Since Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February, already more than 1 million people have fled the country as of early March. Thousands of people have died because of the attacks, and about 3 million Ukrainians are currently relying on humanitarian assistance to meet their most basic needs. More and more people ask the question: how can we help?
We have collected some information about international organizations worldwide that try to help mitigate the effects of the largest humanitarian crisis in Europe since World War II. If you would like to recommend other organizations, please contact us at [email protected].
International Committee of the Red Cross
The work of the ICRC is based on the Geneva Conventions of 1949, their Additional Protocols, its Statutes – and those of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – and the resolutions of the International Conferences of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. As the security situation allows, the ICRC is responding to urgent humanitarian needs and must be able to continue their life-saving work.
What is the money spent on? Clean water, improving living conditions, repairing vital infrastructure, supporting health facilities with medicines and equipment, and assisting families with food and hygiene items.
UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence. Escalating conflict in Ukraine poses an immediate and growing threat to the lives and well-being of the country’s 7.5 million children.
What is the money spent on? Support for children by buying first-aid kits and medicines, emergency water, sanitation and hygiene kits, school supplies to help children continue their education.
Save The Children
Save the Children works to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Save the Children is concerned for children caught in the middle of armed conflict, forced from their homes in freezing temperatures, and exposed to injury, hunger and cold.
What is the money spent on? To help provide children and families with immediate aid, such as food, water, hygiene kits, psychosocial support and cash assistance.
The GoFundMe crowdfunding platform is committed to helping the individuals and families seeking shelter, security and peace. Every fundraiser is reviewed to make sure that funds are delivered to the correct recipients. GoFundMe is also verifying that donors and organizers are acting in compliance with US and international laws, including global financial laws and regulations and evolving economic sanctions. GoFundMe has also set up its own Ukraine Humanitarian Fund; all donations raised will be distributed to verified nonprofit organizations supporting vulnerable communities.
What is the money spent on? To obtain access to shelter, food, medical services, education and psychosocial support.
GlobalGiving connects nonprofits, donors and companies in almost every country in the world. We help fellow nonprofits access the funding, tools, training and support they need to serve their communities.
What is the money spent on? Shelter, food and clean water for refugees; health and psychosocial support; access to education and economic assistance.
Christian Aid was founded in 1945 by British and Irish churches to help refugees after World War II. Back then, the organization worked with partner churches to alleviate suffering by raising the equivalent of more than £3 million in today’s money. Christian Aid is working with partner organizations in the ACT Alliance (a global faith-based coalition) to offer assistance to Ukraine refugees fleeing deadly violence.
What is the money spent on? Food supplies and other life-saving essentials for Ukrainian refugees.
MSF - Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières
As hundreds of thousands of people are forced to escape the conflict in Ukraine, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is working to set up emergency response activities in the country and dispatching teams to Poland, Moldova, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. Teams are also ready to respond in Russia and Belarus.
What is the money spent on? Providing medical kits and telemedicine training for trauma care.
Project HOPE is on the ground responding to the Ukraine crisis and is actively shipping.
What is the money spent on? Essential medicines and medical supplies on the ground in Ukraine and in neighboring countries.
Razom’s Emergency Response is the SOS button that is pressed in times of need. Razom created this project to provide urgent help and support in the face of an extreme and unforeseen situation in Ukraine.
What is the money spent on? Providing critical medical supplies.
Project C.U.R.E. meets global health challenges at the community level every day, by delivering critical medical supplies to hospitals, rural clinics and community health centers in need in developing countries.
What is the money spent on? Health care and hospitals.
Cryptocurrency fund for charitable organizations in Ukraine. As Kunaid-ukraine's mission statement says, "Let's stop the war. Let there be PEACE. In crypto we trust, for Ukraine we pray."
What is the money spent on? Ukraine government spending.
National Bank of Ukraine
The National Bank of Ukraine has decided to open a special fundraising account to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
What is the money spent on? Ukrainian military.
UNHCR -The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, is a global organization working to save lives, protect rights and build a better future for refugees, internally displaced communities and stateless people. UNHCR works to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find refuge from violence or persecution.
What is the money spent on? Your money helps UNHCR provide protection, shelter and other forms of assistance, and advocacy on behalf of displaced and stateless persons.
GEM - Global Empowerment Mission
Global Empowerment Mission has established a welcome center in Medyka on the Poland-Ukraine border. The welcome center serves as a complimentary travel relocation and aid center.
What is the money spent on? Welcome centers and relocation programs, along with support of short-term vital necessities.