Crisis in Ukraine

"It should never have come to this."
- Irina Saghoyan, Save the Children's Eastern Europe Director

Ukraine’s 7.5 million children are caught in the middle of this war, and face grave risk of direct harm, displacement, family separation, trauma, loss of family income, and prolonged interruption of their education. The risk to their mental health and the potential for long-term trauma cannot be underestimated. These burdens are far too big for any child to shoulder alone. The #MINDSAct can help them. Learn about it here.

War is forcing children and families in major cities into basements and bomb shelters to escape explosions. Parents are reporting trying to calm terrified children. Hundreds of thousands of others are fleeing the capital.

In eastern Ukraine, where areas have been contested since 2014, more than 400,000 children live in communities at the highest risk of the direct impacts of the presence of soldiers and artillery. They have already lived through eight years of conflict, enduring violence, shelling, and being displaced from their homes. Some are showing significant signs of distress.

Your support will help us provide lifesaving assistance such as food, water, cash transfers, and safe places for children as people flee the conflict amid freezing temperatures and brutal conditions. Thank you!

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$1,461,998.88 of $1,000,000 Goal

Top Fundraisers

  1 -  Wolf Entertainment ($395,645.64)
  2 -  The Tile Industry Campaign ($184,835.98)
  3 -  SRC Resident Council Save the Ukrainian Children Stoneridge Creek Retirement Community ($104,076.82)
  4 -  Natural Products Industry . ($50,245.55)
  5 -  Obsidian Wineco ($21,554.60)
  6 -  Ukrainian Refugee Fundraiser - Alpena Urf-Alpena ($19,813.85)
  7 -  Samantha Curtis ($16,147.64)
  8 -  Associated Music Teachers League In NY - Children Helping Children Through Music ($14,382.47)
  9 -  Maxlinear , Inc ($13,440.57)
  10 -  BuDhaGirl LLC ($10,657.98)

Top Teams

  1 -  Wolf Entertainment ($418,003.84)
  2 -  Embassy Kyiv Kids ($30,551.95)
  3 -  Be DMI, Be Human ($29,683.14)
  4 -  BuDhaGirl ($20,521.05)
  5 -  Ukraine Refugee Fundraiser-Alpena ($19,813.85)
  6 -  MaxLinear Ukraine Humanitary Crisis ($18,642.57)
  7 -  Families Standing with Families of Ukraine ($16,672.64)
  8 -  HPI ($15,870.20)
  9 -  YMCA of Greenwich Marlins Swim Team ($13,787.08)
  10 -  Cetrom Team ($10,800.00)

Given the unpredictability and rapidly changing circumstances on the ground during an emergency response, there is a chance that the level of funds raised exceeds what is needed to program, or where local conditions prevent program implementation. If this is the case, your funds will be allocated to our Children’s Emergency Fund, which will support Save the Children's work to provide immediate, life-saving humanitarian aid to those most in need.

Why we fundraise

Dancing to Heal the World

Ongoing conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region has displaced more than 1.7 million people. Beile and her children: Senai, Abiah and Danait decided they needed to help. The children performed their own dancing and singing routines to collect donations and raised $650. "The sweetest thing they did," smiles Beile, "is that they had piggy banks with some coins, and they emptied them into the fundraising jar before they started asking for donations from others."

Honey Helpers: Teen and Bees

Rico is a rising high school senior and an experienced beekeeper who put his honeybees to work. Inspired by Save the Children's work in Ukraine, Europe's largest honey producing country, Rico raised more than $5,000 by giving each donor a jar of his summer honey harvest. 100% of the donations went directly to Save the Children's Emergency Relief Fund.

"If even the humble honeybee can help Save the Children, then surely each of us can too," says Rico.

4 Wheels, 4 Paws, 4 Good

COVID-19 had many repercussions for U.S. families, including, for some, their first experience with hunger. Mark Roberts decided to take action. Mark went on an 8-week journey across Massachusetts in his electric wheelchair with his dog and wife. They rolled to raise awareness and more than $100,000! "I have to say that I had so much fun, learned so much about so many people from across the political and economic spectrum. My Roll/Stroll restored a bit of my faith in humanity," says Mark.

Tessa Bakes for Ukraine's Kids

Tessa, from Connecticut, raised $2,000 for Save the Children's Ukraine Relief effort and is proud to help the children there as they try to stay safe during the war. Tessa says, "Helping others is a gift, not only to them, but to yourself, knowing that you are doing good for the world." Tessa wanted to send a message that people should be grateful for what they have and do what they can to help others. Tessa used her passion for baking to support children in Ukraine by baking scratch-made apple tortes.

Middle Schoolers Hike4ACause

Students at Magellan Middle School started "Hike4ACause" to raise money to help Afghan refugee children. Students were asked to get a sponsor to pay them for each mile hiked. 70 students hiked 538 miles raising $6,387.96!

"We are very grateful for the opportunity our community had to make a meaningful contribution to the lives of young refugees," said Nicolas Puga.