As the Russian military invasion of Ukraine has unfolded, so too has a humanitarian crisis that has forced civilians to flee their homes or take refuge in bomb shelters and subway stations throughout the country. As the world watches on TVs and smartphones, it’s a natural thought to want to help in some way.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of organizations that are asking for assistance.
Donations can be made through the links.
CARE is supporting our local partner in Ukraine, People in Need, to distribute food, water, hygiene kits and money for supplies. People in Need is one of the largest aid organisations in Eastern Europe and has been providing humanitarian assistance in Ukraine since the beginning of the conflict in 2014.
Care will also be working with local partners in neighbouring countries to provide support to the families who have fled Ukraine for safety
UNHCR estimates that more than 100,000 people must have already moved out of their homes in Ukraine seeking safety in other parts of the country.
Thousands more have already crossed into neighbouring countries, with many more expected to follow. This is in addition to the 1.5 million people who have been reported as internally displaced by Ukraine, following the start of conflict in eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea in 2014.
Ukraine is one of the most populous nations in Europe, with 44 million people. It’s critical we provide the support needed to all affected populations in Ukraine and countries in the region. The UN Refugee High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi has stated: “we have already seen reports of casualties and people starting to flee their homes to seek safety… The humanitarian consequences on civilian populations will be devastating. There are no winners in war but countless lives will be torn apart.” UNHCR is working with the authorities, UN and other partners in Ukraine and in neighbouring countries to scale up assistance as needed and to respond to any situation of forced displacement. Please donate now to help ensure that Ukrainians forced to flee their homes are sheltered and safe.