GFC’s Ukraine response: the latest

May 19, 2023 | GFC & Partner Updates

Through its Emergency Response Fund, Global Fund for Children is supporting local partner organizations in Ukraine, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, and Serbia that are providing humanitarian aid to children and families affected by the war in Ukraine.

As the war in Ukraine has reached the one-year mark, GFC’s community-based partners are continuing to provide food, shelter, medical supplies, and other essentials to children and families under attack in Ukraine and to refugees fleeing the country. They are also evacuating children with disabilities; offering trauma support; helping children affected by the war access education; and assisting LGBTQ+ youth facing discrimination as they seek safety.

We have been issuing emergency grants and doing everything we can to ensure our partners have the resources they need to respond to this crisis, both over the short-term and for months and years to come. This is especially critical in the winter as astronomical energy costs stretch our partners’ budgets as they purchase generators and heating fuel for displaced families. Countless Ukrainian families are still without permanent shelter and adequate winter clothing. As they face these day-to-day difficulties, their homes are still under attack.

  • We’ve approved 128 emergency grants totaling $2,945,000
  • We’re supporting 74 local partners in Ukraine, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, and Serbia
  • Our partners’ immediate and long-term needs continue to grow

Ukraine emergency response map as of November 23, 2022

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

Find out more about how GFC partners are responding to the war in Ukraine by reading these recent stories:

In “Ukrainian families find friendly communities in Moldova, “learn more about how GFC partners in Moldova continue to step up, providing activities and welcoming spaces for Ukrainian refugee children and families.

In “Supporting LGBTQ+ youth in Ukraine,” learn about how GFC partner LGBT NGO You Are Not Alone is working tirelessly to ensure LGBTQ+ youth and others in the LGBTQ+ community feel supported as they face not only wartime hardships but also discrimination.

In “Providing mental health counseling to teens in Ukraine,” hear from GFC partner Teenergizer about its work offering thousands of peer counseling sessions to young people and providing vital support to youth living with HIV or AIDS.

In “Bringing healing in Ukraine through theater and the arts,” learn about how GFC partner Theatre of Contemporary Dialogue is using the arts to help children and young people in Ukraine channel their feelings and find healing.

In “GFC and partners discuss community-driven responses to the Ukraine crisis,” hear from GFC’s Senior Director of Global Grantmaking and several GFC partners in Ukraine and Moldova about community-led responses to the war in Ukraine.

In “Teaching and inspiring Ukrainian kids far from home,” learn how Lyceum Educator is providing academic and psychological support to internally displaced children.

We’ll be regularly updating our partners and supporters on GFC’s response to the war in Ukraine.



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