How To Help Ukrainian Refugees – The 5 Best Charities To Donate To

Nel-Olivia Waga
March 9, 2022

In times of (a sudden) crisis many of us often don’t know what to do. Some feel helpless, some feel paralyzed, some of us might feel frightened and others feel encouraged to take action immediately. Everyone deals differently with situations like these. An information overload from the media and all kinds of spontaneously started initiatives to help might also feel overwhelming to many of us – as in the past days since the Ukraine conflict has started and millions of innocent people had to flee their home country. Many of these were women and children. There are no words to describe the sadness I’ve felt witnessing these pictures.

While my family in Poland is helping refugees and working with charity organizations on site since day 1 of the conflict, the most I can do from afar is to donate. And I hope you will too.

I have been asked, what the most legitimate charity organizations are, that you can donate to right now. In times of such a huge humanitarian crisis I personally believe – and my experience working with charities in the past years shows – that it is best to donate to the big, well-known organizations, such as the ones listed below. Why I prefer to donate and support the big charities for a crisis, that is not local but global? Because in times of such a huge crisis and unbelievable danger, these organizations are the ones most experienced in such situations, most connected with governments and supply chains to provide SAFE, professional and fast coordination and support on site – most efficient, quick and on a large scale.

This is why I personally support these charities, knowing how good their work is.

 

THE INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS

The ICRC has been working in Ukraine since 2014. Their operations in the country are among the ten largest ICRC operations worldwide with a team of over 600 staff members. Working closely with the Ukrainian Red Cross Society, ICRC are increasing their response to the humanitarian needs in Ukraine. The support to people includes emergency assistance such as food, water, and other essential items. They also support hospitals and primary healthcare facilities with medical equipment and emergency preparedness. They repair water stations and support households to rehabilitate their damaged homes. ICRC also help families separated by the conflict reconnect.

DONATE TO THE RED CROSS

 

UNICEF

UNICEF is working around the clock to scale up life-saving programmes for children. This includes:

  • Ramping up efforts to meet critical and escalating needs for safe water, health care, education and protection.
  • Providing vital humanitarian supplies. On 5 March, the first batch of humanitarian supplies arrived in western Ukraine, from UNICEF’s Global Supply and Logistics Hub in Copenhagen, including personal protective equipment to protect health workers from COVID-19 as they respond to the critical health needs of children and families, as well as desperately needed medical supplies, including medicine and first aid kits.
  • Working with municipalities to ensure that there is immediate help for children and families in need.
  • Supporting mobile teams providing child protection services and psychosocial care to children traumatized by the chronic insecurity.
  • Continuing emergency response efforts to address the COVID-19 outbreak, including by working with municipalities to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates, and by strengthening awareness-raising and capacity-building efforts.

DONATE TO UNICEF

 

SAVE THE CHILDREN

Save the Children has been operating in Ukraine since 2014, delivering essential humanitarian aid to children and their families. This includes supporting their access to education, providing psychosocial support, distributing winter kits and hygiene kits, and providing cash grants to families so they can meet basic needs such as food, rent and medicines, or so they can invest in starting new businesses.

DONATE TO SAVE THE CHILDREN 

 

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS / MÉDECINS SANS FRONTIERES

The organization provides medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare. The teams are made up of tens of thousands of health professionals, logistic and administrative staff – most of them hired locally. Their actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of impartiality, independence and neutrality.

DONATE TO DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS


UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

As the crisis in Ukraine goes on, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is working in partnership with the Government of Ukraine to procure and deliver urgently needed medicines, medical supplies and equipment, particularly to primary health centres. UNDP is also providing systems and supplies to test donated blood.

For many years, UNDP has had the largest presence within the UN family working in the country. It has now joined the UN system to support immediate efforts to protect and assist those most affected in the country, as well as refugees from Ukraine. Teams are mobilizing to provide emergency healthcare services, psychosocial counseling, cross-border transportation and temporary accommodation and shelter.

In addition to support to immediate lifesaving needs, UNDP will scale up recovery and reconstruction efforts in Ukraine when conditions allow. These will include support to State emergency services and local authorities for appraisal and repair of critical energy, communications and other infrastructure necessary for public safety and the restoration and smooth functioning of public services.

DONATE TO UNDP

 

Local Support As A Next Step

Once refugees have found an official place in your country/town, you can get in touch with local authorities and charities to support also locally with any kind of work, further donations and services. Once I’ve collected more insights on the situation in Switzerland, Germany and the UK, I’ll give you an update on local supportive actives.

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CONSCIOUS LUXURY

#ConsciousLuxury is the theme of HER/etiquette. We combine luxury lifestyle with consciousness. Each story we share, is underlined with values. The purpose and innovation of the brands we collaborate with, are as important to us, as their initiatives towards ethical craftsmanship, sustainability holistic health and social responsibility.

This is our first step in contributing to the global movement of creating a more positive impact in the world – and in you.

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