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How to help Ukrainians (even if you don’t live in Croatia)

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Ukraine is in the midst of a war, so it is facing growing needs for drinking water, supplies, health care, education, and protection. Both Ukrainian refugees and residents need basic necessities including water, compression bandages, diapers, baby food, blankets, pillows, sleeping bags, and thermal socks.

If you help at least one person, you will have already done a lot to help. You can contribute supplies or funds to a worthy organization that is helping people on the ground. Below are verified ways that you can donate and help the people affected.

How to help if you wish to donate

#1 МІСТО ДОБРА Центр доброти для мами і дитини.

We received confirmation from one Ukrainian woman who said that this organization is a true charity organization for poor women with children. They are receiving refugees and need financial and material support.

Donate money to:

BF “I am the future of Ukraine”
Account of currency uah at “Rajffajzen bank avalʹ” in m. Kiev MFO 380805 EDRPOU 37830229
UA3238080500 00000026009564534
Destination of payment: charity assistance on the construction of the city of good
4441 1144 4663 3370 monobank Martha L.
Private Card: 5218 5722 2175 5783

PayPal: Canada
streamofhopes@gmail.com

PayPal: Luxembourg
Kidsfutureukraine@gmail.com

More information is available here.

#2 Donate to the Croatian Red Cross

Raised funds will be used to help refugees and displaced persons by members of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement on the territory of Ukraine and other countries accepting refugees. They will provide them with daily assistance including Croatia.

  • Donate to this bank account:

IBAN: HR0923600001503056530
Call number: 705
Bank: Zagrebačka banka d.d., Trg bana J. Jelačića 10, 10 000 Zagreb
Recepient: Hrvatski Crveni križ, Ulica Crvenog križa 14-16, Zagreb
SWIFT/BIC code for foreign payments: ZABAHR2XXXX

  • Make a bank payment by scanning the below QR code

More information is available on the Croatian Red Cross pages here.

#3 Donate to UNHCR

UNHCR is providing humanitarian and financial help and a possibility to move to the US to families in Ukraine. It works with the government, the UN, and other partners.

  • Make a one-time donation here

How to help if you live anywhere in Croatia

Donate services

#1 Offer Ukrainian translation services

There is a need for Ukrainian translators. If you are a Ukrainian translator and you want to provide help, contact Croatian Red Cross by email address ukrajinska-kriza@hck.hr.

#2 Offer help or accommodation in Facebook group SOS 🇺🇦 Ukrajina

This group coordinates assistance to Ukraine and Ukrainians by gathering people who can offer material and logistic assistance regarding the accommodation of Ukrainian refugees. It also shares verified information related to Ukrainian refugees.

Facebook group SOS 🇺🇦 Ukrajina is available here.

#3 Offer free stay or fund stays through Airbnb

Airbnb.org is funding short-term housing for up to 100.000 Ukrainian people. You can support their initiative by offering free temporary stays and discounts via Airbnb.org or donating funds to stay.

You can offer a free place or funds to stay here.

#4 Offer accommodation through Udruga za ukrajinsku kulturu CVIT

If you’d like to offer free accommodation or a vacant home to Ukrainians, you can contact Udruga za ukrajinsku kulturu CVIT (Association for Ukrainian Culture CVIT) from Split by email udrugacvit@gmail.com.

Donate supplies

Supplies that are needed the most are available on this list, which is in Ukrainian. We are currently working on having this list translated into English.

You can donate these supplies or help with financial costs through МІСТО ДОБРА Центр доброти для мами і дитини.

#1 Participate in humanitarian actions of Udruga za ukrajinsku kulturu CVIT

Udruga za ukrajinsku kulturu CVIT (Association for Ukrainian Culture CVIT) from Split is organizing humanitarian actions for the Ukrainian people. You can participate by donating supplies, offering financial and psychological help, or organizing charity events for Ukrainians.

You can contact them by email udrugacvit@gmail.com. View more information on their initiatives here.

Here is a list of medical equipment they need the most:

