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The American Jewish Joint Distribution
Committee serves as the overseas arm of help for local Jewish communities.Besides annual support of welfare, cultural, youth, and family programs with its branch in
Moldova, AJJDC-NY helps in gathering and sending humanitarian shipments to
Moldova. During the last few years13 cargoes with a market value of
$1,160,000 were sent to local communities.
The shipments contained brand new winter and summer clothes of high
quality (sweaters, trousers, shirts, overcoats, etc.), pampers, shoes, and computers. The items were
distributed to over 4,000 needy members of the Jewish community as well as
to non-Jewish organizations of war veterans, invalids, boarding schools, etc.
In December 2006 and January 2007 JDC Moldova and Kishinev Hesed
received two containers with humanitarian aid from JDC New York. Both shipments contained over 22,000
items of new clothing for women of high quality, various models and sizes. A part of clothing was
appropriate for children as well.
The price of one similar item in Moldova is no less than $
30-40, and retired and poor people buy the cheapest clothing of poorest quality.
humanitarian aid was received by both Jewish and non-Jewish organizations. The Jewish community
members received 85% of the cargo. Among them 3,150 persons were elderly people, and 580 children.
was a 7 years old girl when the World War II began. Her family stood in Kishinev and was sent to the
Kishinev ghetto. Elena, her mother and sister were the only survivors of the whole
All her life Elena was working as an office assistant. Her husband died
some years ago and now she is leaving alone. She is on the first group of disability. She also
inherited asthma and allergy from the time she was in ghetto.
Elena receives a
state age pension of about 75$, 1/3 of which she has to pay for the public utilities.
a poor family she didn’t even think that she was going to receive for free such good new
clothing. She enjoys obtaining new dress, shoes and other items like a baby.
like a holyday for me when I was invited to receive humanitarian assistance. I really need help, and
really get it”, – said Elena
It is a big family – mother, father, two kids and
Nikita, four years boy, is the invalid of the 1st group. He has the cerebral palsy.
The legs muscles are nonfunctional. He cannot move without help.
Elina was born ahead of time
with the diagnoses of encephalopathy. She is under medical observation. Their grandmother is the
invalid of the 2nd group – she is deaf.
After difficult confinement Irina, the mother
cannot keep the house and to look after children. The huge debts for public utilities are accumulated
in this family. And there is no money at all to acquire new clothes.
The family’s income is
$80. Children are recipients of the Jewish Family Service help. They receive food assistance,
medicines, assistance in covering public utilities.
With all this humanitarian aid is one of the
most appreciated assistance for the family. Both children and adults receive clothing, footwear,
linen, electrical goods and toys.
Irina told: “I can not find appropriate words to express
our gratitude for rendering the family almost all necessary things.”