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SCIAF welcomes Scottish Government funding for Ukraine

24 February 2023

Ukraine - refugees with caritas employees 2022

SCIAF today welcomed the further £1 million Scottish Government funding which will be used to help support people in Ukraine  

The funding will enable organisations, including SCIAF, to provide generators, heaters and blankets to families and essential facilities such as hospitals and shelters. It will also support home repairs for households and communities in Ukraine which will help prevent homelessness.  

We will receive £375,000 and other recipients including the British Red Cross and Christian Aid. 

International Development Minister and Minister with special responsibility for Refugees from Ukraine, Neil Gray, updated Parliament during a debate marking one year of the war in Ukraine.  

Mr Gray said:

“The Scottish Government has repeatedly condemned Russia’s illegal war against Ukraine and stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.  

“The organisations we have allocated this further funding to today are key in providing much needed humanitarian aid and support to the people of Ukraine. Over the last year, we have provided financial aid to help provide basic humanitarian assistance, including in health, water and sanitation, and shelter for those fleeing Ukraine, as well as medical supplies and funding to support the clear-up operation in Ukraine.  

“It will also ensure that the most vulnerable people across Ukraine are living in warm and safe accommodation and that essential facilities will be able to continue working to protect the people they serve. it will also enable families to begin to restore their homes and livelihoods following a challenging winter – helping them to repair damage and improve the food and water supply. 

“I’m proud that Scotland has been able to play its part in supporting Ukraine and I want to reiterate our continued support for Ukraine and those who have been displaced.” 

Welcoming the humanitarian funding, SCIAF’s chief executive Alistair Dutton said:  

“SCIAF is grateful to the Scottish Government for its latest grant of £375,000 to support our partners’ wide-ranging humanitarian work in Ukraine.  The energy crisis – caused by attacks against energy infrastructure – exacerbated humanitarian needs in the long, cold Ukrainian winter. This funding will bring relief in the form of heaters, generators, blankets, and fuel and repairs to bombed homes, such as windows, roofs and radiators.  

“SCIAF stands in solidarity with the efforts of all responding at this time of great need and we – the Caritas family - very much appreciate the ongoing support from the Scottish Government and the Scottish people.”