The ad astra vita project wishes to express its support for, and solidarity with, the people of Ukraine during this horrendously difficult time, and for all the humanitarian initiatives underway to provide support and aid during the worst humanitarian crisis since the Second World War.
Even though we may be far away, we can still contribute through offering our support and donations, and perhaps even providing tangible support to Ukrainian refugees.
For ways to help and support, visit: https://ukrainians.org.au/.
For accurate and reliable information regarding the conflict and the current state of affairs, these websites can be helpful:
World Health Organisation (WHO): https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/WHO-EURO-2022-5152-44915-64177. Emergency in Ukraine: external situation report #6, published 7 April 2022: reporting period: 31 March–6 April 2022.
Ukraine Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) ‘War in Ukraine’ website: https://war.ukraine.ua/.
ABC News live updates on the war in Ukraine https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-08/ukraine-russia-war-live-kyiv-lviv-zelenskyy-putin-mariupol/100975516.
An ‘Understanding Ukraine’ Summary Sheet kindly provided by our Global Humanitarian Advisor Chris Piper from TorqAid – www.torqaid.com/understanding-ukraine. This gives a useful overview of the humanitarian situation in Ukraine, as well as in surrounding countries (viz-a-viz refugees).
If you would like to make a donation to aid agencies, here are some reputable options:
WHO Health Emergency Appeal for Ukraine: https://www.ukraine.who.foundation/.
UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency): https://www.unrefugees.org.au/.
UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund) Ukraine Emergency Appeal: https://www.unicef.org.au/landing-pages/ukraine-emergency-appeal.
Emergency Action Alliance Ukraine Emergency Appeal (15 charities working together): https://emergencyaction.org.au/. This appeal is also being supported by the ABC: https://www.abc.net.au/radio/abcgives/ukraineappeal/.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Ukraine Emergency Appeal: https://msf.org.au/donate/ukraine-crisis. The healthcare system is one of the early casualties of natural disaster and war, and access to basic healthcare and medicines, especially for people with chronic medical conditions, can become difficult to impossible, with potential dire outcomes. MSF is working to help fill this urgent need, as is the WHO.