As the crisis in Ukraine unfolds before our eyes and the suffering of millions of innocent civilians is broadcast into the comfort of our homes, it has never been more important for us to help our global brothers and sisters all around the world. At Zzish we want to help the people in Ukraine, and provide information on charities and resources to all our students, teachers and clients who may be struggling too during this time.

We have decided to create this page to promote the life-changing and life-saving work of NGOs around the world, so we all have easy access to support them – and to be supported by them.

Charities that are helping Ukraine:

Ukraine Charity

The Ukraine Charity focuses on helping children, supporting orphanages and refugee centres, and funding education and development programmes.

Bright Kids

Bright Kids believe “Every life matter. Your help counts’ and their sole mission is to make the lives of Ukrainians who are most in need better.

They have local teams in Kyiv right now, coordinating efforts for families of children with disabilities to receive urgent essentials such as groceries, high-nutrition food and hygine products.

Oxfam

Oxfam are working to provide people in Ukraine with the essentials, like food, water and warm clothing. They are distributing hygiene products to keep people healthy, and are supporting partner organisations too so they can reach as many people in need as possible.

British Red Cross

The British Red Cross are providing essential aid both in Ukraine and also in bordering countries.

They also have a dedicated phone line to support Ukrainians living in the U.K. that provides information on services and support available to your family. This phone number is: 0808 196 3651 (open between 10am – 6pm daily). If you require the services of an interpreter, call the number and say ‘can I speak to an interpreter?’ and they will arrange this for you.

Unicef

Unicef is working to protect the children in Ukraine. They keep children safe by providing water, sanitation and hygiene products, along with vaccines and life-saving food.

Save The Children

Save The Children’s mission is: ‘help children get the future they deserve’. They are a truly global charity and to date have helped over 45 million children across the world get the medicine, good food and education they need.

Mental Health Charities:

Young Minds

Young Minds fights for young people’s mental health. You are not alone.

They support young people, their parents and professionals who work with young people. During times of war and conflict many people’s mental health suffers; do not suffer in silence.

Mind

Mind is a mental health charity that works to provide resources and life-saving help to anyone experiencing mental health illness.

Their helpline is accessible on 0300 123 3393 and is open 9am – 6pm Monday – Friday (except for bank holidays)

Charities and programs in the United States of America:

Jed Foundation

The Jed Foundation works in the US to protect emotional health and prevent suicide of the nation’s young people. They give young people the skills and support they need to thrive today…and tomorrow.

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project believes everyone deserves a welcoming, loving world. Offering support to queer people across the US, The Trevor Project can help provide free access to counselors and has extensive resources on their website. The Trevor Project also advocate for the queer community and are integral in supporting the transgender and nonbinary youth population.

Charities and programs in Brazil:

Projecto Uere

“We believe that everyone is capable of learning”.

Projecto Uere works in the Favelas, supporting children with cognitive and emotional blocks due to constant exposure to trauma and violence. They help disadvantaged children overcome their circumstance and access quality education, paving the way for a happy and abundant future.

Vaga Lume

“A book changes lives”.

Vaga Lume empowers children from rural communities in the Amazon by promoting reading and managing community libraries as a space to share knowledge. They promote cultural exchanges through reading, writing and speaking and use this method to help their students transform their realities into a bright future.

Other resources:

NPR

NPR have put together a list of charities and organisations we can all support during this time of war.

We will endeavour to update this page regularly with more charities and organisations helping Ukraine, supporting mental health, marginalised communities and those living in a cycle of poverty. Please check back regularly to learn new organisations you can support.

We want to hear from you. Please let us know in the comments any charities and non-profit organisations from your home countries that we can include in this list.

Together, we can make a difference.

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