Moldovan unions assist Ukrainian refugees in becoming self-sufficient

Date:

  • News by AUN News correspondent
  • Monday, October 24, 2022.
  • AUN News – ISSN: 2949-8090

Summary:

The National Confederation of Trade Unions of Moldova (CNSM) has been able to feed and house thousands of refugees thanks to the assistance of the ILO. More than 500,000 Ukrainian refugees have entered Moldova, but many have since left for other nations. Moldova has taken in more Ukrainian refugees than any other nation in Europe, per capita,. The population of Moldova rose by 4% at the height of the influx.

Nearly 90,000 people who were running away from the fighting in Ukraine have decided to stay in Moldova. They have been welcomed with open arms and helped by the trade unions in the country, which are supported by the ILO.

The National Confederation of Trade Unions of Moldova (CNSM), with help from the ILO, is helping about 90,000 Ukrainian refugees. They have sought safety in Moldova due to the violence in Ukraine.

The CNSM has allowed refugees and their families access to its properties. They also get three meals daily and stay in sanatoriums and the Institute of Labor in Chisinau, the country’s capital. The program is backed by the ILO and other contributors, as well as by the government of Moldova and the program itself.

“CNSM is committed to helping those in need. We promptly launched a solidarity operation to help those who were most in need as soon as refugees from the Ukrainian conflict started to arrive. We have been able to feed and house thousands of refugees thanks to the assistance of the ILO and other partners. It demonstrates the adaptability of the labour movement and the significance of global solidarity, according to CNSM President Igor Zubcu.

At the cost of $71,000, the CNSM programme has provided more than 20,000 nights, or around 85 bednights daily. The ILO has provided 3,550 nights in support of this.

Rada and Lurii Bigun and their five children are among the people who get help from the CNSM. The Institute of Labor has provided housing for the family for almost four months. The day we arrived at the Institute of Labor, according to Iurii, was “our luckiest day ever.” Two rooms have been offered to us, which is excellent for our huge family. We appreciate the leadership of the institute and the kindness and understanding of everyone who helped us.

Iurii was a talented auto mechanic in Ukraine before the war, and Rada looked after their kids. She also built and ran a website as a volunteer to help raise money for the parents of sick or disabled Ukrainian children so they could pay for medical care. Rada has been able to keep going with this project because the CNSM is stable.

“I requested assistance through the website, and it was successful. Since then, supporters from the local community, as well as from Italy and the United States, have helped dozens of Ukrainian families with challenged children. I never stopped bringing together those in need and kindhearted individuals. I volunteer to do this, she said. “Many Ukrainians require assistance since they could not evacuate the war because of significant health issues. More than anybody else, children need help since conflict can leave them traumatised for life.

Additionally, Moldova has offered free assistance to refugees in finding access to essential services like housing, healthcare, education, and social welfare payments.

According to Viorel Blaga, General Director of the CNSM, “The Institute of Labor is the training arm of the CNSM.” “To accommodate as many refugees as possible, we have reserved many rooms in our hotel. People receive three meals per day from us. A help desk, a laundry room, a playroom for kids, and even a family workout area have all been built. Among other things, refugees enjoy complimentary access to the internet.

The battle started in February 2022, and more than 500,000 Ukrainian refugees have entered Moldova, but many have since left for other nations. Moldova has taken in more Ukrainian refugees than any other nation in Europe, per capita. The population of Moldova rose by 4% at the height of the influx.

Analysis by: Advocacy Unified Network

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