Many areas in Ukraine are in a state of war after the attack by Russian forces. Regardless of who has started the conflict: The people in Ukraine are suffering and many are forced to seek refuge – which includes Germany. The WirHelfen magazine provides you with trustworthy information and explains how you can help the people, both here in Germany and in Ukraine.
Here’s how you can help
Many people feel helpless regarding the situation. Nevertheless, there are several ways you can support people in need.
- Get information from different media and properly researched sources.
- Participate in petitions or peace campaigns, or contact your local MP and demand proactive political action.
- Show visibility and go to a political demonstration.
- Donate to trustworthy organisations.
- Try to find out what material goods are needed and share what you no longer need.
- Spread the word and share offers of help with other people.
- Register as a volunteer on the WirHelfen platform (also in the new category “Help for Ukraine”).
Become active and take initiative
Find out if there are any relief efforts in your area, for example, calls for donations, help with translating or housing refugees. For those who can, it is best to donate money. By the way, this applies to almost every crisis in which reputable donation accounts are set up. For a targeted monetary donation, there are many recognized german and international organizations such as wie „Aktion Deutschland hilft“, „Deutsches Rotes Kreuz“ und „Save the Children“, to name a few. If you want to focus specifically on helping children in the current and other crises, you can donate to the organizations “Voices of Children”, the “SOS Children’s Villages” or “Help for Traumatized Children”.
We at WirHelfen.eu believe that neither Russia nor “the Russians” are directly responsible for the war, but the government lead by Vladimir Putin. So you can also make a statement by protesting against or boycotting companies and associations that are loyal to the government: These support the Russian government directly or flush money into the Russian treasury. And that in turn indirectly supports the war in Ukraine.
WirHelfen platform: offer support in the “Help for Ukraine” section.
We at WirHelfen.eu have built a digital, free platform to bring together those seeking help and those helping.
For this reason, we at WirHelfen.eu are currently working at full speed to provide concrete help to people in Ukraine and refugees from Ukraine. Here, we have already compiled an extensive list of offers of help for refugees in Hamburg.
Through our free, digital help platform WirHelfen.eu you can register as a helper and immediately start to help people. Soon we will add the section “Help for Ukraine” where you will be able to easily and quickly register when you need help or want to offer help. On WirHelfen.eu you can search for requests and offers in the inquiries and offers section.
In this way, we would like to help people all over Germany to connect with each other in a goal-oriented, quick and easy way – be it for collecting donations, hosting refugees, or directly exchanging help.
Here you can inform yourself about the war in Ukraine
In heated or worrisome moments, it is first important to stay calm and get an overview of the situation. Then it usually becomes clear, quite quickly, where you can help. However, getting information from reliable sources in a war or crisis situation is not always easy. There are several ways to figure out which sources of information are reliable.
- View photos and videos from sources you can’t evaluate with scepticism.
- Consult content from credible, independent media.
- Think carefully about if and what information you choose to share.
- If you are extremely upset by all the information, take a break and talk to other people about it.
The public and serious private media in Germany offer a lot of factual information and commentary on radio, TV and the Internet. Here you can find a large amount of clearly prepared information on the Ukraine war relatively quickly.
Here, you can start with an initial overview:
- Tagesschau – ARD
- Current news from ZDF
- Liveblog from Stern
- Livestream der Deutschen Welle
If you want to find out about the impact of the crisis and relief efforts across Europe, you can also check out the page of the European Parliament. The Federal Foreign Office also provides information.
The Donetsk GK (in Dnipro) and the Embassy in Kiev are temporarily closed. Nevertheless, there are contact points at the Foreign Office for those affected by the crisis and for those helping:
- For stays abroad, travellers or helpers should register on the crises
precaution list of the German Foreign Office (for German citizens).
Find here some articles that are related to helping Ukrainians (in German):
- „So werden die ukrainischen Flüchtlinge in der EU aufgenommen“ –
- „Spenden für die Ukraine: Wie Sie jetzt helfen können“ – RND
- „Hilfe für die Menschen in der Ukraine“ – ARD
- „Nichts wie weg“ – Spiegel
- Liste mit Petitionen, Spendenkonten und Anlaufstellen – Razom For
- Donation-Info „Nothilfe Ukraine“ – DZI.
Among the many TV channels, websites and social media channels offering information, the independent Katapult magazine also stands out with understandably presented and solidly researched information. On their Instagram account, they regularly post visualizations of updates on the situation and offer accompanying posts that explain the graphics and maps in detail.
The online magazine Perspective Daily reports information with a straightforward approach/more traditional approach. Here you can find different perspectives on the Ukraine crisis. Among them is also an article on specific offers of help.
If you prefer to listen to information about the Ukraine crisis, we recommend the episode „Autonome sozialistische Sowjetrepublik” from the podcast series „Eine Stunde History” on Spotify. There it explains the background of the war (in German).
Contributions and actions for the solidarity with artists and cultural workers in Ukraine are summarized by the magazine kulturnews on kulturnews.de in the section „Solidarität mit Ukraine“.
Use Ukrainian sources as well, an English-language network for this is Razom For Ukraine, for example. It belongs to the non-governmental organization Razom, which specializes in human rights.
Donation accounts of aid organizations
- Aktion Deutschland hilft, Association of numerous large aid
- NGO Libereco, Program of support and assistance with Vostok
Medication, evacuation, emergency shelter
- Ukrainian Red Cross
- Voices of Children
Psychological help for children traumatized by war
- People in Need, Czech help and assistance program
Food, water, hygiene products, reconstruction aid
- Free Press Unlimited, Dutch Organisation
Supports Ukrainian journalism
- Come Back Alive, Kyiv organization
Supports Ukrainian soldiers
- Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe
- National Bank of Ukraine
Supports Ukrainian soldiers
- Ukraine-Hilfe Berlin e. V., Germans and Ukrainians living in Germany
- Nova Ukraine
Supports Ukrainian hospitals
- Mission Lifeline
Sending a convoy to the Slovak-Ukrainian border, helping people to flee
Food, hygiene items, psychosocial support, supply of water and money
- Deutsches Rotes Kreuz (German Red Cross)
- Ärzte ohne Grenzen (Doctors without Borders)
- Malteser International
- Legal Aid Fund, Translation Costs, Welcome Funds
more information: katapult-mv.de
- свобода – Freedom, solidarity concert and fundraiser for artists in
Find additional reputable donation accounts here in the donation info „Nothilfe Ukraine” of the Deutschen Zentralinstitut für soziale Fragen (DZI).
S. V. / K. H.