Friends House Moscow (FHM) has had a challenging six months due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
Western countries have imposed wide-ranging financial sanctions on Russia, making it very difficult to transfer funds to Russia to support FHM’s work and forcing creativity to find alternative solutions. Fortunately, FHM’s donor organizations moved quickly to transfer sufficient funds to cover the needs for this year so FHM can continue supporting projects in Russia. Two of these—the Integration Center for Migrant Children and Equally Diverse—have taken on a special relevance at this time because they work with refugees and migrants. A little-known fact is that a large number of Ukrainian refugees have fled to Russia. Therefore, these two projects will be playing an important role in helping them to adapt to life in a new country, as well as helping them find shelter and support.
In addition, FHM has committed to supporting a new Alternatives to Violence Project program in Estonia aimed at ameliorating tensions that could potentially arise between newly arrived Ukrainian refugees and Russian residents in that country.
Lastly, FHM has been holding a daily international meeting for worship for peace where everyone affected by, and connected with, this conflict is held in the Light. More information can be found at friendshousemoscow.org/news-about-ukraine.
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