SUS INIMA won the Civil Society Award from the EESC – European Economic and Social Committee for the help given to Ukrainian refugees.Poiană Alexandra
Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, Sus Inima has been involved in actions to meet the needs of the refugees.
Tens of thousands of people have benefited directly and indirectly from the aid programmes developed by Sus Inima. The programmes developed for refugees involve measures that provide immediate practical support, medium-term support and long-term support. The staff involved in the intervention team is international and involves specialists from several fields: social, educational, psychotherapeutic, economic and cultural.
Some of the refugees who have received help have been in transit, while others have chosen to stay in Romania. Therefore, Sus Inima made available:
- basic food, hygiene products
- provided access to therapies and medical services
- provided temporary accommodation for refugees, including refugees with pets
- opened a day centre for Ukrainian children
- organised Romanian and English language courses
- opened the Ukrainian Info Center, a place where refugees can meet and receive support and guidance for a wide range of needs they face
Recent achievements include the opening of Ukrainian language schools for grades 1-4 and 5-11, a nursery group and 3 kindergarten groups. With the exception of Romanian teachers, all staff are Ukrainian refugee teachers.
The direct and indirect beneficiaries of the projects developed and implemented in response to the crisis situation are more than 50,000.
“Receiving an award and recognition for our work from the European Commission is not only the highest honour our organisation can receive, it is also a great boost for consolidating the help we try to provide to vulnerable groups. On top of that, it empowers us to grow and improve the impact we have at the societal level.” (Lu Knobloch – SUS INIMA Organisational Development Director)