BEARR’s work in Moldova continues

Over the past week, BEARR support for refugees in Moldova has continued. Needs are great in Chisinau and even greater in the regions. Food is now in short supply, and getting more expensive, while international assistance is not reaching refugees under the jurisdiction of the municipalities, who do not have the funds to help them. Megan …

Elderly residents evacuated from care home to safety and provided with food

A care home for 29 vulnerable elderly people lost its electricity after their local town in northern Ukraine came under attack. Heavy fighting in the town prevented food deliveries from reaching them and they couldn’t buy a generator because delivering it to their building was too dangerous. They had to heat the home by burning wood.   Their carers …

Supporting weary volunteers in Moldova

The amazing Playback Theatre Company in Moldova, run by the charity Polish Women’s League, which The BEARR Trust has funded both in the past and last week – are starting workshops with volunteers suffering burn-out…and the miraculous Purim puppets in the library on Eugene Doga street, where Ukrainian and Moldova children can find a safe …

People fleeing siege are helped by funds raised

A partner organisation has been using BEARR funding to help people who have escaped from Kharkiv in the north-east and Mariupol, the city on the Azov Sea that has been under siege and bombardment for three weeks. They said: “We continue to help Ukrainians in this difficult time, provide material assistance to families who suffer …

Help for children with disabilities

A group of families with children with Down Syndrome and other developmental conditions living in Ukraine have used funds raised by the BEARR Trust to help local children with disabilities and refugees currently sheltering in their town. These families are experiencing many difficulties at present. They told us “We bought  food, medicines and  hygiene products …

Moldova Day 5-6  Taking stock and the hidden story

(photo – at the Falești refugee centre) Jane and Megan continue: There is still snow and no signs of spring to be seen as we drive through the Moldovan countryside to visit a care home with spare beds ready for any older refugees in need. Having got an idea of what is happening to refugees …

Support for families fleeing war

A partner organisation in western Ukraine has been organising temporary shelter for those fleeing fighting further east.  Thanks to premises offered by a local business they are able to offer a place of safety after a long, difficult and dangerous journey.  Typically families, in many cases just women with children, stay 1-2 nights, which allows them to …

Donations to our appeal continue to reach people in towns and villages in Ukraine

Despite the dangerous conditions partner organisations are continuing to distribute food, medicines, nappies, bedding and other supplies in Ukraine, funded by donations to the BEARR appeal. Many people have had to flee from their homes or are unable to get out to buy supplies. Some of the people in need are internally displaced, having fled …

Megan and Jane in Moldova – Day 2-4

 Chişinău – Palanca – Bălți Two weeks into this war, the atmosphere in Moldova seems very calm.  Everything is well organised, shops are fully stocked (although there are mutterings about salt, soap and cereals disappearing) and everyone is going about their normal business.   Petrol prices shot up last week though from 23 – 28 lei overnight. We got up …

BEARR Trustees in Moldova – Jane and Megan’s photo blog

Day One – Iaşi to Chişinău We decided to come to Moldova for a variety of reasons, some of them slightly selfish (because we found it impossible to sit in comfort in the UK and engage with everyday life) some of them less so (because we both speak Russian, have worked here for years and …