Becca Harkin from Habitat for Humanity Ireland will join Dean Stephen Forde on the steps of Belfast Cathedral on Wednesday afternoon (March 16) as the Black Santa Sit-out for Ukraine resumes.
The Dean has undertaken to hold his Sit-out from 12 noon until 3pm each Wednesday during Lent for six weeks. In the first week, £15,000 has been raised, and this money goes directly to partners Christian Aid and Habitat for Humanity who have colleagues on the ground working with refugees feeling Ukraine.
Jenny Williams, Chief Executive of Habitat, has shared this update.
Jenny said: “So many of the images and stories move us, people arriving at the border and at train stations with only what they can carry, with children, with pets. Older people who remember previous conflict and are re-traumatised.”
She added: “One thing which jumped out at me this week as we have talked to colleagues is that Habitat Poland has already supported Ukrainian families into shelter; refugees from 2014 – some of those families are now helping Habitat support and translate at the train station in Warsaw. Love in action continues to build hope.
“Habitat has supported the shelter needs of families in Central and Eastern Europe since 1992 and we will be there for the long-term to provide shelter, advocate for affordable rental, repurpose empty spaces to ensure people have a safe place to call home.”
If you are unable to visit Belfast Cathedral while the Dean is on the steps, you can make a donation online at https://www.belfastblacksanta.org/.
Habitat for Humanity Ireland is hosting Prayers for Ukraine. These will be held online on Wednesday March 16 at 7pm – register HERE – and in-person on Tuesday March 22 at Re-store, Lisburn.