Since the onset of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, Rotary clubs in the neighboring countries have been working together to address the humanitarian crisis we’ve all witnessed via the daily news. 
 Two Hungarian clubs, Kisvarda and Miskolc, are playing a critical role in getting much needed supplies and support to Ukrainian immigrants fleeing their homes and seeking refuge in Hungary.  Kisvarda is within 20 miles of the Ukrainian border and Miskolv is approximately 100 miles further inland.  
Through a random email sent by Tim Erhart of the Chanhassen Rotary Club to the Miskolc Rotary Club,  Minnetonka Rotary Club was able to connect with Dr. Igor Roland Jambor.  Dr. Jambor explained that the Miskolc club had many members in the health care professions who were able to purchase medical supplies in bulk and transport them to the club in Kisvarda.  From there, supplies could be taken to Ungvar, a small city in northwest Ukraine, and into the hands of those in need.   
Minnetonka Rotarians quickly responded and within 15 days had collected over $7000 which was wired to Dr. Jambor’s club.  (Thank you, MN Bank and Trust!)  He noted that they were receiving help from all around the world and funds were being used to support a group of 40 refugee mothers and children now housed in a national park camp north of Miskolc.  Club members are going regularly to the camp to bring food, clothing, and supplies. He told us: “I have to tell you honestly that when I heard the war refugee word before, I created a picture in mind some very poor people coming from a very different world far, far away.  The most horrible and shocking on this situation for us to see these people are lived days ago in the same circumstances exactly like you and me, with the same problems and dreams and now their life collapsed within seconds.”  His thoughts were accompanied by pictures of grade school children playing with toys while surrounded by stacked tables holding piles of clothing, bottled water, and bananas.   
He and his fellow Rotarians are concerned that the food and shelter needs, complex as they are, will likely be overshadowed by the long-term needs -finding employment for the mothers, teaching the language, finding permanent shelter, and facilitating education for the children – if the refugees cannot return home soon.  
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Written by: Nancy Davis, Minnetonka Rotarian 
Contact Person: Alexa Rundquist, Minnetonka Rotarian,, 701-260-6314