2022 Mission

Ukraine Crisis

U.S. Press On GEM Ukraine Missions
Yahoo News
Life in Ukraine’s Ghost Towns
Odessa Journal
The Ukrainian House in Davos opens its doors from January 16 to 19
TVP World
There is no handbook for humanitarian aid, each disaster is different: GEM founder
TVP World
World for Ukraine international summit concludes in southeastern Poland
Airbnb News
Two years later: Airbnb.org’s support for communities around the world
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Pelé, 82, Announces Cristiano Ronaldo Award During World Cup
The Story Exchange
Feeling Charitable? Here Are 7 Organizations Providing Aid to Ukrainians
News 12
Stamford resident spends months in Ukraine providing aid through nonprofit USA For Ukraine
New York Times
One Big Problem for Ukraine Is Clear: Glass
NBC News
Ukrainian students return to class as organizations work to rebuild schools
New York Times
First Day of School in Ukraine, Upended by the Bleak Season of War
Philly Sports Network
Philadelphia Union icons will play at Subaru Park one more time in ‘Legends for Peace’ charity game
TMZ
STRONG SUPPORT FOR VOGUE SHOOT ... From Ukrainian Relief Orgs
Israel 21c
Ukrainian refugee kids get smart classrooms to continue studies
Fox 13
Utah company to send 7,000 hygiene kits to those still living in Ukraine
NBC Miami
South Florida-based Network Gives Inside Look at Helping Ukrainians Survive
Short Term Rentalz
Airbnb.org announces partnerships to house 100k Ukrainian refugees
NBC News
Americans help to deliver critical aid to Ukraine
Palm Beach Daily News
Ukraine Refugee Fund gets another matching grant; $700,000 already given to groups helping refugees
Hollywood Reporter
Bethenny Frankel on Providing Disaster Relief for Ukraine, Raising Nearly $20M
ABC News
Q&A: Bethenny Frankel eyes $100M goal for Ukraine relief
Why Prince Charles’s goddaughter has swapped the Bahamas for the Ukrainian border
NBC News
‘I’m feeling hopeless’: African students desperate after escaping Sumy war zone
ABC News
Number of refugees fleeing Ukraine grows to more than 2.5 million
Fortune
Scammers are pretending to raise money for Ukraine. Here’s how to make sure your donation goes to the right place.
The Joel Foundation To Donate Aid For Ukrainian Refugee Relief
MSNBC
How Americans can help the people of Ukraine
The Richest
Bethenny Frankel’s Foundation Raises $25 Million For Ukraine
CBS News
Charities helping Ukrainians in need
NBC Miami
‘A Frightening Situation': South Florida Sends Supplies, Support to Ukrainians
Today
How to help Ukraine: 7 verified charities working to help Ukrainians amid invasion
MSNBC
American aid groups act to support displaced Ukrainians
CNN
How to provide aid to those in Ukraine
The Cut
Inside Bethenny Frankel’s Aid Efforts for Ukrainian Refugees
Fox News
Bethenny Frankel sending Ukraine attack victims $10 million in aid
How to help Ukraine: 15 verified charities working to help Ukrainians amid invasion
Seventeen
Here’s How You Can Help the People of Ukraine Right Now
Today
Bethenny Frankel’s disaster relief nonprofit to send $10 million in aid to Ukrainians
WLTX
Want to help Ukrainians? Consider these charities
iHeart Radio
Global Empowerment Mission Helping Ukraine
NBC Miami
South Florida Organization Bringing Relief Supplies to Ukrainians Fleeing War
CBS Miami
Global Empowerment Mission Sending Supplies To Help Ukrainian Refugees
7 News Miami
Global Empowerment Mission assembling palettes to assist those in Ukraine affected by Russian invasion
Local 10
South Florida sends supplies to Ukraine after Russia attack

