• UPDATED 4/14/22

    Crisis in Ukraine: Families need your help

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Your love is needed now, more than ever

Since conflict began in late February, millions of people have fled Ukraine, with hundreds of thousands more in dire need within their country.

We can help our sisters and brothers from Ukraine — but only with your support. Families are counting on you.

How is Lutheran World Relief helping?

We are committing $7 million to respond to this crisis, and we expect to increase this amount as we secure additional funding.

Our Humanitarian Action team is working with partners to implement programming based on short and long-term needs in Poland and in Ukraine. We have deployed additional technical staff to support our relief operations, including a program manager, a health advisor, and an advisor to lead our efforts to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse in Ukraine and for Ukrainian refugees.

Our response in Ukraine includes:

Medical supplies and equipment. We are supporting health facilities in Ukraine in partnership with the Order of Malta by providing supplies, including surgical and wound care kits, gauze, IV kits, oxygen masks, defibrillators and stretchers.

Partnerships with networks throughout Ukraine to provide shelter. We are partnering with networks in Ukraine to provide ongoing support to six facilities that are being used to shelter internally displaced persons. We’re providing food and essential supplies and equipment, like folding beds, pillows, heaters, laundry detergent, toilet paper, and personal hygiene items. In all, we’ll offer nearly 60,000 nights of shelter for people who need a place to stay.

Identifying key gaps in the availability of services. We are designing an assessment process to identify key gaps in the availability of health services related to gender-based violence, mental health services and psychosocial services and communicable diseases. This work will be used to inform our response to support the Ministry of Health and other health care providers in Ukraine.

Our response in Poland includes:

Emergency cash and vouchers for Ukrainian refugees in Poland. We’ve committed $2 million to this effort in a combined program with Lutheran World Federation (LWF) that will support an initial caseload of more than 1,300 refugee families for the next three months.

Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: We’re integrating a referral system at our cash distribution sites in Poland so refugee women and children can safely and easily access protection services. We are an active member of the Regional Gender Task Force for Ukraine response, which is co-chaired by UN Women and Care International.

Ongoing support for the Evangelical-Augsburg Church of St. Martin in Krakow, Poland, which has established a hostel for Ukrainian women and children. We have provided essential supplies including milk, energy biscuits, personal hygiene products and room partition panels. We will continue to support the church to expand its relief operations in coordination with LWF.

Shipping and distributing LWR Quilts and Kits

Download and print out our latest Emergency Situation Report here: https://lwr.org/downloads/lwr-situation-report-crisis-ukraine-no-4

The situation in Ukraine and Eastern Europe is evolving every day. We will keep you updated as our response develops.

What is the best way for you to help?

We are grateful for the thousands of Lutherans across the United States whose care and generosity have made it possible for us to respond immediately. At this time, financial gifts are the number one need to assist refugees on the move.


I have clothes/shoes/other items to donate. Can I send them to you?

We deeply appreciate your giving heart. However, these items are not useful at this time. We ask that you please pray for all those affected by this conflict, and especially for health workers. 

Thank you for your kindness

Your willingness to share your blessings during a global crisis like this is a godsend to your neighbors in Ukraine who are hurting. They can feel your love and are deeply grateful to know you are keeping them in your thoughts and prayers. 

If you have any questions regarding your donation, please feel free to reach out to us anytime at 800.597.5972 or via email at @email.

Thank you and God bless you.