"Let justice roll on like a river, and righteousness like a never-failing stream." – Amos 5:24 (NIV)
Our hearts cry out for the mothers, children, and families of Ukraine who, overnight, have become refugees. Perhaps, in your prayers for the current crisis and others like it, you wonder what you can do.
If your heart is crying out and you long to take action – we invite you to use your voice as a World Vision Advocate.
The escalation of conflict in Ukraine has forced more than 5 million people — mostly women and children — to flee to neighboring countries, making this the fastest-growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War II, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees has said. With the escalating crisis, the causalities, the number of displaced and the needs are growing hour.
The sudden escalation of conflict is not only devastating the lives of Ukrainian children and families, but is likely to create economic disruptions that impact child poverty far beyond Eastern Europe. This conflict threatens regional stability, and humanitarian needs are expected to rise sharply. Ukraine alone provides more than half of the World Food Programme's wheat supply, and World Vision is their largest partner in food distribution to developing countries. The following statement from the U.N. Secretary-General highlights the devastating implications of the war:
"We must do everything possible to avert a hurricane of hunger and a meltdown of the global food system. In a word, developing countries are getting pummeled. They face a cascade of crises – beyond the Ukraine war, we cannot forget COVID-19 and the impacts of climate change – in particular, drought. Make no mistake: everyday people, especially women and children, will bear the brunt of this unfolding tragedy." — António Guterres, U.N. Secretary-General
Ukraine is home to 7.5 million children, more than 2 million of them younger than 5. We know that conflict causes both immediate and lasting physical, emotional, and mental harm to children, families, and communities. This conflict has already impacted millions of lives, but it is not too late to pursue peace and urge our leaders to take immediate action.
What can be done:
Since the conflict started, World Vision has been on the ground assessing and responding to the urgent needs of those searching for safety. We are working to support refugees in Romania, Georgia and Moldova as well as internally displaced people in Ukraine. Our response to date includes providing food, water, hygiene kits to affected families in Ukraine and Romania and we are mobilising teams to meet the needs of growing refugee populations in Georgia and Moldova.
But we need to continue keeping families from Ukraine in our prayers, calling on the American government for increased humanitarian assistance to address both this crisis and its predicted ripple effects, including rises in hunger, gender-based violence, and poverty. Join us by signing this petition: urging U.S. leaders to pray, collaborate, and take action on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Eastern Europe. Add YOUR name to tell them you're thinking daily about this crisis and will hold our leadership accountable for their response.
Hungry for more? One of the most significant ways you can respond to this and other humanitarian crises is to speak up:
- In places of power, like the offices of our elected officials
- On behalf of the children, mothers, and caregivers whose lives have changed in recent weeks
- In support of those around the world who’ve been suffering and experiencing injustice for years
Our advocates raise their voices to help ensure that children around the world can experience Jesus’ offer of life in all its fullness. We are eager to connect with you. Together, we hope to see justice roll on like a river for all of God’s children, bringing lasting change to their communities. Will you join us?