In Moldova, our team continues to assess our work providing aid to refugees. In the last few weeks, we built a team of staff in Moldova that will lead the charge of caring for these refugees. Cezara Moscalciuc has stepped into the role of our Head of Crisis Response in Moldova. Along with Cezara, Alexandru Moscalciuc and Inna Volosenco are working with JMI as Crisis Response Coordinators and Daria Floca works on the new Crisis Response team as an Accountant.
Cezara will be providing JMI with weekly updates on the work that we are doing in Moldova. These updates will be available on our website crisis page and highlighted on our social media. We are thankful for this new team that God has provided.
Over the past two weeks, the Crisis Response team has been establishing contacts with different cities, churches, and camps that are housing refugees. As areas of need are discovered, JMI steps in and responds to those needs. So far, the areas of focus have been food, hygiene supplies, mattresses, and medication.
JMI has worked closely with Samaritan’s Purse. Through Samaritan’s Purse, we are able to create and distribute thousands of hygiene kits for refugees across Moldova. In addition to responding to the present need, JMI is meeting with local officials that anticipate hosting more refugees. Through these connections, we are hoping to preemptively respond to needs by continuing to establish relationships with different local and global partners.
Government aid is slow to affect day-to-day life for refugees in Moldova. Large organizations are still trying to establish themselves in the country. JMI has been able to immediately respond to the need in Moldova. As we meet families on the border, many times we have had mothers near tears seeing the amount of aid that JMI is able to provide. While the government is only able to give families a pack of rice, a pack of gruel, a pack of sugar and a pack of pasta; JMI’s food bags are substantially larger and contain upwards of 35 different items. One boy JMI met at the border was so excited to see bananas in his food bag that he said, “Oh, bananas, mommy, God heard my thoughts!”
It is an honor to be used by God to meet the needs of refugees in Moldova. Whether through food bags, medicine, or hygiene products, JMI is doing everything they can to make these refugees feel safe and comfortable as they flee their homes.
Because of your generous support, we have been and continue to take immediate action to care for refugees. To support our work in Moldova, follow the link below.