Registered Charity -
Founder Director: Rev. Tony Budell. Director: Philip Edmonds. Accounts: Valerie Budell.
Operation in the UK
BHA is totally dependent upon its loyal supporters, As well as from individuals, we receive assistance from assorted businesses, schools, churches, villages, organisations and clubs spread all over the South of England. Some, very kindly deliver to our warehouse in Canterbury whereas others rely on collections made by the BHA directors. Once we have the aid it is sorted and packed by a small team of volunteers. When we have amassed sufficient “humanitarian aid”, and assuming that funds allow, we hire a huge lorry which we cram with as much as we can squeeze in. These lorries are mostly Polish owned and driven but, fortunately, have proved to be reliable. Once they have arrived in Ukraine and negotiated the Customs at the border, they make their way to Chernihiv. There they are met by further customs officials and representatives from the Chernihiv Charity “Aratta”. The goods are then unloaded into bonded warehouses on a secure site. They stay there until the authorities are satisfied with all the documentation and clear them for distribution.
Operation in Ukraine
By the time the load is cleared, which takes about three months on average, every item is already allocated to a specific destination, although some is held at Chernihiv Aratta’s warehouse in the city for emergency use. Every item has been given a value and detailed records have to be kept and submitted to the authorities. Recipients have to be officially entitled to receive aid and there a monetary limit as to how much they may have before they become taxed on this “income”! Aratta deals with requests for help on a daily basis, especially now that there are so many refugees and huge numbers, who have been reduced to living in poverty, by the dire situation in which Ukraine finds itself. Organisations in the city, and also in Chernihiv District, are encouraged to collect their allocations, if possible, but not all are able so to do. Those in the other districts in the region, which is the same size as the UK’s Home Counties, get most of their aid delivered by BHA vans. This does have a distinct benefit, as the directors are able to monitor the attitudes of the various organisations towards their use of the aid. BHA usually manages four “distribution” trips a year that coincide with the aid being cleared.