Newsletter #11: Latest Updates from Razom and a To-Do List for this Weekend

An update on the scale of Razom’s impact thanks to your donations and support, and a few key ways for you to do at least one thing for Ukraine today (including participating in a social media advocacy campaign).

Dear Razom community,

Thanks to your generosity and our unstoppable team of volunteers, Razom has been able to invest $14.4M into its Emergency Response efforts since day 1 of this war.  Here’s how it breaks down: 

  • $7.5M went towards procuring the most requested live-saving tactical medicine, medical supplies, and hospital needs delivered to territorial defense units and hospitals across regions in Ukraine that are actively fighting off their occupiers. 
  • $4.5M went towards procuring non-medical humanitarian aid in the form of communications devices to ensure safe and effective delivery of aid.
  • $1.2M went towards grants issued by Razom to organizations and initiatives that help civilians in hotspots and/or internally displaced persons in Ukraine.
  • $548k went towards carrying out our logistics chain 
  • $458k went towards procuring vehicles whether in the form of minibuses to help evacuate displaced children and families or in the form of 23 pick up trucks to help evacuate the wounded in active war zones.
  • $32k went towards Razom’s advocacy work

Meanwhile Razom’s Hospitals Team has built relationships with large nonprofit organizations and agencies that aggregate hospital supplies, global health and major disaster relief organizations, and several hospitals, to collect in-kind donations.  To date, those in-kind donations have an estimated value of $1.2M.  Check out our latest update on the Razom Blog to learn more about this incredible team and the organizations we’ve partnered up with.   The first of many medical missions was successfully carried out this week in partnership with MedGlobal resulting in 40 hours of trainings for an estimated total of 350 Ukrainian physicians in Lviv on poly trauma surgical procedures/ diagnostics/ surgeries, on operating portable butterfly ultrasounds (donated by MedGlobal), and educating doctors on how to prepare and act in case of chemical warfare.  These volunteering doctors were coming from Newark, NJ, Chicago, IL, Nashville, TN, and two from Paris, France. The mission brought with them 37 suitcases of medical supplies and 14 portable butterfly ultrasounds, estimating $700,000 in value. 

On our Blog you’ll also find the latest updates on how our long-time partners at “Building Ukraine Together” (БУР/BUR) have spent a $350k Razom grant supporting internally displaced people in Ukraine.  With those funds they were able to accomplish some of the following:

  • Provide temporary shelter and homes for over 20,000 in western Ukraine. 
  • Begin rebuilding destroyed family buildings in Kharkiv.
  • Organize the evacuation of over 1,300 people from Mariupol.
  • Deliver 75 fridges for blood preservation to 50 hospitals around Ukraine.

Starting today, Razom, along with several other Ukrainian organizations, calls upon its community and allies to join a global social media campaign “Arm Ukraine Now.”  Anyone who supports Ukraine for its unity and independence, and supports providing heavy weapons to Ukraine to end russia’s military aggression can participate.  It will run from today until April 30, 2022. 

Here’s how to join:

Take a photo of a piece of paper, on your phone, tablet, with the slogan #ArmUkraineNow (or yourself holding the photo).

Post to Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, with a short appeal to the leadership of your state, or to the international community at large with the request to provide Ukraine with heavy weapons to counter russia’s aggression and to save civilian lives.  A photo should also be posted in the official group of the campaign so that others can see it by using the hashtag.

Tag three friends to do the same. 

Here’s your regular roundup of events to consider supporting that are fundraising for a good cause (like Razom’s Emergency Response project!):   

  • Right now, the Underdonk Gallery in Brookly, NY is running a benefit auction of New York artists’ works to benefit Ukraine, with all the proceeds going to Razom.  You can find more info, including a list of works here
  • This Saturday, April 16, 1-4pm EDT the China Town – Little Italy Historic District Improvement Association in NYC is hosting a concert and food fair to fundraise for Ukraine. 
  • On Wednesday, April 20, 12:30-2:00pm EDT the Westchester Biotech Project will host a webinar on The Global Impact of War in Ukraine on Clinical Research
  • On Friday, April 22 at 10pm EDT the DJ collective Foreign Posse is hosting a Stand With Ukraine party at Karvouna Mezze on Manhattan. 
  • Chicago Artists for Ukraine have organized a fundraising art sale and exhibit on Saturday, April 23 from 4-11pm CDT and Sunday, April 24 from 12-3pm CDT with all proceeds from ticket and art sales going to Razom. 
  • On Saturday, April 23 urbanStages is hosting a Music Marathon For Ukraine at 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, and 8pm with all proceeds going to Razom’s Emergency Response. 
  • On Saturday, April 23 Arjana and Ivan, an acoustic duo based in NYC known for their unique takes and creative arrangements of tunes new and old, will be performing a benefit concert for Ukraine at the Nite Spot Night series at the MAC.  More info here.  
  • On Saturday, April 30 from 2pm – 9:15pm EDT The Otto’s Benefit for Ukraine at Otto’s Shrunken Head in NYC will have a lineup of singer songwriters and bands with all proceeds from the concert going to Razom. 
  • On Saturday, April 30 from 3:30-7:30pm the Hudson Valley Relief Benefit will feature guest speakers, music, food, and a silent auction.  Get you tickets and join Novellas Restaurant in New Paltz, NY to support Razom’s Emergency Response project!
  • On Sunday, May 1, 7-9pm EDT the Arts Center of Carrboro, NC will host an Evening of Bold Stories to support Ukrainian refugees.  
  • On Tuesday, May 3 at 7pm the Church Street School for Music and Art in NYC will host a Concert For Ukraine featuring violinist Nadia Khodakovska and members of CSSMA faculty.  All proceeds will go to Razom.  To reserve tickets email
  • On Friday, May 6 from 7-10pm the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts in Manistee, MI will be hosting a concert to benefit relief efforts through Razom.  More info here
  • On Saturday, May 7 Gold’s Gym in Poughkeepsie, NY is hosting the 8th Annual Peace and Harmony Invitational with all proceeds benefiting Ukraine. 

As always, thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter and continue to #StandWithUkraine.

Stay Razom.

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