International Press on GEM Ukraine Missions

Konkurent
American philanthropist gave a speech in Davos
Detector
Американська організація «GEM» зібрала 9000 палет гуманітарної допомоги для України
Pokrovsk
Старостинські округи громади отримали гуманітарний вантаж
Poltava News
ПЕРЕДАЛИ ГУМАНІТАРНУ ДОПОМОГУ ДО ПОЛТАВСЬКОЇ ОБЛАСНОЇ КЛІНІЧНОЇ ЛІКАРНІ
Avdeevka
Переселенці з Авдіївки отримали великі сімейні набори гуманітарної допомоги
Golos
Донеччина: Жителів прифронтової Авдіївки забезпечили родинними гуманітарними наборами
NGO PL
World For Ukraine: Spojrzeć w przyszłość z nadzieją
Konkurent
Люди не покидали рідного міста: луцькі волонтери показали, як живе деокупований Херсон (відео)
Poltava News
40 ТОН ГУМАНІТАРНОЇ ДОПОМОГИ ЗНОВУ ЗАЛУЧИЛА ВЛАДА СПІВАК! ВІДЕО
Kyivschina 24
Пункту Незламності у Крюківщині волонтери передали генератор
Poltava News
ВІДПРАВИЛИ ДОПОМОГУ ДЛЯ НАЙМЕНШИХ ЖИТЕЛІВ НОВОСАНЖАРСЬКОЇ ГРОМАДИ
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Мешканцям Срібненського старостинського округу видано 300 наборів з харчовими продуктами
Konkurent
Pele awarded American benefactors who support Ukraine
Gazeta Prawna
Zakończył się szczyt World for Ukraine - jedno z największych wydarzeń poświęconych pomocy humanitarnej
Spojrzeć w przyszłość z nadzieją. Ostatni dzień Szczytu World For Ukraine
Polski Radio
У Ясёнцы пад Жэшавам завяршыўся міжнародны саміт па гуманітарнай дапамозе «Свет за Украіну»
Poltava News
МОЯ КОЛЕГА, ЛІДЕРКА ГО "НАША СПРАВА ПОЛТАВЩИНА" ЛАРИСА БОСЕНКО ПРОДОВЖУЄ ПОЇЗДКИ ГРОМАДАМИ
Konkurent
Volunteers delivered «family packages» from the Americans to the Kherson region
Polsat News
Michael Capponi w Polsat News. Jak teraz pomagać Ukrainie?
Konkurent
The American charitable foundation donated products for «Points of Invincibility»
Tvoyemisto
У ПОЛЬЩІ ПРОЙДЕ САМІТ WORLD 4 UKRAINE. ЯК ЗАРЕЄСТРУВАТИСЯ
Czytaj
Wydarzenia w G2A Arena wracają. Amerykańskie wojsko opuszcza obiekt
Konkurent
The American foundation was one of the first to bring aid to liberated Kherson
Восточный Вариант
У Бахмуті 15 тисяч людей потребують гуманітарної допомоги, - міськрада
Konkurent
Aid from an American fund was delivered to Kharkiv and Donetsk regions
Suspilne News
В Одеську область передали генератори та продуктові набори
Konkurent
«Конкурент» запускає проєкт Ukraine: realities
Poltava News
РАЗОМ З ПАРТНЕРАМИ ПРИВЕЗЛИ ГУМАНІТАРНУ ДОПОМОГУ ДЛЯ ЕВАКУЙОВАНИХ У ПОЛТАВУ ЛЮДЕЙ
4 Studio
У Бучі розпочалась реконструкція вулиці Вокзальної (ФОТО)
Poltava News
ЗАБЕЗПЕЧИЛИ ГУМАНІТАРНОЮ ДОПОМОГОЮ ЕВАКУЙОВАНИХ ЛЮДЕЙ У ЛОХВИЦІ
My Kyev Region
Благодійники повністю відновили багатоповерхівку в Бучі (ФОТО)
44 UA
У Пущі-Водиці відновили пошкоджений внаслідок обстрілів психоневрологічний інтернат, – ФОТО
bzh life
У Пущі-Водиці відновили психоневрологічний інтернат, пошкоджений обстрілами
Vechirniy
У Ворзелі запрацювала амбулаторія, яку почали ремонтувати до війни
My Kyev Region
Міжнародний фонд GEM і "Якість життя" відремонтували у Бучанській ОТГ три амбулаторії
Konkurent
Деокупована Харківщина: емоції, враження та подяки
Konkurent
З Луцька до Шевченкового: «СВІДОМІ» привезли допомогу на Харківщину (фото, відео)
ТСН.ua
У селі Горенка на Київщині вдалося відновити зруйновану росіянами школу
Вікна-новини
Шукали ВІЙСЬКА НАТО В ШКОЛІ В БУЧІ: як Київщина зустріла ПЕРШЕ ВЕРЕСНЯ 2022
БЖ
У Бучанському районі відновили три школи до початку навчального року
Вечірній Київ
Була без вікон, дверей та даху: у Бучі відновили після деокупації школу до першого вересня
ТСН вражає
У Бучі американські благодійники допомогли відновити пошкоджені школи, у них вже лунають перші дзвоники
Інформатор Буча
У Бучі відкрили школу №5, відбудовану за сприяння американської місії GEM
Suspilne News
Чаус розповів, чия була ініціатива клеїти наліпки з його прізвищем на гуманітарну допомогу
Телеканал ВІТА ТБ
«Ремонту не підлягають»: у Вінниці замінюють вікна у будинках, які постраждали від ворожих обстрілів
БЖ
В Бучанском районе восстановили три школы к началу учебного года
TVN24
Szkolna rzeczywistość w ogarniętej wojną Ukrainie
Тернополяни
У Вінниці замінюють вибиті вікна та двері та облаштовують підвали (фото)

