| Feb 25, 2024
An update on your donation to the Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund
Photo: NGO Smart Osvita
Thank you for your generous contribution to the Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund. Two years since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, your donations continue to make a difference, helping to ensure our partners can address the immediate and long-term needs of Ukrainians, host communities, and others impacted by the war.
Since Russia’s full-scale invasion in February 2022, the world has witnessed the war displace communities and leave thousands of innocent people dead, injured, and traumatized. For many Ukrainians, violence and displacement started in 2014, when Russia invaded the Crimean Peninsula and subsequently annexed it. Many of our partners have been responding to war for a decade now. Their persistence and care remain a priority. Though Ukraine continues to be attacked, funding for emergency and recovery efforts have slowed down, further jeopardizing communities. That’s why GlobalGiving is committed to supporting partners strategically and into the years ahead.
Since we last updated you, donations from the Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund have supported more than nine grants to high-impact and community-led nonprofit organizations at the forefront of this crisis.
Among the activities that you have supported, we would like to highlight how your generosity is providing critical psychological help to communities, including frontline responders. On average, one in five Ukrainians currently needs some form of mental health support. This includes children who experience stress from air raids, displaced families struggling to integrate into their new communities, as well as people traumatized from losing loved ones or who are separated from them. Nonprofit organizations are working to address communities’ needs daily. However, nonprofit staff, doctors, social workers, and teachers also are experiencing high levels of stress, uncertainty, and burnout. Thanks to your donation, we are able to support our partners to both bolster their mental health and service provision for the communities they serve, and support care for themselves.
Here is a short description of some of the critical work you’ve supported:
- Nezabutni Charitable Foundation is a Ukrainian organization that supports people with dementia and their family members. Nezabutni, which means “unforgettable” in Ukrainian, is establishing “Memory Cafe” events—meetings for people with dementia and their relatives. These cafes include workshops, a chance to communicate with peers, combat loneliness, and allow Nezabutni to offer support to caretakers who are at risk for compassion fatigue from caring for loved ones with dementia amidst violence and war.
- NGO Smart Osvita ensures that education is not left behind in the response to support displaced Ukrainians, including refugees in other countries and internally displaced families. Smart Osvita is helping Ukrainian children reduce their missed learning time by offering free online education courses for Ukrainian language, history, literature, and English language. These courses have been designed by the Smart Osvita team and experts to especially fill gaps in what Ukrainian refugee children would learn if regularly enrolled in Ukrainian schools in an effort to help Ukrainians stay connected to their homeland.
- Irida Women’s Shelter (IWS) is a participatory and inclusive center in Greece for women from around the world, including Ukrainian refugees. IWS continues providing protection, psychosocial, and education services—including job-readiness classes—as well as legal counseling for Ukrainian women and children seeking refuge from the war in Greece.
- Slovak Red Cross, Bratislava City is implementing a new financial assistance program for uninsured adults with chronic diseases who have been displaced to Slovakia as a result of the war on Ukraine. Specifically, the nonprofit offers flexible funding to Ukrainians to purchase essential medical treatment and medicine to stay well. On a daily basis, the Slovak Red Cross also helps Ukrainian refugees with ad hoc psychological aid when requested, urgent health care, food, hygienic equipment, and supermarket vouchers. Starting in January 2024, the organization opened a community center that offers daycare services for Ukrainian children.
- National Network for Local Philanthropy Development is a Ukrainian partner supporting dozens of community foundations in Ukraine. Over the coming year, the National Network will provide financial assistance to strengthen its members’ capacity, expand its membership, and provide learning opportunities for community foundations. These are important investments in nurturing a culture of philanthropy toward sustainable development of communities in Ukraine, including those affected by the war.
Here is what Halyna at NGO Smart Osvita wanted you to know about the impact of your donation:
“Thank you for supporting our work! ... We did not want to have to say to children, ‘Sorry, but we do not have a second semester of study.’ Now we can continue teaching Ukrainian students those subjects that they do not study in the countries they temporarily reside in due to war."
Your support of the GlobalGiving Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund powers community-led responses, and it means nonprofit organizations like Smart Osvita get the critical resources they need to help their community persevere despite years of war. You can find a list of nonprofits who have recently received a grant from the Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund at the end of this report. We’ll send you more updates as we continue to support our partners into the years ahead.
Kyra + the GlobalGiving Team
Partners Receiving Grants: