Funds Sources: Ukrainian Peace Campaign
Project Name: Code for Romania War Task Force
Recipient Organization: Code for Romania
Starting Date: April 2022
Project Status: In Development
Total Project Budget: $12,000
Financed Amount: $8,000
The Task Force mechanism will help provide qualitative information about the ongoing situation and the effects of the war and aid in managing the critical needs of the refugees, resources, and capacity of local authorities and support for the civil society in Ukraine and the Moldova Republic.
On 24 Feb, our usual activities were put on hold, and we redirected all our resources on relaunching the Task Force to support the Ukrainian refugees fleeing the horrors of the war, but also to assist the Department of Emergency Situations and the Romanian Government in their endeavors to manage the
In less than eight weeks, we delivered 11 digital tools designed to improve Romania’s response to a humanitarian crisis of such dimensions. The first three tools of this ecosystem were up in just ten days and addressed the refugees’ urgent needs:
- Access to official information - dopomoha.ro is the go-to refugee resource and assistance platform, which offers information verified and validated by international refugee support organizations and local authorities. Our content creation and validation partners are the Romanian National Council for Refugees - CNRR, IOM Romania, the Department for Emergency Situations (DSU), and UNHCR. All information on the platform is available in Ukrainian, Russian, English, and Romanian.
- Resource and housing management - UnAcoperis.ro (One Roof) is the platform where refugees in need of accommodation can access places that have been checked and adapted to their special needs so that those fleeing the war stay safe.
- SprijinDeUrgenta.ro (Emergency Support) is a space where those who want to offer their help but do not know how can get in direct contact with those who need help. For resource allocation and procedures, we collaborate with the Department for Emergency Situations (DSU), which access and coordinate the distribution effort according to the needs of the people who are now crossing the border in Romania. Both platforms are available in Ukrainian, Russian, English, and Romanian.
We continue to work tirelessly to address the long-term needs that the Ukrainian migrants have during their unlimited stay in Romania. The financial support received will be directed to the development of new digital tools designed to ease access to:
- medical services for chronic patients (UkraineChildCancerHelp and ConsiliereHIV are live)
- education and integration
- psychological assistance, especially for those affected by PTSD.
At the same time, we continue to collaborate with the authorities and the NGO sector in Romania to consolidate this growing integrated digital ecosystem that will support the Romanian society in managing the effects of any future humanitarian crisis.