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How to best Support Humanitarian Relief for Ukraine

Photo of Debbie Wright Debbie Wright
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By now you have probably been bombarded with appeals and campaigns via emails, social media feeds and fundraising events in your local community to help support the humanitarian aid for the people of Ukraine. Here are some helpful suggestions on how to make sure your financial donations, goods or volunteering efforts will be most effective and safely go to the right places. 

1. Make your financial giving safe 

All UK registered charities partnered with Stewardship have been checked and verified with the Charities Commission. You can check your chosen charity either with Stewardship: Support a cause or the Government charity register. You can be confident in your giving, knowing that Stewardship have undertaken appropriate due diligence. 

Donating to organisations in Ukraine:

  • Giving money to charities working inside Ukraine or donating to UK based charities for onward grant making to Ukraine will become more difficult as parts of Ukraine are annexed by conflict. Financial sanctions will also apply to occupied Ukraine and the country’s banking system may not be able to process overseas payments. There is a risk that your financial support becomes inaccessible. Check with the charity how donations will be used and processed in a rapidly changing situation. The Government continues to update their guidance for charity donations to Ukraine here: Statement on Ukraine crisis and its implications for charities.  
  • One of the safest ways to donate to Ukraine is to support the largest humanitarian NGOs coordinated via DEC (Disaster Emergency Committee) www.dec.org.uk, where they have a proven track record and vast experience of providing relief in war zones. World Vision, Christian Aid, Tearfund and CAFOD are among the 15 charities that make up the DEC. Although the Government match funding scheme has been reached, this is still an important and ongoing appeal. 

Support the DEC
 

  • Donating to countries surrounding Ukraine receiving refugees: 

Many charities working in Poland, Slovenia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova are prioritising humanitarian aid over their normal activities, to support the vast numbers of refugees who are now on the move. These charities have launched appeals for humanitarian aid.  Stewardship’s Rapid Response initiative lists the charities who you can support operating in these countries: Rapid Response: Support Ukraine. Thank you to all who have given generously to the fund already. 

2. Donate essential supplies 

Unsolicited donations of goods, although well meant, can cause logistical issues, block supply chains and delay more urgent lifesaving assistance getting through. Such gifts often don’t reach their intended destinations.  

Some organisations do ask for essential items such as clothes, first aid and sanitary products. Check what is needed from published lists created by charities before you send anything. 

3. Volunteer in the UK 

We can prepare to welcome refugees from Ukraine. At the moment we don’t know how many will be welcomed here, but families and individuals are already arriving. 

  • Our friends at Welcome Churches, who have wide experience of supporting and training churches and individuals who work with asylum and refugees, have set up Ukraine Welcome and you can join the Welcome Churches network to be alerted to new resources when they are released. 

Support Welcome Churches
 

  • The UK Government will be launching a new sponsorship scheme to welcome and provide refuge for Ukrainians who have been forced to flee their homes. Dr Krish Kandiah (Home for Good, and The Hospitality Pledge) is assisting the Government response and capturing expressions of interest from volunteers. Individuals, community groups, churches, schools and businesses can register their interest at   Sanctuary Foundation 

Potential ways to be involved: 

  • Welcoming a Ukrainian family to live in your community 

  • Finding and furnishing suitable accommodation 

  • Raising support funding (previous sponsorships have been between £1K-£9K) 

  • Befriending and integration support through volunteer time 

Support Sanctuary Foundation
 

4. Keep up to date and check your facts 

In this rapidly changing and unfolding crisis there is a lot of false information or hearsay, especially spread on social media. Keep checking the websites we have recommended here for the most up to date and reliable information.  

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The A21 Campaign has a team working on the Polish border with Ukraine dealing with human traffickers who are targeting the vulnerable women and children fleeing the war. If you are concerned about human trafficking then you may wish to consider supporting A21.

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Debbie Wright

Debbie is Stewardship's staff writer and is responsible for creating online and offline content including Share Magazine, blogs, case studies,  generosity and giving resources. Previously a Producer and Director for BBC Education and Science, she enjoys working on creative ideas with the marketing team to encourage people to live generous lives.

Debbie is a marmalade connoisseur and fair-weather birdwatcher and lives in London with her husband and youngest daughter of four girls. She is passionate about Local Church, Creation Care and Arts & Media, with a particular focus on supporting Christians working in the arts and media.