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How to Support International Students and Allies

When global events affect students, staff, and faculty at home, USF World often receives questions about where people can donate or otherwise offer their assistance. This page is designed to help those in the greater Tampa Bay area identify vetted organizations and funds that offer resources to those who are most affected by unexpected natural disasters, armed conflict, and disease outbreak. 

USF World International Student Support Fund
Help support USF international students in crisis who have been impacted by world events (such as the conflict in Ukraine), natural disasters, and/or changes in family or personal circumstances that cause serious financial hardship. Your donations help to support students struggling to pay for everyday expenses such as apartment rent, utilities, household supplies, transportation, and in some cases, travel costs.

UNICEF supports health, nutrition, access to education, safe drinking water, sanitation and protection for children and families caught in global conflicts.

Doctors Without Borders - Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)
MSF offers a range of activities in Ukraine working with local volunteers, organizations, health care professionals and authorities to help people travel to health care facilities and access prescribed medications.

UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
This international organization provides aid such as cash assistance and opportunities for resettlement in the U.S.

International Committee of the Red Cross
The IRIC organization works around the world during global emergencies and is supporting the work of the Ukrainian Red Cross.

Save the Children
Save the Children delivers key services to vulnerable children around the world, working to provide all children with health, education, and safety - especially in times of conflict or widespread illness. 

Resources for Students on Campus
Students affected by the war in Ukraine can visit this USF World Office of International Services page to find resources available to them on the three USF campuses. Resources listed include financial aid, immigration, counseling, food, academic, and community listings.

USF Health recommendations for individuals looking to support health and medical relief in Ukraine
Pirogov Mobile Hospital seeks direct monetary donations for ambulances and medical care to those affected in Ukraine (credit card or Google Pay).

MEEST is forwarding packages of humanitarian aid directly to Ukraine (they are in need of medical supplies) and is collecting medical supply donations for supporting shipment costs of humanitarian aid (PayPal, credit card). MEEST has also set up an Amazon registry.

Razom has initiated an Emergency Response Project to deliver medical aid directly to Ukraine through their partnership with Kryla Nadiyi (Wings of Hope). They are seeking direct donations (credit card, paypal, bank transfer, check). Razom is a charitable non-profit 501(c)(3), meaning all donations you make are tax deductible. 

Sunflower of Peace is seeking direct donations to provide medical and humanitarian and to doctors and paramedics in Ukraine. Sunflower of Peace is a charitable non-profit 501(c)(3), meaning all donations you make are tax deductible. It has also set up an Amazon registry.