How to Support the People of Ukraine Right Now
Here's how you can help the people of Ukraine, from wherever you are.
by : Aimée Lutkin- Feb 28th, 2022
On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin began a “special military operation” against Ukraine, attacking the country and its people from three fronts and starting the first major European war in decades. For days, Russia has launched missiles and ground operations in an attempt to take control of Ukraine’s major cities, including the capital of Kyiv. Putin—who believes “Ukraine is an illegitimate country that exists on land that’s historically and rightfully Russian,” according to Vox—is trying to overthrow the Ukrainian government and oust its president. The invasion has forced at least 150,000 Ukrainians to flee to neighbouring countries, while others have taken refuge in subway stations, using them as makeshift bomb shelters.
As citizens watching the violence unfold on the news and social media, it can be difficult to know what to do. Below, just a few ways you can help the people of Ukraine, from wherever you are:
Médecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders
While the organization has stopped medical activities in Ukraine, staff will stay in the country, and the organization is looking into sending teams to neighbouring countries to assist those seeking refuge, according to Politico. The outlet reports that MSF is also preparing medical kits for dispatch.
What's happening in #Ukraine is extremely worrying. As hostilities continue, assuring people’s access to health care and medicines will be critical.
The situation is fast-evolving, so we are mobilizing an emergency-prep response to be ready for a variety of needs.
— Doctors w/o Borders (@MSF_USA) February 25, 2022
Save the Children
Save the Children is providing “children and families with immediate aid, such as food, water, hygiene kits, psycho-social support and cash assistance,” per the organization’s website.
All the children in Ukraine – at least 7.5 million, are in danger of physical harm, severe emotional distress and displacement.
We are calling for the immediate end of fighting.
Children must be protected from harm at all times.
Help children in Ukraine:https://t.co/2R2FIJpFB7 pic.twitter.com/kBPGQtkfLr
— Save the Children International (@save_children) February 24, 2022
UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
The organization said in a statement the “UNHCR is working with the authorities, UN and other partners in Ukraine and is ready to provide humanitarian assistance wherever necessary and possible.” Currently, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are matching donations up to $1 million as the organization works to provide aid and protect those fleeing the country.
The military operations in Ukraine have caused families to flee their homes for neighbouring countries.@Refugees remains firmly committed to supporting all those affected.
Learn how you can help: https://t.co/kIK3kiSG8u pic.twitter.com/wEL4g2aLRW
— United Nations (@UN) February 25, 2022
CARE’s Ukraine Crisis Fund will be used to provide immediate aid such as food, water, hygiene kits, support services, and direct cash assistance. The fund is also prioritizing women and girls, families, and the elderly.
International Medical Corps
This global nonprofit provides health care and mental health services and has been in eastern Ukraine since 2014, per NPR. The organization is now preparing to deploy mobile medical teams for primary and emergency health services, mental health and psycho-social support, and COVID-19 prevention services for displaced populations, according to its website.
Voices of Children
This is a Ukraine-based organization that works with children, providing psychological support to those affected by war with art therapy and storytelling. The organization also provides financial support to families in need due to the effects of war.
Sunflower of Peace
This American nonprofit is raising money for first aid backpacks to support paramedics and doctors on the front lines.
This nonprofit, based in Malta, is collecting supplies for Ukrainians fleeing their homes, and the organization has said there’s a need for cots, blankets, food, medicine, and cash assistance.
“The supply situation in #Ukraine itself is becoming increasingly difficult. What is especially needed are everyday medicines, food, and cash to provide for the many people affected," says Oliver Hochedez, our Head of Emergency Response https://t.co/Pc0hxXpYAM pic.twitter.com/fW8irQNgir
— Malteser International (@MalteserInt) February 26, 2022
Also based in Ukraine, Vostok SOS works with the German-Swiss NGO Liberico to support immediate evacuation efforts for Ukrainians fleeing their homes, per TIME. The organization also has a hotline for civilians in need and is working on providing trauma support for victims.
United Help Ukraine
This American volunteer nonprofit is currently raising money to send first aid kits, humanitarian relief, and emergency medical supplies to the front lines in Ukraine.
Another US-based nonprofit, Nova works with other organizations based in Ukraine and is preparing to send diapers for children and adults, baby food, and hospital essentials, as well as dry food for a children’s orphanage in Donetsk.
This article originally appeared on ELLE US.
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