Faces of the Ukraine Crisis: Boris and Izabella

Boris and Izabella, in their Odessa apartment.
Boris and Izabella, in their Odessa apartment.

Izabella and Boris are two of the faces of Ukraine's ongoing crisis. Living in dismal poverty, they spend their entire winter huddled together in their kitchen because it's the only room with heat in their dilapidated apartment in the slums of Odessa. 

The couple has no money to move; they cannot even afford food. Nearly blind, Izabella had to leave her field of stenography for a cleaning job – but as her health deteriorated, she could no longer work. The tiny pension the couple has to live on is not enough to survive. 

That's why even in good times JDC provides Izabella with a food card, medicine, winter relief, and minor household repairs. We also secure their well-being with emergency assistance when times are especially tough – times like right now. 

As the situation in Ukraine continues to develop, JDC is committed to continuing the delivery of food and medicine to the homes of the neediest elderly and poor clients where tensions are highest, especially in Crimea; and are particularly focused on the need to relieve pressure on Jewish pensioners in the event that their monthly stipends become suspended due to the worsening financial crisis across Ukraine. 

For the latest on JDC’s emergency response in Ukraine and to help spread the word about the plight of the neediest Jews there today, please visit and share our online Ukraine Crisis Dashboard.

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