Stavros Niarchos Foundation to give $1 million aid to those affected by Ukraine war


The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) announced on Wednesday that it will be providing $1 million in emergency relief grants to aid those affected by the current war in Ukraine.

In a statement, the SNF said the grants will go towards helping six organisations “leverage their local knowledge and ties to deliver essential emergency relief.”

The six organisations are: Doctors of the World Spain, Choose Love, Lumos Foundation, Melissa Network, Save the Children USA, Doctors without Borders USA.

“The dire needs in Ukraine are plain to see, and we must collaborate, each according to our abilities, to help meet them,” the SNF Co-President, Andreas Dracopoulos, said.

“We are grateful for these six organizations and the extensive on-the-ground experience they bring to helping address this tragic situation.”

Full list of the organisations and the work they do:

1. Direct aid on the ground in Ukraine:

  • Doctors of the World Spain, the vast majority of whose local staff are Ukrainian, is supplying traumatology and surgical materials to 20 hospitals in Ukraine.
  • Choose Love works with local grassroots organisations to aid vulnerable people on the move and in Ukraine they are helping provide essentials like food, hygiene supplies and bedding.
  • Lumos Foundation seeks to end the institutionalisation of children and has worked in Ukraine, which before the invasion had one of the highest rates of children living in orphanages and other institutions in Europe.
Doctors of the World in Ukraine. Photo:

2. Supporting Ukrainian refugees arriving in Greece:

  • Melissa Network is taking a pioneering bottom-up approach to supporting Ukrainian refugees in Greece. They assist existing Ukrainian networks in the country by offering a coordinated response, services to safeguard children’s resilience, psychosocial support for new arrivals and locals alike, as well as help accessing employment and legal services.

3. Addressing the immediate threats the war poses to people around the world:

  • Save the Children USA is working to address the global food emergency threatening to increase hunger and malnutrition for millions of children, triggered by the fact that together Ukraine and Russia supply over a quarter of the world’s wheat and the war is cutting off essential food supplies for many countries.
  • Doctors Without Borders USA wants to make sure that, as the world’s attention focuses on Ukraine, the people affected by “neglected” crises elsewhere in countries such as Western Asia and Central Africa, are not forgotten and receive the health care they urgently need.




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