How to help Ukrainians affected by the Russian invasion

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More than a million people have fled Ukraine and at least 160,000 have been internally displaced as fighting continues between Russian and Ukrainian forces in Europe’s largest ground war since World War II. World War.

The United Nations this week appealed for $1.7 billion to help with relief efforts, estimating that 12 million people in Ukraine and 4 million refugees may need relief and protection in the coming months. .

Donations are flowing to aid organizations on the ground and to those trying to help Ukrainians who have fled to neighboring countries. The Ukrainian government and an organization helping the war effort are also receiving support through cryptocurrency donations, although analysts warn that scammers are trying to take advantage of the crisis.

“Generally the recommendation I give is to give with your heart, but also with your head,” said Kevin Scally, director of relationships at Charity Navigator, which assesses the financial health and transparency of charities globally. national. “I would also recommend that Americans strongly consider supporting a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.”

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“These are the only organizations where your donation is truly tax deductible,” Scally said, adding that it’s also important for donors to ensure they’re “supporting effective and efficient organizations with a strong commitment to financial health, accountability and transparency”. .”

To that end, here is a non-exhaustive list of nonprofit organizations classified by Charity Navigator as “highly rated” charities involved in humanitarian aid for Ukraine:

Direct relief

The organization said on its website that it was working with the Ukrainian Ministry of Health and other partners to provide medical backpacks used by first responders to treat injuries, along with other essential supplies – including tourniquets, stitches, antibiotics, oxygen supplies and other forms of medical aid. .

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Direct Relief donors can direct their donations to the Ukraine crisis, which is important for those seeking to help Ukraine through international organizations with operations in many countries.

“There are a lot of organizations that are going to be making calls at this point,” Scally said. Donors who want to help Ukraine should seek out a dedicated crisis donation fund, or ask the organization if their donation is going to relief efforts or to generally support the nonprofit, he said. added.

save the children

The international aid organization has worked in Ukraine since 2004. It is currently asking for donations to help provide food, water, cash assistance, hygiene kits and other forms of support for children and families affected by the Russian invasion. The organization has also created a fund dedicated to Ukraine.

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Americas

Americares, a global health-focused humanitarian organization headquartered in Connecticut, said it sent an emergency response team to Krakow, a Polish city near the border with the Czech Republic.

“We are focused on meeting the health needs of families caught up in the violence and those fleeing Ukraine,” Americares Vice President of Emergency Programs Kate Dischino said in a statement posted on the organization’s website.

The organization says it is “ready to deliver medicine, medical supplies, emergency funds and relief items to the area and has activated its roster of staff and volunteer medical professionals in case they are needed. to provide emergency support in neighboring countries”.

The organization, which is currently asking for donations, says its medical teams are providing emergency treatment for injuries, mental health support and other things.

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