Further Ukraine support from Church of Ireland appeal
DONATIONS "continue to pour in" for a Church of Ireland appeal to support humanitarian aid for Ukraine.
The Bishops' Appeal for World Aid and Development has released €50,000 and £43,300 to two partner charities - Christian Aid and Habitat for Humanity - and anticipates releasing more funds after Easter.
Bishop Ferran Glenfield, Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh and chair of the Bishops' Appeal Advisory Committee, said "Irish people north and south are known for being big hearted".
"The plight of the Ukrainian people has touched many hearts, which is reflected in the generous response to the Ukraine Appeal across the Church of Ireland," he said.
Christian Aid and Habitat for Humanity are focusing their help on people who have been displaced within Ukraine and who have become refugees in Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland.
They are providing both temporary shelters and longer-term accommodation, food, money and vouchers, help with travel, medical supplies and more specific needs as they arise.
So far, 10 million people have fled their homes - 3.5 million fleeing to other countries and a further 6.5 million displaced in Ukraine itself. This makes up nearly one quarter of the country's population.
More information on the response to the crisis in Ukraine can be found on the Church of Ireland YouTube channel and bishopsappeal.ireland.anglican.org; from Habitat for Humanity; and from Christian Aid's partners in the ACT Alliance.