It’s been more than two weeks since Russia invaded neighbouring country Ukraine and thousands of civilian casualties have been reported by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. These concerning records are likely to be much higher and get worse as the conflict continues to ravage the country.
There are plenty of ways you can help and support Ukraine at the moment. The organisations provided offer support through your financial donations. However, you can still support Ukraine by spreading awareness across social media and keeping up to date with the latest news on the conflict.
The following are only some of the numerous organisations and charities offering humanitarian relief to thousands of citizens forced to flee their homeland.
The UN Refugee Agency offers humanitarian assistance to families in need. They provide life-saving protection to Ukrainian families forced to flee their homes. Also, they provide support in neighbouring countries including Poland, Hungary, Romania, Moldova and Slovakia.
Save The Children
Save The Children was established to improve the lives of children through education and health care, as well as providing emergency aid in various circumstances, including war or other conflicts. The English organisation is working, through Ukrainian local partners, to ensure children have access to food, water and shelter. They are currently supporting more than 1,000 people who fled their homes, with the vast majority being mothers with small children and pregnant women.
International Committee of the Red Cross
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) ensures humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of war. They are now supporting Ukraine, providing food, producing initiatives and infrastructures repair, rebuilding damaged homes, and providing aid to hospitals, schools, mental health facilities and community centres. Moreover, they give support to ICRC water engineers and doctors to provide access to clean water and improve the living conditions of people whose homes have been damaged.
The non-governmental organisation aims to meet the immediate needs of people fleeing by providing vital relief. CARE partnered with People in Need to distribute urgently emergency supplies. Your donation would serve to help with food, water, hygiene kits, cash to cover daily needs and wellbeing support.
The non-profit organisation Direct Relief is working with Ukraine’s Ministry of Health and other parties in the region, in order to provide requested medical aid. Their focus is treating injuries and other traumas caused by the violence of the conflict. Specifically, they provide emergency response packs intended for first responders, oxygen concentrators and critical care medicines.
World Food Programme (WFP)
The humanitarian aid organisation received an official request for assistance from the Government of Ukraine. The WFP is launching an emergency operation to provide food assistance to people fleeing the conflict both within the country and in neighbouring ones. On behalf of the UN, the World Food Programme is on the ground in Ukraine and other countries to facilitate the delivery of food, provide cash assistance and support refugees.
Come Back Alive
Since 2014, Come Back Alive has been the largest foundation that provides support to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. They provide the military with equipment, specialised software, drones, training, protectors and other supplies. Currently, they fund strategies, including medical care, ammunition, defence analytics and help soldiers defend Ukraine. Furthermore, they provide funds and resources to assist families of servicemen and women who need medical care or rehabilitation.
The widespread and recognisable organisation is responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children. They are working in Ukraine with partners to provide vital humanitarian supplies and to reach vulnerable children and families with essential services. These include health, education, protection, water and sanitation.
Kyiv Independent is an English-language Ukrainian media outlet founded in 2021. They provide support to media operations in Ukraine. They are organising a fundraiser on GoFundMe, aimed at helping media relocate, set up back offices and continue to provide factual and unbiased information. The fundraiser helps reporters and supports Ukraine-based journalists in fighting disinformation regarding the conflict.
British-Ukrainian Aid is a charity that works to support victims of the war: wounded soldiers, orphaned children and those internally displaced by the conflict. They set up a fundraiser through Just Giving, to assist vulnerable children, men and women during this time of struggle.