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Ukraine Children's Emergency Fund

As Ukraine experiences its first winter since the war began, children and their families are now facing plummeting temperatures and harsh winter conditions.

Within Ukraine, and as refugees in neighbouring countries, children and their families are dealing with the extreme challenges of winter; freezing temperatures and heavy snowfalls while uprooted from their homes and livelihoods.

Combined with damaged infrastructure, intense fighting, limited utilities and mounting pressure on the power grid, this winter, children may be deprived from schooling and patients are at risk in hospitals and health facilities.

UNICEF has been on the ground in Ukraine for 25 years. When this devastating war began, we ramped up efforts to deliver aid to children and families whose lives were hanging in the balance. Now, we are working around the clock to provide families with winter kits which contain warm clothes, blankets, winter jackets and other essentials.

Give warmth to the children of Ukraine

Support the Ukraine Children’s Emergency Fund

By joining the Ukraine Children’s Emergency Fund, you’re providing families with urgently needed winter kits and helping them to rebuild their lives.

Bitterly cold winter conditions are another threat children and their families must endure.

During an attack in March, six-year-old Denys' house caught fire during heavy shelling. With his mother and grandmother, he managed to escape, but all their belongings, including warm clothes, were lost in the fire. Only the barn, which had been used as a cowshed, survived.

Afterwards, his family rented an apartment in Bucha, where Denys went to school for the first time. But, when his father lost his job, they were unable to pay their rent. They had little choice but to return to their destroyed house. Now, as winter approaches, they fear the bitter winds and the heavy snow that’s coming.

A young boy stands with his mother and grandmother out the front of their family home, which has been destroyed during the ongoing conflict with Russia. © UNICEF/UN0715722/Boiko

UNICEF is helping the children of Ukraine by providing:

  • approximately 1,000 schools with winter clothing for primary students. Heaters and fuel will be repositioned in 1,000 schools, enabling a rapid response should severe weather and discontinuation of heating require it.
  • winter clothing to 50,000 children on the move and 10,000 children who returned from residential care facilities back to vulnerable families and those living in alternative care facilities. Cash support will be provided to 100 centres and alternative care facilities.
  • fuel, generators, heating pumps and heaters, individual heating systems, individual kits and warmers, and winter kits to 20 hospitals, reaching an estimated 80,000 children, over four months.
  • cash assistance to an additional 30,000 vulnerable households with access to markets, providing a lifeline for children and their families during the challenging winter months.
A young Ukraine girl, rugged up in her jacket and beanie is looking at the camera.
A young girl fleeing Ukraine with her mother and 10 siblings at the outset of war enters Romania at the border crossing.
© UNICEF/UN0599556/Moldovan

How does the Ukraine Children’s Emergency Fund work?

When you support the Ukraine Children’s Emergency fund as a monthly donor, you’re joining our incredible family of Global Parents.  

Your first six donations will go directly to helping children whose lives have been devastated by the war in Ukraine. After six months, your regular gift will expand to helping children in need around the world, as well as Ukraine.  

In times of disaster, UNICEF’s Global Parents allow us to deliver urgent supplies in just 48 hours. Your monthly gifts allow us to keep supplies stocked in key locations all over the world, so we can respond at a moment’s notice. And just like in Ukraine, we stay long after the crisis begins.  

Your generous monthly donation will help to ensure we can be there for children before, during and after an emergency. 

You’ll help us to deliver futures for every child.

A young girl with blankets wrapped around her, sitting on luggage on the side of a road.
© UNICEF/UN0599229/Moldovan

Support the Ukraine Children’s Emergency Fund

By joining the Ukraine Children’s Emergency Fund, you’re providing families with urgently needed winter kits and helping them to rebuild their lives.

How will my donation help support children in Ukraine?

UNICEF has offices and teams across Ukraine and in neighbouring countries, staying to help children in need. Here's how you could help:  

  • $81 can help provide an electric heater for a family in need
  • $130 can help provide 15 blankets to help keep children warm in the bitter winter cold
  • $271 can help to provide a School-in-a-Box so that children can continue their education

With a smaller monthly donation, you can make an even bigger impact by giving children in Ukraine hope for a better future.

Donate to support the Ukraine Children’s Emergency Fund.


    How do we use each dollar donated?

  • 82¢
    last year, 82 cents of every dollar donated went to our emergency response work in the field and helped us to be there for children before, during and after emergencies around the world.
  • 18¢
    last year, 18 cents in every dollar were invested in raising public awareness; fundraising to grow our impact for children and in essential accountability and administration work.

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