Ukraine Emergency

Children have suffered more than 6 months of war and displacement - they continue to need help.

What is the situation for children in Ukraine?

It's hell on earth. Day after day, week after week, innocent children are caught up in the devastation and displacement that war brings. For six months, kids have risked death and injury, had their homes destroyed, schools flattened and had to flee for safety.

5.2 million children are suffering and need urgent humanitarian assistance. 

Critical infrastructure has been damaged, leaving children and families without safe water, healthcare, education, vaccines and protection from violence and exploitation. Millions of children are missing out on life’s essentials every day as the fighting continues.

Thanks to donors, UNICEF has stayed in Ukraine and continued delivering emergency supplies and support for children. We’ll stay and deliver throughout this war and beyond -but as the needs increase, we're asking for caring Kiwis to step-up and help Ukrainian children and families. 

With your kind support, we can help more people affected by this crisis. Please donate now to help protect Ukrainian Children. 

How have UNICEF donors been helping? 

Thanks to generous Kiwis up and down Aotearoa for providing the fuel so UNICEF can continue our urgent lifesaving work in Ukraine. 

UNICEF donors have helped to: 

  • provide access to safe water for over 3.5 million people inside Ukraine.  

  • provide more than 748,000 people with sanitation and hygiene supplies. 

  • distribute life-saving health and medical supplies to over 4.2 million people. 

  • ensure more than 763,000 Ukrainian children received formal and non-formal education. And distribute early childhood education (ECD) kits, recreation kits, and school-in-a-box kits to 280,463 children across Ukraine.

  • reach almost 1.9 million children and caregivers with mental health and psychosocial support. 

  • Support 33 UNICEF-UNHCR Blue Dot Centres to help women and children fleeing the conflict, with urgent humanitarian aid, including clothing, blankets and safe spaces to rest. 


A Ukrainian refugee family arrives by bus and ferry at the Isaccea border crossing in Romania. They've fled Ismail, a town near the city of Odessa. But like many refugee families they've been split by the war. This family have had to leave their father and older sister behind, not knowing when or if they'll see them again.

What are the needs of children and families in Ukraine? 

As the needs for Ukrainian children continue to grow, we won't stop delivering until we've reached every child. Any amount you can give today, will make a difference.

Here's a snapshot of the current needs:

  • 3 million women and children will need critical healthcare in 2022. We're aiming to reach them through UNICEF-supported healthcare facilities across Ukraine.

  • 1.5 million children under 5 need vaccinations to protect against measles.

  • The lives of 100,000 children under 2 will be threatened by malnutrition. We aim to reach them with critical nutrition services.

  • 3.57 million people need access to safe water. UNICEF will continue to deliver water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene.

  • 1.5 million people need clean water, sanitation and hygiene supplies (WASH).

UNICEF hygiene and sanitation supplies have been delivered to the humanitarian hub in Dnipro that supports internally displaced families fleeing the violence in their war-ragged cities.

How is UNICEF is preparing for Winter in Ukraine?

We're starting to plan for the cold wet months that lie ahead, by rolling out an integrated winter preparedness plan. We've already begun prepositioning winter supplies such as winter clothing, boots and blankets, as well as generators, heaters and fuel (pellets), in our warehouses. We'll be able to move quickly to distribute these through rapid response missions across Ukraine.

UNICEF has been in Ukraine for 25 years and we’re not going anywhere. We have offices and teams across the country, and in neighbouring countries, working around the clock to deliver for children.

We have decades of experience responding in emergency situations (300+ each year). And with a web of supply hubs and logistic networks across the world, and expert committed staff on the ground - we are uniquely positioned to maximise the impact of every dollar donated.

Please donate now. 

You can help us continue to deliver life-saving supplies for Ukrainian children and their families. 


Alina (9) from Kharkiv, stands in an underground car park, where her family have been sheltering from the air attacks and shelling above. "I don't like this humidity, dust and cold,” says Alina. “While sleeping, I have to wear wool tights, warm pants and a coat. And it's not enough anyway, I'm always cold."


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: 14th September, 2022.

As a monthly supporter, you’ll receive

  • News & Updates

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  • Annual Tax Receipt

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Other ways to donate

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

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