Updated: How to Help Refugees in Moldova
March 3 2022
This is an updated donation page. For the original post with some context on the situation please see this post.
An updated Moldova Matters post is coming in the next few hours.
First and foremost money is needed. Large international donors are preparing support in Moldova coordinated by the UN. But the majority of the work on the ground is being done by volunteer groups, NGOs, business associations, and other civil society actors. Unfortunately, Moldova has never adopted paypal, online card processing or other modern (aka early 2000s) financial systems. It is challenging to send money to NGOs directly from outside Moldova. Here are 2 groups acting as donation hubs who will be working to distribute money collected from international donations to NGOs in Moldova:
Friends of Moldova NGO
Donation Page for Friends of Moldova 501c3
The Friends of Moldova NGO is one of many “Friends of” NGOs created by former Peace Corps Volunteers to support their former country of service. As a former volunteer myself I coordinate with the team leading Friends of Moldova and they have setup a donation page accepting paypal and debit / credit card payments.
Donations to Friends of Moldova are directly coordinated with the Peace Corps Moldova and Moldova Small Enterprise Alliance donation center being run out of Smokehouse restaurant (basically - the author’s restaurant). They go directly to supporting logistics, material needs (food, bedding, personal hygiene supplies, etc) and other needs of refugees.
I served with all of the volunteers behind this page and am working directly on the ground to coordinate spending. I personally vouch for this money getting to the right place.
Moldova for Peace Crowdfunding Group
Follow this link to donate - information available in English (scroll to bottom)
The Moldova for Peace working group has created a crowdfunding page. They are directly collecting funds to support the efforts that they are coordinating. From their page:
How will the money be spent?
The funds will be used to cover the needs of refugees and people crossing the border during the war period: drinking water, tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, toilets, power-banks, tea, baby food, etc. A part of money will cover the costs for the functioning of the „Moldova For Peace” volunteer group (fuel travel to the border, etc.).
I personally know the team behind this page and spent most of yesterday working with Moldova for Peace. They are doing great work.
Moldova World Children’s Fund
Moldova World Children’s Fund is a North Carolina-based 501C non-profit organization that has been active in Moldova for more than 20 years. Over its long history in Moldova, MWCF has implemented numerous assistance programs and infrastructure projects in health, education emergency relief and much more. In the wake of the invasion of Ukraine and the looming humanitarian crisis, they have reallocated a large portion of their resources and effort towards the refugee relief effort. They have warehouses, transportation and a team on the ground capable of implementing the assistance and are currently coordinating their efforts with the Moldovan government. They are receiving U.S. tax-deductible donations through their website at
/ and can also receive contributions through the North Carolina-Moldova Bilateral Partnership Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/524181444772869.
Hope4 Donate Ukraine
Link to their fundraising campaign here.
From their website
Hope4 is on the ground in Moldova supporting Ukrainian Refugees, by providing emergency aid and support.
Every single penny we raise is spent on the purpose it was given and not a single penny is spent on admin or salaries.
I have been in contact with the director of this group and they are doing great work.
Help Ukrainian Conflict Refugees Survive Winter
Help Ukrainian Conflict Refugees Survive Winter is a relief effort organized through a U.S. NGO offering relief and assistance to Ukrainian refugees in Poland, Moldova and, where possible, inside Ukraine.
This effort is raising money to support the work of the following NGOs:
Footprint Project. Footprint Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit disaster service organization that focuses on providing cleaner energy access to communities in crisis. We work across the disaster management cycle to deploy sustainable technologies where they are needed most.
SmartAID. SmartAID is an international, not-for-profit, aid agency which uses high and basic technological systems and innovative tools to exponentially improve the efficiency of traditional humanitarian & long-term sustainable aid.
Ministry of Finance Special Donation Account
Link to facebook post with account and routing information
The Moldovan government has also set up a special account where you can donate directly to refugee relief. Please note that only wire transfers are possible due to the banking limitations mentioned above.
Material Donations / Volunteer Support
If you are on the ground in Moldova and are looking for ways to support there are a lot of needs for volunteers, housing for refugees and more.
Please note: the authorities ask that no one go to the border points and drop off donations without being cleared by the working group or other official representatives. There are too many people there already and it is critical to send goods to the place they are most needed.
SOS Moldova Ukraine / Moldova Facebook Group
This facebook group is working on matching of capacities to needs. They are very involved in finding housing for refugee families as well as coordinating some volunteering work. Most information is in Russian.
AIM Accepting Donations
The Moldova Small Enterprise Alliance (AIM) has begun a collection drive accepting donations for refugees. This effort is being supported by Peace Corps Moldova. Donations are being accepted and warehoused at Smokehouse restaurant and will be transmitted to organization at the direction of “Moldova for Peace” or directly to Ukrainian families staying in the city.
Diapers and things for small children
Warm clothes in good condition
Food products - nothing that needs to be cooked, refrigerated or expiring quickly
Old cell phones in working condition (families that lost phones in the crossing have already requested used units)
For a more detailed list please see this google document
As the President of AIM and the owner of the restaurant that used to be Smokehouse (and is now a warehouse of donations) I can say this will all get to the right place. Peace Corps has been extremely helpful in leveraging their institutional knowledge to help AIM compile donation lists and to assure that we are gathering the right things.
Government Donation Centers
The Moldovan government is coordination additional donation centers at the following 4 locations:
Moldova-Film, at Hincesti Highway, 61
Moldexpo at st. Giocheilor, 1
Technical University of Moldova - st. Student, 9/7
Palace of Railwaymen - st. Decebal, 2.
Hi David, this is Jason B, the US physician who emailed. I'm not there currently. I don't want to "just show up". I'm looking to connect with who ever may need emergency medicine clinical help. Also, I do work with a large refugee centered medical NGO and we are in the process of developing our plans for assistance in that area. (What is the best way to communicate with you?). -Jason
The Charity Center for Refugees is an NGO set up in Chisinau in 1999 by a former Afghan refugee Djavid Paknehad. It's UNHCR main partner in Moldova. The permanent team is comprised of 8 people (director, deputy director, project assistant, fundraiser specialist, social assistant, employment counsellor, accountant, women community mediator). It usually provides food assistance, employment counselling, access to education, cash in some cases as well as cultural activities for refugees, asylum seekers and beneficiaries of humanitarian protection. It also manages jointly with the authorities the temporary accommodation center near to the airport. Regarding the current crisis, they are distributing food and necessary products to the refugees as well as cash assistance to those registered at UNHCR. If you want to help them financially, you can donate to its gofundme : https://gofund.me/05813d7a
You can check all their activities on their website ccr.md (in Ro, En, Ru, Fr), subscribe to their Twitter (CentreRefugees) and Facebook (Charity Centre for Refugees)
Thank you for all this hard compiling work David !