As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, leaving hundreds dead and displacing millions of Ukrainian citizens, Americans thousands of miles away from the war zone are looking for reputable ways to help those affected by the war.
Here’s a list of organizations that are working to aid Ukrainians during this crisis.
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This Santa Barbara-based nonprofit organization provides emergency medical supplies and disaster relief assistance across the globe. It is widely regarded as one of the most impactful international aid charities, topping Charity Navigator’s Top 10 list and receiving a perfect score from the nonprofit evaluation site.
Direct Relief says it has deployed more than 30 tons of medical aid to Ukraine since the war broke out.
For more information about donating to Direct Relief’s Ukraine fund, click here.
DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS
Doctors Without Borders is an independent organization that provides medical care where it’s needed most. Its team in Ukraine is working to help citizens access needed health care and train the country’s doctors and nurses to provide wartime medical treatment.
For more information on how to help, click here.
INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS
The Red Cross is helping those affected by the ongoing conflict. This week, the agency has been working to provide water to those in Dokuchaevsk and Donetsk, Red Cross President Peter Maurer said in a statement.
You can make a monetary donation to the Red Cross’ efforts in Ukraine by clicking here.
A nonprofit based in Palo Alto, California, Nova Ukraine aims to raise awareness about Ukraine in the U.S. and worldwide. They also provide humanitarian aid to those in need in Ukraine, as well as support toward efforts to “build a strong civil society, to reform its educational system, and to eliminate corruption.”
REVIVED SOLDIERS UKRAINE
Based in Nevada, Revived Soldiers Ukraine is a nonprofit organization working to provide aid to the people of Ukraine “in support of their fundamental human rights and medical rehabilitation of Ukrainian soldiers.”
Its website lists various ways to help the organization, which can be found here.
UKRAINE CRISIS MEDIA CENTER
A nongovernmental organization based in Kyiv, the Ukraine Crisis Media Center launched in 2014 when Russia occupied Crimea. The group aims to “promote the development of a self-sufficient Ukrainian state and society.”
The Ukraine Crisis Media Center offers tips on how to help Ukraine during this crisis.
The UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHCR, provides aid and assists and protects those displaced by violence. The agency says nearly three million people in Ukraine will need humanitarian assistance this year. Click here to donate to the UNHCR’s fund for Ukraine.
UNICEF, or the United Nations Children’s Fund, is a UN agency that oversees and provides humanitarian and developmental aid to children around the world. UNICEF is working to provide safe water and other necessities, as well as ensuring there is immediate help for children and families in need.
For more details about UNICEF and to make a donation, click here.
UNITED HELP UKRAINE
This nonprofit, based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, works to help those on the front lines protecting Ukraine, along with families of those who have been wounded or killed, and those who have had to leave their homes. To do so, United Help Ukraine focuses on fundraising events and raising awareness of the Ukraine crisis.
For more information on how to help, click here.
VOICES OF CHILDREN
This organization helps children impacted by war in eastern Ukraine. According to its website, Voices of Children provides psychological and psychosocial support to affected children. Here’s how you can help.
“GlobalGiving connects nonprofits, donors and companies in nearly every country in the world. “We help fellow nonprofits access the funding, tools, training, and support they need to serve their communities,” the organization’s website states.
You can donate to those efforts here.
INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE
Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) works to help victims of humanitarian crises in over 40 affected countries, as well as communities in Europe and the Americas.
“We are mobilizing resources that will provide vital support to people forced to flee their homes. Our teams are already on the ground in Poland, and working with our local partners in both Poland and Ukraine,” the IRC’s website says.
You can donate to the IRC here.
CARE says their humanitarian organization is assisting families fleeing violence in Ukraine by providing support to partners on the ground and providing food, water and hygiene kits to the most vulnerable.
The group, through its partnership with People in Need, hopes to reach 4 million people, especially women, girls, and the elderly.
“From advocacy, to letter writing, donating money, volunteering and more, there are many ways you can help,” according to CARE’s website.
You can donate to the organization’s efforts here.
OTHER NOTEWORTHY HELPERS
- Children of War Foundation
- Kyiv Independent
- Mission of Mercy
- Project Hope
- Save the Children
- Sunflower of Peace
- World Food Programme