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Two years of conflict has changed the lives of Ukrainian kids forever.

Since the 24th of February 2022, thousands of kids have been killed and injured, millions have been forced to flee their homes and those left behind are struggling without clean water, sanitation, healthcare and education.    

The situation for children and families in Ukraine remains horrific. But it’s not without hope.   

Thanks to our amazing donors, UNICEF has remained in Ukraine and is not going anywhere. We’re continuing to deliver urgent emergency aid and assistance to make a life-saving difference for kids. The support received has been fantastic, yet while this horrible war continues, so to do the needs of children and families affected. 

We know times are tough – but we’re asking Kiwis to please dig deep to help us continue supporting Ukrainian kids and families. Together we can keep making a real difference through our life-saving work for kids in Ukraine.

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How will my donation help kids in Ukraine?

Children are continuing to miss out on the basics. Support from Kiwis like you is how we’re able to keep providing essential services such as healthcare, clean water, mental health and psychosocial support, education, and nutrition.

We continue to send humanitarian convoys to reach families and communities on the frontlines. By working with partners on the ground we’re able to distribute supplies and provide services to ensure isolated and hard to reach children don’t get forgotten.

To continue to fuel our efforts, please donate to support children and their families in Ukraine.  

Children getting access to drinking water.


Millions of children and families living in the city of Mykolaiv, have access to clean drinking water, thanks to UNICEF, partners on the ground and generous donor support.

    How’s UNICEF been responding?

    Since the war began, we’ve received many generous donations from kind-hearted Kiwis up and down Aotearoa. A huge thank you to everyone who has donated and provided us with the fuel to continue our lifesaving work. 

    Here’s a look at what UNICEF donors helped us achieve in 2023: 

    • Provide more than 4.8 million children and women with access to primary healthcare through UNICEF-supported facilities and mobile health teams.
    • Reach almost 2.5 million children and caregivers with mental health and psychosocial support.  
    • Provide 4,741,505 people with access to safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene.
    • Ensure almost 1,938,889 people received water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH) supplies. 
    • Ensure more than 1.6 million children received support to continue their education, including providing educational supplies and school-in-a-box kits.
    • More than 55,000 households have been reached with UNICEF-funded cash transfers.

      If you can support us again today, we can continue this life-saving impact for those kids still suffering.

      As the conflict approaches its third year, children need our help more than ever. 
    Ukraine Emergency, Oleksandr (7-months) has come to a UNICEF-supported health clinic to a DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus) and polio vaccine in Kviv, Ukraine.

    Oleksandr (7-months) has received a DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus) and polio vaccine to keep him healthy and safe.

    UNICEF continues to supply vaccines and cold chain equipment in Ukraine. In 2023, we vaccinated more than 105,000 kids against deadly measles.

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      What are the needs of children and families in Ukraine? 

      As the war in Ukraine enters its third year, the situation for millions of kids there remains dangerous and desperate. We won't stop delivering until we've reached every child who needs us. Any amount you can give today, will make a life-saving difference. 

      Here's a snapshot of the needs in 2024:

      • 14.6 million people in Ukraine need of a variety of humanitarian help to survive. 
      • 9.6 million children and adults need help accessing safe water, sanitation and hygiene.
      • 7.8 million people are in need of primary healthcare, vaccinations and nutrition support.
      • 1.2 million children are in need of support to continue their education. 
      • 3.4 million kids need child protection services, including ongoing mental health and psychosocial support.
      Ukraine Emergency, Doctor Kateryna Kushiova uses a stethoscope to examine 8-year-old Yaroslav Khorolets at a UNICEF supported Medical Centre in Kharkivska, Ukraine.

      Doctor Kateryna Kushiova, 27, uses a stethoscope to examine 8-year-old Yaroslav Khorolets at a UNICEF supported Medical Care Centre in the Kharkivska Region, Ukraine.

      Not only do children have to survive war, but they're facing life-threatening diseases also.

        Why donate to UNICEF? 

        UNICEF has been in Ukraine for more than 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’re 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.  

        Ukraine Emergency, Varvara (7) has received a clothing kit from UNICEF in Chernihiv, Ukraine.

        Varvara (7) has received a clothing kit from UNICEF in Chernihiv, Ukraine. Thanks to UNICEF's work, hundreds of refugee families in Moldova have received warm clothes, hygiene products and a little hope.

        UNICEF Moldova will continue to provide lifesaving assistance to help parents make their children's lives healthier and safer.

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          Other ways to donate

          If you'd like to donate over the phone, call our friendly team on 0800 243 575. 

          If you'd like to donate direct to our bank account, please use account 01-0505-0463764-00 and code 'UKR-WS'. 

          Other ways you can help:

          Help us spread awareness of the situation for kids in Ukraine by sharing this appeal with your friends and family. 

          If you'd like to fundraise with your community to support our work, you can start a fundraiser here.


          In the event that funds raised exceed UNICEF's funding requirements, the appeal no longer needs funding, or the decision is made to close this appeal, your one-off or ongoing monthly donation will go to our Greatest Need Appeal. Where possible we will communicate this with you, however in some circumstances this might not be possible.

          Your life-saving monthly donations will support this appeal for a period of twelve months. After that they will go into our Greatest Need Fund to save and protect kids worldwide.

          UPDATED: 17th April, 2024

          We’re committed to transparency. To see how we split up expenses and manage our costs, read our annual report or visit UNICEF Open to see a live overview of all our projects.

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          UNICEF Aotearoa is a registered charity with the New Zealand Charities Commission (CC35979), making you eligible for a tax refund of up to a third of your donation. All transactions are billed in New Zealand dollars.

          UNICEF Aotearoa operates from Level 5, 86 Victoria Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand.