The Tzu Chi Buddhist Foundation partners with IsraAID to help Ukrainian refugees in Moldova and Romania as well as internally displaced people in Ukraine in a two-year collaboration worth more than 1.5 million US dollars.
The collaboration includes projects providing psychosocial care to children and mothers who fled war-torn Ukraine to Moldova, including seven child-friendly spaces (CFS) in Chișinău and Palanca and community psychosocial support centers in children and mothers in Chișinău, as well as a humanitarian logistics center in Tulcea, Romania, for the transport of food, medical equipment and other vital materials to displaced people, hospitals and communities in the south and east of Ukraine.
At the Sunflower Center in Chișinău, IsraAID works with Federaţia Familiilor pentru Unificare și Pace în Lume din Moldova to provide much-needed enrichment and psychosocial support to children and mothers in Ukraine. The center runs music and performance art classes and craft classes for school-aged children, providing education and play therapy, as well as activities for toddlers. While children are playing, their mothers can participate in moderate support groups and activities such as stretching and yoga, which help relieve stress and provide methods for coping with trauma. In addition to providing funds, IsraAID also trained teachers at the center in trauma care and psychosocial support for children and adults. Tzu Chi plans to provide additional support through volunteer visits, free medical care activities, and online course content for children and mothers.
The Tulcea Humanitarian Logistics Hub in Tulcea, Romania is the only humanitarian warehouse with a verified supply chain that brings emergency aid directly to southern Ukraine. The hub is operated by IsraAID and the Romulus T. Weatherman Foundation in cooperation with several local organizations, including ACoR-Tulcea and the Tulcea County Council. As of May 25, the hub has sent more than five hundred truckloads of medicines, medical equipment, foodstuffs and other urgently needed materials to southern and eastern Ukraine, including Odessa, Mykolaiv , Zaporizhzhia and even Kharkiv, together with more than fifty NGOs. , hospitals and civil organizations. Using a QR code tracking system and a network of trusted organizations in Ukraine, the hub is able to verify the receipt and distribution of goods with unprecedented accuracy, ensuring that donations help ends up exactly where it is intended. With additional support from Tzu Chi, the hub is working to expand its capacity from 10 truckloads per day to 250 truckloads per week in the near future, which will enable it to become a major hub for shipping. large organizations to Ukraine.
Yotam Polizer, Global CEO of IsraAID, said: “The displacement crisis in Ukraine is one of the most significant humanitarian challenges facing the world today. More than 6.7 million Ukrainians have fled the country since February 24, and another 7 million have been internally displaced. IsraAID has been responding to this crisis from the very beginning, and through this new collaboration with the Tzu Chi Buddhist Foundation, we will be able to reach more people in urgent need in the region. We are honored and grateful to Tzu Chi for their partnership and shared commitment to providing lifesaving humanitarian assistance.
“The Tzu Chi Buddhist Foundation is delighted to partner with IsraAID to provide basic necessities and medical items to those fleeing Ukraine, and to protect the physical and psychosocial well-being of refugee communities. We are confident that this partnership between IsraAID and Tzu Chi will support those affected by the crisis through a holistic and integrative approach,” said Po-Wen Yen, CEO of the Tzu Chi Foundation.
IsraAID is Israel’s leading non-governmental humanitarian aid organization. From earthquakes and hurricanes to disease outbreaks and forced displacement, IsraAID has been at the forefront of responding to major humanitarian crises around the world since 2001. IsraAID has worked in more than 55 countries and has approximately 300 staff members around the world. For more information, visit IsraAID.org.
The Tzu Chi Buddhist Foundation is a non-profit global humanitarian organization founded in 1966 by a Buddhist nun named Dharma Master Cheng Yen in Taiwan. Its missions of medicine, charity, education and humanistic culture have brought relief to 127 countries and more. Tzu Chi’s heart is written in his name: in Chinese, ‘tzu’ means compassion and ‘chi’ means relief. In addition to its partnership with IsraAID, the Tzu Chi Buddhist Foundation is also active in Poland, where the organization distributes 45,000 gift cards and payment cards to refugees displaced by the conflict as well as in-kind materials, including blankets and food.
Tzu Chi has entered into partnerships and collaborative agreements for assistance to Ukrainian refugees and internally displaced persons with UNICEF, the Camillian Disaster Service International Foundation and the Polish Women Can Foundation. For more information, visit www.tzuchi.org.
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