Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, more and more people are seeking refuge in the Republic of Moldova. Providing for the many refugees is an enormous challenge, as Moldova itself is severely affected by poverty.
Through local partners, we promote relief measures for Ukrainian refugees in Moldova and also support Moldovan youth through income generation.
In no other country in Europe is poverty as great as in the Republic of Moldova. Due to a lack of job prospects, more than a quarter of the population lives and works abroad. Many children grow up without parents. Older people often have no one to look after them.
Another burden on the country's development is the now "frozen" conflict over the region of Transnistria. Since 1990, the narrow strip of land in the east has been de facto independent of the central government in Chişinău and remains close to Moscow.
With the start of the Ukraine war, the situation in Moldova has worsened. Over 500,000 refugees have already entered the small country. Even if many continue their journey, providing for the new arrivals is a feat for the economically weak state. Added to this is the fear that the ever-approaching war might not stop at the Moldovan border.
The willingness to help with which refugees from Ukraine are being received in neighbouring countries is almost limitless - but the resources are not. Moldova in particular can hardly cope with the influx on its own. Help therefore promotes comprehensive relief measures for the many refugees in the country.
We support ten civil society organisations that provide the refugees with relief goods such as hygiene packages, blankets and food, for example. We also fund medical and social services to provide health care for Ukrainian refugees. In recent months, we have also supported educational and recreational activities for Ukrainian children, provided legal counselling and facilitated the professional integration of Ukrainian refugees in Moldova through education and training.
Help is also committed to Moldovan youth: We empower 200 young people by providing income support.
A new start
28-year-old Viktoria from Odesa was at the end of her parental leave and already wanted to return to her job. But then everything changed: the war against Ukraine escalated and Viktoriia was forced to leave her home. Together with her three-year-old daughter and her husband, she fled to the Republic of Moldova. There she decided to gain new professional experience.
In cooperation with RECONOMY, an inclusive business programme, Help has provided 47 Ukrainian refugees in Moldova with training or further education in the IT sector - including Viktoria, who has gained new courage for the future thanks to the course: "I hope that I will find a job that will help me keep my head above water financially and also develop and evolve as a person and profession."
- Over 726,000 refugees from Ukraine have been registered in the country since the start of the war, of whom around 100,000 have remained (2022)
- 2.6 million people live in the Republic of Moldova (2020)
- Around 40 per cent of the working-age population work abroad (2011)
- 79.40 per cent of people under 25 have no job prospects in the country (2013)
- 200 young Moldovans receive job prospects through capacity building, counselling, support and equipment.
- Help strengthens ten civil society organisations working for Ukrainian refugees and vulnerable Moldovans.
- We support medical care for refugees directly at border crossings, in refugee shelters and in eight health centres.
- Over 1,900 people from Ukraine have received aid such as hygiene articles and food vouchers.
- 300 refugee children in asylum centres or community shelters received educational services.
- 500 Ukrainian refugees received legal counselling.
- 47 Ukrainian refugees (including 39 women) received education or training.
Your donation for Ukrainian refugees in Moldova
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