Our first 100 days on the ground were focused on establishing viable logistical operations, the extraction of people in war-torn areas, the relocation of refugees, and the delivery of critical aid supplies throughout the region.

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Logistical Operations

Warsaw Poland

30,000 sq ft warehouse / 2500 Pallet Slots 

Kyiv Ukraine

74,500 sq ft warehouse / 5000 Pallet Slots

Summary Stats

What we've accomplished to date

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GEM BStrong has provided significant relief aid to the following 196 Towns & Cities

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Phase 1: Disaster Relief

We established solutions, partnerships and strategies to recognize and assist all those affected, not only in Ukraine, but those displaced in Poland, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Moldova, Georgia, and beyond.

Border Refugee Support

On February 25, 2022, the second day of the invasion, GEM BStrong arrived in Medyka, Poland, along the Ukrainian-Polish border offering aid and support to refugees fleeing Ukraine.

Relocations

In March 2022, GEM Bstrong established partnerships with the former first lady of Poland, Jolanta Kwaśniewska, Why Not Travel, and Airbnb. This program relocated 38,744 Ukrainian refugees to over 40 countries and placed 13,624 people in temporary housing. Today our relocation program is ongoing and focused mainly on European travel or Ukrainians returning back home.

Aid Distributions throughout the region

In March 2022, GEM activated its partnership with professional military NGOs such as Arial Recovery Group and many others. During this period, getting aid inside Ukraine required highly advanced tactics and methods. Since then, GEM has now established partnerships with over 150 vetted Ukrainian and European NGOs. To date, we have sent over 750 trucks into the region spanning 170 towns and cities. GEM and our partners have been distributing vital supplies to multiple towns on a daily basis for the last 10 months as the crisis continues.

Phase 2: The Gap Period​​

Due to the unique circumstances in Ukraine, it’s critical that aid continues to flow to the millions of in country displaced persons who are currently moving around from city to city to avoid bombings. This is called the gap period.

Smart Classes

Smart Classes are an education initiative to provide displaced children with classrooms and resources to continue their schooling. In partnership with SmartAid, classes have been established in Poland, Romania, Moldova, and Ukraine. Every classroom is equipped with all the technology needed for students to maintain their learning, while following the Ukrainian Ministry of Education’s curriculum.

Government Partnership

In May 2022, GEM and UA partner Life Quality established memorandums of understanding with many regional governors and mayors throughout Ukraine. GEM supplies these regional government hubs with aid and winterization supplies on a weekly basis. Government partnerships in place with Bucha, Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Poltava, Vinnytsia, Odessa, Mykolaiv and Kviv regions.

Supporting newly liberated towns and cities

Recently many areas of Ukraine have been successfully liberated. Some of these villages, cities, and regions had seen up to 8 months of occupation, where access to proper resources were unavailable. Those in these regions have not seen outside assistance this entire time, and were at direct risk during the occupation period. Our GEM Ukraine team works closely with local government, partners, and intel to bring aid into these recently liberated areas within days, such as Kherson, Donetsk, Iziym, Avdiivka, and many more. Again, these individuals have not had any outside aid or assistance and this is the first relief they have had in months.

