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.
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.
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.
One year after the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, AVSI, with its historical partner AVSI Polska and thanks to a donation from the banking group Intesa Sanpaolo, has trained and placed 150 Ukrainian women in permanent positions on the Polish job market.
From February 17th to 22nd, Anastasia Zolotova, the Director of Emmaus (AVSI’s Ukrainian partner), traveled to New York and Washington D.C., to share her experience as a war refugee and new life in Italy. Anastasia’s rich background includes more than twelve years of walking with Emmaus orphans, making her days with us here in the United States truly a gift.