The Ukrainian Refugee Crisis
Karma Dechen Choling (KDC), a Warsaw Buddhist Center, in combination with other Buddhist groups in Poland, are offering humanitarian aid to the Ukrainian people with transportation from the Polish-Ukrainian border, cash, a place to stay, food, clothing and other support. There is an urgent need to evacuate as many people as possible from the border and place them in Poland and other European countries where they can rest and find safe ground for the next few weeks or months.
Karma Dechen Choling is a Tibetan Buddhist center operating under the spiritual guidance of the masters of the Karma Kagyu school and is a seat of the Polish branch of the Karmapa Foundation Europe, Marpa Institute in Poland, as well as an office of Buddhist Mission in Poland. The KDC tradition is based on the teachings of the great master Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche and his principal student, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. For more information, please click here.
Additional Support Resources
Here is a list of some of the key agencies providing life-saving support to the people of Ukraine. Your donations to any of these agencies makes an immediate impact on the lives of people by providing food, medicine, safe transport, housing, and support for a free press and accurate news reporting.
The United Nations World Food Programme is on the ground right now providing critical food assistance for people fleeing the conflict. With your help, we can deliver food directly to Ukrainian people in dire need. You can make a lifesaving difference today: $75 can provide a family with an emergency box containing enough food for an entire month.
Staffers with the medical relief organization remain in Ukraine and are "seeking ways to respond to the medical and humanitarian needs as the conflict evolves." Offer support here.
With stockpiles prepositioned in various locations in the region, UNHCR is delivering blankets, sleeping mats and bags, family tents, winter kits, water containers, sanitary items, baby kits, solar lamps and other items—as well as providing critical protection and cash assistance for those forced to flee.
The Ukrainian Women’s Fund has set up a new fund that will cover the urgent needs for water, food, medicine, hygiene, communication and other basic needs, with a focus on the most vulnerable groups of women and girls.
UNICEF is reaching vulnerable children and families on the move from Ukraine through their “Blue Dot” centers, which are strategically located along transit routes. They are meeting critical urgent needs for safety, health care, safe water and nutrition, and protection, while also safeguarding children’s rights and long term well-being.
Following reports that a number of African and Indian students have faced discrimination and racism at the border of Poland while trying to escape to safety, Fundacja Ocalenie has stepped in to provide support.
The Kyiv Independent, an English-language media outlet, was launched three months ago and was created on the principles of independent journalism and free-press. The goal of their Go Fund Me campaign is to keep the accurate news coming.
Here, find an extensive list of some targeted ways to help Ukrainian citizens, including recommendations from journalists on the ground in Ukraine: