Responding to the War and Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine

On February 24th, 2022, Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale military assault on Ukraine, including attacks on civilians. Many of our friends and family members have fled; many others are staying and fighting to defend their communities.

Ukraine RPCVs have rapidly mobilized to assist our Ukrainian friends, family members, colleagues, and communities. We are advocating, sending donations of money and supplies, engaging mass media, and directly assisting friends in need of transportation, housing, and money to survive.

Babusya’s Kitchen Cookbook

Our team of Returned Peace Corps Ukraine Volunteers is excited to present you with a very special cookbook fundraiser for Ukraine: Babusya’s Kitchen – a cookbook originally written for Volunteers to use during our two years of service. Proceeds from the sales of this book provided $20,000 in mini-grants for local humanitarian aid projects in Ukraine in the summer of 2022, and we look forward to doing a second round of grants as we go into 2023.

Order a Cookbook

 

Advocacy

Current Actions

Quarterly Advocacy Call

We’re very excited to announce advocacy as one of our major priorities for 2024. In March, we’ll be kicking off quarterly advocacy calls with  Kate Tremont, a Ukraine RPCV with years of advocacy experience. Take this survey to let us know your interests for the March call.

Stay tuned for more details on future initiatives!

Razom

At this time, we recommend Razom’s Advocacy branch as a resource for messaging.

American Coalition for Ukraine

In April, members will attend the next Ukraine Action Summit to advocate on Capitol Hill.

 

Completed Actions

Write an Op-Ed about Ukraine

On March 9th the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) hosted an op-ed writing workshop for RPCVs interested in writing about the war in Ukraine. Ukraine RPCVs have been speaking their truth about the Russian invasion in so many ways over the past weeks. This includes members who have submitted and seen their opinion pieces published, due to their unique perspective about the crisis.

To see the full list of steps to take when writing an op-ed, go over to our op-ed article.

If you would like to see the full recording of the event, check out our Youtube Page!

No Business as Usual in Russia – Put Pressure on Companies to Suspend Operations

Public pressure has successfully convinced numerous companies to at least temporarily suspend operations in Russia, but several major companies continue to operate there, despite public outcry.

There is an extensive list of companies and the actions they have taken in response to Russia’s attack on Ukraine by Yale University School of Management.

Letter-Writing Campaign to US Leaders

In the lead-up to and early days of the invasion, the RPCV Alliance for Ukraine launched a letter-writing campaign that, with your participation, resulted in nearly 4,000 letters being sent to the Biden Administration and Congressional leaders. Many of the actions called for in these letters have since been undertaken, including strong sanctions against Russia, cutting Russia off from the SWIFT banking system, and significant humanitarian and defense aid to Ukraine.

 

Petition to Peace Corps to Prioritize Protecting PCUA Staff and Partners

More than 750 RPCVs and allies signed our petition to persuade Peace Corps CEO Carol Spahn that we support priority refugee status for Peace Corps Ukraine support staff, counterparts, and host families. You can see the letter and comments, which were sent directly to PCHQ on March 21st, below.

Uniting for Ukraine sponsorship initiative – helping Ukrainians find safety in the US

Since the Uniting for Ukraine program launched in late April, the RPCV Alliance for Ukraine has connected US sponsors with 21 Ukrainian families or individuals – totaling 46 people, 2 dogs, and a cat – to help them move to safety. Many of the Ukrainians benefiting from this initiative come from hard-hit places like Kherson, Mariupol, Melitopol, and Kharkiv. Others were impacted by the initial wave of the invasion in Chernihiv and the attacks on civilians in Vinnytsia and Kramatorsk.

As this effort continues, we are proud to announce our partnership with North America for Ukraine. They have been running a similar initiative, and we are excited to work more efficiently and sustainably by joining forces. We continue to work with Welcome.US and Sponsor Circles as well. If you have questions about what it takes to be a sponsor, feel free to write us directly: [email protected].

Individual First Aid Kits Campaign

Since the beginning of the invasion, our team of RPCVs and Ukrainian partners has delivered more than 2,000 high-grade Individual First Aid Kits to high-priority areas within Ukraine, where these kits are desperately needed. Now that supply chains have matured and Ukraine has begun domestic production of key items like tourniquets, we plan to finish this campaign by the end of 2022 with a final delivery of first aid and medical supplies. Thanks to all who have supported this effort!

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