The Razom Grants aims to help local Ukrainian volunteer organizations to provide immediate humanitarian assistance
to the people affected by the war.
The russian armed invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022 led to an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. As of May 2022, close to 8M people were internally displaced. Most have no means to afford housing and basic necessities. Apart from the open warfare, russia also persisted with daily bombings of civilian buildings and infrastructure. In some areas, more than 80% of buildings were damaged or destroyed.
Razom Grants team emerged in March 2022 in response to the humanitarian crisis. Our primary objective is to provide grants to NGOs and volunteer organizations in Ukraine that assist the civilian population. Every day we stay in touch with them, evaluating their requests, assessing the impact, and finding new ways to help.
The Grants team’s initial mandate was to help local Ukrainian volunteer organizations to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to the people affected by the war. The main areas of help were delivering food and medicine, evacuating people, and providing shelter.
As the situation in Ukraine developed, our priorities developed as well. We are now preparing for winter, providing humanitarian aid for territories close to the front lines, helping rehabilitate the civilian population, and revitalizing the local economy.
We work with trusted organizations that understand the local needs firsthand and have a proven track record of humanitarian service.
So far, we provided grants to over a hundred volunteer organizations in most Ukraine regions.
Constant air raids and shelling of the areas close to the front lines are destroying the housing and all civilian infrastructure, including schools, hospitals, power lines, and communications. The growing devastation of the civilian sector makes people with disabilities and the elderly especially vulnerable. We are working with volunteers in these areas to support evacuation and ensure that people in need get food and medicine on time. Please read below about some of our grantees and their work
Preparation for winter in Ukraine
The russian invasion destroyed close to 140,000 homes, with many more damaged by shelling. Nearly 7M people were internally displaced. Some of them currently live in temporary shelters that cannot protect them from the rough Ukrainian winter. Some remain in homes with substantial damage and no electricity or other utilities. Preparing these people for winter and supplying them with necessary supplies is vital to their survival in harsh weather. Razom helps renovate damaged buildings and bomb shelters and procures supplies such as thermal underwear, electric blankets, water purification devices, and other necessary items.
Supporting first responders
Formed a partnership with the Pirogov First Volunteer Mobile Hospital, or PFVMH. Volunteer doctors, physicians, paramedics, and support staff are working in difficult frontline conditions and risking their lives, to provide medical care to the war victims: first in Kyiv and Zhytomyr, and since May in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. Additionally, PFVMH has set up its evacuation and stabilization points in Chasiv Yar and Sloviansk. Evacuation carriages also reach the Luhansk region near Lysychansk.
The psychological trauma of war has affected everyone. Many people lost their loved ones and went through horrifying experiences under russian occupation. Many are forced to helplessly watch their children struggle with the stress of the war. Death, injury, sexual violence, malnutrition, illness, and disability, along with the uncertainty and inability to return to normal lives, cause tremendous damage to the nervous system. To help people suffering from PTSD, severe anxiety, depression, and other disorders amplified by war, Razom supports projects that provide them with psychological support and psychiatric treatment.