ORT UK urges donors to contribute to World Jewish Relief’s Ukrainian appeal
In an unprecedented move, ORT UK has urged donors to support World Jewish Relief’s Ukraine crisis appeal rather than donating directly to ORT.
As Jewish communities across Ukraine continue to suffer from shelling by Russian forces, ORT decided that partnering with WJR would be the most effective way to help its Ukrainian community.
ORT has a strong presence in Ukraine where it has been operating for 25 years. It provides education to 8,000 students, staff and families in Ukraine through their schools and training centers.
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Currently, all ORT schools and training centers in Ukraine are closed.
Dan Rickman, CEO of ORT UK, said: “Given the dire situation, our current priority is to ensure that the emergency needs of our Ukrainian community are met. It is for this reason that we have made the decision to partner with World Jewish Relief, in support of their Ukraine Crisis Appeal.
World Jewish Relief works proactively with its 29 partners in Ukraine and responds to emergency humanitarian needs within and beyond Jewish communities.
Rickman added: ‘We know how unusual it is for a charity to ask their donors to consider donating to another charity, but these are unusual times.
“None of us know how long this situation will last, but as soon as we can, ORT will focus on rebuilding our Jewish schools in Ukraine. In the meantime, we will also continue to fundraise for ORT’s education projects around the world and in the UK.
“ORT UK believes that by teaming up with the agency best placed to provide and deliver help, we can ensure that our ORT beneficiaries will receive the help they urgently need.”
Paul Anticoni, CEO of World Jewish Relief, thanked ORT for its support.
“The coming together of so many of our council agencies to champion our appeal is immense and at this unique time the help from ORT UK is truly wonderful. I cannot thank their trustees, staff and supporters enough. to be with us at such a traumatic time.