Arriving in Kiev this morning, I saw a beautiful city that appeared peaceful and untouched by an uprising that changed the government.
My first stop was the JDC Beiteinu and Hesed that opened two months ago. It was already filled with activity. The young children looked like all those we have seen all over the world, including in our own backyard. The teens were meeting as a group — planning activities and taking dancing and singing classes. Younger children were in an art class that taught them about nature and life, helping them prepare for school.
And then we entered a room filled with adults — every one of them a displaced person. They were having a therapy session with the grief counselor and were kind enough to pause and tell us their stories. The flight to safety, the fear of return. One woman, with two young children in the classes I'd seen earlier, told us how her husband's auto repair business was destroyed and that there were mines in the streets, which meant her children could never go out to play. Another couple told of the mines that had been planted on the roof of their apartment building, so they could never return to where they'd lived.
These were people who had not been at risk, who went to work and came home to their own homes every night. Now they are living with friends, relatives, or in temporary shelters with no resources. They told their stories with tears in their eyes and fear and sadness in their voices.
These are the people we have taken under the JDC umbrella.
Penny Blumenstein is the President of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.
An Error Occurred
Logging In With One of Your Social Web Site Logins
Instead of trying to remember a bunch of special username/password combinations to log in to different web sites that you visit, you can now link your account on this web site to your account on one (or more) of the social media web sites shown and log in with the same username/password combination that you use on that social web site to log in to our site.
To provide this connection in a secure manner, we use Gigya, a social network connection provider that works behind the scenes to make safe, secure connections between user accounts on different systems, such as popular social media web sites like Facebook and web sites like ours where you are actively involved in social issues and causes.
Each time you log in, Gigya uses special application programming interfaces (APIs) to establish the connection between the sites and validate your username and password. Neither our web site or Gigya receive or store your social network passwords.
In addition to reducing the number of logins you have to remember, connecting your accounts can make it quicker and easier to share an activity or cause you feel passionately about from our web site with your friends on your social web sites.
You can break the connection between your accounts at any time.