How to help Ukraine

20 Meaningful Ways You Can Help Ukraine

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine threatens more lives, here are some meaningful ways you can help.

A woman holds her baby as she gets on a bus leaving Kyiv, Ukraine, Feb. 24, 2022. | Emilio Morenatti/AP

By Khanyi Mlaba and Tess Lowery

February 24, 2022

Editor’s note: The situation in Ukraine is actively evolving, as are the needs of citizens in the country and neighboring regions. We will be keeping this list up to date with the evolving ways Global Citizens can help in the coming days and weeks.

The world was brought to a standstill as news broke on Feb. 24 that Russia had invaded Ukraine. Global Citizen released a statement condemning Russia’s attack on Ukraine and calling for all military action to cease immediately, as well as for humanitarian aid to be supported as the conflict unfolds.

Global Citizen has pulled together a list of things you can do to support the people of Ukraine wherever you are. 

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Who Is the Most Impacted?

Ukraine-Russia-Ways-To-Help-001.jpgA woman and child peer out of the window of a bus as they leave Sievierodonetsk, the Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine, Feb. 24, 2022.
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According to UN data, in 2021 the crisis in Ukraine affected 1.5 million people — half a million of whom are children and minors. As with any crisis, women, children, and the poor will be those most affected. Ukrainian parents are already taking heartbreaking measures to protect their children including sending them into school wearing stickers identifying their blood types in case of bombings. 

In the current crisis, Black people — especially migrants — are reporting experiencing racism at the border while trying to leave the country. Footage has gone viral of people being blocked from boarding trains and there have been worrying reports that police are prioritizing white Ukranians over Black people crossing the border. 

How Can I Help?

While many of us might feel helpless when confronted with geopolitical machinations of this scale, we’ve rounded up some ways you can help the people of Ukraine right now. 

Organizations on the ground and globally are actively supporting people within Ukraine and refugees seeking safety elsewhere with medical and humanitarian aid.

These organizations include:

1. People in Need is providing humanitarian aid to over 200,000 people on the ground. For those most in need, they provide food packages, emergency shelter, safe access to drinking water, hygiene items, and coal for heating. Donate here.

2. The Ukrainian Red Cross does loads of humanitarian work, from aiding refugees to training doctors. Donate here.

3. The International Medical Corps is on the front lines and prepared to help citizens with emergency health care services, as well as mental health and psychosocial support. The agency is also keeping the pandemic top of mind throughout the crisis by prioritizing COVID-19 awareness and prevention services, to help keep displaced citizens safe from the pandemic. Donate here.

4. CARE International is responding to the crisis by providing Ukrainians in need with food, hygiene kits, psychosocial support services, access to water, and access to cash. Donate here

5. Nova Ukraine is a nonprofit that delivers aid packages to Ukraine with everything from baby food and hygiene products, to clothes and household supplies. Donate here.

6. UNICEF Ukraine is repairing schools damaged by the bombings and providing an emergency response to children affected by the conflict. Donate here.

7. UNHRC has stepped up its operations and is working with governments in neighboring countries “calling on them to keep borders open to those seeking safety and protection.” You can help support refugees by donating here.

8. Nigerians in Diaspora Organization Europe has created a resource to help support those trying to leave Ukraine, complete with a “survival list,” Telegram groups to join, places to donate for those wanting to help from overseas, and social accounts to follow for the latest information. You can learn more about their work and donate here.

9. OutRight Action is stepping up to make sure that they are not left behind and that they are protected in this time of crisis. The organization will be helping to support LGBTQ+ groups and organizations on the ground who are setting up shelters and providing safety for citizens. All donations made to OutRight will go directly to the cause. You can donate here

STAY INFORMED

Ukraine-Russia-Ways-To-Help-005.jpgA woman reacts as she waits for a train trying to leave Kyiv, Ukraine, Feb. 24, 2022.
Image: Emilio Morenatti/AP

One of the best ways to help the most vulnerable in Ukraine is by staying on top of what is happening on the ground, and learning more about how citizens are being affected by the conflict. We’ve rounded up a few trustworthy sources you can refer to: 

10. The Kyiv Independent has been a leading voice on the front lines, covering a timeline of ongoing events since the beginning and highlighting those who have been most affected by the violent attack. The English-language outlet is continuously reporting on how the invasion and conflict are impacting citizens, the economy, as well as Ukrainian foreign politics. Keep up to date on its website here, or on the Twitter page here

11. The New Voice of Ukraine: Covering news in three different languages — English, Ukrainian, and Russian — the New Voice of Ukraine has not only covered breaking news, but has released informative analyses on the situation that detail how the situation led to this point, and is continuously publishing op-eds by Ukranian scholars and experts that help to give a view of tone of the situation. Read more on its website here.

