This winter will be life-threatening for millions of people in Ukraine. As the conflict continues to escalate, children and families need our support.
Your donation today to the Children's Emergency Fund can help provide children and families at risk in Ukraine and around the world with immediate aid, such as shelter, food, fuel and water. Together, we can protect children in crisis.
Ukraine is the second-largest country in Europe, after Russia, and has an estimated population of 44 million. Sadly, children in Eastern Ukraine have grown up in conflict for the past eight years, enduring violence, shelling and being displaced from their homes. Today, fighting in Ukraine has forced children and families to seek refuge in neighboring countries, with nearly 16 million people having now crossed the borders.
Ukraine’s children are caught in the crossfire of this adult war. It should never have come to this.
Save the Children has been operating in Ukraine since 2014, delivering essential humanitarian aid to children and their families. So far, we’ve been able to reach over 524,000 people with life-saving essentials, protection and assistance. Your generous support makes this work possible. Make a one-time donation to the Children's Emergency Fund or join Team Tomorrow to connect with the causes you care about - like conflict- through your monthly donation.
The conflict in Ukraine has caused the fastest and largest displacement of people in Europe since World War II.
- Heavy fighting, shelling and air strikes across Ukraine have forced nearly 16 million people to flee the country, with an additional 7.7 million displaced internally.
- Children are hearing explosions and they are being asked to flee their homes with just the clothes on their backs. The risk to their mental health and the potential for long-term trauma cannot be underestimated.
- Children on the move across Eastern Europe are at risk of hunger, illness, trafficking and abuse.
- Distressed children and mothers have been forced to leave fathers and husbands behind after authorities ordered Ukrainian men aged 18-60 to stay and fight.
Every effort should be made to find a diplomatic solution and avert an even more catastrophic war. Advocate for Ukraine refugee children and those and displaced in Ukraine by joining our political advocacy arm — Save the Children Advocacy Network's — efforts. Send a message to President Biden and Congress: we must investigate the violence against kids and families in Ukraine and ensure those responsible are held to account.
In Ukraine, we’ve provided support to over 345,000 people, including nearly 173,000 children. Our teams our trained teams are working alongside local partners and the Ukraine government to provide lifesaving assistance, including the following:
Food, fuel, clean water and cash assistance to meet children and families most urgent needs.
Blankets, hygiene items, baby kits, trauma kits and bunker kits with toys and games to encourage play and learning.
Medical supplies and support to health teams and hospitals, including pre-positioned trauma kits.
Digital Learning Spaces, equipment and educational materials to help children access education in partnership with Ukraine’s Ministry of Education and Science.
Mental health support to children and their families, including individual and group therapy and social emotional learning curriculum.
Child protection services to ensure children and families remain together and separated children are reunited safely with their caregivers.
Response Highlights: Health and Nutrition
We’ve supported over 44,042 families with access to medical care by providing essential medical supplies and support to hospitals, with a focus on maternal and newborn health, as well as supplying Trauma Kits to treat injuries.
We’ve distributed over 2,500 food kits across Eastern Ukraine to feed children and their families.
We’ve supported over 15,884 children with protection services and, together with our partners, we are running Child Friendly Spaces where children can play and learn.
Save the Children supported summer camps in Poland for children who fled Ukraine. During these summer camps, we supported children by providing social cohesion activities – bringing together Polish and Ukrainian children.
Response Highlights: Cash Assistance
We’ve supported over 62,000 people with cash assistance, totaling over $18M, to help families buy the things they need most. Cash assistance gives people choice, helps support local economies and is the most efficient and effective way of helping families meet their specific needs.
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