21 March, 2022

The Emergency Action Alliance Ukraine Appeal has warmly welcomed the Australian Government’s $2 million commitment to Ukraine, which will support 15 Australian humanitarian aid charities that have united to launch an unprecedented, centralised appeal to help those affected by the war.

This Emergency Action Alliance Ukraine Appeal makes it easier for Australians to know how to help, and ensures funds are directed to those charities best able to help.

Australians can donate to the appeal via the Emergency Action Alliance website.

In a joint media statement from Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Foreign Minister Marise Payne and other key ministers, the Government said: “to enhance the response of Australian NGOs and their partners in the region, we will provide $2 million to the Emergency Action Alliance Ukraine Appeal – funding which will attract matched private donations.”

EAA Executive Director Kerren Morris said: “We welcome the support of the Australian Government through this $2 million contribution. This funding will be used to help attract matched private donations – thus helping to increase the impact. Now we are asking the public to give to this appeal so we can help even more people. The crisis in Ukraine is of such a scale that the Australian charities involved will leverage efforts together to raise more funds to assist those affected by this crisis. Families, including many children, have been forced to leave everything they know behind to find safety and desperately need food, water and shelter. Our members are working tirelessly with local partners to reach people in Ukraine swiftly as the brutal conflict turns lives upside down.”

EAA gives Australians one single, trustworthy way to help in a time of crisis. EAA has 12 member charities responding in Ukraine and across the border in the neighbouring countries, working to meet the immediate needs of all people fleeing with food, water, medical assistance, protection and trauma care.

CEO of EAA Member agency Tearfund, Matthew Maury, said: “This contribution from the Australian Government underscores the importance of a collective approach. Not only are our 15 EAA charities working together to raise more funds, 12 of them are also working together on the ground, with their counterparts and partners in Ukraine and in neighbouring countries. It is for emergencies like this, with such immense need and so many charities assisting that we established Emergency Action Alliance. The EAA makes it easier for Australians to know how to help, and the money goes directly to those organisations best placed to provide that help.”

The conflict in Ukraine has created Europe’s fastest growing refugee crisis since World War II. Three million people have been forced to flee Ukraine and at least 1.85 million more have been internally displaced by the military hostilities.

Lviv train station, Ukraine

Inside Ukraine, homes have been destroyed, essential infrastructure such as water supplies, hospitals and schools have been hit. People are being forced to hide in shelters and metro stations to stay safe.

As a result, hundreds of thousands of people are crossing borders into Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Moldova, triggering a large-scale humanitarian crisis. The majority crossing the borders are women and children arriving with only what they can carry. The UN estimates that 12 million people are in need of life-saving assistance.

Acting CEO of Save the Children Australia, Mat Tinkler said:  “Every war is a war against children. Over 7.5 million children across Ukraine are in grave danger of physical harm, severe emotional distress, and displacement. Of the millions of people who have already fled the violence in Ukraine, 50% are children in urgent need of support. There is no safe place in Ukraine for children with air strikes and explosions having already hit homes, schools and hospitals. Save the Children is ready to provide life-saving assistance such as food, water, cash transfers, and safe places for children as people flee the conflict amid freezing temperatures and brutal conditions. Our teams are already responding where they can and will continue for as long as we can.”

Michael Peach ADRA’s Emergency Response Coordinator in Poland said: “Poland continues to strengthen the systems for refugees and ADRA is also now exploring opportunities to support the at least 300,000 primary aged school kids from Ukraine who will be integrated into Polish schools. Kids that came across the border with nothing but the clothes on their backs.  This war could last 4-6 months so it’s going to require a lot of money and effort.”

Australians who want to help in this crisis are encouraged to donate at emergencyaction.org.au/ukraineemergencyappeal

The EAA is made up of ActionAid Australia, Act For Peace, ADRA, Anglican Overseas Aid, Australia for UNHCR, Australian Lutheran World Service, Baptist World Aid Australia, Care Australia, Caritas Australia, CBM Australia, ChildFund Australia, Oxfam Australia, Plan International Australia, Save the Children Australia and Tearfund Australia.