Rotary Club of Billericay Mayflower’s Barry Howe has made a number of visits to Moldova, a small country bordering Ukraine, to deliver aid in this country and to fund and help build washroom and toilet facilities in schools where no such facilities existed.
The Rotary Club of Billericay has helped support these projects and reported on them in previous Newsletters. We were particularly moved by the reports made by Barry on his return from his last trip to Moldova where he saw at first hand two locations where Ukrainian refugees are housed, and how desperate is the deprivation in which they find themselves.
Its a little know fact that Moldova has received 718,657 Ukrainian refugees and 84,077 third country nationals since late February 2022. Of these, 107,480 have chosen to stay in the country as of 16 April 2023, and of these, 47,298 are under the age of 18 years old. (UNHCR)
It is hosting the highest number of Ukrainian refugees per head compared to other EU and EU-neighbouring countries including Poland! (UNDP December 2022)
Barry Howe and Peter Greene of the two Rotary Clubs of Billericay, and Billericay Mayflower, got together earlier this year to see what could be done to help, and applied to the Rotary Foundation Disaster Response Fund for a grant which, together with donations by their two clubs, would fund a lorry of aid to Ukrainians in Moldova.
The issue was identified by the local community to Rotarian Barry Howe when he was last there in August 2022, and details were itemised in a WhatsApp post on April 28, 2023, in which this community appealed for food, toiletries, clothes and school supplies. (There are widespread shortages of basic foods and supplies.)
The Grant request was made on June 12, and after review by the District Grant’s Committee was approved at end July.
Time was of the essence as the next scheduled Aid Convoy to Moldova was scheduled for just ten days later so timing was very tight, but both clubs “broke records” transferring the money to source all the goods and to pay for them within a day of receiving the grant, on August 4.
Barry pulled out all the stops, and collected the aid which was so desperately needed, and had it loaded onto the trucks and vans heading to Moldova. The bulk of the aid comprised food, clothing, children’s pens, pencils, books, bicycles and toiletries.
The Aid convoy vehicles, one 18-ton lorry and one 40 foot Artic, plus two tall long wheel base vans, assembled at Albea in Colchester (cosmetic tube manufacturer who allow the lorries to be securely parked there). All the aid was loaded onto the vehicles there, and the vehicles set off on schedule on August 10 for their overland journey to Moldova, where they arrived on August 13.
Barry and wife Janet, (Janet is a member of the third Rotary Club in Billericay – the Rotary Club of Billericay Town) left at the same time in a separate motorhome and were waiting for the aid convoy when it arrived in Moldova.
They were on-site to ensure that the aid was safely distributed to the Ukrainian refugees who needed it most, in the camps which Barry had visited on his previous trip last year.
(This report will be updated after Barry and Jan return from the trip.)
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