It can be hard to talk to your kids about war, but it’s important.
Many of the groups below provide direct assistance like food and first aid to those displaced by the war in Ukraine. Other options include a Ukrainian news organization and groups working to alleviate the lasting impacts of armed conflict.
If your family is searching for ways to help the Ukrainian people, here’s eight organizations working in the area that could use financial support:
The Ukrainian Red Cross
Established in 1918, the Ukrainian Red Cross notably helped victims of the Chernobyl disaster. Currently, it is providing medicine, bedding, food, mental health support, first aid lessons and other direct assistance to Ukrainians.
Voices of Children
Voices of Children works with psychologists and is committed to helping children who are traumatized by war. The group’s website shares harrowing stories from young people about their wartime experiences. Voices of Children’s art therapy program is designed as a safe space where kids can work through complicated emotions and feel supported.
Revived Soldiers Ukraine
For those who survive, the brutality of war leaves many soldiers permanently wounded. Revived Soldiers Ukraine is a nonprofit dedicated to assisting injured soldiers through rehabilitation. Part of Revived Soldiers Ukraine’s work is helping with treatment and transportation fees for expensive, necessary medical procedures.
The Kyiv Independent
If you want to support reporters living in Ukraine, The Kyiv Independent is a local English-language news organization. The crowdfunded publication has recently featured articles covering refugee crossings and wartime casualties.
This nonprofit launched as a way to distribute surplus army rations after World War II. The CARE website page for its Ukrainian crisis fund states, “Our priority is to meet the immediate needs of affected families through the distribution of critical food and water supplies, as well as hygiene kits, cash assistance, and psychosocial support.”
International Medical Corps
The International Medical Corps works with local staff to offer emergency support around the globe. The group’s efforts grow in Ukraine and center around providing medical help, mental health assistance, services for people impacted by gender-based violence and pandemic prevention.
Save the Children
Started during the aftermath of World War I, Save the Children assists young people internationally, as well as in America. The nonprofit has extensively aided children impacted by war in Afghanistan and Yemen. Save the Children has a relief fund specifically for helping Ukrainian kids and says it is helping refugees who are in Romania.
World Central Kitchen
Spanish chef José Andrés founded World Central Kitchen over 10 years ago, and the organization has served millions of meals to those in crisis around the globe. According to the nonprofit, WCK is active in Poland and feeding Ukrainian refugees crossing the border. Andrés is very active on social media and has posted multiple videos highlighting bakeries and food trucks providing nourishment to people in need.