Ukraine Kakhovka Dam Attack

Escalating fighting in Kherson threatens children’s lives.

On the 5th of June 2023, Kakhovka Dam – a hydro-electric power station near Kherson in southern Ukraine – was destroyed, causing widespread flooding and damage to the locality and neighbouring communities.

At least 16,000 people have been evacuated. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed, as well as schools, businesses and food supplies. There are fears drinking water will also become contaminated, leaving thousands of children, and their families, at risk of disease.

Since the war escalated in 2022, children in Ukraine have known only conflict and terror. This latest attack is another blow to children’s sense of stability, health, well-being and education.

Right now, UNICEF is on ground in Kherson working to evacuate families and dispense humanitarian aid like, bottled water, Aqua Tabs (water purification tablets), hygiene kits and more.

Since the war began, UNICEF has stood ready to help children in Ukraine. We have worked to deliver water, food and medicine to children in need, no matter what challenges we face.

Donate today to help send life-saving supplies to children in Kherson and beyond. 

What’s Another Year?

It has been one year since war in Ukraine escalated on February 24th 2022. Since then a generation of children have experienced 12 months of violence, trauma, cold, and displacement.

Not a single day has passed since then where children’s lives have not been impacted by the war. Children have been killed, injured and forced from their homes. They have missed out on critical education and have been denied their right to safety and peace.

Will 2023 be another year of hurt and trauma for children in Ukraine?

UNICEF is in Ukraine delivering essential services to children and their families – including health, education, protection, water and sanitation – as well as life-saving supplies.

The children of Ukraine still need your help. Please donate to help save a child’s life.

How your Donation Will Help 

UNICEF is on the ground right now helping children who are scared, cold, hungry and alone.

Here’s how your donation can directly help children in Ukraine.

  • €50 could provide 3 children with enough emergency food and clean drinking water to keep them strong and healthy.
  • €75 could provide 3 children with life-saving hygiene kits to help protect them against contaminated water.
  • €150 could provide enough essential medicine to treat 18 sick and injured children, saving their lives.

child stands amongst rubble in Ukraine

Other Ways to Donate

You can help us reach more children affected by the conflict in Ukraine. Please donate today and help us protect children in emergencies.

You can make a donation by phone, you can reach us on 01 878 3000, our office hours are Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:30.

You can send your donation by post to:


UNICEF Ireland,

33 Lower Ormond Quay,

Dublin D01 R283.

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