Winterization

With average temperatures of below 0 Celsius, the approaching winter has been a concern for the last few months. GEM was able to plan accordingly for this cold weather and has been supplying life-saving aid beforehand. This includes thousands of warm blankets and bedding, generators, small space heaters, fire starter kits, and more. Additionally, our rebuilding efforts were extra necessary in order to quickly repair broken windows and heating units before temperatures dropped and rain and snow fell.

Invincibility

The Ukraine government & President’s office has created thousands of ‘Invincibility Points’ throughout the country, offering a space where locals can come get hot meals, access to device chargers, a warm space, supplies, and community support. GEM is presently supporting over 200 of these points, providing self-heating warm meals, blankets, generators, and other area-specific supplies. As more of these points are established, we will be able to assist many more locals routinely throughout Ukraine.

Phase 3: Sustainable Development

GEM, in partnership with Life Quality, has activated its Phase 3 rebuild programs in response to an overwhelming desire for Ukrainians to return back home to a sense a normalcy and hope for the future.

Vital Repairs

These repairs include supplying communities with sustenance supplies until they are fully back up and running. During this phase, we have committed to rebuilding and light repair work on hundreds of homes, apartment buildings, schools, medical centers, and more. These projects have allowed for hundreds of people to return to their homes, thousands of students to return to school, and for the local economy to be refreshed. All rebuild work is performed in low-risk areas where critical risk assessment measures have been taken.

Front Line Support

In partnership with the Howard G. Buffet Foundation, major distributions along the active front lines have been taking place in the most needed areas. These communities are the hardest to reach and can be without support for months on end. We have been able to supply dozens of villages with Family Necessity Kits, generators, blankets, and more. We send multiple semi-trucks to these regions weekly.

Featured Missions

Floods
2023
United States
Extreme rain throughout California left over 8 million residents under flood watch. After many areas of the state received over half their annual rainfall since just December 26th, flooding, mudslides, and extreme winds were all risks being faced.
Earthquakes
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2022
Indonesia
On November 21st, on the Java island, a powerful earthquake struck. The 6.9 magnitude disaster hit near the major city of Cianjur, destroying thousands of buildings and causing heavy landslides.
Hurricanes
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2022
Bahamas
On November 10,2022 Tropical Storm Nicole made landfall as a Category 1 Hurricane along the east coast of Florida just south of Vero beach. Our team responded immediately following the storm prepared and ready to deploy whatever assistance is needed.
Hurricanes
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2022
Caribbean
Hurricane Lisa intensified into the Caribbean waters, and made landfall in Belize in northern Guatemala. GEM responded immediately by deploying a team & sending containers.
Hurricanes
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2022
United States
On September 24, 2022 CAT4 Hurricane Ian caused catastrophic damage along the SW coast of Florida leaving thousands of survivors devasted.GEM Bstrong, in partnership with Dade County, deployed teams, loaded trucks and established partnerships in the areas affected.
Hurricanes
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2022
Caribbean
On September 18,2022, Hurricane Fiona causing catastrophic flooding and power outages in various municipalities in Puerto Rico. GEM BStrong, alongside our longtime partner #Yonomequito, have been on the ground providing family necessity kits and water.
Floods
2022
Pakistan
On June 14 2022, monsoon rains triggered the most severe flooding in Pakistan’s recent history. Over one third of Pakistan was under water; tens of millions of residents have been affected, and hundreds of thousands have been displaced from their homes.
Fires
2022
United States
In late July, with 100’s of structures destroyed and at least four-related deaths the Oak Fire and McKinney Fire burn throughout California.
Floods
2022
United States
Severe flooding across eastern Kentucky caused 40 deaths. Homes destroyed and roads washed out, leaving communities isolated.
Fires
2022
Europe
The total number of wildfires in the European Union since the beginning of 2022 is almost four times the 15-year average for the same time period.
Tragedy
2022
United States
On May 24, 2022, a gunman fatally shot nineteen students and two teachers and wounded many others at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Fires
2022
United States
Over 1,000 firefighters backed by bulldozers and aircraft battled the largest active wildfire in the U.S. on Saturday after strong winds pushed it across some containment lines.