At least three million people, mostly women and children, have fled Ukraine, with over one million crossing the border into Poland. Hungry, exhausted and traumatised, people are in urgent need of food, water and shelter.
Heavy fighting, shelling and air strikes are having devastating consequences, costing lives and livelihoods, driving families apart and causing mass displacement.
ActionAid is rapidly responding in neighbouring countries, to provide emergency support and protection for those forced to flee Ukraine.
Urgent needs include food, water, shelter, hygiene and dignity kits, as well as protection services, psychosocial support and safe spaces to prevent gender-based violence.
Please donate now.
DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal: how can I help?
Your gift to can help people in urgent need today.
What is the situation in Ukraine?
At Ukraine’s borders with Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Moldova, millions of women and children are arriving with only what they can carry. In many places there are long waits to cross and scant facilities waiting for them on the other side, with temperatures dropping below freezing overnight.
Black people and people from ethnic minority backgrounds are facing racism on arrival, including reports of mothers with babies forced to wait longer than others in below freezing temperatures, and young students being stuck at borders for days without shelter or toilet facilities.
As a feminist organisation, we are extremely concerned about the impact the conflict will have on women and girls, who face increased risk of gender-based violence, trafficking and exploitation during emergencies, especially when displaced from their homes.
With UN estimates that up to five million people may be forced to leave Ukraine due to the Russian invasion, it is set to become Europe’s largest refugee crisis this century.
What is ActionAid doing?
- ActionAid is scaling up to provide emergency support and protection for those forced to flee in Poland, Hungary, Romania and Moldova.
- Working with local partners, ActionAid’s response is focused on providing immediate humanitarian relief, preventing gender-based violence, providing psychosocial counselling support and strengthening the leadership of women and young people in crisis.
- We are working to ensure that the needs of all people escaping conflict in Ukraine are met and that they receive equal support and protection, particularly black people and people from ethnic minority backgrounds experiencing racism on the borders with neighbouring countries.
We know that in a conflict situation women and girls are most affected. One woman who gave birth just three months ago has travelled here [Poland] with her other children, leaving her family and husband behind. This isn’t a rare story; it’s one of many. It’s these issues that we’re seeing, and they are pressing."
Niki Ignatiou, Policy Specialist, ActionAid UK
ActionAid is an international charity that works with women and girls living in poverty.
Our dedicated local staff are changing the world with women and girls. We are ending violence and fighting poverty so that all women, everywhere, can create the future they want.
We operate in rural and urban communities across Asia, Africa and Latin America.
We're committed to ending the cycle of violence in communities around the world, enabling women's economic empowerment, and supporting women's and girls' rights during humanitarian crises.
Where your money goes
90% of your donation will go directly to the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
10% of your donation will be retained for ActionAid’s Emergency Action Fund which will only be used for ensuring we are prepared and able to respond quickly and more effectively to future emergencies and crises.
If the total amount raised for this appeal exceeds the funds needed for the response, ActionAid will transfer the remaining balance to the Emergency Action Fund. All Gift Aid claimed on donations will fund ActionAid’s work across the world, wherever the need is greatest.
A man hugs his daughter and grandaughter after they crossed the border from Shehyni in Ukraine to Medyka in Poland. Michael Kappeler/dpa
Page updated 12 April 2022