Consolidated Appeal Ukraine
The escalation in violence in Ukraine in recent days has caused a concerning increase in the number of civilian casualties and damage to critical infrastructure. Between 24 February and up until midnight 26 February, 376 civilian casualties were recorded, with 94 people killed, including seven children. These figures are likely to be an underestimation as many reported casualties have yet to be confirmed. The pressure on the health system due to a recent surge in COVID-19 cases of the Omicron variant will also be intensified by this displacement and the emergency needs of people injured in attacks.
This increasingly intense conflict threatens to trigger a humanitarian catastrophe in Ukraine and a mass exit of refugees, possibly the largest refugee crisis in Europe since the second World War. At least 368,000 people have already crossed into neighbouring countries – more than 115,000 have arrived in Poland alone – with millions more expected to flee the country in the coming days. Even before the current deterioration in the situation, the prolonged conflict in Ukraine had led to more than 3,000 deaths and more than 7,000 injured, while damaging or destroying approximately 55,000 homes.
Around 2.9 million people have already required humanitarian assistance and this figure is expected to rise exponentially as a result of the intensification of violence. Humanitarian and development organisations on the ground will be critical to providing urgent support for displaced and affected populations including shelter, transportation to help restore family contact, healthcare and COVID responses, access to water, food and education.
We will update this site once we have more information from organisations responding on the ground.
Please find out more about the valuable efforts of our members and how you can contribute to their responses below.
We will continue to update this page with additional members appeals as they are launched.
You can be assured that your support to any member listed below will meet identified needs on the ground. The standards by which ACFID members make appeals for donations are set by ACFID’s Code of Conduct. This includes a responsibility to provide clear information to their donors on the emergency and the work they are doing with affected communities.
All ACFID member appeals below have been checked and meet Code of Conduct requirements.
Australians understand the impacts of natural disaster and are incredibly compassionate and generous. Unfortunately, if we are not smart in how we do that, we can actually cause more problems for the Ukranian people.
Unrequested goods such as food, clothing and medicines sent to countries experiencing crises consistently end up in landfill. Unrequested goods block valuable space at ports and airports and can prevent vital aid getting through. Cash is fast, flexible, and is used to meet the immediate and changing needs of those affected.
With cash donations goods can be sourced and purchased locally. This supports local businesses, keeps people in jobs, and stimulates the local economy.
If you want your donation to have a long-lasting impact, consider donating cash. Find out more about how to donate responsibly at: donateresponsibly.org.
Emergency Action Alliance
Emergency Action Alliance charities and their local partners are in Ukraine and in neighbouring countries providing food, water, shelter and medical assistance.
The Emergency Action Alliance (EAA) brings together 15 Australian not-for-profit organisations working in humanitarian response and preparedness, all of whom are ACFID members.
Through collaboration, partnership and recognising the unique strengths of each organisation, EAA can distribute donations quickly, at times when the rapid allocation of unrestricted funds to affected areas is critical for effective responses.
Other ACFID members responding
Anglican Board of Mission/Anglicans in Development
All donations to ABM/AID’s Ukraine Emergency Assistance Appeal will go to ACT Alliance (Action by Churches Together), a worldwide alliance of church agencies. ACT Alliance will use the funds to provide relief and basic services to Ukrainian refugees in Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia, as well as to restore basic services for conflict affected people in Ukraine.
Anglican Relief and Development Fund Australia
Australian Red Cross
Australian Red Cross is seeking donations to help provide emergency relief and longer-term humanitarian support to people and communities affected by the unfolding crisis in Ukraine.
Global Development Group
In co-operation with our long term partner World Food Programme (WFP), Global Development Group is launching an emergency relief appeal (J807NU) to provide food assistance for people fleeing the conflict inside Ukraine and in neighboring countries, following an official request from the country’s Government. The food assistance operation is expected to cover refugees in neighboring countries, guided by the humanitarian principles of neutrality, impartiality, humanity and independence.
Global Mission Partners
GMP has launched an emergency appeal to fund a humanitarian response through Action by Churches Together (ACT) Alliance. Funds will be distributed through the Hungarian Interchurch Aid (HIA) who are well placed to offer humanitarian support. Primary needs are emerging in terms of security, relocation and establishment of structures for the acceptance of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). This includes the supply of shelter, water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) entities, food, essential items, health, protection and psycho-social services.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat is well placed to assess the longer-term housing needs for families, helping move them along a path to permanent, durable shelter.
Healthserve Australia, in conjunction with ICMDA and Christian Medical and Dental Fellowship of Australia (CMDFA), is conducting an appeal that will go toward resourcing and supporting Ukrainian Christian doctors through communications, medical supplies and other aid.
International Needs Australia
International Needs Australia (INA) INA is part of the global International Needs Network, including partners International Needs Slovakia and International Needs Romania that are currently supporting thousands of Ukrainian refugees to cross borders into safety. Support goes directly to Slovakia and Romania, to be managed by these partners to reduce suffering and provide for their crucial needs. Partners International Needs Slovakia and International Needs Romania are currently supporting thousands of Ukrainian refugees to cross borders into safety.
The military operation in Ukraine poses an immediate and growing threat to the lives and well-being of the country’s 7.5 million children. As the crisis escalates, UNICEF Australia is appealing for donations to help reach the most vulnerable children and their families.
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 affected communities; and working with municipalities to ensure there is immediate help.
World Vision Australia
World Vision is on the ground in Eastern Europe preparing to meeting the needs of children and families who have been forcibly displaced due to the escalating crisis between Russia and Ukraine. The funds donated through the World Vision Appeal will help provide children and families searching for a safe haven with protection and psychosocial support including child friendly spaces.