispatched Tuesday.

The Diakonia humanitarian center in Prague has arranged – in co-operation with Ukrainian organization Myre Nebo – the setting up of a field kitchen in Kherson that can cook hot meals for up to 5,000 people daily.

Fundraising and donations

The Gifts for Putin initiative in Czechia is raising money to help with the restoration of the flood-affected areas. 

The Czech Red Cross charity has given CZK 5 million crowns in support of the Ukrainian Red Cross's operation in the afflicted area and has sent some of its members to assist with the region's evacuation.

Caritas Czech Republic is one of the organizations involved in the decoration of a tree at Prague’s Vaclav Havel Square that will feature messages of support for Ukraine following the dam breach. The same spot will also feature a large-photo exhibition titled “A Year With Ukraine.” Funds collected through this event will be directed to the south of Ukraine.

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