CAF America President & CEO Hosts Gathering in Warsaw, Meets with Local Organizations on Current State of Aid to Ukrainian Refugees
By: CAF America
Ted and his team also met with several of CAF America's grantees who deliver humanitarian relief and long-term assistance for Ukrainian refugees. One such organization was the Polish Center for International Aid (PCPM); a critical portion of their work involves providing education for Ukrainian refugee children and engaging teachers to build local schools' capacity to meet increased need.
According to Warsaw's Department of Education, Warsaw has received 1.5 million refugees from Ukraine since the start of the war, 44% of which are children. The Polish education system has depended on organizations like PCPM to ensure these children receive the education and attention they need without overwhelming the system.
PCPM also operates a 400-person capacity refugee shelter. Dr. Wojtek Wilk, PCPM's CEO, noted there are serious concerns about the challenges of housing a second wave of refugees who are anticipated as winter approaches. Another local organization, Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH) projects there will be an additional 750,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine this winter.
Covering basic needs expenses is another focus of organizations in the area; PAH's Multi-Cash Assistance program helps connect qualifying Ukrainian refugees with monthly financial support they can use to cover their most pressing needs. A majority of program recipients are women and children.
Delegates from multiple organizations noted that the programs they provide are reliant on support from the international community: "During the past eight months, we have learned outside help is crucial—whether it's teachers, food, or housing," said Michał Olszewski, Deputy Mayor of Warsaw.
For further information about the current state of Ukrainian refugee crisis, please join CAF America and our partners PCPM and PAH for a webinar on December 13, 2022. During this event, you will hear from organizations about their current work, what challenges they face, and what changes they anticipate this winter.
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