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FDP’s work in Romania since 2022

Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine in February 2022, AVSI-USA has been working closely with local groups in Ukraine, Poland, and Romania to assist Ukrainian refugees. One of AVSI-USA’s long-term partners is FDP – Protagonists in Education, a Romanian organization whose mission is to promote the human dignity and social inclusion of vulnerable people. Since the beginning of the war, the FDP has been offering direct assistance to Ukrainian refugees who have fled to Romania. The organization puts special emphasis on providing social and educational programs to single Ukrainian women with children who have resettled in Bucharest indefinitely, having lost everything due to the ongoing conflict.

2 years of accompanying Ukrainians

Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine (February 24, 2022), millions of people have left their homes to escape the bombing and found shelter in safer areas within their own country or abroad. AVSI immediately took action to help them.

The importance of dreams and empathy

At the beginning of May, Cecilia Tresoldi had the opportunity to travel to Bucharest, Romania, where I met our colleagues from FDP – Protagonisti in Educatie, as well as the Ukrainian refugees and local host families they serve.

Anniversary of Ukraine Speech by Giampaolo Silvestri, Secretary General of AVSI Foundation

We cannot forget the Ukrainian children who are living in Eastern Ukraine, in areas under Russian military control. They, too, need support and help. Due to the restrictions (on the movement of humanitarian staff and the blockage of relief supplies across the front line), however, we have no way of knowing how they are, and what they need.

We can’t forget them.

AVSI-USA Visits Ukrainian Refugees in Poland and Romania

Barbara Gagliotti shares the story of Dona Maria. Dona Maria, an elderly woman, and her disabled husband were boarded unto a bus in Zaporizhzhia and transported to Romania, leaving everything and everyone they knew behind.  We met Dona Maria during a visit to AVSI-USA supported activities in Poland and Romania as part of our emergency campaign on behalf of Ukrainian refugees. Read more.

The Power of the Gift of Giving: How AVSI-USA Friends From Around the World Came Together to Fundraise for Our Partners

The Spring of 2022 will always be a reminder of the darkness of the Ukrainian Crisis, but it will also represent the incredible generosity of our donors. This unexpected wave of contributions taught us that the act of giving transforms us: it fulfills an innate human desire, immerses us in hope, and renews our motivation to love selflessly.

Updates from the Frontlines in Ukraine

It is freezing in Ukraine. Thousands have been sleeping in subway stations and makeshift bunkers to protect themselves from bombs. For over a million people, the time has come to flee. Across the eastern part of the country, women, children and the elderly daily board any bus or train they can find heading west and south, either to cities like Lviv (Leopoli) near the Polish border, or continuing further into Poland, Romania, and Moldova. How long will they be gone?

Witness from Ukraine

Living in an orphanage in Ukraine is usually a traumatizing experience, even in peaceful times. Estimates put the number of youth in orphan care in the country at about 90,000. The majority are social orphans, meaning they have been placed in institutions because their parents could not care for them on account of extreme poverty, abuse, or abandonment. Around age 16, orphans must leave the boarding schools or other care institutions because state funding runs out. Yet, having spent their whole lives without parental love and care, most are woefully unprepared for independent adult living.