Here’s How You Can Support The People Of Ukraine Right Now

Here’s How You Can Support The People Of Ukraine Right Now

On February 24th 2022, the Russian military invaded Ukraine, a European democracy of over 44 million people. After months of tensions, Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his forces across the borders and into Ukraine, ordering a full-scale invasion of the country’s north, east and south. According to Aljazeera News, Ukraine’s health ministry said on Sunday that at least 352 civilians, including 14 children, have been killed since the Russian invasion began, plus 1,684 people that have been wounded. It is believed that the real figures are considerably higher, and only time will tell. With over 160,000 people being displaced and over 422,000 that have been forced to flee across borders, we outline what we can do as a global community to support the people of Ukraine.

For more in-depth information on why Russia is invading Ukraine, read more here.

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Stay up to date with what’s happening

The situation has escalated rapidly in the past few days, let alone in the months—and years—leading up to it. Stay on top of the news and read widely to get to grips with what’s happening and how to help, no matter where you are in the world. Look for reliable and fact-checked news. Many news sources are covering the invasion—some of the most popular channels include BBC News, CNN, Aljazeera, Financial TimesSouth China Morning Post, among many more.

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Donate to organisations that are supporting Ukraine

We can support the NGOs and organisations that are working to provide food, shelter and medical supplies for those affected by the crisis. Here are some of the organisations to consider:

The International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The IRC is launching an emergency appeal to help support displaced families with critical aid. It’s working quickly to prepare resources to civilians forced to flee their homes. They have already prepared teams on the ground in Poland, and are working with partners in both Poland and Ukraine. A good way to help is to offer an emergency donation.

Voices of Children

Based in Ukraine, Voices of Children provides psychological support to children who have witnessed war. Throughout the Russian invasion, it will continue to provide non-stop assistance to affected children and families. Donate here.

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UN Refugee Agency

Years of violence in Ukraine has forced more than two million people to leave their homes and with the latest situation, that number will likely increase massively. UNHCR is providing emergency supplies, lifesaving care and protection to help children, women and men displaced by violence. You can support the organisation by donating here.

CARE

This Geneva-based nonprofit organisation is raising money for hygiene kits, water and cash assistance. You can find out how to help and donate here.

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Sunflower of Peace

Sunflower of Peace is a fundraiser that prepares first aid medical tactical backpacks for paramedics and doctors on the front lines. Each backpack has the potential to save up to 10 lives: Ukrainian soldiers, civilians, volunteers and children. Join the fundraiser here.

International Medical Corps

Since 2014, this global nonprofit has been providing healthcare and mental health services in eastern Ukraine. It’s now preparing to deploy medical teams for emergency health services, mental health support for displaced populations. Find out more here.

Faye Bradley

Faye Bradley is the editor and business development manager at Compare Retreats. She is an avid writer, editor, illustrator and yogi who is passionate about all things wellness, travel and the arts.

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