How to help the people of Ukraine as Russian military invasion and humanitarian crisis intensifies

Wondering how to help the people of Ukraine? Humanitarian crisis intensifies as the Russian military invasion unfolds—here's how to help NOW

Ukrainian refugees child seen at train station in Przemysl, Poland on February 24, 2022.
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If you're wondering how to help the people of Ukraine as their country is facing invasion from the Russian military, you're not alone. The world has been watching in horror as the ongoing humanitarian crisis increased rapidly, after eight years of tension between the two countries. 

Air raid sirens sound out regularly across the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, leaving people with no option but to leave their homes, retreat to bomb shelters, and makeshift refuges in subway stations. 

As bombs rain down, tanks roll in, and the ravages of war rip through the country—casualties and fatalities are increasing at a terrifying rate.

Forbes (opens in new tab)report that Ukrainian officials say anything from 3 to 5 million of their civilians could become refugees and with each minute that figure seems more likely.

It's possible to feel powerless; observing the horrors unfolding as we speak via news updates and social media—but there are ways you can help. Despite many kind people's efforts to collect urgently needed household items, clothes, blankets, food etc—logistically, getting trucks in and out of a war torn country is incredibly difficult. Instead, if you can, it's time to dig deep into your pocket.

By donating money to charities on the ground in Ukraine, you can provide much-needed funds to those working to help save lives and protect the welfare of civilians.

Here are some organizations currently appealing for assistance and how you can contribute to their efforts to help those impacted by this humanitarian crisis.

Caman Denysenko tries to calm his spooked cat as he joins hundreds of people seeking shelter underground, on the platform, inside the dark train cars, and even in the emergency exits, in metro subway station as the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022.

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How to help the people of Ukraine from anywhere in the world

Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain Help Ukraine Emergency Appeal (opens in new tab)

A fundraising campaign has been set up by the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (AUGB). They're working with accredited and registered Ukrainian charities to provide medicines, food, and critical services to support the most vulnerable to overcome the consequences and trauma of war.

Find out more and donate here (opens in new tab)

Global Giving's Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund (opens in new tab)

Donating to this fund will support affected communities in Ukraine. The Global Giving campaign will focus on the most vulnerable, including children, who need access to food, medical services, and psychosocial support during this time.

Find out more and donate here (opens in new tab)

A child is carried down the steps in her stroller. Hundreds of people seek shelter underground, on the platform, inside the dark train cars, and even in the emergency exits, in metro subway station as the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022.

(Image credit: MARCUS YAM / LOS ANGELES TIMES/Getty Images)

International Committee of the Red Cross (opens in new tab)

The ICRC is responding to the urgent humanitarian needs on the ground and need your to continue their life-saving work. They're helping save lives with both medical assistance and water engineers so that more than 3M people can access clean water. They're also working hard to improve the living conditions of more than 66,000 people whose homes have been damaged by the ongoing conflict.

Find out more and donate here (opens in new tab)

Refugease (opens in new tab)

Sending aid from the UK is expensive and untimely, plus, there’s a shortage of storage options at the Ukrainian border. Instead, you can directly buy desperately needed aid items for Ukrainian refugees from the Refugease site. The items will be purchased and distributed immediately on the ground. You can also donate cash to help get support refugees in desperate need.

Find out more and donate here (opens in new tab)

The KYIV Independent (opens in new tab)

Independent journalism is vital in sharing what's going on inside the country. The KYIV Independent is an independent media outlet reporting in English. The organization has been covering the Russia-Ukraine conflict, doing fact-checking, and reporting on human rights. Journalists are putting their own safety at risk to report from the frontlines. Owing to the fact that the group is not affiliated with any government and is live reporting in English, it's vital in keeping the world informed about what is happening.

Find out more and donate here

Save the Children (opens in new tab)

Save the Children are fundraising for the 7.5M children living in Ukraine. These children have grown up in the conflict and are more at risk than ever. Your donations will help provide food, medicine, shelter, and support for children who need it most.

Find out more and donate here (opens in new tab)

Sunflower of Peace (opens in new tab)

Sunflower of peace are fundraising to prepare first aid medical tactical backpacks for paramedics and doctors on the front lines of the conflict. According to their campaign, each backpack has the ability to save up to ten lives. This means the lives of Ukrainian soldiers, civilians, volunteers, and children can and will be saved by donating to their 

Find out more and donate here (opens in new tab)

Hundreds of residents from a residential building damaged by a missile gather in a bomb shelter in the basement of a school on February 25, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Yesterday, Russia began a large-scale attack on Ukraine, with Russian troops invading the country from the north, east and south, accompanied by air strikes and shelling. The Ukrainian president said that at least 137 Ukrainian soldiers were killed by the end of the first day.

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Ukrainian Congress Committee of America #SupportUkraine Humanitarian Effort (opens in new tab)

A nonprofit fundraiser supporting those in need, organized by the UCCA. They have partnered with NGOs in planning for the provision of vital humanitarian aid to this population, as well as to the front-line defenders.

Find out more and donate here (opens in new tab)


UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) (opens in new tab)

The international organization aims to provide emergency assistance to families in Ukraine. They're providing aid such as cash assistance and opportunities for resettlement in other countries.

In a statement, they said, "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."

Find out more and donate here (opens in new tab)

United Help Ukraine (opens in new tab)

United Help Ukraine, Inc. is a charitable organization that is intrinsic in receiving and distributing donations, food and medical supplies to Ukrainian charities on the ground and helping the people of Ukraine affected by the humanitarian crisis.

Find out more and donate here (opens in new tab)

Voices of Children (opens in new tab)

This Ukrainian organization's charitable foundation helps children affected by the war in eastern Ukraine. Their vital work provides psychological and psychosocial support to children in the region, helping them overcome the consequences of armed conflict and develop in the wake of it all.

Your money will go towards supporting these children via art therapy, mobile psychologists, video storytelling, and individual help for families too.

Find out more and donate here (opens in new tab)

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