This give list provides a range of not-for-profit organisations working to support people affected by the Russia-Ukraine war.
While the entities listed below are all known to APS, we do not conduct a detailed analysis of their financial position and governance ahead of their inclusion in this list. This is not an exhaustive list of the not-for-profit organisations working in this space.
Amnesty International is providing lifesaving crisis services in Ukraine, including:
- Urgent security, relocation and accommodation for those in imminent danger.
- Ensuring Amnesty’s expert researchers can monitor human rights abuses, expose them to the world, and put pressure on leaders to take action.
- Medical relief for activists and others displaced by crisis.
- Supporting global advocacy efforts to ensure human rights are the number one priority of governments around the world.
Australian Red Cross
The Australian Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal has been launched to help provide emergency relief and longer-term humanitarian support to people and communities affected by this unfolding crisis. Red Cross teams are in Ukraine supporting health facilities with medicines and equipment, providing families with food, shelter and hygiene items, delivering water, and repairing vital infrastructure. Red Cross is also reconnecting separated family members by offering services to re-establish and maintain contact, as well as locate missing family members.
Be Kind Sydney
More than 800 Ukrainians have arrived in Sydney seeking safety since the start of the conflict. With an additional 30 -40 people arriving each week, the majority are reliant only on the support of kind volunteers. Be Kind Sydney wants to fund a full-time team to support displaced Ukrainian families and maximise the efforts of the 1,000-strong active volunteer community in Sydney. The first members of the ‘Ukrainian Welcome team’ have begun to triage the needs of newly arrived families by helping them navigate and access critical support services, including assistance applying for Visas and housing and trauma counselling. Be Kind Sydney is also providing emergency cash assistance for those waiting to access Humanitarian Visas, including funds for mandatory visa-related medicals, school kits, driving lessons, technology and connectivity, and day-to-day essentials.
Care Australia has launched an emergency appeal to support their local partner in Ukraine, People in Need, to distribute food, water, hygiene kits and money for supplies. People in Need is one of the largest aid organisations in Eastern Europe and has been providing humanitarian assistance in Ukraine since the beginning of the conflict in 2014. They will also be working with local partners in neighbouring countries to provide support to the families who have fled Ukraine for safety.
Caritas Australia is supporting its partnering agency in Ukraine to provide urgent support to displaced people. The Caritas network in Ukraine is supported by 448 parish hubs and more than 1,200 employees providing services in urban and rural areas. Safe collection centres have been set up to provide food, water, hygiene supplies and psychological care for families as they flee to safer territories. The collection centres also act as hubs where people can get up-to-date information and referrals to medical and legal services, as well as transport services to help displaced families move through conflict zones. Crisis accommodation is provided for families with no other accommodation options. Psychosocial support and case management services is on hand for all families in need, including special child-friendly spaces for children who have experienced trauma during the conflict.
Emergency Action Alliance
Emergency Action Alliance was established in 2020 and is made up of 16 leading aid organisations specialising in different areas of disaster response. By working together, these aid organisations can channel resources into a fast and effective response to international emergencies. The Alliance acts as a single fundraising entity for large-scale disasters, such as the Ukraine crisis, with the goal of making it easy for donors to navigate confusion around emergency funding. Member organisations on the ground in Ukraine include ADRA, UNHCR, Caritas, Save the Children and World Vision. Examples of the work they are doing include providing urgent humanitarian aid including water, food, shelter, blankets and clothing. They are also working in neighbouring countries to help families who have fled Ukraine to start over in their new homeland safely and securely.
Global Development Group
The Global Development Group is a non-government organisation (NGO) carrying out humanitarian projects with approved partners, providing aid to relieve poverty. They have partnered with the United Nations World Food Program to deliver emergency food relief to people fleeing the conflict inside Ukraine and in neighbouring countries, following an official request from the country’s Government.
Save the Children Australia
Save the Children has been operating in Ukraine since 2014, delivering essential humanitarian aid to children and their families in Eastern Ukraine. Save the Children’s immediate focus is on providing urgent support for families in evacuation sites and villages to help distribute emergency items such as blankets, medicine and hygiene kits. They are also working in neighbouring countries, Poland, Romania and Lithuania, to support families fleeing Ukraine. Longer term, their specialist teams offer children access to safe, inclusive, quality education. They also work with local schools and community centres to help the children mitigate the mental and psychological impacts of conflict and violence that they have experienced.
ShelterBox Australia works with disaster-affected communities to provide emergency shelter, essential items and training to families facing the long process of rebuilding their lives. They provide ShelterBoxes and ShelterKits. ShelterBoxes contain family-sized tents designed to withstand the elements and provide people with temporary shelter until they are able to start the process of rebuilding a home. ShelterKits contain all of the essential tools people need to start repairing and rebuilding homes straight away. ShelterBox Australia is responding to the Ukraine crisis through their team based in Moldova, who are coordinating with partners in Poland to get aid into Ukraine.
Ukraine Crisis Appeal
The Ukraine Crisis Appeal is a collaboration between the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations, Rotary Australia World Community Service and Caritas Ukraine. It will meet immediate lifesaving needs of the crisis-affected civilian population in Ukraine and provide recovery assistance as soon as feasible. They are working with their existing partner, Caritas, to distribute material aid (i.e. food, clothing, clean water, blankets) as well as to provide support for those seeking emergency shelter and medical assistance. They aim to save and preserve lives, ease suffering and promote self-sufficiency.
Ukraine Crisis Appeal is partnering with Device Technologies to deliver trauma kits that make it possible for doctors to perform orthopaedic surgery on people with limb injuries caused by landmines and/or gunfire. To fund these kits specifically, please include ‘Supply of Trauma products for Ukraine’ in the donation instructions.
UNHCR is providing immediate humanitarian support including medicine, water, heating, thermal blankets and repair kits for home. They are also providing cash relief as many banks are closed. They have been operating in Ukraine for three decades since the break-up of the Soviet Union with substantial operations in the East of the country. UNHCR are working with neighbouring countries to ensure not only humanitarian relief but also that borders stay open. They are also setting up safe spaces for women and girls both within Ukraine and also along the route refugees are leaving to enter Poland and other countries.
UNICEF is working across eastern Ukraine to scale up life-saving programmes for children. This includes trucking safe water to conflict-affected areas; prepositioning health, hygiene and emergency education supplies as close as possible to communities near the line of contact; and working with municipalities to ensure there is immediate help for children and families in need. They are also providing psychosocial care to children traumatised by the situation.
World Vision is on the ground in Eastern Europe to meet the needs of children and families who have been forcibly displaced. Their primary focus will be on providing children and families with protection and psychosocial support, including child-friendly spaces. Support will be provided in Ukraine itself and in neighbouring countries to which people are fleeing.
Last updated 25 May 2023