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How To Give It… to the humanitarian effort in Ukraine

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As Ukraine’s largest children’s hospital, Okhmatdyt treats up to 20,000 young patients annually. With more than 7.5mn children now under threat – and treatment still needed for critically ill patients – the hospital’s resources are being stretched dramatically. To support children affected by the ongoing war in Ukraine, Kyiv-based fashion label Sleeper will donate 100 per cent of proceeds from its online sales throughout April. the-sleeper.com

Donate directly to Okhmatdyt here


Oxfam advocate and charity-shop obsessive Bay Garnett

With a response fund set up for more than 30 emergency situations at any given time, Oxfam is helping set up safe travel routes for those in danger, providing vulnerable families with essentials and lobbying governments to honour their commitments to refugees. In support, stylist and long-term Oxfam advocate and charity-shop obsessive Bay Garnett is turning St Peter’s Church in Notting Hill into a one-off designer and fashion emporium, offering pieces donated by Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss, Stella McCartney and many others. The shop will be open for one day only (23 April); all proceeds will go to Oxfam’s Emergency Response Fund.

Donate directly to Oxfam here

Voices Of Children

More than 100 children have died in Ukraine since Putin’s invasion – and 300 have been injured. With an increasing number of kindergartens, maternity hospitals and shelters becoming targets, Voices Of Children is providing non-stop assistance to Ukrainian children, offering emergency psychological support and assisting families who need to evacuate. 

Donate directly to Voices Of Children here

Direct Relief

Bioluminescence, 2021, by Travis Dove. Prints from $275

Fighting for “healthy people” and a “better world”, this California-based charity works to improve lives around the world indiscriminately. Collaborating with Ukraine’s Ministry of Health, Direct Relief has deployed 200 tons of medical aid, and is preparing to offer a longer-term assistance plan to those displaced. To contribute, conservation nonprofit Vital Impacts has partnered with more than 100 National Geographic photographers to launch a flash print sale (from $275 for a 11×16 inch print), all profits from which will benefit Direct Relief’s work in Ukraine. vitalimpacts.org

A school dance competition in Slavyansk, Ukraine, in 2015, from Ukraine Runs Through It, by Justyna Mielnikiewicz

Donate directly to Direct Relief here

National Bank of Ukraine

Within a few days of Putin’s invasion, Ukraine’s National Bank had opened a fundraiser for people affected by the ongoing attacks around the country. “Russian aggression deprived thousands of Ukrainians of their home, money, clothes, food and other basic things,” says Kyrylo Shevchenko, the Bank’s governor. “This account will be used to help those hardest hit by the war.”

Donate directly to the National Bank of Ukraine Humanitarian Aid Account here

Habitat for Humanity

When temperatures fell below freezing in Romania – one of the five main countries taking in Ukrainian refugees – many charities sourced air heaters for those living in tents on the border. Chief among them was Habitat for Humanity, a UK-based housing charity that has also been working to help displaced families access affordable rental housing, repurposing empty spaces for shelter and – in partnership with Ibis – offering free stays in hotels.

Donate directly to Habitat for Humanity here

Artists at Risk

An artwork by Tacita Dean, who is participating in Artists at Risk’s emergency fundraiser

“Assisting artists whose freedom and lives are at risk” is the motive behind this non-profit. Since its launch in 2013, Artists at Risk has launched 26 residences for artists facing persecution or imprisonment. To help Ukraine, the organisation has collected prints (each at €200) from more than 70 artists – including Tacita Dean, Nan Goldin, Jeremy Deller – for an emergency fundraiser. All proceeds from the sale will assist Ukrainian cultural workers in accessing emergency travel, shelter and financial support. solidarityprints.org

Donate directly to Artists at Risk here

Action Against Hunger

A woman gives a hug to two people in Dolhobyczow, Poland, on 5 March

It’s now predicted that 18mn people are in need of humanitarian assistance as a result of the crisis in Ukraine. As a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee, international charity Action Against Hunger is fighting to provide emergency relief, identifying the most urgent needs as food security, healthcare and mental health services, as well as water, sanitation and hygiene. Just £20 is enough to provide 20 emergency hot meals for Ukrainian refugees.

