Welcome to Effective Aid Ukraine

IODP/Effective Aid Ukraine is a 25-year-old Irish-registered charity currently focussed exclusively on the most effective ways of helping refugees seeking to flee the war in Ukraine and on the needs of people with special needs in institutions in Ukraine.

Traditionally known as IODP to reflect our previous work with orphans, children with special needs and child prisoners in Belarus – we currently trade as Effective Aid Ukraine and are in the process of establishing this as our registered name.

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Our Projects

Effective Aid Ukraine has helped over 1,200 Ukrainian refugees to come to Ireland. Along with partners in Ukraine and in Ireland we provide their accommodation, food and travel in Ukraine, their travel to Ireland, bring them to sourced accommodation where possible and provide a degree of aftercare. According to our partners in Ukraine, since the summer of 2023 we have been the only European NGO they know of still helping Ukrainian refugees flee to accommodation abroad

In accordance with our mission to hep the most disadvantaged in the most effective w ay possible, we currently focus on the needs of women and children in frontline cities in Ukraine whose homes have been bombed or are in imminent danger of being bombed.

We are currently pivoting to assisting the most vulnerable people in Ukraine, whom we have identified as children and adults with significant special needs who are in institutions, many of whom have been internally displaced because of the war but do not have the option of fleeing Ukraine.

ukrainian refugees arriving in ireland holding an irish flag