Charities and foundations have handed over hundreds of millions to the people affected by last year’s tornado


Updates: 19.06.2022 11:24

Brno – Hundreds of millions of crowns collected over the past year have been or still are provided by foundations and charities to municipalities in South Moravia and their inhabitants, which were hit by a strong tornado a year ago. The organizations have already given most of the money to people as donations, for which they could repair their house or buy new household equipment. For the donated money, for example, social housing will also be built in Hrušky for those who do not want to leave the village, but can no longer build a new house or repair a broken one. The money also went to the accounts of municipalities, helped with the restoration of gardens and orchards, helped restore small businesses or facilities for leisure activities, spokesmen for charitable organizations told ČTK.

A devastating tornado swept through Mikulčice, Hruška, Moravská Nová Ves, Lužice and the Hodonín parts of Pánov and Bažantnice last evening on June 24. It left a huge material trigger. Six people were killed and hundreds injured.

Only the Diocesan Charity Brno managed to collect over 360 million crowns from donors to help after the tornado, of which it has already paid out over 272 million. It has concluded donation agreements with almost 2,000 households and the aid is still not over. Coordinators continue to work in the affected municipalities. “They carry out household surveys, organize contract signings or provide information to people. Due to the current increase in the price of not only building materials, financial assistance is still needed,” said charity spokeswoman Eva Bělocká. According to one of the coordinators, it is good that the provision of assistance has not stopped, because there are still people who need it and, for example, they were previously reluctant to ask for money.

In Hrušky, social housing will be built from the remaining money in the collection. “Our coordinators have identified a dozen families and individuals, mostly seniors, for whom the opportunity to stay in the village is very important. We try to fulfill these wishes also because we realize how difficult the experience they have been. environment, “said Oldřich Haičman, director of the Brno Diocesan Charity.

People in Need has raised 192 million and has already spent more than half on housing renovation. The organization also distributed immediate material assistance. She directly supported five million crowns in each of the affected municipalities and distributed vouchers to the Ikea department store. “We have also contributed to the restoration of gardens and orchards and to the restoration of small businesses and leisure facilities,” said People in Need spokeswoman Adriana Černá. The organization is now gradually ending direct aid and will use the remaining roughly ten million crowns from the SOS Morava collection from June this year in the next two years to mitigate the effects of weather extremes in South Moravia.

The Via Foundation paid out over 222 million in three phases. It first provided 25 million to five affected municipalities. In the second phase, damaged households received help, more damaged even repeatedly. “We coordinated the help with other organizations so that everyone would receive it fairly,” said Hana Morávková, a spokeswoman for the foundation. The third phase began in March. “The tornado also affected the people’s psyche and disrupted neighborly relations. The aim of the last call, called the Neighborhood Renewal Fund, is to minimize the harmful effects of this extraordinary event on normal neighborhood life,” Morávková added.

Another more than 73 million was distributed by the Adra Foundation, mainly to households to rebuild destroyed houses and household equipment. For many weeks, her volunteers helped with the work that was needed to restore life in the villages. Other organizations also helped, such as Diakonie, the ČEZ Foundation, the Czech Radio Foundation, and Czech Television also organized charitable events. A number of collections also took place on the Donio portal. Assistance was also sent by regions and municipalities, as well as by many companies, both financial and material.


Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.

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