Special report: responding to war in Ukraine

Pastor Maxim and two women

When Russia launched its large-scale attack on Ukraine, we knew this was a critical moment to show up for the 1,000+ entrepreneurs and savings group members served there and our 47 staff members in the country. Thanks to supporters’ generous giving to our Ukraine assistance fund, HOPE developed a robust response—one that began on the day of the first attack and will extend beyond the end of the conflict.

Stages 1 through 4 of the response plan

Stage 1: Crisis Response &
Stage 2: Resourcing Relief

FebruaryJune 2022

Immediately following the Russian invasion, HOPE mobilized to provide emergency support. We offered grace periods, waived interest accrual, assisted with food and transportation, and prayed with each entrepreneur we serve. 

Pastor Maxim* (below, in the middle) and his church in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, used a grant from HOPE to purchase vehicles to deliver supplies and evacuate survivors in the war zone, including a group of older women (two of whom are pictured below) left stranded after their homes were destroyed.

Pastor Maxim and two women

Additionally, we sent funds to 48 churches and other partners serving people fleeing the violence. Over 200,000 Ukrainian received necessities like food, shelter, and transportation through our partners.

Map of Ukraine with HOPE offices and churches marked

Stage 3: Resilience

June 2022 – present

As the war stretched on, Ukrainians remaining in the country began searching for ways to restore their livelihoods and keep their country’s economy going strong. And to do that, they needed capital. In response, HOPE Ukraine designed specialized loans to meet the needs of three groups:

  • Entrepreneurs growing their businesses
  • Farmers investing in their operations
  • Homeowners making housing improvements

While commercial banks increased their interest rates by as much as 100%, HOPE Ukraine cut their rates in half, meeting a significant need for affordable capital during wartime.

Igor* (below) used a loan from HOPE to invest in his farm, growing crops essential for Ukraine’s economy and future.

Igor on his farm

Stage 4: Rebuilding

Upcoming – Once the war ends

“With 25 years of close relationships with churches and partners in Ukraine, HOPE is well-positioned to help rebuild,” shares Andre Barkov, integrated strategy principal and former managing director of HOPE Ukraine.

When the war in Ukraine ends, HOPE is committed to supporting families as they recover—spiritually, socially, personally, and materially. Even now, we’re laying the foundation for coming alongside churches and communities as they rebuild by offering services like start-up capital for businesses and agricultural lending.

Pray without ceasing
Fully trusting in the Lord and His compassion, would you continue to pray for Ukraine?

  • Pray for an end to the war and violence
  • Pray for farmers, HOPE staff, and others courageously operating in a volatile environment
  • Pray for safety and comfort for those displaced by the attacks

For more information or to find the latest information on HOPE’s work in Ukraine, visit hopeinternational.org/ukraine.

*Names changed for security.

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