Garden State Watercolor Society’s Statement on Ukraine’s Humanitarian Crisis
As artists sensitive to the human plight, we share social responsibility. Knowing several of our members have family in Ukraine, we’d like to publicly acknowledge what’s happening, contribute as Garden State Watercolor Society to services for Ukrainian refugees, and urge our members to do what they can, as well.
There are over two million refugees who have been forced to flee the war in Ukraine. Displaced women and children — as well as those men and women who stayed behind to defend democracy and their homeland — have an immediate need for supplies. Many churches are responding with collections. Please consider a tax-deductible donation of your own to assist in this large-scale humanitarian crisis.
Donations to dedicated agencies such as these will provide the most direct distribution of emergency services, food, shelter, and medical care to those who are most vulnerable.
GSWS Executive Board
- International Rescue Committee (www.rescue.org)
The IRC is on the ground in Poland supporting displaced Ukrainian children and families with vital supplies of food, medical care and emergency support services.
- Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (www.doctorswithoutborders.org)
Teams are at border crossings working to get staff and equipment into the areas most affected by the conflict. Refugees require aid for dehydration and hypothermia, among other medical emergencies.
- Save the Children – Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund (www.savethechildren.org/us/where-we-work/ukraine)
Helping in Ukraine since 2014, currently 7.5 million children will require assistance and are in physical danger, emotional distress and displacement in below freezing conditions.
- International Committee of the Red Cross (www.icrc.org)
Since 2014, support includes emergency assistance, food, water, and essential items. They support hospitals and healthcare facilities with medical equipment and emergency preparedness.
GSWS Executive Board