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Starting in 2004, shipments with humanitarian aid were delivered under the
long-term project “Humanitarian Aid to the Moldovan Jewish Community from
WJR”. The total market value of the aid is over $2,200,000. The shipments contained
clothes for adults and children, fur coats and caps, shoes, blankets, sewing machines, stationery,
toys, computers, beans, etc. Sending glasses for people with poor eye-sight became a special part of
the project. Over 1,500 glasses were received with gratitude from London.
We refer the success of
the long term Gifts-In-Kind project to willingness of both sides of supporting needy people and to
high professional level of project implementers.
Over 30 welfare organizations received
humanitarian aid from WJR, which means that 5,000 needy Jews and 2,000 non-Jews received significant
material help and moral support.
Humanitarian aid from WJR became very popular among not only
Jewish community but non Jewish organizations. More and more NGOs apply for receiving part of
Jewish organizations received 85% of the shipment. Other 15% were distributed to non-
Since 2004 over 24 containers with Humanitarian Aid from WJR were
delivered to Moldova.
The last shipments contained tones of beans, new adults and children
clothing – furs, shirts, dresses, underwear, jackets, coats and other clothing; fabric,
curtains, shoes, hygiene products packed in school bags and two pianos.
“The vans that we have donated will clearly make an enormous
difference to the activities that can be planned. It became very clear just what a difference these
vans will make and how much this gift means to the whole community”. Philippa
Strauss, WJR-October 2007 Mission participant
“This fur will warm me from both outside and inside. It is a real
pleasure to feel myself a part of the big Jewish community where people will to help other Jews living
far away.” Klava
“It is hard to express my thankfulness to the
people who decided to give such a wonderful present. It will definitely comfort my old
bones,”- smiled Galina.
“This natural fur will help me feel warm all
through the year. Getting the fur, I recalled a period before the war when my mom had a fur of the
same color. I cried but my tears were the tears of memory, thankfulness and happiness for such a
wonderful gift.”– said Betya
“My only daughter lives
in Israel together with her family. The suit I received from Great Britain is a very important
acquisition, as I am going to impress my daughter and grandkids when they visit me
soon.”– told Lev
Tsilya, Nikolay, Yuliya, Maksim - Kishinev
Incomplete family with two children. Grandparents occupy with the children’s upbringing. The mother of children suffers from alcohol dependence, she abandoned children and does not take part in the education of Yuliya and Maksim. The father left children for his parents and does not help them with money. The family lives for grand-parents’ salaries. The grand-mother works as a charlady in the store, and grand-father works as a loader in the same store. Maksim stays at home alone, as there are no money for transport and fee for kindergarten. Yuliya is a pupil of the Jewish ORT lyceum. The family is in the critical situation and after they pay for public services they have no money for appropriate nourishment, purchase of clothes and shoes. The children are sickly. The family lives in the private house, which needs a full repair. Yuliya and Tsilya suffer from pyelonephritis
Family income – grand-mother’s salary – 100 USD and grand-ather’s – 100 USD
Public services – 76 USD Assistance from JFS: Food aid – in the program “Store” (monthly), Humanitarian aid – in the form of clothing and footwear, hygienic aid, blanket, toys, detergents, Child’s SOS – in the framework of this program the debts for public services were paid (water, gas), school uniform was bought for Yuliya.
Anna, Nikole, Aleksey - Kishinev
Family is an incomplete family with two children. Anna’s mother died several years ago, children’s father does not take part in their education. Having addressed municipal social service social assistant holds a joint work on guardianship of children. When Anna remained alone she found herself in a difficult situation. The girl got pregnant and gave birth to a daughter being a 17-year-old mother. In regard to this the family is under a special control of municipal social assistant and Jewish Family Service organization. Anna had a additional responsibility for education of her younger brother Aleksey. Aleksey does not go to a kindergarten because of lack of money and he has to stay at home with his sister.
There is no income in the family. Social assistance from JFS is the only source of life.
The living conditions are very difficult. The family lives in a shabby building with no central heating, gas and water. In the framework of the DSOS program the coal was bought.
The children are NES organization clients and receive aid in the following programs: Food aid – in the program “Store” (monthly), Humanitarian aid – in the form of clothes and footwear, hygienic means and household appliances, In the program “Rent of child equipment” – child’s crib, In the SOS program – coal was bought for the family.
is similar to those of many other Moldovan pensioners. Having worked for many years as an operator at
a factory, she receives a scanty pension of $88, suffers from many diseases, especially, from
hypertension and arthritis. She lives in an apartment which is in a deplorable state. Lea
is a Holocaust survivor: when she was young, she was a getto prisoner.
Now she shares an apartment with her daughter and grand-daughter.
Grand-daughter studies at school, while daughter has no permanent job and snatches any opportunity to
earn some money.
Lea is a Hesed
client, which gives her a possibility of communicating with peers. She receives supermarket sets,
medicines; attends cultural events. In spite of this help, Lea has no money to purchase new clothes,
footwear and spectacles. She has been using the same pare of glasses for many
This time they invited Lea to the Hesed
to receive a pair of new glasses which came as humanitarian aid.Lea is happy to
have such an opportunity, because the old spectacles have cracked.“I
wish to express my gratitude to the people from abroad for their help that is so necessary for us in
Moldova!”,– exclaimed Lea.
Irina, born in
Many people in Kishinev Hesed
know Irina. She often comes here and tries to be helpful.
Unfortunately, Irina’s health does not always permit her to be active.
She suffers from stomach ulcer and pancreatitis. Irina cannot afford to purchase the medicines
necessary for the treatment. Her pension is $ 94 per month, in spite of the fact that she is a highly
educated person and worked as an accountant for many years.
Irina lives alone in a small apartment and lacks communication and care. A
poor financial condition and loneliness make her life sad.
In the Hesed she receives supermarket sets, medicines, clothes, and footwear. Irina
was very excited receiving new spectacles. She hasn’t bought herself a new pair of glasses for a
long time. The price of spectacles like those she received now is higher than her two monthly
"How kind are those people who make
such a great job helping us get humanitarian aid – clothes, shoes and spectacles! Thanks a lot!