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Support for Ukraine

Keystone Human Services remains committed to our work in Eastern Europe supporting people with disability and building a more inclusive world. We strongly condemn the aggression against Ukraine and stand in full support of the Ukrainian people.

When the bombs first exploded in Ukraine, our employees in Moldova could hear them. The Unitate Community Center run by Keystone Moldova in Tudora is right near the border, and Ukrainians began crossing into Moldova there and at nearby Palanca. We are not a humanitarian aid organization, but this is our community, and Keystone Moldova stepped forward to help.

We’re looking to people’s immediate needs today, tomorrow, next week—food, shelter, other supplies. We’re also looking at what people will need in the years to come as they rebuild their lives.

Keystone Moldova has been a trusted NGO in the Republic of Moldova for 20 years, working to make sure people with disability are included in every part of society. We know that crises like this have long-term impacts. Many Ukrainians will stay in Moldova. We’re advocating for policies related to emergency situations that include people with disability. Support is needed to build inclusive infrastructure and social services that account for the needs of refugees with disabilities. Children will need to be included in kindergarten, school, and other services. People will need support as they build their resilience and establish a home for themselves. 

Today we’re providing a hot meal. We’ll be here tomorrow as people begin looking to the future.

Disability Inclusive Disaster Relief

During a crisis, people with disability—especially women with disability—are at risk of abandonment, violence, and death. They are often cut off from information, resources, and their community. Article 11 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities speaks to countries’ responsibilities to ensure the protection and safety of people with disability during armed conflict, humanitarian emergencies, and natural disasters, among other crises.

There are at least 2.7 million Ukrainians with disability. Keystone Moldova is making sure that people with disability are included in every conversation. We’re advocating for inclusive relief efforts and policies so people with disability are not left behind. We’re mapping the needs of refugees with disabilities within shelters throughout Moldova and streamlining the way human service NGOs provide support for people with disability.

How Your Donation Helps

Your donation makes an impact. Our work focuses on Ukrainians with disability in official refugee shelters, as well as those hosted by families and other shelters. You can help make sure people with disability are included in disaster relief efforts. Below are some of the ways we are supporting people during this crisis and how your donation helps:

  • Accompanying people with disability to travel through Moldova or stay within the country
  • Mapping the locations and needs of people with disability on a weekly basis and establishing new mobile teams, including a doctor a psychologist, to help with this process
  • Delivering services through the hotline support service and mobile teams service
  • Developing individual assistance plans for refugees with disabilities
  • Developing personal assistance services for Ukrainians with disabilities who decide to stay in Moldova
  • Developing specialized foster care services for unaccompanied children with disabilities and children in residential institutions
  • Developing shared living services for Ukrainians with disabilities
  • Providing support to families with people with disabilities for food, hygiene supplies, urgent-need medicines, and rehabilitation services

“Each donation is a hand of help and solidarity to support the basic needs of people with disabilities in emergency situations.”

In addition to supplies and information, Keystone Moldova is providing Ukrainian children with a safe place to play and just be children.

Hotline Support Service

Hotline Support Service

Ukrainians with disabilities, their families, and caregivers in Moldova can call the hotline support service to access information and counseling.

Toll-free: 080010808

Viber and text: +373 60 60 15 49

Hotline Support Service

Hotline Support Service

Ukrainians with disabilities, their families, and caregivers in Moldova can call the hotline support service to access information and counseling.

Toll-free: 080010808

Viber and text: +373 60 60 15 49

Supplies in car

Support for Refugees with Disabilities

Keystone Moldova is a leader in the national task force with the UN Human Rights Office in Moldova to address the needs of refugees with disabilities. Representatives from national and international NGOs, central public authorities, and donors are working together to coordinate services and supports.

We are mapping people’s needs and making information accessible for people with disabilities, as well as making sure people have access to food, assistive equipment, accessible transportation, medical care, and medications. We’re working to make sure refugees with disabilities can access the community-based services they need.

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Hot Meals and Heated Tents

Many people leaving Ukraine are women and children who need someplace safe to get warm and access supplies as they plan the next part of their journey. Keystone Moldova has partnered with IsraAid and Institutum Virtutes Civilis to set up heated tents for mothers and children going through customs at Palanca. Children have the opportunity to play, draw pictures, and just be children for a few hours, while their mothers can relax, sip a hot drink, and access information.

Keystone Moldova is also providing hot meals for people at the border, as well as refugees staying with host families.

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Hot Meals and Heated Tents

Many people leaving Ukraine are women and children who need someplace safe to get warm and access supplies as they plan the next part of their journey. Keystone Moldova has partnered with IsraAid and Institutum Virtutes Civilis to set up heated tents for mothers and children going through customs at Palanca. Children have the opportunity to play, draw pictures, and just be children for a few hours, while their mothers can relax, sip a hot drink, and access information.

Keystone Moldova is also providing hot meals for people at the border, as well as refugees staying with host families.

 

About Keystone Moldova

Keystone Moldova promotes inclusion for people with disability, emphasizing full participation in the community. Our expertise lies in deinstitutionalization, sustainable community-based services and systems design, inclusive policy development, and inclusive education. We take a rights-based approach to ensure that people with disability are included in all parts of society. Keystone Moldova partners with national and local governments and advocates to reform and develop the framework for the social protection system and community-based services, and we have consulted with countries and NGOs around the world.

Visit KeystoneMoldova.md to learn more.