PIRS is gravely concerned by the growing humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Ukraine.
According to the WHO, over 18 million people have been affected by the conflict to date and since February 24, 2022 over 3 million refugees have arrived in neighbouring countries, with many more in need of protection and support within and outside the country. UNHCR estimates that this number could rise to 4 million by July 2022.
Our hearts go out to all the families being forced to flee their homes in search of safety amidst active military operations in Ukraine and in all other countries with active armed conflict. We also know that the local Ukrainian community is deeply affected by these events, and extend our sympathy.
When the crisis erupted in Afghanistan this year, our community of staff, volunteers and donors acted quickly to support those arriving in Canada as refugees with trauma-informed programming for women and children. It is because of PIRS donors that we are able to respond with equitable programming for newly arrived refugees that are displaced by these global crises, often affected by discrimination due to their race and gender. We have established a PIRS Crisis Fund, and invite you to join us in solidarity with all those displaced by conflict as they find community in Canada.
It is easy to feel hopeless when faced with so much loss and uncertainty, but your steadfast support makes it possible for us to do what we do best – support immigrant and refugee women and their children, honouring their strength and delivering accessible and inclusive programs that create a sense of belonging.
PIRS provides trauma-informed support to immigrant and refugee women and children once they are in Canada. We are not able to assist in the immigration process. Click here for the latest information about the programs and supports available to Ukrainians from the Canadian government.