Ukrainian Refugees in Moldova
As millions of Ukrainians fled the fighting, nearly half a million refugees came to Moldova — a small, crescent-shaped country with a population of about 3 million, bordered by Ukraine on the east and Romania on the west. Formerly occupied by the Soviet regime, Moldova itself has dealt with the reality of a breakaway enclave backed by Russian forces since the 1990s.
The border area of Palanka in southern Moldova has become a crossing point for
thousands of Ukrainian refugees, their stories are of entire lives left behind and hopes for a future without war. Within a matter of weeks of Russia’s invasion, most of the refugees who had crossed into Moldova had moved on—but more than 90,000 remained. They needed food, shelter, clothing, and more. And they needed support immediately.
Moldova is experiencing an unprecedented refugee crisis. The refugees in Moldova staying at government centers, at makeshift centers registered with the government, and in Moldovan’s homes. The Moldovan government has heroically responded with its limited resources and without any past experience dealing with a humanitarian crisis of this size. The Moldovan people have opened their homes to host refugee families and people have donated food, clothing, blankets diapers, baby food and much more to help people who left their home on moment’s notice. Local NGOs have thrown all of their weight and staffing to understanding the needs of their communities and responding with support. Some church groups have organized refugee centers, funneled in donations and set up hot food kitchens at border crossings.
Ukraine Moldova Aid raced to help by partnering up with local NGOs and volunteers in Moldova. We paid for gas to pick up the refugees from the border, paid utilities for families who hosted the refugees in their homes, distributed groceries, and hygiene supplies, paid for medications and provided necessary first aid. Moldova is expecting another large wave of refugees arriving that will be driven by the coming cold season. Scarce food and uncertainty about energy in Ukraine is driving vulnerable people west. Our organization is raising funds to distribute immediate humanitarian aid. We buy all supplies in Moldova locally to help to stimulate the economy.
All donations go toward the cause and are tax deductible. Please contribute whatever amount you can. Kindly help us make a difference in the lives of those who are in this desperate situation.