Suggested Resources to Support Humanitarian Efforts in Ukraine
Below is a partial list of organizations supporting humanitarian efforts in the Ukraine that are asking for assistance. Donations can be made through the links to their websites or social media pages.
Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) emergency Solidarity Fund
The UICC has established an emergency Solidarity Fund to bridge funding into the region to support the needs of cancer organizations struggling to serve patients affected by the conflict. If you wish to donate to the emergency Solidarity Fund, you can do so by contacting UICC at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange how funds can be transferred.
CARE is raising money for its Ukraine Crisis Fund, which will provide immediate aid including food, water, hygiene kits, support services and direct cash assistance. The humanitarian organization aims to raise $20 million and help at least 4 million Ukrainians. It says it will prioritize women and girls, families, and the elderly.
Caritas Ukraine work first began in 1992, after Ukraine declared independence. It was set up by local Greek Catholic communities to distribute humanitarian assistance to poor families. However, the needs of society forced Caritas’ activity in Ukraine to expand which led to the formation of the international charitable foundation Caritas Ukraine in 1994. Today, it works to coordinate the efforts of charitable organizations run by local Ukrainian Greek Catholic churches and to build cooperation with foreign Caritas chapters. As a result of the agency’s efforts, the current network of local charitable organization’s has developed and expanded, and cooperation with foreign partners continues to grow.
International Committee of the Red Cross
This Switzerland-based organization is aiming to help people affected by the conflict and support the work of the Ukrainian Red Cross.
Médecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders
MSF runs a range of activities in Ukraine working with local volunteers, organizations, health care professionals and authorities to help people travel to health care facilities and access prescribed medications.
Sunflower of Peace
The nonprofit organization is raising money to prepare first aid medical tactical backpacks for paramedics and doctors on the front lines. Each backpack is designed for groups of five to 10 people and includes an array of first aid supplies — such as bandages, anti-hemorrhagic medicine and medical instruments, according to the organization's Facebook page.
UMANA Crisis Response
Ukraine is in the midst of a major humanitarian and medical crisis since the Russian invasion on February 24th, 2022. Numerous civilians including children have been killed and hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have fled home seeking safety. The infrastructure to deliver food and medicine has been destroyed, and there is a serious shortage of medical supplies in many hospitals and health facilities, including access to trauma care. UMANA recognizes the need to:
- Provide critical medical and humanitarian aid to Ukraine by working closely with UMANA branches in the United States and Canada
- Collaborate with select charitable organizations who are already on the ground in Ukraine and surrounding countries
- Donation through UMANA Foundation
UNICEF supports health, nutrition, HIV prevention, education, safe drinking water, sanitation and protection for children and families caught in the conflict in Ukraine. "Heavy weapons fire along the line of contact has already damaged critical water infrastructure and education facilities in recent days," said UNICEF Executive Director Catherine M. Russell in a statement.
UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
The international organization aims to provide emergency assistance to families in Ukraine — providing aid such as cash assistance and opportunities for resettlement in the U.S. "UNHCR is working with the authorities, UN and other partners in Ukraine and is ready to provide humanitarian assistance wherever necessary and possible. To that effect, "security and access for humanitarian efforts must be guaranteed," the organization said in a statement.
Voices of Children
The Ukrainian organization's Charitable Foundation helps provide psychological and psychosocial support to children affected by the armed conflict, according to its website. Voices of Children's efforts of support for kids include art therapy, video storytelling, providing mobile psychologists and even individual help for families.
Source: The majority of organizations listed above were identified from NPR.org. This list is provided on an informational basis only. IGCS has not investigated these organizations and cannot endorse them. Those interested in donating are cautioned to conduct their own research to verify the worthiness of any charitable organization.
Last updated: March 8, 2022.