As the Russia-Ukraine conflict continues, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called for more international help. If you want to heed that call, we want to help you avoid charity scams and make sure your dollars reach Ukraine. CharityWatch, a U.S.-based charity watchdog organization, has rounded up a list of top-rated charities that are helping Ukraine right now.
You can learn more about how CharityWatch vets organizations on their website. They also have a list of tips on how to avoid falling for charity scams that are seeking to take advantage of those seeking to help Ukrainians during the crisis.
- Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) is setting up emergency responses in Ukraine, including setting up medical kit distribution sites across the city of Mariupol. They’re also providing telemedicine trauma care training to 30 surgeons in eastern Ukraine.
- International Medical Corps is working with partners and health agencies across Ukraine to provide a variety of relief services.
- Care USA seeks to help four million Ukrainians with immediate needs for water, food, hygiene care, physiological support and cash assistance. They’re prioritizing women, girls, families and the elderly.
- Catholic Relief Services is providing shelter, meals and transportation into safe areas, as well as hygiene supplies, fuel to keep warm and counseling.
- Direct Relief & Direct Relief Foundation is committing $500,000 to health efforts across Ukraine and the surrounding countries who are taking in refugees fleeing the crisis.
- International Rescue Committee is providing life-saving support to those fleeing their homes, including having teams in Poland to help Ukrainian refugees.
- Medical Teams International is working with its partners in Ukraine to deliver the best help possible based on the changing needs of Ukrainians.
- Mercy Corps is expanding its Ukrainian presence and is prioritizing giving assistance to the elderly and those with disabilities.
- Operation USA is providing support for refugees in Poland and other countries near Ukraine and are using their existing partnerships to deliver aid and support.
- Project Hope has delivered over two tons of medicines and medical supplies to Ukrainians still in Ukraine and who have sought refuge in neighboring countries, such as Poland. They are working with partner agencies to provide primary care to those affected by the crisis.
- Save the Children is providing Ukrainian children with education, psychological support, winter kits, hygiene kits and cash grants based on family needs.
- United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is coordinating humanitarian response efforts with its partners in Ukraine.
- United States Fund for UNICEF is providing psychological and mine safety training to Ukrainian children and their parents. They’re also driving in safe water to conflict-affected areas and providing health, hygiene and emergency educational supplies to those living in areas experiencing conflict.
You can find out more about the charities helping Ukraine right now on CharityWatch. You can also watch CharityWatch’s video about these charities and what they’re doing help to help Ukraine:
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