In Poland, a number of border points have been put in place to provide assistance in various forms: food, basic necessities, information, and protection of unaccompanied minors. At the end of March, Caritas Poland reported that 8,400 refugees were housed in the 130 Caritas centers around the country. In addition, its local roots have facilitated the housing of nearly 30,000 exiles into private homes.
In Romania, more than 340,000 refugees have crossed the border, of which close to 90% are women and children. Local Caritas structures currently manage 12 transit and information centers that provide short-term accommodation, food and basic services.
Caritas Moldova also provides shelter to refugees as well as food, psychological care and access to education for many children coming from Ukraine. In collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), cash assistance is also organized.
In other countries neighboring Ukraine, local Caritas organizations are also mobilizing in the face of displaced Ukrainians. Local Caritas roots and its global network are a solid base for rapidly mobilizing resources and expanding humanitarian efforts. Of course, these organizations collaborate with other local organizations and international agencies. The war in Ukraine illustrates once again the importance of having locally based organizations that can organize emergency humanitarian aid.