Helping Ukrainian Refugees in Romania and Ukraine

Helping Ukrainian Refugees in Romania and Ukraine

From Charles Fiesel

Helping Refugees from Ukraine in Romania since February 24th. And most recently, I have been in Ukraine helping to move supplies to areas of need with Odessa as my base. My 7th trip into Ukraine begins early August.

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Update:  my 6th trip into Ukraine concluded on July 17th.  My 7th trip to Odesa will begin early August.  

Native New Yorker who lives in Bucharest, Romania: Helping Refugees from Ukraine since February 24th in Romania & in Ukraine.  Before the non-profits arrived at the main train station in Bucharest (Gara de Nord), I was one of the first volunteers.  I, along with other volunteers, paid for food, water, taxis to local places where we found  housing for refugees.  From tampons to asthma medicine, in the first days there were very few of us who actually provided items that were needed by refugees upon their arrival after the 9 hours train ride from the North of Romania. Since those stunningly unexpected days, I have worked in Isaccea Port on the Danube River, which is the main safe exit point for Ukrainians coming from the besieged south. I have gotten thousands of pounds of food, thousands of coloring books, pencil's and activity boards games for children in the border safety zone.  Since April, I have coordinated the delivery of urgently need medicines and communication equipment inside Ukraine.  I have driven trucks with urgent supplies to areas of risk. Support work in Ukraine's high risk areas are done by people like me who are self funded.  I  have helped thousands of refugees since those first days at Gara de Nord Train Station, Bucharest.  When a gap in the system to help refugees happens ( every day), I make an effort to resolve it.    Imagine a single mother with 3 children dropped off at an apartment provided for refugee mothers with at risk children (children with asthma cant stay in the tents, etc).  Is she really going to go shopping for that first night worth of food/water?  If an elderly couple arrives at 2 am at the train station, I will get them a ride to where they are going..... What about kids who arrived without more than the clothes they are wearing because they were in such a rush with their families to escape?  What about pocket money for the next train...next bus? for Whatever the gap or or need,  I continue to make the effort to resolve it.  I have sponsored my own activities with help from a few friends. Your financial support is greatly appreciated.  I am writing this before I leave Bucharest for my next  trip inside Ukraine.  Here is a link to a broadcast in South Korea that I was interviewed for( In the pics slider above it is the last one...click arrow to play),  It is in Korean, but there are three segments where I speak in English with Korean Subtitles and you can hear me talk about the border crossing.  Also, In the photo with the 2 trucks moving supplies across the border, I am the guy with the NYPD shirt on.  Also,  In one of the pics, I am standing with Romania's Senator Nicoleta Pauliuc, President, Committee on Defense and National Security.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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