Initial response Ukraine crisis in Romania, Moldova and Ukraine
Dorcas Romania will assist and support approximately 20,000 refugees coming to Romania from Ukraine. To reach this number of refugees, Dorcas Romania and its partners are aligning their efforts with Romanian society initiatives. Special attention will go to the most vulnerable refugees who are crossing the Romanian border: people in need of medical assistance, people with a disability, older persons (especially women), pregnant women and children. Additionally, Dorcas Romania also provides support to people who are travelling alone and people who do not have any connections or someone to support them in Romania. Dorcas Romania provides support with food packages for people transiting, hygiene kits, food support to organisations, churches and shelters hosting refugees, menstrual hygiene kits, shelter for refugees and information materials for refugees. Additionally, psychosocial support is provided, and integration support is offered for those needing to stay for a longer period – more than six months.
Dorcas Romania partners with Asociația Pentru Tine Botoșani, Community Development Association Taina Milei and the Lord‘s Army, and it works closely with local authorities.
The number of people entering Moldova from Ukraine and seeking shelter is continuously growing and, besides temporary reception centres, many are hosted in local communities. Churches and individual families are ready to host refugees, but many of them cannot afford to provide additional food, heating, bedding, and other necessary items. Dorcas Moldova’s response starts with supporting 5,250 people. These people are refugees in shelters (with accommodation, food and essential non-food items and mental first aid), host families, up to 10 local churches and a temporary shelter in Chisinau. Refugees at the border will also be supported with information and kits that include food for immediate consumption and hygiene items. Special attention will be paid to older persons and children. Care for children also gives their caretakers the opportunity to plan for their further journey. Many local organisations, churches and individuals are offering help. However, their means are limited, and Dorcas steps in to make these means available and provide the necessary capacity building and technical support.
The project will be implemented around the border crossing points of Otaci, Ocnita, Telenesti and Chishinau, with possibilities to scale up to Basarabeasca and Palanca.
Dorcas Ukraine’s response starts with supporting 11,400 IDPs, host population and people left behind in conflict-affected areas. Dorcas Ukraine and their local partners will focus with their response on assisting and supporting people located in Transcarpathia, where IDPs have fled to, and Zaporizhia, where some people are unable or unwilling to flee. The response is focussed on people with disabilities, older people, pregnant women or lactating mothers, female-headed households and children who have been separated from their family or child-headed households.
Dorcas Ukraine provides support on:
- Food security: Distribution of ready-to-eat food kits and food parcels for refugees in shelters with cooking facilities, households hosting refugees, vulnerable households in the host community and households left behind in conflict-affected areas
- Non-food items: Provision of matrasses, sleeping bags, cooking equipment, hygiene, and menstrual hygiene kits
- MHPSS through counselling, addressing gender-based violence and raising awareness on human trafficking
- Information: Informing IDPs of their rights and entitlements
5 March 2022