What BEARR’s partners in Ukraine and Moldova are telling us

We have had a lot of feedback from partners in Ukraine and Moldova who have received funding from the BEARR Trust appeal. We thought you would like to see it in their own words, so here are some examples:

‘We continue to deliver Help packages! And I am extremely pleased that thanks to your help and support, the work of our humanitarian aid centre is showing a very good result. More and more people are contacting us! Thanks to the work of the Centre, we were able to attract more humanitarian aid!’

‘We are buying cleaning materials, washing materials, food products, and clothes for children with the funds you sent.’

In Moldova: ‘We are continuing with art therapy and the Playback Theatre, and as the weather gets warmer we are planning more activities for children, refugees and volunteers.’ 

‘Our target group is women and children of vulnerable groups, people with disabilities, and the elderly, who have difficulty accessing humanitarian assistance, as they mostly live in small villages, from which it is almost impossible to leave without personal transport. Also, many women asked us to look after their old or sick parents, as it was important for them to take their children out of the country to safety. Then a large number of refugees began to arrive from Mykolayiv, Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and other cities of Ukraine, where active hostilities are taking place. Among them are many women, children and elderly people. 
We were given a car by one member of the organization, which allows us to transport food and hygiene kits, which we deliver in the region. Most of our team members were young women with children, but they were evacuated, which reduced our team. However, the husbands of the women who left began to help the women who remained in the team.’ 

‘At the end of March, 89 people arrived from combat areas (Mariupol, Kharkiv, settlements of Kherson, Chernihiv and Donetsk regions) arrived and were registered. A total of 946 people (including 282 children) are registered in our city. We need aid for evacuees: basic foodstuffs (bread, tea, sugar, oil, cereals, pasta, flour, etc.), for families with children diapers, baby food, etc.; hygiene products (soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, detergents, shampoos, wet wipes), bedding (mats / sleeping bags, bed linen, towels, etc.), medicines (sedatives, heart support products, analgesics, bandages, iodine, bandages, antiseptics, syringes, plasters and other necessary drugs). There is also a need to support people in other regions (Mariupol, Kharkiv, etc.) so that they can leave the hotspots where the fighting is taking place and come to safer places.’

An organisation in Moldova set up a hostel: ‘So far it is a very simple place to stay and have some rest. We created this space from scratch. The list of expenses so far is mattresses, pillows, covers, tables, chairs, boilers, refrigerator, microwave oven, kettle, electric extension cords, hygiene stuff, disposable tableware, cleaning stuff, slippers, linens, tea, coffee, water, sugar, hair dryers, tooth brushes and a big amount of other everyday needed items. We offer: a Friendly space – Hugs – Psychological support – Time to take a breath – Coffee, tea, food and bed for free – Clothes and humanitarian aid – Support with integration for those who stay – Support with transportation for evacuees.’

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