Like many around the world, the team here at K Health has been watching the situation unfolding in Ukraine over the past several weeks with bated breath. In the faces of the civilian soldiers bracing their neighborhoods for resistance and the hundreds of thousands of refugees waiting at the border—we see our colleagues, our friends, our own families.
We’re reminded that at any moment, the things we hold dearest and most secure in our lives—the ability to wake up and go to work, to bring our children to school, to come home at the end of the day—can be ripped out from under us.
We’ve seen the outpouring of support from countries and allies around the world. Young men and women who’ve arrived at the borders to volunteer to fight, donating anything they’re able to spare to help the resistance, help the Ukrainian cause, help Ukrainian democracy survive.
We spoke with some of the leading advocates and organizations on the ground, who are helping to secure the health and well-being of the Ukrainian people, to share in their own words the work they’re hoping to accomplish, and how you can help.
International Rescue Committee
Lani Fortier, Senior Director for Emergency Response at International Rescue Committee explains “We truly hope we can avert disaster and avoid the human suffering we will inevitably see if this conflict continues to escalate. However, the IRC is ready and preparing for the worst. We are working quickly to mobilize resources and connect with partners to establish a response that will provide life-saving support to civilians forced to flee their homes.”
Lani continues, “The IRC is meeting with partners and local civil society organizations in Poland and Ukraine to assess capacity for responding to an increase of refugees and people in need. We will work to respond where we are needed the most and with the services that are needed urgently. Whatever the needs are, we are preparing to meet them.”
We truly hope we can avert disaster and avoid the human suffering we will inevitably see if this conflict continues to escalate.
Save The Children
Greg Ramm, Head of Humanitarian Response at Save the Children tells us, “The 8-year conflict in Ukraine has now spiraled out of control, with devastating consequences for children and families. Every war is a war against children. Enough is enough,” said Greg Ramm Head of Humanitarian Response for Save the Children.
“Save the Children has been operating in Ukraine since 2014, and are delivering essential humanitarian aid to children and their families as they flee the conflict amid freezing temperatures and brutal conditions. We are also providing lifesaving assistance to children and families displaced in neighboring countries to ensure they have the support they need to get through this crisis.”
The 8-year conflict in Ukraine has now spiraled out of control, with devastating consequences for children and families.
Sandrina da Cruz, Director of Disaster response at GlobalGiving shares, “One of the things that make GlobalGiving unique is our focus on local, community-led organizations. Part of our role is to listen to the needs of our partners in the impacted region and fundraise to meet those needs, so our nonprofit partners can focus on their lifesaving work.”
“Right now in Ukraine and surrounding areas, GlobalGiving has dozens of incredible long-term partners focusing on providing medical support, shelter, food, and clean water for communities affected as well as psychosocial support and access to economic assistance.”
[We’re] focusing on providing medical support, shelter, food, and clean water for communities.
How & Where To Donate
- International Rescue Committee
- Médecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders
- Voices of Children
- The UN Refugee Agency
- Direct Relief
- Project Hope
- Save the Children (UCRF)
- International Committee of the Red Cross
- The Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund by Global Giving
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