  • Acidum tranexamicum in ampul.
  • Sol. Ceftriaxoni
  • Sol. Cefepimi
  • Sol. Ketorolacum
  • Sol. Dimedroli
  • Tourniquet Esmarch or Omega
  • Tourniquet CAT
  • Šprice 5ml, 10 ml.
  • Šprice 20ml, 50 ml
  • Intravenous therapy set
  • Saline (400, 800, 1000)
  • Elastic bandages
  • Non-sterile medical bandage of gauze (7m x 14cm; 5m x 10cm;)
  • Sterile medical bandage from gauze (5m x 10cm; 7m x 14cm;)
  • Medical hygroscopic hygiene
  • Braided polyester (mylar)
  • Polyester fabric (mylar)
  • Fluorescent (polyester) twisted
  • Plaster bandage
  • Non-sterile gloves with latex powder
  • Powder-free medical examination gloves
  • Nitrile non-sterile non-powdered medical examination gloves
  • Sol. Analgini – Disposable infusion system for solution for infusion (Luer Slip)
  • Disposable intravenous cannula, with wings and injection valve, size 20G
  • Disposable intravenous cannula, with wings and injection valve, size 22G
  • Disposable intravenous cannula, with wings and injection valve, size 24G
  • Hygienic absorbent diapers
  • Catgut plain without needle sterile
  • Natural surgical silk without needle
  • Surgical sutures (sterile and non-sterile)
  • Nylon (polyamide) twisted into a ball
  • Nylon (polyamide) twisted in rolls
  • Nylon (polyamide) woven in chains;
  • Kapron (polyamide) monofilament in chains
  • Polyglactin 910
  • Polyglycolide fast knitting
  • Knitted polyglycolide

Here is a list of additional medical and social assistance to donate:

  • Loperamide
  • Chlorhexidine (u plastici)
  • Nifuroxazide
  • Papaverine ampoules
  • Citramon
  • Alcohol Wipes
  • Spasmalgon
  • Antiseptic Ahd 1000
  • Paracetamol 500mg
  • Omeprazol pills
  • Decatylen
  • Captopril, hydrochlorothiazide
  • Drotaverine
  • Bromhexine
  • Diclofenac
  • Hydrogen peroxide in plastic
  • Ibuprofen
  • Dimedrol ampoules
  • Nimesil
  • Validol
  • Sanitary towel 10×10
  • Sanitary towel 20×20
  • Gidazepamum
  • Laevomecolum
  • Activated carbon
  • Diclofenac ointment
  • Loratadine
  • Diclofenac ampoules
  • Menthyl isovalerate
  • Suprastin ampoules
  • Nitroglycerin
  • Baby food
  • Baby wipes
  • Personal care products
  • Pelene
  • Shampoos
  • Soap
  • Deke
  • Women’s pads, not in glass
  • Long shelf life food, not in glass

#2 Participate in humanitarian action of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb

Department of Ukrainian Studies at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb organized a humanitarian action to help Ukrainian refugees and residents. They collect:

  • Hygienic supplies – toothbrushes, toothpaste, shower gels, pads, tampons, diapers, wet wipes, towels
  • Medical supplies – bandages, plasters, gauze, Octenisept, first aid
  • Warm clothes for children and adults – jackets, sweatshirts, warm socks
  • Food – canned food, instant pasta, rice, cereals, flour, energy bars
  • Entertainment material for children – felt-tip pens, crayons, notebooks, etc.
  • Blankets
  • Batteries, lamps
  • Sleeping bags
  • Medications – insulin needles, strips

You can bring supplies to KSFF (Klub studenata Filozofskog Fakulteta), Ul. Ivana Lučića 3, 10000, Zagreb until March 11 11:00-13:00, but not on weekends.

#3 Participate in another humanitarian action in Zagreb

One of the initiators of the humanitarian action in Zagreb is Ukrainian Oleksandra Huba. They are collecting supplies including hygiene supplies, diapers, baby food, canned food, energy bars, biscuits, dry food, and cereals. The plan is to visit the Ukrainian Hungarian border on Saturday, March 5, 2022, and provide people in need with the collected supplies.

You can bring supplies to:

Catering Fluvius
Štefanovec 78 – View Map
10 000 Zagreb
Tel: +385 (0)1 4648 084

#4 Participate in humanitarian action of OŠ Vladimir Gortan in Rijeka

Another humanitarian action is organized by the elementary school Vladimir Gortan in Rijeka. They are collecting canned food, baby food,  baby formula, instant soups, dry meals, rusks, crackers, coffee, tea, energy bars and drinks, sugar and other non-perishable foods, and bottled water; hand lamps, sleeping bags, blankets, rugs, paper, candles, bulky waste bags, stretchers, binoculars, mobile devices, seasonal clothing, and footwear; hygiene supplies including soaps, shower gels, shampoos, wet wipes, diapers, sanitary pads, baby cosmetics, paper towels, toilet paper, and disinfectants.

You can bring supplies to OŠ Vladimir Gortan, Prilaz Vladimira Gortana 2, 51 000 Rijeka.

If there are additional ways people can help that are not on this list, please let us know and we will add them to the list.

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Please note: Information provided by Expat in Croatia is only for the purposes of guidance. It does not constitute legal or financial advice in any form. Croatian laws and bureaucratic rules often change, and each personal case is individual, so different rules may apply. For legal advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian lawyer. For financial advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian tax advisor or accountant.

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