Since war broke out in Ukraine this February, millions have been forced to flee from their homes to neighboring countries. 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. We’ll reflect on the emergent challenges of displacement and talk solutions with those working on the front lines in Poland, Moldova, and Romania. 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.
Join us for our episode on Tuesday, June 21st, as we 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.
ABOUT OUR GUESTS
Debra 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 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.
Learn more about United in Action and the Tzu Chi Center at tzuchicenter.org/programs/united-in-action.