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United in Action. Dialogue at Tzu Chi Center | 34:20

United in Action: Responding to Ukraine’s Humanitarian Crisis

June 25, 2022


Who We Are

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.


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


Host: Steve Chiu
Guests: Andres Kragelund (Deputy Director EMCT, Global Programs at UNICEF USA), Debra Boudreaux (Chief Executive Officer, Tzu Chi USA)
Director: Hannah Whisenant
Executive Producer: Ting Fan
Producer: Jaime Puerta
Cinematographer: Garson Ormiston
Production Sound mixer: Hyo Jin An
Editor: Eliot Popko, Piao Yaxin, Ting Fan
Assistant Editor: Qihui Yang, Maple Gu
Colorist: Eliot Popko
Re-recording Mixer: Eliot Popko
Production/Graphic Designer: Ling Soo
Motion Graphic Designer: Jacob Kern
Script/Editor: Ting Fan, Ida Eva Eiellinska, Steve Chiu
Web Team: Chaska Rojas-Bottger, Nancy Wei
Digital Content team: Anik Ghose, Dilber Shatursun, Anna Sipek, Juan Guo, Jennifer Chien, Maple Gu
Special Thanks to: Tzu Chi Global AffairsTeam, UNICEF USA

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