Mar 2022


All for Ukraine Emergency Relief Fund Launched

On February 24, 2022, the Russian military invasion of Ukraine began, and military attacks by missiles and other weapons have been carried out in several cities in Ukraine. Many civilians, including children, have been killed. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), at least 930,000 citizens have fled to neighboring countries including Poland, Hungary, and Romania in search of safety, and more than 100,000 people have been internally displaced in Ukraine (as of March 2, 2022). The people who are fleeing the war and being deprived of their daily lives are in great need of support.

Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV), together with the NGO Peace Boat, has launched an emergency relief fund to support humanitarian efforts in the neighboring countries through a local NGO. We are starting a fund-raising campaign to support a Romania-based NGO, the Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR).

About the Partner Organization

The Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR)

Donation items being loaded and transported from PATRIR office on February 27th, 2022. Photo Courtesy: PATRIR

PATRIR is a non-profit organization based in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. PATRIR has been working on peacebuilding and peace education since its foundation in 2001. PATRIR is an active member of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), and NGO Peace Boat serves as the Regional Secretariat for GPPAC in Northeast Asia. Upon the outbreak of the current crisis, PATRIR members have been working selflessly to support Ukrainian civilians and others impacted by the war. Currently, they focus on immediate humanitarian support to refugees arriving in Romania, support to civilian populations in Ukraine affected by the war, and preparation for a large influx of refugees to cities in Romania. The situations remain fluid and the scope of the activities may change due to the local needs.

Peace Boat in the port of Odessa. Photo Courtesy: NGO Peace Boat

NGO Peace Boat has a long history of friendship and collaboration with partners in Ukraine, including through visits to the port city of Odessa, partnership with crew members and shipping operators from Ukraine, and hosting of dialogue events for local peacebuilders and mediators onboard our ship.

Related page: Peace Boat’s Statement Condemning Russia’s Invasion and Calling for Peace in Ukraine

PBV and NGO Peace Boat will join hands together and stand in solidarity with civilians affected by the ongoing conflict. We seek your generous contributions to support those in war-torn communities across the region. PBV is looking to expand our support to additional local partners in the future, depending on the changing local humanitarian assistance needs.

Click here to DONATE . Please indicate “Ukraine” when you donate through bank transfer, or notify relief[@]pbv.or.jp that your transaction is for the All for Ukraine Fund.

More updates on the fund-raising campaign and local situations will be shared on this page and PBV social media pages.