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Destruction of Ukraine ports have major impact on global food supply.

On 21 July, Ukrainian ports along the Black Sea were attacked and destroyed. These ports deliver essential grain and food supplies to other countries, with sixty-nine countries depending on these food exports impacted by these attacks. Causing an interruption of the global food supply.

This is yet another attack on the well-being of children and families in Ukraine and around the world. UNICEF teams are on the ground providing children and families with essential emergency supplies.

With 4.1 million children in need, the war in Ukraine continues to have a devastating impact on all aspects of children’s lives.   

Since the war escalated in February 2022, there is not a single aspect of children’s lives that the conflict has not impacted, with children killed, injured, forced from their homes, missing out on critical education and denied the benefits of a safe and secure environment.

Access to essential services has been devastated, with more than 800 health facilities reported to have been damaged or destroyed by shelling and airstrikes. Thousands of children fleeing conflict across the country are also missing vital vaccines to protect them from polio, measles, diphtheria and other life-threatening diseases.

The percentage of children living in poverty has almost doubled from 43 to 82 per cent. The situation is especially acute for the 5.9 million people who are currently displaced within Ukraine. At the same time, an estimated 1.5 million children are at risk of depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions, with long-term implications for their physical and mental health.

Now is not the time to look away. Ukraine's children need us more than ever. 

365 days of War in Ukraine

In times of darkness, we find hope

Support the Ukraine Children’s Emergency Fund

By joining the Ukraine Children’s Emergency Fund, you’re providing families with urgent life-saving supplies.

Amongst the chaos, families find ways for their children to continue their education.

When the air raid siren sounds, 10-year-old Yehor panics. He hides his face in his hands, and his brothers try to distract him with games. But if shelling begins, fear grips all three of them. They turn off the light, lie on the floor and cover themselves with a blanket.

For the last year, the three brothers have shared a smartphone to do their schoolwork. They take turns logging onto their lessons.

Across Ukraine, thousands of schools have reportedly been severely damaged or destroyed by bombing and shelling, leaving almost 2.7 million Ukrainian children accessing learning online or through the mixed modality of face-to-face and online. In refugee-hosting countries, two out of three children from Ukraine are currently not enrolled in the host country’s education systems.

Alongside our partners, UNICEF delivered 10,000 laptops and tablets to children like Yehor and his brothers across twelve regions in Ukraine.

Yehor and his two brothers have shared a smartphone to do their schoolwork. Now, they have access to their own device
Yehor and his two brothers have shared a smartphone to do their schoolwork. Now, they have access to their own device.
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Children need you more than ever.

UNICEF is always there before, during and after an emergency, but we can’t do this alone. UNICEF requires US$829.2 million to address the immediate and longer-term needs of 17.6 million people, including 4.1 million children, who remain deeply impacted by the war in Ukraine.

Funding will enable UNICEF to provide, sustain and expand critical services in health, nutrition, education, child protection, gender-based violence, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) and social protection alongside government relief and recovery efforts. It will also ensure timely preparedness for additional internal displacements and refugee movements.

Your generous donations are making an impact.

A young Ukraine girl, sleeps in an underground bunker during the day at kindergarten© UNICEF/UN0767963/Vashkiv

At a kindergarten in the Ukrainian city of Slavutych, a young girl lies down to rest in their new bomb shelter, but it hasn’t always been this way.

Before UNICEF and our partners built a shelter for the kindergarten, children and teachers had to hide behind the walls during air alarms. Now, children spend their rest hours in the shelter, which was specially equipped in just over a month.

To ensure children are able to continue attending schools and kindergartens, UNICEF has been working alongside our partners to build shelters and rebuild schools in the most affected areas. Currently, 56 facilities have been restored, with the addition of necessary supplies and materials for various activities and comfort.

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 boy looking at the camera
© UNICEF/UN0839488/Filippov

Support the Ukraine Children’s Emergency Fund

By joining the Ukraine Children’s Emergency Fund, you’re providing families with urgent life-saving supplies.

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:  

  • $90 can help provide 18,000 water purification tablets. Each tablet can create up to 5 litres of safe drinking water.
  • $140 can help provide two first aid kits, to help treat injuries.
  • $271 can help provide a School-in-a-Box so 40 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.

Your gift will support children impacted by this emergency, and crisis around the world. If you choose to donate monthly or should we receive more funds than is needed for this emergency, your gift will support UNICEF's work where the need is greatest. Find out more about our financial management in our annual report.  

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