Ukraine Emergency

UNICEF is on the ground ramping up efforts to deliver critical life-saving support to children in need.

About this appeal

Ukrainian children and families are scrambling for survival. Since fighting escalated in February, they've endured ongoing violence, destruction and upheaval, on an almost unimaginable scale.

More than 11.3 million people have been forced from their homes, and over 4.2 million people have fled Ukraine as refugees into neighbouring countries*.

Children and families are bearing the brunt of this war - and are the ones that need our help most. Your donation today can bring the humanitarian aid need to save lives, alleviate suffering, and bring hope to Ukrainians.

UNICEF's response to this conflict is fluid, and will evolve as the needs of children and families evolve. With your help, we will continue to be there to support with emergency assistance for as long as we're needed.

UNICEF is working across Ukraine, and in neighbouring countries, to rapidly adapt to the changing needs of those impacted. Here's how we are helping children and families in need:  

  • Ensuring enough pre-positioned humanitarian supplies are available for 8 million people, in strategic locations throughout Ukraine.

  • Providing life-saving medical supplies reaching 719,370 people through hospitals and maternity homes in Dnipro, Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kyiv, Lviv, Mykolaiv, Odessa, Vinnytsia and Zhytomyr.

  • Reaching over 239,465 people have been reached with drinking water and hygiene supplies in Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkiv, Dnipro, Kyiv and Lviv.

  • Supporting 'Blue dot' centres at various cross-border locations to offer exhausted refugee families support, including:

    • food

    • hygiene supplies

    • mental health and psychosocial support

    • basic legal counselling

    • early education kits (a few toys, puzzles and games to keep young children engaged)

    • referrals to local services and other information

  • Trucking safe water to conflict-affected areas where water systems are barely functioning.   

  • Reaching 64,508 children with recreational activities, psychosocial support and life skills education including provision of educational and recreational supplies.

  • Providing protection from violence, exploitation and abuse.  

  • Mobile mental health and psychosocial support units. 

  • Supporting around 40,000 households with vulnerable children, including children with disabilities, to receive multi-purpose cash transfers.

Now is the time to act.

Your donation today will help us continue delivering urgent supplies to the most vulnerable children in Ukraine.  


On 18 March 2022, Blue Dot psychologist Ana Zincov (left) consults a family fleeing the war in Ukraine at the Palanca border crossing in the Republic of Moldova.

UNICEF has established Blue Dot support centres at border crossings neighbouring Ukraine to provide support to fleeing Ukrainian refugee families.


On April 3rd, a group of children use notebooks and stationery provided by UNICEF to study at a shelter in a Kharkiv metro station.

Ukrainian subways become safe spaces for children scarred by war. So far, more than 4,500 children and adolescents have participated in activities in Kharkiv’s metro stations. UNICEF and partners plan to engage around 500 volunteers, educators and psychologists to support children, adolescents and their families on the move.


In the unlikely event that the funds raised exceed UNICEF’s funding requirements for this appeal, your one off or monthly gift will go to our Greatest Need.  

Your life-saving monthly donations will support this appeal for 6 months. After that they will go into our Global Parent fund to save and protect children worldwide.

UPDATED: 11th April, 2022.

As a monthly supporter, you’ll receive

  • News & Updates

    News & Updates

  • Annual Tax Receipt

    Annual Tax Receipt

Other ways to donate

You can also donate to this appeal via direct bank transfer or over the phone.

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