Where to donate to help Ukrainians

More than 500,000 refugees have now fled Ukraine as the war with Russia escalates. That number could climb to 4 million, according to a spokeswoman for the UN refugee agency.

Many in the United States want to help but are reluctant to send money to a country at war, and some relief groups are now working in neighboring countries that host refugees. A note of warning: check the name with Charity Navigator will provide information for evaluating nonprofit organizations.

Here is a list of groups and ways to donate:

United Nations Refugee Agency. UNHCR is a global organization that protects, advocates for and helps resettle refugees. It is considered one of the most authoritative bodies on refugees and displaced persons. He provided updates on the scale of refugee movements to Poland, Romania, Hungary and other countries. The website is https://donate.unhcr.org/int/en/ukraine-emergency

International Rescue Committee. The roots of the IRC date back to 1933 when it began to help suffering Germans under Hitler. They now call the situation in Ukraine “Europe’s worst humanitarian crisis in decades”. The IRC operates across the United States, including in Dallas where it helps resettle refugees from around the world, including Afghanistan, Syria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The website is https://www.rescue.org/

World Central Cuisine. The World Central Kitchen was created by Spanish-American chef José Andrés after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, according to his website. More recently, the group helped feed asylum seekers in Del Rio and Matamoros, Mexico from Haiti and Central America. They are now in Poland and Romania serving food to Ukrainians. Go to https://wck.org/

HOPE project. Project Hope began as a peacetime hospital ship in 1958. The group is on the ground responding to the crisis with medicine and medical supplies to help Ukrainians. The website is https://www.projecthope.org/crisis-in-ukraine-how-to-help/02/2022/

United Ukrainian American Relief Committee Inc. UUARC was established in 1944, according to the Philadelphia-based nonprofit’s website. In North Texas, the Ukrainian-American Society of Texas recommend sending funds there. The relief agency is coordinating with the US Embassy in DC and will send items to Poland, its executive director Motrja Watters said. The website is https://www.uuarc.org/

Save the children. Save the Children was established over 100 years ago. One of their first acts was to promote the idea that children have rights. They are “on the ground,” according to his website, and have traveled to Yemen, Syria, Venezuela and other countries. The website is https://www.savethechildren.org/

Independent Kyiv: Field reporters are currently providing a vital service to Ukraine as it struggles for independence. The Kyiv Independent launched a GoFundMe page for themselves and for other journalists in other media outlets. “Ukraine is facing an unprecedented attack,” reads their plea for help. “The Kyiv Independent continues to work, bringing reliable and important information about the facts on the ground to the world.” Go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/kyivindependent-launch


Ukrainians on edge in North Texas as Putin continues to threaten war

Leonid Regheta fortifies himself these days through constant appeals to his family in his native Ukraine, as well as through poetry and prayer. Like other Ukraine-born North Texas pastors, the pastor watches with anxiety the continued buildup of Russian troops on the borders of his homeland of 43 million. On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin escalated tensions by formally recognizing the independence of two Moscow-backed separatist regions in the east of the country. Regheta mixed her prayers of hope with the gravity of war.

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