Stand with Ukraine

From Friends of Ukraine RI

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We’ve teamed up with our contacts on the ground in Ukraine and Poland to purchase and deliver medical supplies to Ukrainian citizens mobilizing to defend their country. Putin’s military might is no match for the will of the Ukrainian people, but they need our help as they set up makeshift hospital operations and tend to the wounded. Your donations will go towards emergency medical equipment for the front lines, such as paramedic backpacks, medical splints, antibiotics, sterile wipes, thermal blankets, tourniquets, IV systems, bandages and dressings, and shields for evacuating the injured. 

- Friends of Ukraine RI

Natasha Rybak, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease; co-founder and co-director of the Brown University Ukraine Collaboration (Rotary Youth Exchange in Lviv, Ukraine 1993-1994)

Tony Levitas, Senior Fellow at Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University

Michael Kennedy, Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs, Brown University

Maya DeHart, Director of Healthcare Delivery, UNITE HERE HEALTH (Rotary Youth Exchange in Lviv, Ukraine 1993-1994)

Rachel Padilla, MD '22 UMass Chan Medical School (former Programs Coordinator, Brown University Ukraine Collaboration)

Andriy Chybisov, Program Manager, American Cancer Society (former Program Manager at Peace Corps/Ukraine; former member of the Brown University Ukraine Collaboration)

UPDATE March 7, 2022:

As Putin ratchets up his deadly terror campaign against Ukrainian civilians, Ukrainians’ resolve to defend their country remains amazingly strong.  Your donations are helping to sustain them in two ways:

1) Providing immediate disaster relief to Ukrainians. We’re working with Returned Peace Corp Volunteers and others with direct contacts on the ground, who are funneling requests for items necessary for survival (such as food and medicine) that can still be purchased in the country with small cash assistance grants.

2) Delivering medical supplies to the frontlines. At this time, we are purchasing and collecting in-kind donations of supplies in the US, shipping to Poland, and working with Ukrainian contacts who have transportation at-the-ready to get medical supplies to those defending their cities and towns. We are also working with reputable organizations in Poland and Ukraine who can procure supplies and arrange for their transportation.

Being mindful of the larger humanitarian aid efforts, especially for the outpour of refugees, Friends of Ukraine has been focused on how we can best plug the holes.  As a small and nimble all-volunteer organization, your donations go directly to supporting Ukrainians in Ukraine as quickly as possible. (Please note that at this time, donations are not tax deductible.)

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