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Sae-A Renews Long-term Support of CORE with $6 Million for Ukraine Restoration Efforts

LOS ANGELES – November 2023 – CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) is pleased to announce that it has received a $6 million grant from Global Sae-A Co., Ltd. This grant is just one in a long line of contributions from its trusted partner, who has shown a committed effort to help internally displaced persons (IDPs) following the outbreak of the largescale conflict in Ukraine in February 2022.  


As the harsh winter months approach, CORE will use this crucial grant to help the estimated 3.6 million IDPs across Ukraine. These vital funds will provide critical housing solutions for Ukrainians close to the frontlines of conflict in eastern areas, including Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kherson, Mykolaiv, Odesa, and Zaporizhia Oblasts. 


With this grant, CORE will supply cash voucher assistance, food support, and key resources such as generators, stoves, and blankets to address the needs of vulnerable individuals as temperatures drop to dangerous levels 

CORE staff distributes crucial blankets to Ukrainian refugees in Romania. CORE Photo by Bogdan Dinca 

Members of CORE’s team access a rehabilitation project funded by SAE-A for refugee housing. CORE Photo 

CORE will also use these funds to scale up ongoing infrastructure rehabilitation efforts near Lviv and Ternopil in western Ukraine to address the needs of IDPs forced to flee to these cities. These projects will focus on retrofitting and upgrading educational and health facilities to safely accommodate the continued influx of displaced persons. In addition, CORE will work with regional partners to reinforce critical potable water, power, and sewage systems. 


CORE is deeply grateful for Global Sae-A Group’s continued generosity. Through this partnership, CORE has already supported thousands of people in Ukraine, and with this additional contribution, CORE can assist countless more. 


“Our partnership with Sae-A has been crucial to our response to the conflict in Ukraine.” Jerome Lebleu, Chief Operating Officer at CORE, said. “Sae-A is dedicated to helping those most affected by the Russian invasion. These critical funds will help those most at risk as winter approaches.”  


A Global Sae-A Group official said, “Sae-A will continue to support the restoration efforts from the conflict in Ukraine, realizing our commitment to global welfare.” They added, “We hope our hand provides both warmth and hope to communities in need.” 

About CORE

Founded by Sean Penn and Ann Lee, CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) is a global crisis response organization that brings immediate relief and long-term recovery solutions to underserved communities. When a crisis strikes, CORE responds immediately to fill gaps, mobilize resources, and establish trust and collaboration from within communities. CORE has played a pivotal role in providing critical relief to marginalized and vulnerable populations since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine as it continues its mission of empowering communities in and beyond crises worldwide. For more information, see www.coreresponse.org and follow CORE on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter


About Global Sae-A Co., Ltd.

Global Sae-A Co., Ltd is a holding company that operates businesses in the apparel, food, home, and knowledge sectors, which include the world’s largest apparel export company, leading global EPC company, and the corrugated cardboard and paper packaging company. Global Sae-A is going beyond the apparel industry to take on new enterprises and satisfy our basic needs for apparel, food, and shelter to help create a better world.  

For more information, please visit www.globalsae-a.com 


About Ssangyong Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd

Ssangyong Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd provides civil engineering and architecture-related services.  Ssangyong E&C has expanded Korea beyond its borders and is rewriting a new chapter in the history of high-end construction. As Ssangyong E&C delivers more of its creations, the world becomes a more beautiful place, and the future looks more prosperous than ever. 

For more information, please visit www.ssyenc.co.kr/en