The European Union continues supporting host communities in Cahul and Ungheni to help refugees from Ukraine

Posted April 11, 2022

 

Photo: UNDP Moldova

 

The European Union provides €100,000 through its “EU4Moldova: Focal Regions” Programme, implemented by UNDP and UNICEF, to support the local authorities of Cahul and Ungheni to immediately respond to the needs of refugees from Ukraine arriving in the Republic of Moldova.

A batch of humanitarian aid has been delivered to temporary shelters from Cahul and Ungheni, comprising home appliances, light generators, electric heater fans, electric air heaters and flashlights. 300 beds, 350 mattresses, 700 sets of bed linen, duvets, and towels will be donated in the next coming days.

"It is extraordinary to witness the generosity in how the Moldovan population have welcomed the refugees from Ukraine fleeing the Russian aggression. Along with many other avenues of support to the Republic of Moldova, the European Union has provided €100,000 through its ‘EU4Moldova: Focal Regions’ programme, to strengthen the local authorities in addressing the emerging needs of both the refugees and the host communities, together with our partners UNDP and UNICEF. This will contribute to the inclusive integration of refugees in Cahul and Ungheni regions,” stated Jānis Mažeiks, Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova.

"The hospitality of the host communities of Cahul and Ungheni is remarkable, welcoming refugees and accommodating them with dignity. In partnership with the European Union, we jointly support local authorities’ efforts to secure the most urgent needs. Further, we will facilitate the socio-economic integration and inclusion of refugees through access to employment opportunities and public services as well as ensuring social cohesion in host communities,” said Dima Al-Khatib, UNDP Resident Representative to the Republic of Moldova.

In Cahul and Ungheni regions there are 24 temporary shelters, with a total capacity of over 1000 places for hosting refugees.

The "EU4Moldova: Focal Regions" programme (2019-2024) supports smart, inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development in Cahul and Ungheni regions, in order to ensure a better quality of life for citizens. The programme has a total budget of €23 million. It is funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).