Five Effective Ways You Can Help Ukraine Now

How to Help Ukraine Now
  1. Unicef– Protection for children and families caught in this conflict.
  2. Sunflower of Peace– Provides first-aid medical backpacks to paramedics and doctors.
  3. The National Bank of Ukraine– Special account opened to raise funds for Ukraine’s army.
  4. Voices of Children– Helps provide psychological and psychosocial support to children.
  5. United Help Ukraine– On the ground and currently providing medical supplies and food to displaced people.

It took some time to compile this list because, quite frankly, I don’t trust a lot of charitable organizations. Some love posting photos of malnourished African children from the 80s in order to gain sympathy in 2022. >insert eye roll<

Even the current president of Unicef’s U.S. division is making over $600,000 USD a year! It is less than 1% of funds raised for children, but it still leaves me a sour taste in my mouth. How come he can’t live in Thailand on $50,000 a year and have a sweet quality of life? Still, this is a list of current organizations, in the thick of it, helping the Ukrainian people get through hell. Rest assured, the majority of your money isn’t going to fund some coked out party in Cancun with strippers.

I highly advise checking out the track records of these charities by going to Charitable Navigator. This tool allows you to review a charity’s reputation. A few of the fundraisers listed are not in the index yet, so please do your own independent research.

Okay, lets get to it…

Unicef

Unicef is a trusted organization that was founded in 1946 to help provide developmental and humanitarian aid to children in 192 countries. This organization is currently giving help to people affected by the war in Ukraine. About 60% of them are women and children. This includes basic necessities such as clean water, sanitation, donating food, and shelter. They’re also providing psychological support to children (and their caregivers) most in need and will work to rebuild schools and the futures of the innocent.

The voice of the voiceless.

As per Unicef’s website…

While the fighting continues, we provide support to children and their families affected by the conflict. Operating through four offices on both sides of the conflict, UNICEF:

– provides life-saving mine risk education to hundreds of thousands of children and their caregivers;

– supports the rehabilitation of schools damaged by the fighting; and

– provides more than 2.3 million people with access to safe water.

We also provide psychosocial support to more than 200,000 boys and girls and their caregivers through community protection centres, mobile teams, teachers and school-based psychologists. But the scale of their needs for longer-term care is rapidly overwhelming the limited resources that are available.

About 70% of the fund goes towards helping those in need. I like how this organization rapidly responds to desperate situations and stays long after it’s over to ensure the welfare of children.

Sunflower of Peace

This is a new crowdsourced fundraiser on Facebook that’s being recommended by many. You cannot find them in the Charity Navigator, but I haven’t found any disagreeable remarks about them yet. Keep in mind, their focus is providing medical backpacks to help doctors and paramedics save lives.

According to their Facebook page:

Sunflower of Peace has officially started a fundraiser to prepare first aid medical tactical backpacks for paramedics and doctors on the front lines. In 2014-2016 those backpacks helped paramedics and doctors on the front lines save hundred and hundred of lives. Those were the bags they didn’t leave out of their sight as they had everything to preserve a person’s life and get them to proper medical care alive. It meant the world to them then and it will mean the world to them now.

Please, donate any amount: big or small as everything makes a huge difference.

Each backpack has the ability to save up to 10 lives: Ukrainian soldiers, civilians, volunteers, and children. These backpacks are designed for a second level of medical care in terms of combat action, according to the standards of tactical medicine (Tactical Combat Casualty Care), namely the level of paramedics, arrow-sanitary department.

The backpack’s contents are specially designed to be used by highly skilled military combat groups – marines, special forces units and intelligence. These groups operate in areas without access to MedicalFacilities or Emergency Care. Therefore, it’s crucial that each combat group have a soldier capable of acting as a medic on the spot.

Each backpack is designed for groups of 5 to 10 people and includes a variety of first aid supplies: bandages, anti hemorrhagic medicine like Quikclot and Celox, medical instruments, and a means for survival in extreme conditions.

The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU)

The National Bank of Ukraine is obtaining funds for the country’s army. The money will be used for “logistical and medical support” according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ukrainian Institution’s website. Not only are military fighting, but weapons are being given to civilians to defend their country.

If you can understand Ukrainian then please watch the video from NBU’s Governor Kyrylo Shevchenko…

Voices of Children

Mommy, will I die? Can you imagine hearing this question from your child? A complete disruption to your daily life. Not knowing if you’ll have a home to go back to or if your friends are alive. The amount of stress this causes to children. The trauma. Many of them being forced to grow up quickly and cannot understand why war is happening. This is where Voices of Children comes in.

This Baltimore, Maryland based charity is helping the children by providing psychological and psychosocial care. They’ve got mobile psychologists in the Luhansk and Donetsk of regions of Ukraine right now.

Here’s part of their mission statement:

Our objective is that every child who has suffered from the war in Ukraine must get psychological help in time.

Our values: respect to child’s dignity and rights; understanding of the needs of every child to be heard; faith in getting the best results only with the help of partnership and mutual aid.

We are working in various villages and towns along the frontline in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

United Help Ukraine (UHU)

With a score of 85/100 according to Charity Navigator, you can be assured the majority of your money will go to help those in need. The UHU is one of the newer charities with under ten years on the fundraising scene. According to their website, they keep administrative costs down to 1%. Again, I didn’t find any discriminating remarks against this charity.

They provide clothes, food, medical supplies, and help to raise awareness of the crisis in Ukraine. They’re very vocal in how they feel about the war and hold rallies in various cities.

As history unfolds and sadly repeats itself; I sincerely hope this post sheds light on ways you can help Ukraine now. There’s lots of fundraising going on now. You would think in 2022, the world has enough common sense to avoid such conflicts. I’m taking sides and I SIDE WITH UKRAINE. This country did nothing to warrant such attacks from a man with a clear Napoleon complex.

As Desmond Tutu said, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”  

This is no time to be neutral or avoid politics. Putin is a madman who’s leading his country to an early grave. Protests are happening all over the world…even in Mother Russia. The Russian people are sick of his shit. It’s important to remember Putin is in NO WAY a reflection of how Russian people feel. We don’t always side with our governments.

According to Aljazeera, Yelena Kovalskaya, director of a state-funded Moscow theatre, is quoted as saying….she’s quitting her job because ….

“It’s impossible to work for a killer and get paid by him”.

If we allow him to attack Ukraine, without intervening, what does this say about us? Sanctions will not be enough when cryptocurrencies are helping Russia’s billionaires avoid Western sanctions. Putin is like a psychotic ex-boyfriend who refuses to take no for an answer and the restraining order is useless. All you can do is arm yourself in case he decides to suddenly show up on your doorstep.

As a newcomer to Tbilisi, Georgia, I’m overwhelmed at the kindness of people offering their homes, food, and pocket money to those affected by the war.

Restaurants are giving free meals to displaced people.

Locals and expats are opening their homes and hearts to those in need. There should be no quesiton in how you can best help Ukraine. I’m pleasantly surprised by the number of digital nomads offering assistance in Tbilisi and across the globe. Let’s not forget, at one point Georgia was an unwilling screw in the Soviet Union machine. You can feel the elephant in the room in every social engagement.

The question silently flickers across the faces of Georgians…

Are we next?

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