Nothilfe für Menschen in der Ukraine und auf der Flucht
András D. Hajdú
War in Ukraine

Emergency aid in neighbouring countries

Emergency aid in neighbouring countries

Working through its partner organizations in Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Moldova, HEKS/EPER is present on the ground to assist people who are on the move.


The situation of Ukrainian refugees in Romania now seems to be stabilizing. There are some 84,000 Ukrainian refugees in the country. Roughly 28 per cent of them want to stay in Romania and are seeking longer-term accommodation. Over 80 per cent of the refugees are mothers with children, and no income. Many of them are trying to find work, and their children began the new school year in September.

In Romania, HEKS/EPER works with Diaconia, the Open Fields Foundation and with FONNS, a network of social organizations. The HEKS/EPER partners distribute food, they have set up a cash support scheme, and are also assisting with longer-term accommodation arrangements for refugees and their integration in Romania. They also offer language courses, psycho-social support and help with job-seeking or getting children into the school system.

In recent months, HEKS/EPER and its partners have supplied altogether some 172 tonnes food to border crossings and refugee camps along the border. All told, more than 100,000 refugees have received assistance. The approaching winter is also a major factor in neighbouring countries. HEKS/EPER partners are now purchasing specific supplies such as blankets, toiletries and warm clothing.

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In Hungary, the "Refugee Service of the Hungarian Reformed Church" is coming to the aid of local church parishes that have taken in refugees in border areas. HEKS/EPER supports the Refugee Service through a cash project, under which refugees are given cash with which they can buy food, toiletries and medicines, or pay for communications with their relatives. Refugees also continue to receive medical and food supplies.

The need for longer-term accommodation has been growing steadily over recent weeks. Going hand-in-hand with the continuing refugee movements is a housing and economic crisis with steadily rising prices. Consequently, the Refugee Service is also seeking longer-term lodgings for refugees and establishing an integration assistance service; it has hired professionals to provide refugees with psychosocial support in Ukrainian, Russian and Hungarian, and to give language courses. Besides, job opportunities are sought, potential employers are contacted and refugees are given relevant advice (learn more, in German).

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic too has become a significant country of transit and destination for fleeing Ukrainians. To date, the country has taken in 390,000 refugees. In the Czech Republic, HEKS/EPER supports the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren (ECCB) in coordinating activities to support and provide lodgings for refugees. A total of 130 parishes around the country have taken in refugees either privately or in church parish halls, and are seeing to their supervision and meals, with the support of ECCB specialized units. Moreover, the Church of Czech Brethren assists refugees in becoming integrated, among other things, by offering interpreting services, language courses, or by organizing joint activities with church parishioners. In the medium term, Ukrainian children are to receive educational support and adults will be assisted in becoming professionally integrated (learn more, in German).


Moldova has taken in 90,000 refugees since the war began. Since early September, HEKS/EPER has been represented by a local delegation. Some 1,230 vulnerable people are receiving cash support. Supplies are now also being purchased specifically for the winter. Projects are also being prepared with a focus on legal support, access to education and psychosocial support. 


Last Update: 21.09.2022



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