His Grace Bishop Hovakim Manukyan, the Primate of the Armenian Diocese of the United Kingdom and Ireland, along with His Grace Bishop Datev Hagopian, the Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of Romania, and Mr Levon Agulian from the London Armenian community travelled to Suchaeva, Romania, to distribute £30,000 and 20 tonnes of humanitarian aid (food and hygiene items) to the Armenian Diocese of Ukraine for the Armenians refugees from the Eastern part of Ukraine affected by war. The donor of the humanitarian aid was UK-based international charity “Barnabas Fund.”
The humanitarian aid was sent from London to Suchaeva, a city in Romania near the Ukrainian border, from where it was handed over to His Grace Bishop Markos Hovhannesyan, the Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church in Ukraine, and representatives of the Ukrainian Armenian community.
The Primates of the Armenian dioceses also held a special peace prayer service at the 16th century Armenian monastery Hajgadar as well as visiting the border region to meet with refugees and volunteers.
Barnabas Fund has also supported the refugees from the recent 44-day Artsakh war as well as sponsoring the rehabilitation centre at Izmirlian hospital in Yerevan for wounded soldiers. The Primate of the Armenian Church in Ukraine and Armenians in Ukraine expressed their gratitude to Barnabas fund and to all those who supported the initiative during the time of need.
Can YOU help?
Will you and your church be able to collect food for your fellow Armenians in Ukraine? The need clearly expressed to us has been for food – specifically tinned food (that can be opened without a can opener), cup-a-soup packets and energy bars.
Can your church act a local collection hub? Alternatively, please click here to see a list of our collection hubs. Please do contact us on 01793 317778 or complete this form, and we can arrange to collect the food from you.
If you would like to donate funds for the financial assistance provided through Barnabas Fund, please click here.