Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has shocked millions around the world. Devastating images have shown thousands taking shelter amid airstrikes in Kyiv, while others have been fleeing to neighboring countries such as Poland and Moldova. The United Nations estimates there could be up to 4.5 million refugees leaving Ukraine if the conflict continues to escalate, with millions of children among those affected.
From donating to charities to amplifying the voices of those on the ground, below are five things you can do to help those affected by the horrifying situation unfolding in Ukraine.
1. Donate to Organizations Working on the Ground in Ukraine
The Ukrainian Red Cross Society (URCS) and International Committee Of The Red Cross (ICRC) are working on the ground to provide those who are being displaced by the war in Ukraine with food, water, medical supplies and shelter. You can donate directly to both organizations or via the British Red Cross’s Ukraine Crisis Appeal.
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHRC)
The UN Refugee Agency has launched an appeal to support those who are fleeing their homes in Ukraine and those whose homes have been damaged in the war. The agency is providing emergency shelter, relief items and emergency payments, as well as access to social services and psychological support for those in need.
Save The Children
Save The Children has launched an emergency appeal to help distribute essential aid to children and their families, deliver winter and hygiene kits, as well as giving cash grants to help families meet basic needs. It will also offer psychological support for children impacted by the war in Ukraine.
UNICEF has been working in Ukraine since conflict broke out in the east of the country eight years ago. The charity is providing families with access to clean water and nutritious food, and helping to ensure child health and protection services continue amid the on-going crisis.
CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere) has launched an emergency appeal to help provide food, water, hygiene kits, cash and support to those affected by the war in Ukraine via its partner People In Need, which is already working on the ground in the country.
Choose Love has set up the Ukraine Crisis Fundraiser to help provide emergency medical care, food, shelter, clothes, support for the LGBTQ+ community and mental health support, as well as legal support to those in Ukraine and those fleeing the country.
2. Amplify the Voices of People in Ukraine
Amplifying the voices of those on the ground in Ukraine, including their appeals for support on social media, can help raise awareness of what’s happening in the country. Many Ukrainians within the fashion industry have been posting about the conflict, including Svitlana Bevza, founder and creative director of Bevza, designer Vita Kin and Olya Kuryshchuk, founder of 1Granary.