In view of the Ukraine war, the Germans are willing to donate generously. A whopping 812 million euros has already been collected for those affected by the war in and from Ukraine. This is the highest amount donated since the end of World War II.
The Germans donated more money to Ukraine than to any other disaster since the end of World War II. So far, 812 million euros have been raised for people in and from Ukraine affected by the war, according to a survey by the German Central Institute for Social Issues (DZI) among the eleven aid organizations and donation alliances.
In fact, the monetary donations for Ukraine are likely to be even higher because many smaller initiatives are also raising money that were not recorded by the survey. According to the DZI, the great commitment of the population in Germany is also reflected in voluntary work and in donations in kind, which can hardly be quantified in monetary terms.
The previous donation record after the tsunami in Southeast Asia in 2004 was 670 million euros. According to the DZI, taking into account the development of the monetary value, the amount of donations at that time is still the highest, because compared to today's price level it corresponds to a value of 904 million euros.
The willingness to donate and support Ukraine is still high. "However, the volume of money and things donated every day has decreased," explained DZI Managing Director Burkard Wilke. Above all, transparent reports on the successful use of donations made and on concrete further needs could now contribute to new or additional donations.
At the same time, Wilke emphasized that, in addition to helping people in and from Ukraine, there is still a great need for donations, for example because of the hunger crisis in Sudan and other African countries. This part of the world is also "urgently dependent on help from the world community".