Supporting Ukrainian refugees
A number of people have expressed interest in ways to help Ukrainians coming to the UK; we have drawn up these FAQ’s which we hope will answer those questions.
Q: Can Innovista supporters offer housing to Ukrainian refugees coming to the UK?
A: Yes you can – and we commend The Sanctuary Foundation.
Q: Can Innovista make connections between Ukrainian refugees coming to the UK, and Christian families in the UK?
A: No, not at this time. Our focus is on supporting church leaders in Ukraine as they serve their communities. We are set up to do this, and we will continue to focus our resources on this.
Q: What is Innovista’s Ukraine Response Fund being used for?
A: We are sending grants for essential supplies like food, medicine, blankets and fuel, both in conflict zones, and in areas receiving displaced people.
Q: How are you directing and protecting the funds?
A: We are sending grants directly to trusted pastors across Ukraine, including those in conflict zones. These pastors have either worked with our team for many years, or have been personally recommended by people we trust. Even though banks are closed, we are able to send money directly to personal bank accounts, and it can be spent using debit cards. Pastors are asked to confirm receipt of funds, and then demonstrate how they are using the funds, either by sending receipts or photos of what they have bought.
Q: Why are you asking us to send money – wouldn’t it be better to collect essential supplies here and transport them to Ukraine?
A: At the moment, we are asking people to send money for three reasons:
– It is quicker: we can get money to pastors within two hours
– It is cheaper: supplies are currently cheaper in Ukraine
– It is contributing to the local economy
As the situation evolves, this might change. Our response is directed by our team in Ukraine, making the most of their local knowledge.