How engineers can support Ukraine – New Civil Engineer

16 Mar, 2022 By Rob Horgan
RedR (Registered Engineers for Disaster Relief) is appealing to engineers to help support the victims of the ongoing war in Ukraine.
The charity, which specialises in rebuilding communities affected by natural disasters or wars, is asking the engineering community to help raise at least £40,000 to help Ukrainians on the ground.
All money raised will be spent training Ukrainians to have the skills they need such as building shelters or sourcing clean water.
A message on RedR’s GoFundMe page adds: “As with millions of others around the world, we’re witnessing the crisis unfold in Ukraine with grave concern for the innocent people affected by conflict. Lives are being lost, homes destroyed, and families torn apart. The situation in Ukraine is constantly evolving, but already The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) estimates that refugees fleeing Ukraine number in the hundreds of thousands.
“Human suffering is an inevitable consequence of war. As a humanitarian organisation we have a responsibility, as does the whole of the international aid community, to alleviate this suffering in any way we can.
“At RedR UK, we plan on responding to the growing need for humanitarian assistance in Ukraine and Eastern Europe in the best way we know how; by providing support for humanitarians delivering aid and saving lives on the front line. This could include delivering training on topics such as shelter, protection, psychosocial support, personal safety, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).
“Our stated purpose – to mitigate the impact of crises on the most vulnerable people – moves us to act in this dire emergency, but we need funds to do this. That is why we’re asking you, our supporters, for help.”
RedR UK chief executive Jo de Serrano added: “The war in Ukraine is creating a humanitarian crisis before our own eyes. Refugees are fleeing the country at an alarming rate, and we must be ready to meet the needs of affected people.”
At the time of writing, RedR had already raised more than 60% of its target. To donate to the cause, click here.
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