(ANS – Budapest) – Since February 24, more than 360,000 people fleeing Ukraine have arrived in Hungary. The Hungarian Government has established a National Council for Humanitarian Coordination, which is working to make cooperation between the State, civil and church organizations active in emergency situations as effective as possible. The Salesian Province “Saint Stephen the King” of Hungary (UNG) helps the Ukrainian refugees in the following ways, and together with the whole Salesian Family of Hungary:
At the provincial level, the Salesians collaborate with the Hungarian Malta Charity Organization, and a collaborator of the Salesians is the contact person for the reception of refugees by the Salesians of Don Bosco. This contact person can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, an email address that is also monitored directly by UNG Provincial, Fr János Andrásfalvy.
Each Salesian institute in Hungary is collaborating with their respective centers of the Diocesan Caritas in collecting food, children’s clothes, blankets, and other basic necessities, which are then provided to the needy in the places of first aid by Caritas volunteers. In this collection the Vietnamese community in Hungary is also involved, filling a minibus with its supplies.
Salesian schools and oratories are taking action to provide education to Ukrainian minors and to welcome them into their activities.
“‘If brotherly love is like it should be, then the good of one is the good of everyone, the trouble of one is the trouble of everyone,’ said Don Bosco. For our part, we help wherever we can: with prayer and deeds,” concludes UNG Provincial, Fr Andrasfalvy.