How can the Irish help Ukraine right now as the war with Russia continues?
Europe’s potentially most dangerous ground war since World War II is currently unfolding in Ukraine and the Irish have sought to lend a helping hand in every way possible to alleviate the human suffering suffered.
thousands of people have died, hundreds of thousands of refugees are pouring into Europe and many more are displaced within their own countries.
Rallies to protest the Russian invasion have been held across Ireland, vigils for those who lost their lives early in the conflict have been held and people are offering space in their homes to incoming Ukrainian refugees.
Irish businesses – some of which are Ukrainian-owned – have also gotten involved and are pledging to donate from their earnings to charities working to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in the weeks and months to come.
Over €1.4 million has already been donated to the Irish Red Cross for Ukraine through its charity partnership with payment platform Revolut.
Independent.ie has compiled a list of ways people can donate or help various causes related to the effort to alleviate suffering in Ukraine
(This list will be updated as more donation streams become known)
As mentioned above, the Irish Red Cross has partnered with Revolut to allow donations directly to the charity as they work to provide essentials such as medical equipment, food and water. More than 1.4 million euros have been donated to date. The Red Cross has asked people to donate cash rather than physical goods as it is difficult to get them across the Ukrainian border at the moment.
The war in Ukraine poses an “immediate threat” to the lives of 7.5 million children, UNICEF said. The charity said €75 can provide 12,500 water purification tablets to ensure children have access to clean and safe drinking water, €100 can provide thermal fleece blankets to protect 16 children at risk in emergency situations or harsh winter conditions and €250 can provide 6 first aid kits to help families in need of urgent medical care. Donations can be made here.
The UN Refugee Agency is also accepting donations via its website, with its commissioner Filippo Grandi saying that “the humanitarian consequences on civilians of this conflict will be devastating”. UNHCR estimates that more than 500,000 people have already fled Ukraine, with many more internally displaced after just six days of war.
The homeless charity works with a sister organization in Ukraine to provide assistance to internally displaced people and refugees. Donations to this charity, of which immunologist Luke O’Neill is now an ambassador, can be made directly on their website.
A Ukrainian charity that provides psychological support to children who are suffering because of the war in Ukraine. The association has been active in eastern Ukraine for seven years. The group’s website is open for donations.
Those in Ireland who own Airbnbs can offer them for free to Ukrainians in need of shelter, but donations can also be made here that will cover the cost of living in Airbnbs across Europe for refugees from the conflict.
It is Ukraine’s largest kennel and cattery with over 3,000 animals and will need donations to support the many animals that will be moved from their owners as the conflict rages on. Donations can be made here.
A number of businesses across the country are accepting donations of items such as clothing, blankets, medicine and diapers which will be transported to Poland by truck.
Green Speed couriers organized the run to Poland and drop off points for donations are: 40 Landsdowne Village, Sandymount, (contact number: 0872474317) or Green Speed Head Office, Unit 3, Park West drive , O’Casey Avenue, Dublin 12 , D12XH68.
The Donabate Portrane Community Center will also be accepting donations from March 1 of all non-perishable food items, toiletries, blankets, sleeping bags, clothing and footwear, women’s hygiene products, and children’s toys and coloring books. .
Ask a city councilor for the nearest drop-off point.
If you are one of the tens of thousands of Irish people who own cryptocurrency, donations can be made to various wallets held by the Ukrainian government and a Kyiv-based non-profit organization Come Back Alive. So far, more than 20 million euros have been donated to cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and Tether.