Since Russia began its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the Ukrainian people have found themselves living in unimaginable horror. Hundreds of thousands of Ukranians have been displaced or separated from their families. Untrained civilians have been fighting deadly skirmishes with Russian invaders in an effort to protect their homes. Refugees from Afghanistan and other areas of recent conflict who have been living in Ukraine must again flee violence. And countless numbers have been hiding in bomb shelters and subway stations to stay safe.
Ethnotek stands with the people of Ukraine and the rest of the international community, and we stand with the non-profit organizations bringing aid to the region at this critical time. Ethnotek is committed to elevating cultures around the world, and the world needs peace and safety in order to nurture its people and art.
The invasion is bringing together people around the world in a global antiwar effort that displays a compassionate humanitarianism that can give us all hope. Here are some ways that you can get involved and help:
“The UN Refugee Agency established a presence in Ukraine in 1994. In 2002, Ukraine ratified the 1951 Convention relating to the status of refugees and its 1967 Protocol. In 2011, Ukraine adopted a law which regulates the treatment of refugees and other persons of concern. In 2013, Ukraine ratified two UN Conventions relating to the status of stateless persons (1954) and on the reduction of statelessness (1961). The role of UNHCR in Ukraine is to advise and assist the Government as well as to monitor the implementation of the country’s international responsibilities relating to the protection of refugees.”
“All donations to the Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund will support humanitarian assistance in impacted communities in Ukraine and surrounding regions where Ukrainian refugees have fled. GlobalGiving’s local partners are bringing relief to terrified and displaced communities, and they need resources to continue their life-saving work.”
“The ICRC has been working in Ukraine since 2014. Our operations in the country are among the ten largest ICRC operations worldwide with a team of over 600 staff members. Working closely with the Ukrainian Red Cross Society, we are increasing our response to the humanitarian needs in Ukraine. Our support to people includes emergency assistance such as food, water, and other essential items. We also support hospitals and primary healthcare facilities with medical equipment and emergency preparedness. We repair water stations and support households to rehabilitate their damaged homes. We also help families separated by the conflict reconnect.”
“Razom, which means “together” in Ukrainian, believes deeply in the enormous potential of dedicated volunteers around the world united by a single goal: to unlock the potential of Ukraine. Razom works towards that mission by creating spaces where people meet, partner and do.”
“As hundreds of thousands of people are forced to escape the conflict in Ukraine, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is working to set up emergency response activities in the country and dispatching teams to Poland, Moldova, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia. Teams are also ready to respond in Russia and Belarus.”
“Revived Soldiers Ukraine (RSU) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing aid to the people of Ukraine so that they may fulfill fundamental rights and freedoms such as right to life, right to appropriate and affordable medical care, freedom of belief and freedom for an adequate standard of living.”
“Ukraine is facing an unprecedented attack. The Kyiv Independent continues to work, bringing the world trusted, important information about the facts on the ground. The journalists at the Kyiv Independent need your support in this difficult and unpredictable task. From cyberattacks, bombings, ground invasions – it is hard to predict what the days ahead will bring and what we will need to respond. All this is a huge trial for a media outlet launched just three months ago. But together we can overcome.”
“In the time of war, we are putting all efforts on humanitarian help. We have proven and established partners on the ground in Ukraine that we trust. We are ready to face this extraordinary challenge together. With your help we will provide humanitarian aid for Ukraine and help ordinary people and families with children affected by war. Your donation to Nova Ukraine results in immediate aid – when it is needed the most in this darkest hour. Money from donations is allocated daily to frontline volunteers helping provide emergency resources to both refugees as well as those citizens who have remained.”
“Airbnb.org and Airbnb are announcing that Airbnb.org will offer free, short-term housing to up to 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine. These stays will be funded by Airbnb, Inc., donations to the Airbnb.org Refugee Fund, and through the generosity of Hosts through Airbnb.org. Anyone interested in opening their homes to support this effort can learn how to get involved at airbnb.org/help-ukraine.”