We help raise awareness of the Ukrainian humanitarian crisis by doing the following.
1. Running an weekly awareness and Ukraine updates television podcast on LTV
2. Running awareness and fundraising events
3. Updating our website and social media with the latest Ukrainian news and concernsassimilation assistance, e.g., help children engage in local sports and church activities
iLoveUkraine attends rallies and holds its own events to raise awareness and fundraise.
Our event calendar
Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Briefing
The February 24 invasion of Ukraine created by far the biggest humanitarian crisis of since World War II.
More horrifying still is that the Russian army makes the crisis worse still as it shuts down avenues of
charitable support and increases the scope of the damage with its daily attacks. Whenever Ukraine pushes back Russian forces from an area, we uncover new attocities and war crimes.
The U.N. says that 50% of Ukrainian children are now displaced with another child displaced nearly every second.
As per the United Nations May 13, 2022,
6,111,172 refugees have fled the Ukraine neighboring countries, especially Poland. Most of the refugees are women and children, usually leaving behind men who are fighting or dead. No man between the ages of eighteen and sixty may leave the country unless they have a disability or are the father of at least 3 children.
Our projects to support Ukrainian refugees
Of those who can leave the country, many are elderly and often incapable of fleeing even though they are permitted. And how would they survive in a new country if they did?
Refugee life is not for the feint of heart. Most refugees have little money and take only what they can carry on a train. Many are even on foot. Typically, they have their arms full with pets and children so they can't take much more but a spare set of clothes.
The trip to safety is often long, always draining, and sometimes dangerous. For example, it is eight hundred miles by train from Kyiv to Poland. Lines at the border of up to eight days long. By the time refugees cross, they often haven't slept or eaten or even drank for days. Many are traumatized with PTSD from the things they have seen, run from, and left behind. Thankfully, at least the cold is letting up now with average temperature on the Polish border town of Dorohusk predicted to be in the 60s and 70s this week of May 15.
The U.N. says that 1,698,500 people have returned back to Ukraine. Although sounds hopeful, it is fraught with danger as the returnees face bombs left behind by Russian soldiers in cars, stoves, and refrigerators. Imagine returning home to find your city half-leveled, half-your friends and family gone, and a bomb in your refrigerator.
iLoveUkraine estimates that over 8 Million displaced within the country. Western cities like Khemelnitsky and Lviv are now overrun with displaced families, women, and children. These war victims need basic medical supplies, water, food, electricity, shelter, sanitation, and PTSD counseling.
List of vital supplies currently needed in Ukraine
More than half of Ukrainians live in cities subject to bombing and air raids every two or three hours. as such, iLoveUkraine estimates that over 5 Million people are trapped in bomb shelters. Millions more are certainly trapped in territory occupied by the Russian army where OFAC rules prevent American charities from helping.
Most of Ukrainian businesses are small businesses and according to a survey by the European Business Association, only 13% of Ukrainian small business continue at full capacity. This is easy to understand when you consider how many of the working age men are fighting and the working age women are fleeing.
The EU has granted Ukrainians who flee the war a blanket right to stay and work throughout its 27 member nations for up to three years. They will also receive social welfare and access to housing, medical treatment and schools. Full documentation not required to enter the E.U. but it does help speed the border crossing and assimilation process. The EU refugee assistance is much more than the U.S. has offered. The U.S. has offered to take in a mere 100,000 refugees and given them the right to work for a 50% shorter 18 months. A refugee visa to America requires sponsorship by an American citizen and full documentation of both the refugee and the American citizen.