All4Aid’s three houses in Bucharest for Ukrainian displaced people have been up and running for a few months now. Altogether they have capacity for 89 guests. Following their model of excellence, these houses were set up to go above and beyond minimum humanitarian standards and look like normal houses, offering safe and comfortable living space for their guests.
House of Grace (a former church parsonage) was the first house opened in March 2022. All4Aid has recently built an additional floor in that house to accommodate even more people! House of Peace (an adapted ground floor space) is normally used for those who are in transit to another EU country and need a place to stay for a few nights. House of Hope (a former Kindergarten building) is a larger, more permanent accommodation. There are a number of Ukrainian mothers with young children living there at the moment.
Following their model of working with displaced people and not only for them, All4Aid’s Ukrainian guests participate in the work being done; for instance, they are helping to decorate and clean the houses. Although the cost of groceries is covered, guests are also the ones who each week create the grocery shopping list, help do the shopping, and bring it to their houses. They also organize themselves to do the cooking.
Along with managing the housing programme, the All4Aid team also drives into Ukraine on a weekly basis taking around 6.000 EUR worth of food. They have made an agreement with a wholesaler who takes their list of food items, organizes everything in pallets, and even helps load the food into their vehicles. The team then drives the food into Ukraine, a trip that involves a long drive, a ferry crossing, going through customs, and normally takes 24 hours to be completed. The food is brought directly to our partners: three local churches in Southern Ukraine which use their buildings as storehouses to feed the community around them.