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United in Action: Responding to Ukraine’s Humanitarian Crisis

When war threatened the safety of millions in Ukraine, those affected fled to neighboring countries like Poland, Moldova, and Bosnia to find a renewed sense of security. Tzu Chi is partnering with international NGOs, like UNICEF, IsraAID, and others, to provide relief supplies, medical services, educational services, psychosocial support, and more to those seeking refuge. 

In our upcoming episode, we’ll reflect on the emergent challenges of displacement and explore solutions with those working on the front lines. From those in affected countries to right here in your local community, everyone can take part in providing those in need with a flourishing future. Together, we can provide dignity and relief to those facing displacement.

Tuesday, June 21st, we’ll examine how together we can make a difference, empowering those in need of aid,  with Tzu Chi USA Chief Executive Officer Debra Boudreaux and UNICEF USA Deputy Director of Emergency Coordination Andres Kragelund.

Debra Boudreaux is the Chief Executive Officer of the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, also known as Tzu Chi USA. She has more than 30 years experience working on major projects related to charity, medicine, education, and humanitarian aid.
Debra is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation. She leads Buddhist and Catholic interfaith dialogues and serves as co-chair of the Multi-faith Advisory Council with the UN Interagency Task Force for Religion and Sustainable Development.

Andres Kragelund leads UNICEF USA’s emergency response for UNICEF-supported emergencies abroad. He coordinates activations for sudden onset and protracted emergencies around the globe, providing insights on UNICEF’s programmatic efforts to address the needs and rights of children.
In previous roles at UNICEF USA, Andres has provided resource mobilization services in the areas of emergency nutrition, health, and sports for development. He holds a BS in Economics from the University of Florida and MA in International Development from Northeastern University.

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