The government is supporting the member organisations of the Charity Council with 3 billion forints (EUR 7.8m) with a view to mitigating the effects of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine which also directly affects Hungary, government spokeswoman Alexandra Szentkirályi said on Saturday.
The Catholic Caritas, the Hungarian Reformed Church Aid, the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta, the Hungarian Interchurch Aid, the Hungarian Baptist Aid and the Hungarian Red Cross will receive 500 million forints each
in support, Szentkirályi said at the aid point set up in Beregsurány, at the Hungary-Ukraine border.
She praised the efforts of government bodies, the police, the disaster management authority, local councils, aid groups and civil groups in helping refugees in recent days, adding that their help would also be needed in the coming days and weeks.
Szentkirályi said the government would continue to provide all the help it could to those in need.
Miklós Soltész, the state secretary for church and minority relations, said the government’s Bridge for Transcarpathia aid campaign had collected 480 million forints in donations by Saturday morning.
The money, he said, will be distributed among the charity organisations working at the six aid points.
Also, a total of 1.3 billion forints’ worth of aid is being sent to Ukraine through the Hungary Helps humanitarian scheme, he said.