Since September, 2014 «Caritas South of Russia” helps to the Ukrainian refugees. Food and hygienic kits, bed linen and baby food are distributed among beneficiaries. Many refugees expressed about the reasonableness of the food kit, which provides with food for a long time.
«Caritas South of Russia” implements emergency projects since 2002 and has a lot of experience. But any new project has its own specifics. This is the first emergency project of «Caritas South of Russia», in which all beneficiaries are foreign citizens, which is a factor of additional problems.
In the first months after the beginning of the conflict on Donbass many refugees hoped that the situation in Ukraine is normalized, and they will be able to return to normal life in the homeland.
However, these hopes, unfortunately, don’t come true. Officially many refugees have come to the Rostov region on private affairs. Therefore the statistics doesn’t consider them as refugees. Now they realize that soon it is necessary to make a choice: to remain in Russia or to come back home. Communicating with refugees Caritas workers noticed how it is difficult to many of them to come to the decision.
Other part of refugees planned to remain in Russia from the beginning, especially the families with children having relatives in Russia. These people try to adjust normal life on a new place: to find normal housing, work, to arrange the study of children in school or institute.
Vadim Naboychenko, Diocesan Caritas Coordinator for emergency projects