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The situation in Ukraine is devastating and urgent. Civil society organisations are on the frontline of this war – inside Ukraine, in neighbouring countries supporting refugees, and in countries around the world lobbying governments and raising funds. We stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and all those against the war in Russia and Belarus. This war is not in their name.
Prior to joining NCVO, I worked with youth activists and organisations in Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus. They were fierce, determined, and hopeful. But if Ukraine falls and a new government is installed, we know what the Russian government has planned. Civil society leaders, journalists, and minority groups, particularly the LGBTQ+ community, will be attacked, imprisoned, and harmed. It will mean enormous repression inside Ukraine and huge numbers of refugees fleeing.
Many organisations are figuring out how to best support Ukrainians and the BBC has produced a guide. Financial and political support could not be more critical.
Some of the options listed here are not organisations that we can verify. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider them – they’re likely to be grassroots, on the ground, and able to put money immediately to use.
Whatever action you take, do it now. The situation could change very quickly and our future ability to get support to those inside Ukraine could become constrained.
NCVO was founded in the horrors of war. Our founder, Captain Edward Birchall, died from wounds sustained at the Battle of the Somme. Through World War II, we built village halls across the country, organised evacuations of children from cities and concentration camps, and launched the ‘Make Do and Mend’ campaign. To help people get advice and to respond to concerns about older people, our projects were the forerunners to Citizens Advice and Age Concern.
I list these as a reminder of where we can draw power. War is unbelievable suffering. Whether in Ukraine, Syria, or Afghanistan, we must draw hope and strength from civil society’s role in helping and demonstrating our humanity.
Our intention is not to be alarmist. But there are threats being made that the world hasn’t heard for 40 years – a time when most of our staff team weren’t even born. While threats aren’t prophecies, we can’t take for granted that they’re empty.
At such overwhelming moments, it’s easy to feel powerless. Our mission now is to channel worry and anxiety about the future into collective action, to support Ukrainians and prepare our organisations.