Peace Winds Japan, together with the National Congress of Ukrainians of Moldova (NCUM), a Moldovan NGO, operates a Temporary Shelter (RAC) for the displaced population from Ukraine to Moldova.
PWJ sent personnel from Japan to Moldova on March 8, 2022, 12 days after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and met with the NCUM team that day to discuss RAC operations.
About 80% of NCUM personnel are Ukrainians, most of whom were evacuated to Moldova after the February 24 invasion.
At the time of our meeting in March, NCUM had no staff experienced in assisting displaced people or in managing joint projects with international NGOs, and we were starting from scratch in managing the RAC.
Since then, the NCUM and PWJ teams have been meeting regularly to take stock of the situation, discuss challenges closely and find solutions together. As a result, the RAC is now functioning with such quality that other international organisations, such as the UNHCR, have rated it as one of the best and most comfortable shelters in Moldova.
This RAC is also unique, especially in Chisinau, in that people with pets and people with disabilities can stay together.
The RAC also focuses on mental health care for children and has a ‘Child Friendly Space (CFS)’ where children can play safely. Their parents said their children now feel safe in their RAC.
Peace Winds Japan will continue to support and work with the Ukrainian people. We would like to ask for your warm and continued support.