Ukraine, the largest country in Europe, boasts a diverse landscape of lush forests, fertile plains, and majestic Carpathian Mountains. Its rich history is marked by ancient cities like Kyiv, historic battles, and a vibrant cultural heritage. Ukraine’s resilient people, known for their warm hospitality, contribute to its unique charm and appeal.
My Connection with Ukraine
Writing about Ukraine is difficult. I have visited Ukraine many times through my work with the Global Fund for Children and American Councils. My memories of Kiev are that it is a big, beautiful, thriving city with shops and restaurants on every corner. Kiev, in a lot of ways, is like any big American city. Through my work with GFC, I met wonderful people working with children in Kharkiv and Kiev. Children that already needed incredible support and even more so now.
While travel to Ukraine right now is not possible, and this is not a Destination Guide, Ukraine is a beautiful country with wonderful people and warm hospitality. I am hopeful in the future many of of will be able to travel back to visit this incredible country again. For now, I would like to share a number of ways you can support the Ukrainian people.
Ways to Help
If you are looking for ways to help, there are a number of vetted organizations on the ground getting assistance and aid to those most in need. Here are some examples:
- The Global Fund for Children: GFC is uniquely positioned to pass through money in the form of small grants to local organizations working across Ukraine.
- The Ukrainian Red Cross Society: The Ukrainian Red Cross Society provides support through humanitarian assistance to those affected by conflict and natural disasters in Ukraine. They offer a wide range of services, including emergency relief, medical care, and social support.
- Razom for Ukraine: Razom for Ukraine is a U.S.-based organization that supports grassroots initiatives and projects in Ukraine. They focus on various areas, including healthcare, education, and community development.
- Sunflower of Peace: This organization focuses on supporting children affected by the conflict in eastern Ukraine. They provide educational and psychological support, as well as opportunities for children to engage in art and creative activities.
I hope this article inspires you to learn more about the “Heart of Europe” and find ways you may be able to provide support.
Quick FAQ About Ukraine
Where is Ukraine located?
Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe, situated to the northeast of the Balkan Peninsula. It shares borders with Russia to the east and northeast, Belarus to the north, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary to the west, Romania and Moldova to the southwest, and has a coastline along the Black Sea to the south.
What is the official language of Ukraine?
The official language of Ukraine is Ukrainian. Russian is also widely spoken, especially in some eastern and southern regions.
What is the currency of Ukraine?
The currency of Ukraine is the Ukrainian Hryvnia (UAH).
What is Ukrainian cuisine known for?
Ukrainian cuisine is known for its hearty and diverse dishes, including pierogi (dumplings), borscht (beet soup), holubtsi (cabbage rolls), and a variety of savory and sweet pastries. It often incorporates grains, vegetables, and dairy products.