Crypto Donations Pile Into Ukraine Raising More Than $5 Million
As the world continues to reel from the recent military invasion of Ukraine by Russian military forces, the crypto community is stepping up to offer aid to both the Ukrainian people and their military forces. Cryptocurrency donations, including Bitcoin and various altcoins, have been pouring into the country. Since the first incursion of Russian forces into Ukraine, more than $5 million in cryptocurrency has already been raised, according to blockchain analytics firm Elliptic.
By Andrew Senior
February 28th, 2022
In a follow-up blog post, the firm added that,
“Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, NGOs and volunteer groups in the country have raised at least $5.1 million from 2,750 cryptoasset donations.”
Sam Bankman-Fried, the young billionaire and CEO of cryptocurrency FTX, who is worth an estimated $32 billion, recently announced that the cryptocurrency exchange had given the equivalent of $25 to every single Ukrainian in crypto.
More than 120,000 people have fled their homes since the invasion began, NATO forces are arriving into Eastern Europe, and the United States is aiding the Ukrainian military with weapons, vehicles, and funding. With the potential for a prolonged engagement, the Ukrainian people and its defense forces need all the help they can get, below is a list of various organizations accepting donations.
Charities Supporting The War Effort:
Save Life: This NGO crowdfunds non-lethal military equipment to the Donbas front lines and provides training for Ukrainian soldiers and support for veterans.
Donbas SOS: An organization supporting civilians living in the Donbas war zone who also supply meals for prisoners of war, provides legal support, accommodation assistance, and psychological aid.
Crimea SOS: An organization focused on helping internally displaced people from Crimea, documenting Russian authorities’ repressions against Crimeans and advocateing for the end of the occupation.
Hospitallers: A medical battalion that connects volunteer paramedics and doctors to save the lives of soldiers on the frontline. They employ crowdfunding for vehicle repairs and maintenance, fuel, and medical supplies.
Organizations Supporting The Ukrainian People:
Sunflower of Peace: Providing backpacks to Ukrainian soldiers, citizens, and volunteers. According to its fundraising information, “Each backpack is designed for groups of 5 to 10 people and includes a variety of first aid supplies: bandages, anti hemorrhagic medicine like Quikclot and Celox, medical instruments, and a means for survival in extreme conditions.” Donate through the fundraising page on Facebook.
CARE: International humanitarian organization CARE has set up an emergency Ukrainian Crisis Fund with the goal of providing immediate support for 4 million people. Donations will go toward providing Ukrainians with water, food, supplies, hygiene kits, immediate support and aid, and cash. CARE notes that it prioritizes supporting women, girls, families, and elderly. CARE makes it easy to donate via its website using PayPal or a credit card.
International Medical Corps: This nonprofit is focused on providing health-care services, psychosocial support, and care to citizens of countries dealing with disaster, disease, and conflict. It’s currently accepting monetary gifts that will go toward providing Ukrainians with better access to medical and mental health resources.
Project Hope: An international organization that coordinates with health-care workers to provide on-the-ground medical support to countries in crisis. “With some 3 million people in Ukraine already in need of urgent humanitarian assistance even before the Russian military incursion, immediate medical support is needed to prevent the country from spiraling even deeper into a humanitarian crisis that could impact millions of people.” It’s currently sending medical supplies to Ukraine.
Organizations Supporting Refugees:
The International Rescue Committee: Provides resources to refugees fleeing countries facing humanitarian crisis. Its leaders have responded to the situation in Ukraine by meeting with organizations in Poland and Ukraine to gauge the potential number of refugees and their needs so it can quickly mobilize and provide whatever assistance is needed. While the organization will accept donations of any size, it states on the site that a monthly donation of $108 will provide eight families with temporary shelter.
Organizations That Support Children:
Voices Of Children: A charitable foundation that focuses on addressing the psychological effect of armed conflict on children providing art therapy, mobile psychologists, and individualized support to traumatized children.
Tabletochki: A foundation that supports children with cancer by procuring medicines, equipment, and arranging overseas treatment.
ChildrenWeWillMakeIt: A movement which grew out of a campaign that raised $2 million to get the world’s most expensive medicine for a Ukrainian boy with spinal muscular atrophy and now fundraises for the treatment of other Ukrainian children with SMA.
Ruka ob Ruku: A running club for children with disabilities. The initiative gives children an opportunity to train and take part in races together with their parents and volunteers.
Charities Supporting The Elderly:
Happy Old: A charity providing older people across Ukraine with groceries and medicine, and holds educational, entertainment, and sports events, and helps with employment. They even created a modeling agency for the elderly.
Let’s Help: A charity that cares for older people living alone and also helps state retirement homes. They advocate for better living conditions for older people by the state, including providing people aged 60+ with easy access to education.
Starenki: A charitable initiative devoted to issues of old age in Ukraine. They help lonely seniors by providing them with groceries and hygiene products.
Charities That Support Women:
Women Perspectives: This organization has been helping women who have faced domestic violence and discrimination in the labor market. The NGO works with local and state authorities to promote pro-equality gender policies in Ukraine.
Marsh Zhinok (Women’s March): Every year, on March 8, this organization holds a rally promoting gender equality and the protection of women from gender-based violence. Currently, the organization is petitioning for Ukraine to adopt the Istanbul Convention.
Charities Supporting Animals:
Sirius: Is the largest shelter for stray animals in Ukraine established in 2000. Its capacity is over 3,000 animals and crowdfunds for animal food, veterinary drugs, construction and repair of enclosures.
Happy Paw: Is a charity dedicated to solving the problems of homeless animals in Ukraine. The charity helps owners find lost pets, provides spay and neutering services, and holds lectures on humane treatment of homeless animals for school children.
UAnimals: A movement for protecting animals from exploitation & abuse. The organization managed to achieve a ban on animal circuses & persuaded many designers participating in Ukrainian Fashion Week to abandon natural fur.
Charities Supporting The Homeless:
Help the homeless: An organization that supports homeless people and elderly in need, by providing free meals, medicine, hygiene products, clothes, and shoes.
Suka Zhizn: This organization grew from a 2017 Instagram account launched to share stories of homeless people. Volunteers provide various support to the homeless including employment services and legal counseling.
Charities To Preserve Ukrainian Cultural Heritage:
Save Kyiv Modernism: An organization that unites architects, designers and activists who advocate for the protection of Soviet modernist structures across Ukraine.
FrankivskToCareAbout: A movement for the preservation of architectural heritage in the western city of Ivano-Frankivsk. Founded in 2016, the initiative renovates old wooden doors of the city’s ancient buildings.
Blood Agents: An NGO that promotes regular, conscious and gratuitous blood donations. They have encouraged people to donate blood over 5,000 times over the past six years.
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