Donate directly to Action Against Hunger here

Sunflower of Peace

Boston-based Sunflower for Peace has been supporting Ukrainian paramedics and doctors by distributing first-aid backpacks, medicine and medical instruments. There is also an option to purchase supplies on the charity’s Amazon List, which will be shipped to the Sunflower of Peace warehouse and delivered to Ukraine.

Donate directly to Sunflower of Peace here


Meaning “together” in Ukrainian, Razom was founded off the back of the Revolution of Dignity, a series of protests in 2014 that culminated in the removal of former President Viktor Yanukovych. “Our work from the get-go has been to build a prosperous Ukraine,” says Dora Chomiak, who runs the charity with an almost all-female team of fellow Ukrainians, “and that’s what we’re continuing to do.” Working in tandem with volunteers in Ukraine and US, Razom has established a supply line of tactical first aid to those who need it, and a further stream of financial donations to “turn into medicine”. They’re also working with partner charities to provide support for those who have now fled the country. With the goalposts constantly shifting, Razom has set up a Linktree with different ways to do so – be it donations, volunteer work or protests – that’s updated daily.

Donate directly to Razom here


More than 50 restaurants are raising funds through supper clubs, bake sales and special menu items

Unicef is fundraising to protect more than 7.5mn children at risk across the country. Among those calling for donations is Ukrainian chef and food writer Olia Hercules, who, alongside industry figures such as Alissa Timoshkina and Clerkenwell Boy, is urging the hospitality industry to raise funds through supper clubs, bake sales and special menu items. Around 150 restaurants have got involved to date – notable names include Soho House, St John and Ottolenghi – and have raised more than £475,000. Follow their progress with the hashtag #CookForUkraine. Meanwhile, from 18 to 24 April, Incubator Photo Gallery and Lisbon’s Cabral Moncada Leilões will auction 87 prints from photographers around the world; bids start at €150, with 85 per cent of sales going directly to UNICEF. justgiving.com/fundraising/cookforukraine; cml.pt

Donate directly to Unicef here

Fight for Right

Among the people most vulnerable to attack in disaster zones are the disabled, particularly those with low mobility, for whom evacuation might not be an option. Fight for Right is tackling this with an emergency hotline, offering disabled Ukrainians advice, psychological support and, where possible, help with gathering supplies and the safe evacuation of those who need it.

Donate directly to Fight for Right here

Disasters Emergency Committee

The DEC pools together resources from 15 UK aid charities to coordinate crisis response

Made up of 15 UK aid charities – including Save the Children, Age International and Action Against Hunger – the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) pools together vital resources to co-ordinate an effective response to overseas countries in crisis. For its Ukraine Appeal, the Committee is asking for donations of £30 (enough to provide three people with a month’s worth of essential hygiene supplies), £50 (blankets for four families) and £100 (emergency food for two families for one month). Further support comes from Art For Ukraine, a group of international artists who have collaborated with The Auction Collective to host a sale of 75 works, all proceeds from which will support the DEC. theauctioncollective.com

Donate directly to DEC here

World Central Kitchen

World Central Kitchen has established food stations at border crossings for those fleeing the invasion

More than 60mn meals have been served up by World Central Kitchen (WCK), a charity that feeds people affected by humanitarian, climate and community crises. Within hours of Russia’s invasion, the WCK had set up a food station at a pedestrian border crossing in Poland, offering nourishing hot meals to those fleeing the attack. Since then, kitchens have been established at border crossings in Romania, Moldova and Hungary, and the charity is helping local restaurants to prepare hot meals across the country.

Donate directly to WCK here

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