WFP to issue second round of cash assistance to Moldovan families hosting refugees [EN/RU/RO] – Moldova

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Chisinau, June 3, 2022 – The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) will issue a second round of cash assistance to Moldovan families hosting refugees from Ukraine, to help them reduce the burden of additional costs for food and other basic needs.

Douglas Mercado, head of the WFP office in Moldova, said the second round will target already registered households who received cash assistance in the first round as well as new families currently hosting two or more refugees for more than a week. . WFP and cooperating partners will work closely with local authorities and communities to verify registered families as well as to identify and register new families currently hosting refugees.

“Our goal is to ensure that Moldovan families have support to meet their basic needs, including food,” Mercado said. “Initially it was a one-off cash assistance, but our assessments at the household level, after the first round, indicate that there is an increase in costs associated with the basic needs of the Moldovan population. We need to make sure they are protected and not forced to make tough choices,” he added.

At least 10,471 Moldovan families received the first round of cash assistance of 3,500 LEI (USD 190) transferred to them between April and May 2022. The second round of the same amount (3,500 LEI) is expected during the last week of June.

Registered and verified families will receive a text message from Western Union notifying them to collect the second round of money at their nearest branch. Families will have 30 days to withdraw their money. New or unregistered host families in Chisinau can use the online registration portal (UAHelp) where the host family head and the refugee(s) must register using the same code received when registering online.

In other regions of the Republic of Moldova, families can register in person with their local municipal councils between 6 and 20 June.

This cash assistance is a tangible contribution to alleviating the financial stress of the government and host families. The cash assistance programme, which is part of WFP’s response to the Ukrainian crisis in Moldova, was launched on 25 March 2022, in collaboration with the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other cooperating partners.

For more information or assistance with registration, please contact us via:

WFP helpline number: 080010890

For media inquiries, please contact:

Jamillah Mwanjisi Communications Officer – WFP Moldova

Email: [email protected]

Tel:+373-69127936 / +393496226211 (WhatsApp)

REMARKS:

• WFP works with the following cooperating partners: Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation Moldova, Catholic Relief Services, ACTED, People in Need Moldova, World Vision and Solidarités International. The program is coordinated with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection. • Stories and Case Studies: Multimedia Hub (wfp.org)

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