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How to Donate and Support Ukrainian Humanitarian Efforts From Singapore

How to Donate and Support Ukrainian Humanitarian Efforts From Singapore

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With the invasion of Ukraine, over 500,000 Ukrainian refugees have been pouring into neighbouring countries such as Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary and Moldova.

If you’re wondering how you can donate and support these refugees, here’s how you can do so from Singapore.

Disclaimer: The listed organisations provide humanitarian support to the affected civilians in Ukraine as well as refugees.


1. Singapore Red Cross – Support the Provision of Relief Supplies

You’ve probably already seen appeals (and the PayNow QR code) from the Singapore Red Cross all over social media. As one of the most recognisable international organisations, this will be the go-to avenue for many Singaporeans.

Donations via the Singapore Red Cross will go towards the provision of relief supplies such as hygiene kits, family kits and household kits for the vulnerable who are displaced by the conflict.

How to donate:

Make an online donation

Via Giving.sgDonorBoxDonation PortaliRaiserBenevity.

PayNow
PayNow to UEN “S86CC0370EFR2” and key in the amount you would like to donate. Remember to input “Ukraine Crisis” under Bill Reference.

Alternatively, you can scan the QR code below:

Source: Singapore Red Cross

Remember to input “Ukraine Crisis” under Bill Reference.

Fund Transfer

Select “Transfer Money”, go to “One-Time Transfer” and click on “To other bank”.

Key in “SINGAPORE RED CROSS” and Select “HSBC (Corporate)” before entering account no. “142038546002”.

Key in the amount you would like to donate and input “Ukraine Crisis” under comments.

Cheque donation

Please make cheque payable to Singapore Red Cross Society, to be posted to Red Cross House, 15 Penang Lane, Singapore 238486. Please leave your name, postal address and indicate “Ukraine Crisis” at the back of your cheque.

Revolut

If you’re a Revolut Singapore customer, you can make a one-off donation or round up your spare change and have it automatically donated, via the Donations feature in-app.

Source: Revolut

Notes:

  • Donations to overseas efforts are not tax-deductible.
  • In the event that donations exceed the expenses incurred by Singapore Red Cross in this specific disaster response, any surplus or unspent money, after three years from the date of inception of the fund, can be used to prepare for and serve communities affected by other disasters or may be used to complement or to sustain projects undertaken by SRC in helping the vulnerable in areas affected by disasters.

Appeal period: 25 February to 31 May 2022


2. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) – Support the Provision of Emergency Shelters and Relief Items

The UNHCR promises to ensure that Ukrainians forced to flee their homes are sheltered and safe with your support.

Here’s what certain donation amounts can provide:

  • S$31 is enough to provide 3 warm fleece blankets to families in need in Ukraine.
  • S$50 can provide a jerry-can (10 litres) to a household in conflict-affected areas to help them carry and store clean water.
  • S$55 can provide a plastic tarpaulin to a family in Ukraine, to help them protect their damaged home or shelter from the elements.
  • S$100 can provide a kit for 20 refugees to build a shelter.
  • S$140 can provide psychosocial support to a child in Ukraine, including access to outreach activities, daycare centres, and child-friendly spaces.
  • S$947 is enough to provide a package of cash for protection assistance to a family in Ukraine

You can choose to make a one-off or monthly donation to the UNHCR here.


3. UNICEF – Support the Children in Ukraine

For those who want to direct their support towards the children in Ukraine, UNICEF is appealing for donations to “scale up lifesaving support for children and families under threat”.

UNICEF’s work to support children in Ukraine includes:

  • Ramping up efforts so as to meet critical and escalating needs for safe water, healthcare, education and protection. This includes trucking safe water to conflict-affected areas; prepositioning health, hygiene supplies as close as possible to communities that need them the most.
  • Mobile teams are providing psychosocial care to children traumatised by chronic insecurity in the east. These child protection case management mobile teams respond to violence, abuse, separation from family, GBV, mental health and PSS, and disability cases.
  • Re-activating the “Blue Dot” safe spaces in Moldova, Poland, Romania, and Belarus to provide crucial support to families on the move.
  • Support in repairs to damaged schools and kindergartens as well as vital water and sanitation facilities.

Here’s what certain donation amounts can provide:

  • S$95 will help buy 2 large first aid kits and medicines for a health worker
  • S$180 will help provide 3 families with an emergency water, sanitation and hygiene kit
  • S$300 will help pay for school supplies to help at least 60 children continue their education

You can choose to make a one-off or monthly donation to UNICEF here.


4. International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) – Support the Access to Clean Water and Improve Living Conditions

The ICRC aims to help more than 3 million people access clean water and improve the living conditions of more than 66,000 whose homes have been damaged by heavy fighting.

Although you cannot donate directly in SGD, you can still donate via credit cards or PayPal.

You can choose to make a one-off or monthly donation to the ICRC here.


5. International Medical Corps – Support the Access to Medical and Mental Health Services

If you want to support medical and mental health services directly, you can do so through the International Medical Corps.

Their teams inside Ukraine and the surrounding region are responding to the conflict by expanding access to medical and mental health services for those living in affected communities and working to help refugees.

You can choose to make a one-off or monthly donation to the International Medical Corps here.


Bonus: Support Ukraine’s Government Directly With Cryptocurrency Donations

Disclaimer: Donations to the Ukrainian government MAY go towards the war effort, alongside helping Ukrainians living in conflict areas.

For those of us who are in the crypto space, the Ukrainian government is currently accepting cryptocurrency donations.

Source: Ukraine | Twitter

As stated in their tweet, they are accepting donations in several cryptocurrencies.

You can donate to them directly by sending cryptocurrency to these wallet addresses:

  • Bitcoin (BTC) – 357a3So9CbsNfBBgFYACGvxxS6tMaDoa1P
  • Ethereum (ETH) and Tether (USDT) (ERC-20) – 0x165CD37b4C644C2921454429E7F9358d18A45e14
  • Polkadot – 1x8aa2N2Ar9SQweJv9vsuZn3WYDHu7gMQu1RePjZuBe33Hv
  • More to be added soon (follow the Ukrainian government twitter for updates)

So far, around US$23 million has been raised via crypto-asset donations, which highlights an important use case for crypto as a quick, cross-border currency that bypasses financial institutions.


Afterthought

While personal finance and money are important to us, it is even more important to help each other in times of need.

Even if you aren’t able to support the victims of the conflict in Ukraine financially, you can help out by spreading awareness and sharing this article on social media.

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