RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, many in the United States are wondering: what can we do to help?
It can be difficult to separate genuine charitable organizations from opportunistic scammers, so here are three trustworthy organizations accepting donations to help ordinary Ukrainians impacted by the war.
Medecins Sans Frontieres, known as Doctors Without Borders in English, is an organization of medical professionals who provide care in under-served areas of the world.
In Ukraine, the group has been assisting local health care systems since the conflict in Eastern Ukraine began in 2014, with much of their work taking place in occupied Luhansk and Donetsk. Doctors Without Borders has a long track record in the region.
“We are mobilizing an emergency-preparedness response to be ready for a variety of potential needs,” the group wrote in a statement. “Our teams in Belarus and Russia stand ready to provide humanitarian assistance if needed and we are looking to send teams to other neighboring countries to be ready on standby, either for a response in Ukraine or to provide humanitarian medical assistance to refugees seeking asylum abroad.”
You can donate to Medecins Sans Frontieres online here.
The Red Cross and Red Crescent are one of the oldest and most recognizable humanitarian aid organizations in the world.
The Red Cross is currently focusing on providing fresh water to the many people in Ukraine who have lost access due to heavy fighting in urban areas.
“ICRC water engineers and doctors aim to help more than 3 million people access clean water and improve the living conditions of more than 66,000 whose homes have been damaged by heavy fighting,” the ICRC wrote.
You can donate to the International Committee of the Red Cross online here.
The Ukraine Humanitarian Fund (UHF) was established by the United Nations in 2019 to provide aid for those impacted by fighting in Eastern Ukraine.
The fund is normally distributed in rounds of funding, which go to local projects within Ukraine helping to rebuild civil society and address pressing needs.
Past projects have included food distribution and assistance for thousands of Ukrainians who were displaced during a wildfire in occupied Luhansk.
You can donate to the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund online here.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is a charitable organization that was originally formed in the wake of WWII, becoming a permanent part of the United Nations System in 1953.
UNICEF has been working in Ukraine for eight years, providing humanitarian relief to children with an emphasis on safe drinking water, health care, and protection.
With the recent invasion, the children of Ukraine are in greater danger than ever before and UNICEF has begun ramping up its efforts to keep as many children as they can safe.
You can donate to UNICEF online here.
Another organization with ties to the United Nations is the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
UNHCR’s efforts are focused on saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, displaced communities and stateless people.
The Refugee Agency is working with authorities in Ukraine to provide humanitarian assistance wherever necessary and possible.
You can donate to the UN Refugee Agency online here.
World Central Kitchen (WCK) is a non-profit organization committed to proving meals in the wake of natural disasters.
As of Friday, WCK has been serving hot, nourishing meals from the Ukrainian border in Poland. They are preparing teams in Romania, Moldova, Slovakia, and Hungary as well.
They have also been working with restaurants in the Ukrainian cities of Odessa and Lviv to support families who have remained in the country.
You can donate to World Central Kitchen online here.
Médecins Sans Frontières, also known as Doctors Without Borders is an international humanitarian medical non-governmental organization.
The organization has had teams in Ukraine for the last eight years, mainly focused on HIV, TB, and general healthcare access.
However, with the sudden conflict of the recent invasion, they have begun looking into ways that they can adapt their teams’ activities to emergency response.
You can donate to Doctors without Borders online here.