Ukraine is a country in flux, pulled between the Europe in the west and Russia in the East and in recent times has seen widespread unrest in key cities. For the latest on WJR's response to the current situation click here.
Ukraine's economy is unstable, and has previously been propped up by loans from the International Monetary Fund and Russia. The economy continues to face an uncertain future after enduring continual recession. This in turn makes finding meaningful and well paid employment extremely challenging for Ukraine's working age population. Spiralling inflation squeezes the already hard pressed budgets of Ukraine's elderly, who make up 30% of the population. Among crumbling Soviet era infrastructure, many of Ukraine's Jews struggle to survive especially during the cold winter months.
Due to the needs of the Jewish and the wider population, WJR supports over 34 projects spread across the country to support the most vulnerable. In turn, WJR empowers our beneficiaries to create positive change in their communities.
Poverty Line: 24.1%
Jewish Population: 310,000