ISKCON devotees reach out to Ukrainian refugees with succour

ISKCON devotees reach out to Ukrainian refugees with succour
Courtesy: ISKCON News

The conflict rages in Ukraine causing civilian casualties, infrastructural damages and forcing people to flee their homes in the lookout for safety. In such times of need, ISKCON devotees in the UK have once again rallied to provide humanitarian assistance and much-needed succour.

There are some truly inspiring moments of humanity undertaken by volunteers from the UK and around the world, including members of the British Indian diaspora.

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Devotees at the frontline

While projecting some heart-breaking human stories of injured and displaced inhabitants in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine, Vaishnavas have come together in support of fellow devotees. Wounded and distressed disciples have been transported to nearby local hospitals for surgeries and other such treatments.

Through the collection of financial donations, arrangements of basic amenities including food and healthcare is being taken care of to help those in need sustain during this crisis. The devotees have proceeded to make provisions for the safe passage of those suffering to neighbouring countries as they take refuge.

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Walking for Ukraine

After having got together in unity to light candles of hope for peace at the SRMD London Spiritual Centre in Bushey, through the combined efforts of Bhativedanta Manor and the Lotus Trust in the UK, the Hare Krishna supporters look forward to a charity walk organised from the Krishna Avanti Primary School on Camrose Avenue in Edgware up till Bhaktivedanta Manor near Watford.

“There is a Hare Krishna temple in Kharkiv that has started cooking and feeding over 1000 people a day,” says Temple Manager Premaketana Das.

The funds collected through this charity initiative intends on translating into supplies of raw materials and cooked meals distributed throughout Ukrainian cities of Kiev and Kharkiv.

Congregational Care Officer Kanhaiya das adds: “We are working with the devotee communities here, inspiring each other to help to distribute more and more.”

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Food for all

Abiding by the Vaishnava belief that nobody should go hungry, the London based charity Food For All has ventured out to feed Ukrainian refugees. Recipients of the Queen’s Award 2021 for their voluntary service during the covid-19 lockdown, have now begun providing approximately 2500 hot meals per day with an anticipation of setting up more kitchens on the borders of Lviv, Czech Republic and Poland.

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