How to Help the People in Ukraine
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has understandably caused international condemnation, as the world struggles to deal with the fallout. The harrowing images and updates coming out of the region that show the impact it is having on the people in Ukraine are difficult to see, and often trigger a simple question:
How can I help?
There are a host of different organizations that are focusing their efforts on helping people in Ukraine. In this post, we’ve collected a series of organizations through which individual people around the globe can help. If you’ve been struggling to find a way to help those affected, you’re sure to find a good option in one of the links in this post.
The Learning Guild’s guiding principle is Together We Are Better, and that phrasing takes on even greater meaning in times like these.
The below organizations are focused on supporting the people of Ukraine. Please help as you can.
Reminder: While the resources shared below were recommended by professional journalists, it’s always a good idea to check out Charity Navigator, which evaluates nonprofits and recommends credible organizations.
- Army SOS – Army SOS Citizen’s Initiative manages purchases of necessary ammunition, shields, intercommunication and reconnaissance facilities, uniforms and food supply to support Ukrainian soldiers.
- CARE – CARE is raising money for its Ukraine Crisis Fund, which will provide immediate aid including food, water, hygiene kits, support services and direct cash assistance.
- Catholic Relief Services – Catholic Relief Services has partners across Ukraine and is currently providing shelter, food, hygiene supplies, fuel, transportation to safe areas, and counseling support.
- GlobalGiving – GlobalGiving’s local partners in Ukraine are bringing relief to displaced families and people in high-risk areas.
- GoFundMe for Kyiv Independent – Journalists with the Kyiv Independent have done tremendous work covering the war, offering the world constant updates as they fear for themselves, their families and their homes. The Independent has started a GoFundMe asking for support, but they’ve also promoted a separate GoFundMe — “Keep Ukraine’s media going” — for journalists around the country who have received less international attention.
- International Committee of the Red Cross – This Switzerland-based organization is aiming to help people affected by the conflict and support the work of the Ukrainian Red Cross.
- The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews – The fellowship has staff and volunteers on the ground in Ukraine, and also funds the country’s Jewish organizations to give Ukrainian Jews the chance to move to Israel. Funds are also used to provide the Ukrainian Jewish community with food, medicine, and heat.
- International Medical Corps – The global nonprofit has been delivering primary health care and mental health services in eastern Ukraine since 2014, and is raising funds to expand those services for people affected by the latest conflict.
- Malteser International – Malteser International, a nonprofit based in Malta, has been collecting “everyday” supplies for Ukrainians who have been forced to flee their homes.
- Médecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders – MSF runs a range of activities in Ukraine working with local volunteers, organizations, health care professionals and authorities to help people travel to health care facilities and access prescribed medications.
- National Bank of Ukraine – The National Bank of Ukraine has created an account where people from around the world can donate to the country’s military.
- Nova Ukraine – Nova Ukraine, an American nonprofit, works closely with Ukraine-based organizations and is currently assembling supply packages that include diapers for children and adults, baby food, hospital supplies, and dry foods for a children’s orphanage in Donetsk.
- Project HOPE – Project HOPE responds to humanitarian emergencies and disasters. Currently, according to the group’s website, the group is aiding those in Ukraine by mobilizing its emergency teams and “sending medical supplies and standing by to provide health screening and care for refugees.”
- Razom for Ukraine – the nonprofit is focused on purchasing medical supplies for critical situations like blood loss and other tactical medicine items.
- Revived Soldiers Ukraine – assists severely injured soldiers by supporting medical help and rehabilitation; treats hospital patients wounded in conflict by supplying emergency medical aid and supplies; and satisfy housing needs to soldiers of Ukraine and their families, among other efforts.
- Save the Children – Save the Children, based in London, helps to deliver lifesaving aid to vulnerable children in Ukraine and around the world.
- Sunflower of Peace – The nonprofit organization is raising money to prepare first aid medical tactical backpacks for paramedics and doctors on the front lines.
- UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) – The international organization aims to provide emergency assistance to families in Ukraine — providing aid such as cash assistance and opportunities for resettlement in the U.S.
- UNICEF – supports health, nutrition, HIV prevention, education, safe drinking water, sanitation and protection for children and families caught in the conflict in Ukraine.
- United Help Ukraine – United Help Ukraine is an American currently raising money to send first aid kits and other humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
- United Ukrainian American Relief Committee – The UUARC is currently working in coordination with the Ukrainian Embassy to coordinate medical supplies, food, offering shelter, and taking care of injured people and refugees.
- Voices of Children – The Ukrainian organization’s Charitable Foundation helps provide psychological and psychosocial support to children affected by the armed conflict.
- Vostok SOS – Vostok SOS, which is also based in Ukraine, partners with German-Swiss NGO Libereco to provide immediate evacuation support to Ukrainians attempting to flee their homes.
- World Central Kitchen – José Andrés’s World Central Kitchen team is helping provide thousands of meals in Poland, Romania and even inside Ukraine
Thanks to these authors and posts where we found many of these resources:
- Want to support the people in Ukraine? Here’s how you can help by Jeff Dean
- Here’s how Americans can donate to help people in Ukraine by John Woodrow Cox and Ian Shapira
- Here’s What You Can Do to Help People in Ukraine Right Now by Jasmine Aguilera
- Want to support the people of Ukraine? These apps and websites can help you send money by Marc Saltzman
- Where to donate to help Ukraine right now by Michelle Myers
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