How to Help Ukraine
There are many ways to help Ukraine right now, and the humanitarian response is in full swing. Nonprofits are gathering the basic necessities, journalists are on the ground verifying reports, and professionals are caring for traumatized children. We can all speak out and help by preventing misinformation from spreading. Disinformation is any false information that is spread with deliberate intent, and we need to fight back against it.
Lifeline Ukraine is a 24/7 suicide hotline
The Lifeline Ukraine hotline is a free and confidential resource that provides 24 hour support to anyone who is contemplating suicide. It was established in October, 2019 and has since grown from a suicide prevention service for Ukrainian combat veterans to a national suicide prevention hotline. Its team is comprised of veterans, psychologists, and veterans with interest in veteran affairs. Together, they have a wealth of experience in suicide prevention and the prevention of mental health issues.
The Lifeline Ukraine hotline operates a telephone number in Ukraine that has been live since October 2019. The phone number 7333 was activated at 18:00 on that day and has since been answering calls 24 hours a day without a pause. Since then, the phone line has been used over 16,000 times. Lifeline Ukraine follows in the footsteps of suicide prevention hotlines in other countries, such as the UK and Israel.
UNICEF is seeking funding to provide basic services to Ukrainians
In Ukraine, UNICEF is working to provide life-saving aid to children affected by the conflict, including access to clean drinking water, mental health support, and learning supplies. It has also helped provide health care and protection to nearly three million children and their families. In recent days, heavy weapons fire has damaged critical infrastructure. As a result, UNICEF is scaling up its emergency response efforts to help people in need.
With more than 7.5 million children and families in Ukraine at risk, humanitarian aid is critical. As a result, UNICEF is providing essential life-saving services in Ukraine, as well as psychosocial support in neighbouring countries. The escalating conflict is causing increasing needs for education and health care. The organization has started delivering hygiene kits to schools and institutions in the region, as well as baby diapers and disinfectants to children in institutions.
UNICEF is also working to improve its flow of humanitarian aid to Ukraine. Its emergency response has already seen the dispatch of 114 trucks carrying medical equipment and basic supplies to help those affected by the crisis. The organization is relying on local authorities, volunteers, and informal distribution networks to make sure that the humanitarian aid reaches the right people.
MSF provides mental healthcare
In the eastern part of Ukraine, where the conflict has been raging for over three years, MSF is providing mental health care to people affected by the conflict. As a result, many people are suffering from the stress and trauma that this conflict has caused. Since 2014, many people have lived in fear of being caught up in a violent conflict, which has added to the strain. Often, it is hard to get care because most mental health services are located in large urban centres. But MSF is working to change this by empowering community nurses and family doctors to provide mental health care to people in the conflict zones.
The organization is also working to support local health authorities and provide additional training for the medical staff to provide mental health services. MSF is also working closely with the local communities to provide the best possible care for everyone. In Ukraine, MSF is extending its work in various sectors and employs more than 550 people. It provides supplies to local hospitals in need, organizes mobile medical clinics across the country, and supports mental health care for migrants and refugees.
The organization has also set up a program in Italy to help Ukrainian refugees living in Italy. These clinics have already opened in Rome, Milan, and Trieste, and Naples will open soon. These clinics provide psychological support and help people access social services. The organization is working in partnership with refugee welcome Italy to coordinate their efforts.
Vostock-SOS provides emergency aid
The Vostock-SOS organization is a humanitarian organization based in Ukraine. It collaborates with the German-Swiss NGO Libereco and runs a 24-hour hotline that helps Ukrainian citizens in crisis. The organisation is also working to provide trauma support for people who have been displaced by the Russian invasion. The organization has a Facebook page and a website where donors can learn how to help.
Vostock-SOS also works to provide long-term development programs for Ukraine, including supporting the internally displaced. In 2016, as the fighting shifted from western Ukraine to eastern Ukraine, the organization moved its focus from emergency aid to long-term development programs for local communities. Since the onset of the conflict, Russia has been making steady advances and now controls nearly all of the occupied regions in the east.
During the conflict in Ukraine, the Vostock-SOS has provided humanitarian assistance and provided psychological and legal assistance to the affected population. It also supports civic engagement and is deeply engaged in human rights monitoring in conflict areas. It employs about 36 people but relies heavily on a large number of volunteers. In emergencies, these volunteers can number in the hundreds.
Another organization that is providing help to the Ukrainian people is Doctors Without Borders. This international organization works with local volunteers and organizations to provide life-saving assistance. Its services include emergency medical kits, psychological support, safe places to stay, and even cash transfers. The Voices of Children charity has also been active in Ukraine and serves children and their families affected by war in the Eastern part of the country since 2015.
International Rescue Committee
With the conflict in Ukraine affecting the lives of millions of people, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has a unique insight into how to help the country’s people. The IRC works with local partners to provide aid and support. The local teams know the context of the situation in Ukraine and can tailor their work to meet local needs. In many cases, the people impacted by the war need immediate help with basic needs.
As the violence in Ukraine continues to rage, thousands of people have been forced from their homes. The conflict is causing widespread damage to the country’s infrastructure, and the country’s citizens are left with little or no access to basic necessities. The situation is dire in the east, where freezing temperatures have made it impossible for people to survive. Additionally, roads and bridges have been damaged, making access to food and water even more difficult.
Ukraine has lost millions of people in the war and many people are being displaced both within the country and across its borders. Over 5.5 million people have fled to neighboring countries, and the majority of them are women and children. The conflict has devastated the country’s infrastructure and sent the economy into a rapid decline. Hospitals have been attacked and are unable to provide care. The health system was already weakened by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the war has only made matters worse. In the coming months, thousands of women will give birth without the proper care.
The International Rescue Committee is a non-governmental organization that responds to humanitarian crises worldwide. With offices in Poland and Ukraine, the IRC has deployed a rapid response team to help those in need. With partners, they are helping to provide food, water, sanitation facilities, and protection for the people in need.
OutRight Action International
You can help Ukraine and its LGBTIQ citizens by making a donation to OutRight Action International’s Ukraine Fund. Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, LGBTIQ citizens have been displaced from their homes in Kyiv and the eastern part of the country. As a result, they have fled to the West and EU countries. In these times of crisis, LGBTIQ citizens face even greater risks. By contributing to the Ukraine Fund, you can help these individuals survive and rebuild their lives.
OutRight Action International is a nonprofit organization that provides aid to LGBTQ+ organizations in Ukraine and surrounding countries. Its mission is to fight discrimination and to provide safety and assistance to LGBTQ+ individuals. Every dollar you donate goes directly to the cause. You can also donate to the United Nations World Food Programme to provide food assistance for those displaced by the war.
As the situation in Ukraine continues to deteriorate, the LGBTIQ community in Ukraine is especially vulnerable. President Putin ordered the invasion and has a long history of targeting the LGBTQ+ community. A law passed in 2013 made it illegal to promote LGBTI rights in Russia, and many LGBTQ activists were jailed and support groups were shut down. As a result, the Council of Europe has declared that LGBTI rights in Russia have been under attack.
In addition to sending humanitarian aid, individuals and groups can use social media to raise awareness of the situation and encourage businesses to donate. This can help raise awareness about the humanitarian crisis and help the international community to provide aid to the Ukraine citizens.