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The European Union, its Member States and Europeans across the continent are mobilised in support of people fleeing the war in Ukraine. Europe will be there for them in the weeks and months to come. We are working on all fronts to support Ukraine with assistance, humanitarian aid and civil protection. We have activated the temporary protection mechanism to provide people fleeing Ukraine with a secure status and access to schools, medical care and work in the EU. And we stand ready to channel more assistance and support both to people who left Ukraine to seek protection in the EU and those who stayed in Ukraine.
How you can help
Everyone wants to do their bit to support people who have been forced to flee Ukraine because of the invasion or who stayed in Ukraine and need help.
You can help by donating to the numerous organisations that have mobilised in the EU Member States to support people from Ukraine seeking protection in the EU. These include the national branches of international agencies, umbrella organisations and a range of other charitable and humanitarian bodies. Click on your country to see through which organisation you can donate:
You can also support people in Ukraine. Find out more about how to donate via the official Ukrainian government humanitarian aid website. You can also donate through the major relief organisations active on the ground that are coordinating assistance to Ukraine. Visit their websites to find out how below.
These are indicative and non-exhaustive lists. More organisations may be active in your regions, please check with your local authorities for further information.
International and private sector donations
The European Commission has created a system to channel in-kind donations from third countries and the private sector to Ukraine, Moldova and EU countries in the region. Via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, the EU will coordinate the timely and safe delivery of donated emergency items such as energy equipment, medicines, medical equipment, chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear countermeasures and shelter items. Private and public entities from across the EU that wish to donate can contact the Commission via email: ECHO-Donations@ec.europa.eu
Fleeing the invasion: Ukrainian voices
As the war in Ukraine continues to rage, more and more people are being forced to flee their homes. Get to know some of their stories of bravery and resilience, as they talk about their journeys and some of the harrowing experiences they have had to live through.
21 March 2022- Teresa tells us how she came from Ukraine to Poland with her children, and was taken in by Barbara who hosts her and 3 other women with kids in her home in Warsaw.
Europeans support people fleeing the war
Today, a Union of almost half a billion people has mobilised for Ukraine. Europeans are demonstrating all across our continent and many of them have offered help and opened their homes to people fleeing Ukraine.
"In Snina, Slovakia, Štefan drove around town to collect supplies – pillows, blankets, food, and set up a dormitory in the local gym. In Svidník, Jaroslav and Svitlana are now sharing their roof with four Ukrainian women and their children, while their husbands stayed behind to fight for their country. A bus driver was sent to the border to pick up eight students, and he was so moved that he returned and picked up another 50 people, just to help."
President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen
21 March 2022 - Luisa, headmistress of a school in Varese, tells us how Ukrainian children have been integrated at her school.
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