BRC, UNHCR in ‘Winter Support’ campaign for Ukrainian refugees in Bulgaria – The Sofia Globe

The Bulgarian Red Cross (BRC) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees will provide non-food products to nearly 20,000 Ukrainian citizens who have sought protection in Bulgaria by the end of the year, the BRC said on November 7.

Non-food items include bedding, individual hygiene packs, family hygiene packs, kitchen utensils and towels, the BRC said.

The joint campaign, entitled “Winter Support”, will be carried out in the areas with the largest number of Ukrainian refugees: Blagoevgrad, Burgas, Varna, Dobrich, Rousse, Plovdiv and Sofia.

The help can be obtained on site or in hotels and facilities where the Ukrainian refugees are staying.

Distribution points for people residing at other addresses will open after November 20, 2022. Some of these distribution points will be located in BRC offices.

Food for 5,000 people has already been delivered to Varna, Burgas, Dobrich, Rousse and Sofia, the BRC said.

In just three days since the beginning of the campaign, 500 blankets and 400 hygiene packages have been made available in Sofia. Almost 600 people were helped in Rousse and Burgas. By the end of next week, the same items will be made available in the Blagoevgrad and Plovdiv regions. Diapers and wipes are also provided at all locations.

The BRC will continue to help all refugees and those seeking protection in Bulgaria with the necessary items for the winter months, the organization said.

More details on the support provided by the BRC to Ukrainian refugees since the current Russian invasion of Ukraine began in February 2022: https://en.redcross.bg/campaign/active_campaigns/help_ukraina

The portal dedicated to the Bulgarian government on Ukrainian refugees reported on November 7 that since February 2022, a total of 868,677 Ukrainians have entered Bulgaria. A total of 54 202 remain in Bulgaria.

The portal said there were 51 708 children.

A total of 144,796 have reported from temporary protection. The portal said that 13,796 are currently housed through the state housing support system.

(Photo: Bulgarian Red Cross)

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