Town of Prayer -

Town of Refuge

Since February, we have been receiving refugees from Ukraine in Aseri, Estonia
total amount of people we helped
(including those who stayed with us for a while)
Help with getting to us
For the majority of Ukrainians we received, trip to Estonia became their first trip abroad. We were looking for the best ways for them to get to us from their houses in Ukraine to our house in Estonia. Also, we were available on the phone 24/7 to be able solving any issues they can meet during the way.
Housing Ukrainians for free
We turned office-rooms of our ministry's building into cozy dormitory rooms. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were provided as well.
Help with paperwork for free
Government of Estonia provides help for refugees, but figuring out how to get all paperwork done in a new country is stressful. We escorted every single person in every office they needed to go. All of them got their resident permits, health insurance, bank cards, monthly financial support from the government, and registered at the job center. Also, all the kids got their places in day care, school or college.
Further assistance
As soon as refugees feel a little bit settled with no stress about documents and education for children, we help them to find apartments and answer other needs (for example, we support them with groceries once in a while).
Our Unique Role + Positioning
With over 5 million refugees seeking residence outside Ukraine, there are certain undeniable facts impacting their relocation decisions. Cities that have been welcoming refugees since the beginning of the conflict, are now tighter on space. Jobs are sparse, and prolonged conflict means the cost of living becomes a crucial factor when waiting out the crisis. Here in Aseri, not only is the cost of living lower than most of Europe, but this area of the country has a Russian-speaking majority, which significantly reduces the language barriers facing those seeking work and wanting to enroll their children in school. And unlike other parts of Europe where available housing has dried up and or increased demand has driven up prices, our corner of Estonia has numerous abandoned buildings left behind from the Soviet era at our disposal.

We are so thankful for your donations!

Thanks to your generosity we were able to do a quick renovation of our office building in order to transform it into a home.

With your help, we purchased and installed a new plumbing system and water heaters, so we created a bathroom out of office storage! Also thanks to you we purchased new shower cabins, stoves, all necessary kitchen utensils, dishwashers, washing and drying machines, fridges, bunk beds, pillows, blankets, bathroom body and hand towels, bed sheets, bed covers, schools supplies for kids, etc.

And of course, every week we buy groceries, toilet paper, laundry detergents, and other necessary items to provide a comfortable living for each Ukrainian who comes through our doors.

Thank you!

While we purchased 9 buildings in Aseri, 8 of them need a reconstruction. There is our the only building in a good estate in the photo. Since February, we have repurposed our organization’s building and mission to serve those impacted by the war in Ukraine.
We transformed every office-room into a bedroom.
It became a halfway house: once people come they stay in there until their paperwork is done and we find apartments for them. Also, some refugees are not certain about a country for living yet, and they need a place to stop, have a rest, and figure out what to do next.

Our staff provides transportation and logistical support to every family. We help them register with the appropriate authorities and sign up for benefits, take their kids to doctors appointments, and help them get to school. We’ve got one mission: to provide shelter, comfort, and support to every precious refugee that comes though our doors.