12. Ukraine World: While Ukraine World is not posting breaking news and timeline updates on its website, it is very active on its social media accounts. Its independent journalists on the front lines have gathered first-hand footage, and it is using its account to share other informative sources that its followers can refer to in order to keep up to date. Follow Ukraine World here

13. Kyiv Post is the only non-independent media outlet on this list, and it is important that those following state-funded outlets are aware that they are affiliated with the state.The outlet has been at the forefront of delivering breaking news directly from government and national offices, releasing statements from ministry officials, military leads, and other dignitaries. You can read more on its website here, or follow it on Twitter here

14. CNN Reporter Dale Dan compiled a Twitter list of verified journalists reporting the best information about the invasion, which you can follow here.

15. Olga Tokariuk is a verified independent correspondent working in Kyiv, sending frequent tweets on the latest information while also capturing the humanity of living in Kyiv. Follow her here.

16. Global Leaders are all tweeting their updates and responses to the situation as well. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba are active on Twitter in English, giving regular updates. US President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken are tweeting about the US and international response to the invasion. And UN Secretary General António Guterres and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen are giving updates.

17. Learn more through content: If this is the first you’re hearing about the crisis in Ukraine and you want to learn more about the background to the situation read this Kyiv Post article, “10 popular misconceptions about Ukraine debunked”; watch Netflix’s documentary Winter On Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom; and listen to this podcast by Ukraine World on how Russia uses disinformation as an instrument of war.

Ukraine-Global-Solidarity-Marches-Russia-005.jpgDemonstrators march with a banner that reads: “Ukraine – Peace, Russia – Freedom”, in Moscow, Russia, Feb. 24, 2022. Hundreds of people gathered in the center of Moscow on Thursday, protesting against Russia’s attack on Ukraine.
Image: Dmitry Serebryakov/AP

TAKE ACTION

19. Join a Peace Protest

If you’re following and keeping up to date with the ongoing situation on the ground, but you’re still wanting to do more and/or you don’t have the financial means to donate, consider joining demonstrators around the world  — from London to Tokyo — who have taken to the streets to protest Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Find your nearest demonstration here

20. Take Action With Global Citizen

You can join Global Citizen in taking action to show solidarity with Ukraine and the Ukrainian people, by sending our tweet highlighting that we must #StandWithUkraine and choose peace not war.

Crossing the Digital fundraising divide

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There are huge holes in lots of charities budgets at the moment both locally, nationally and internationally. I have been trying to help charities that I want to support and have discovered these hopefully useful tips and income streams for charities to use.  

You might think that while a lot of shopping is going online that your charity or community building is missing a trick. Well there are many ways and means that your charity can also raise funds on the world wide web. It might be an idea to try and get some help from some more IT literate members of your community that might be able and willing to show you the digital ropes on how to use some of the applications mentioned below.

1)    Online events such as a presentations, talks, a local musician and/or band could all possibly be used as online ticketed events to raise money for your charity/community building.   

Tickets could be sold online through an account on ticket sales platforms such as Eventbrite (there will be a small charge for ticket events that you charge attendance for).  

Once you have sold your tickets you could then invite them to attend through a platform called Zoom where, so long as the person that has bought a ticket has an ok internet connection, they should not have problem joining and enjoying the event.

2)    Charities can sell items on the online auction site called eBay and receive payments for transactions through PayPal (including gift aid for those eligible to opt in). On eBay you could sell items by auction or even  set up your own digital charity shop to sell items.

Make sure you sell items that can either easily be posted out to winning bidders such as DVDs, CDs or books. Or you might want to sell more difficult to post items locally and advertise items as local collection only. You could make an event of it locally for your charity if you have some special items that would mean a lot to people in your local community, such as locally produced art, craft or local produce or gift vouchers donated to your charity. You could advertise with social media posts or emails or in your local parish magazine about the upcoming auction, when it will be and what will be for sale, so that people in your community can know what to bid on and when and where.

Also, where payment goes through PayPal, buyers can opt into gift aid, so you can increase your income by a further amount that you would be entitled to. If you want to find out more about charities and raising funds on eBay or payments though PayPal just contact eBay or PayPal directly and they will be happy to answer your questions.

3)    Finally for all you budding Amazon Parcel purchasers did you know that you can donate to your own charity by setting up an Amazon Smile account. Again, go directly to Amazon and ask them how to set up an Amazon Smile fundraising account for charities. Then ask your supporters to register with Amazon Smile and away you go. Amazon will donate a small percentage of all future purchases to the charity at no cost to the buyer.