What’s happening in Ukraine is a threat to the entire world. I am not comfortable watching it happen without taking some action. People’s freedom, homes, and lives are being taken away. We consume news and politics as if it exists in the theory of our ideas and opinions, but there is a very real effect on very real people. What’s more, what happens in Ukraine will impact the rest of the world. Not just economically, it threatens our well-being and way of living. It is time to stop hating one another and start helping one another.
Initially I booked reservations with a few AirBnB hosts in Kiev to provide immediate financial support. Through conversations with those hosts I discovered a few national funds that will support the Ukrainian people and military. AirBnB has gotten a lot of bookings and there are questions about fraud and authenticity, so I would encourage you to speak with hosts and vet them well. I’ve also resolved other ways to contribute, and you can choose the platform that makes you most comfortable. Below, I outline the ways I’ve discovered to provide support.
I’ve connected with grassroots warriors on the front lines who provide support personally by supplying food, clothes, and other resources to the people who are most impacted. I’ve also found formal, nationally-sponsored organizations. Obviously good-faith support like this relies on the character of the sender, the conduit, and the recipient, and there’s a chance of fraud. But if the alternative is to do nothing, then I am willing to be defrauded of a few bucks. I would suggest diversifying your contributions among the various ways listed below as a buffer for something like that.
In my conversations, it is clear that the Ukrainian people are the truest kind of patriot. Everyone I have spoken with has mentioned that they want to take nothing from their government or their neighbors. They want to care for one another and provide support to their military to protect the country they love. I’ve encountered no greed or self-interest. In fact, quite the opposite.
We can not neglect to take action out of fear of failure or fraud. Help me help Ukrainians.