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.
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.
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. In the past few days alone more than 30,000 people have made the journey to Moldova, Poland and Romania, where the massive refugee influx has led to lines at their borders stretching for kilometres. Most of the people fleeing are women and children — arriving by bus and on foot.
Caritas Australia’s partner Caritas Ukraine is on the ground providing:
- Safe Collection Centres: providing information, referral services (medical, legal etc), free meals, water, hygiene supplies and psychological care for families as they flee to
- Emergency Shelters with regular meals and hygiene facilities for families with no other accommodation options
- Transport services to help displaced families move through conflict zones safely and reach friends, family and services providers
- Psychosocial support and case management to 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. Member organisations include Action Aid, ADRA, Act for Peace, Care, Oxfam and many others.
By working together, they can channel resources into a fast and effective response to international emergencies. The alliance acts as a single fundraising entity for large-scale disasters (including 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
Global Development Group is a non-government organisation carrying out humanitarian projects with approved partners and providing aid to relieve poverty. They have partnered with the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) to deliver emergency food relief to provide food assistance for people fleeing the conflict inside Ukraine and in neighbouring countries, following an official request from the country’s government.
Red Cross Australia
Australian Red Cross has launched the Ukraine Crisis Appeal to help provide emergency relief and longer-term humanitarian support to people and communities affected by this
unfolding crisis. Red Cross teams are on the ground supporting health facilities with medicines and equipment, providing families with food, shelter and hygiene items, delivering water and repairing vital infrastructure. They also support people to restore contact with family members separated by the crisis by offering services to maintain family links and locate missing family members.
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 or in villages to help distribute emergency items such as blankets, medicine and hygiene kit. They are also working in neighbouring countries including Poland, Romania and Lithuania to support families fleeing Ukraine.
Longer-term their specialist teams are equipped to provide children with access to safe, inclusive, quality education and are working with schools and community centres to help children overcome the mental and psychological impacts of their experiences of conflict and violence and increase their resilience and ability to cope with stresses in their daily lives.
ShelterBox works with disaster-affected communities to provide the emergency shelter, essential items and training needed to support families in the long process of rebuilding their lives. The emergency aid they supply comes in the form of ShelterBoxes and ShelterKits. ShelterBoxes contain family-sized tents specially 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 is responding to the Ukraine crisis – their team is working in Moldova and 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 (AFUO), Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) and Caritas Ukraine. It will meet the immediate lifesaving needs of the crisis-affected civilian population in Ukraine and provide early recovery assistance as soon as feasible. They are working with their existing partner Caritas to distribute aid, including food, clean water, blankets, seeking emergency housing, clothing, medical assistance and more. They aim to save and preserve lives, ease suffering and promote self-sufficiency.
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 19 April 2022