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With their country under attack, Ukrainian children and youth need immediate assistance. Through its Emergency Response Fund, Global Fund for Children is supporting grassroots partner organizations – many led by young people – to provide crucial, lifesaving services and essentials to Ukrainian children and their families.

As Russia’s war on Ukraine continues, GFC’s community-based partners are providing food, clothing, fuel, shelter, and psychosocial support to children and families under attack in Ukraine and to refugees fleeing the country. GFC is sending emergency grants to grassroots partner organizations inside Ukraine, as well as to organizations in neighboring countries, like Moldova and Poland, that are supporting Ukrainian refugees.

Make an emergency donation to help Ukrainian children.

Before the invasion began on February 24, 2022, most of our partners in Ukraine either supported orphans or children with disabilities or engaged young people in the creative arts. After the war started, they pivoted to providing acutely needed humanitarian assistance while supporting the long-term needs of Ukrainian children.

Since the start of the war in Ukraine, GFC has approved 157 emergency grants totaling more than $3.1 million to support 76 community-based organizations that are helping children and families under attack and refugees fleeing the country.

Ukraine emergency response map as of November 23, 2022

Global Fund for Children has supported community-based organizations in Ukraine, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, and Serbia. For their safety, GFC is naming its partner organizations in Ukraine only when they have asked to be publicly identified.

Working under extremely difficult conditions, our partners are doing whatever they can to keep children and youth safe. They are repurposing and renovating structures to create shelters, long-term housing, and educational spaces. They are helping families to purchase food, water, fuel, and clothing. They are providing basic necessities to families seeking refuge in western Ukraine and beyond. They are offering emotional support to children living under incredible stress, assisting LGBTQ+ youth facing discrimination as they seek safety, and so much more. As the situation on the ground evolves, they will continue to adapt.


Discover how GFC and its grassroots partners are responding to the crisis in the featured news and stories below.

Featured Stories

Featured News

May 2, 2024
Get the latest information on our emergency response to help children affected by the war in Ukraine.
April 27, 2022
Global Fund for Children has approved $1 million in emergency grants to support local organizations that are providing humanitarian aid and critical services to children and families affected by the war in Ukraine.
March 28, 2022
President and CEO John Hecklinger provides an update on GFC's response to the war in Ukraine and the needs of Ukrainian children and families.
March 3, 2022
Global Fund for Children’s Managing Director, Hayley Roffey, reflects on how the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine are affecting children and young people, and shares how GFC is responding.
March 1, 2022
Russia has invaded Ukraine, leaving hundreds dead, thousands without homes, and millions in need of humanitarian assistance. Your emergency support is critical for children facing trauma, hunger, and freezing temperatures.

Global Fund for Children (GFC) UK Trust, created in 2006, is a UK registered charity (UK charity number 1119544). We work to generate vital income, create new fundraising opportunities, and raise awareness of the invaluable work of GFC’s grassroots grantees. Our aim is to extend the reach of GFC in the United Kingdom, Europe, and beyond.

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