U-Saved aims to put beneficiaries and civil society organisations back at the centre of the humanitarian response, thereby promoting aid effectiveness in compliance with international humanitarian law. It is organized around two sister NGOs, French and Ukrainian, which were set up in the first weeks after the outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine and bring together different volunteer movements to help the civilian populations affected by the war.
Closer to the field, with a better knowledge of the context and the population, with more flexibility, the aim is to renew with the efficiency of humanitarian aid for more support arriving to the most vulnerable with the necessary accountability to donors and beneficiaries, and the greater humanitarian impact.
- An inspiration : The exceptional solidarity shown by Ukrainian society through a unique network volunteers.
- An observation : These initiatives, supported by volunteers from all over the world, have proved to be unequalled in their effectiveness and, above all, indispensable to Ukrainians.
- An objective : To act as a catalyst for solidarity by creating a link between those who give and those who receive, with concrete projects decided with the people in need and the volunteers, ensuring that the aid reaches their hands quickly, effectively and cost-effectively.
U-Saved is involved in a range of activities as close to the front line as possible, working with the most vulnerable populations :
- Food distribution
- Water distribution
- NFI (Non-Food Items) distribution
- Hygiene distribution
- Evacuation and protection
- Child protection
When human lives are at stake, every coin counts.
1. To provide humanitarian aid.
To provide humanitarian aid, and to carry out actions of solidarity, to the most vulnerable populations as a result of political, ethnic, economic or social oppression, war, disaster, ecological threat or any other situation of crisis, emergency or underdevelopment.
2. To improve.
To support the improvement of processes aimed at bringing aid to population in need.
3. To bring people together.
To bring people together by any means, including digital means, to enable exchanges to create and strengthen solidarity.
4. To be transparent.
To collect and disseminate information on the situations encountered to the public, the media, decision-makers and those involved in solidarity, using various means of expression and initiatives.
litres of water
loaves of bread
homes and shelter delivered with specific materials
U-saved participates in various volunteer activities and tries to increase the amount of assistance
U-Saved has developed its own monthly food parcels, tailored to the nutritional needs and eating habits of the local population, which are distributed in particular to the most vulnerable families with children.
Non-Food Items (NFI) are an essential component of humanitarian aid and cover a wide ranger of items : hygiene products, winterization items (blankets, lamps, wood stoves, heating, etc.), cooking equipment (electric cookers, kitchen sets, etc).
We provide free home rehabilitation to war-affected or vulnerable households, offering repairs such as windows, roofs, plumbing, and electrical work.
U-Saved conducts critical evacuations from frontline areas such as Donetsk, Kharkiv, Zaporizhia and Kherson to safer cities, protecting residents from harm and providing refuge away from conflict zones to ensure their safety and well-being.
U-Saved provides essential water distribution services in crisis zones, giving communities affected by conflict or disaster life-saving access to clean water.
U-Saved aims to support children’s learning and individual and social development by providing access to safe learning environments.
U-Saved Online Report Platform
Tables, photos, interactive map, graphs - all report information.
Sophie STEPANOFF is specialized in project and team management for the benefit of vulnerable groups: 5 years in the emergency humanitarian aid sector, 9 years in the field of the fight against AIDS, malaria and diabetes as director of an association, then 7 years in the medico-social sector. Currently in a management position in 2 accommodation establishments for people with disabilities in Marseille, commitment and work with the most vulnerable groups are the driving force behind her professional career.
FRANCOIS DUPAQUIERFOUNDER & HONORARY MEMBER
François Dupaquier is a jurist in international law, and a humanitarian expert specialized in evaluation and operational strategies. He has more than 20 years of experience in dozens of political crises and armed conflicts around the world. He has worked closely with many NGOs, bilateral and multilateral agencies. He heads “FrontView” a consulting firm focusing on humanitarian and accountability issues, which evaluates and audits humanitarian and development projects of NGOs, donors and international organizations. He is also an audiovisual producer and a novelist for Flammarion editions.
GALLA BRIDIERBOARD MEMBER
After studying political science, Galla got involved in humanitarian aid in Central Asia, Indonesia and Chechnya. Back in France, she founded an association to help Chechen women who were victims of violence and campaigned for the right to housing. She worked for several years as a manager in a social housing office in Seine-Saint-Denis. In 2014, she was elected in the Paris municipal elections and became Councilor of Paris to the environmental group then deputy mayor in charge of seniors and autonomy. After a stint as director of autonomy for the Gard department, she joined a Franco-Ukrainian company just before the war. She then founded the association “For mothers of Ukraine” which welcomes mothers and their children in France.
CARPENTIER PIERREMEMBER OF THE BOARD
A graduate of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Lille and ESLSCA, Pierre Carpentier joined the Banque Transatlantique Group in 2004, where he has since worked in asset management and investment. Today, after six years' experience with the bank's Belgian branch, he is Director of Management and Sustainable Finance at the bank's Société de Gestion. One of Banque Transatlantique's major functions is to support its customers in the development of their philanthropic projects. Pierre is a member of the Investment Committee of the Fonds de Dotation Transatlantique, created twelve years ago. Pierre has also joined the Garde Républicaine Civil Reserve in June 2023. In this capacity, he is responsible for the development of this elite corps.
The main aims of the Edelweiss organisation are to search for missing persons and to provide psychological, legal and humanitarian assistance to the families of missing persons. It organises events and exhibitions to support the families of missing persons, informs the public about people who have disappeared during the armed conflict in Donbass and seeks donors to help the families of missing persons, isolated elderly people and other vulnerable social groups (extended families and internally displaced people). It works mainly in the Donetsk region.
MERIAM YOLMEMBER OF THE VOLUNTEERS COMMITTEE, ORGANISATION – VOLUNTERSKA UA
Volunterska UA is mainly involved in food safety, evacuation, medical support and the distribution of hygiene and basic products. It assists almost 3,500 people a week, particularly in the de-occupied territories of Kharkiv region.
ANDRII KHYZHNIIMEMBER OF THE VOLUNTEERS COMMITTEE, ORGANISATION - AMULET OF LIFE
The NGO "Oberih Zhyttia" was founded in June 2023 by a team of active, proactive residents of Zaporizhzhia and internally displaced persons from the cities of Poloh, Melitopol, Tokmak, and Berdiansk. The NGO "Oberig Zhyttia" works closely with various foundations and NGOs from Zaporizhzhia and other cities of Ukraine. To ensure fruitful cooperation, the organisation has signed memoranda of cooperation with the Zaporizhzhia territorial community, the Polog territorial community and other communities of the Zaporizhzhia region, as well as local foundations and NGOs in Zaporizhzhia. Work is underway to cooperate with foreign partners, and in August a memorandum of cooperation was signed with the French charitable foundation U-SAVED.
SVITLANA KASHUBAMEMBER OF THE BOARD
U-Saved Federation aims at building the capacities of its local partners, and working on innovative approaches in terms of project management.
SERHII MOKREEVMEMBER OF THE VOLUNTEERS COMMITTEE, ORGANISATION - MISTO H
Misto H operates in the de-occupied territories of Kharkiv.
FRANCOIS DUPAQUIERFOUNDER & HONORARY MEMBER
François Dupaquier is a jurist in international law, and a humanitarian expert specialized in evaluation and operational strategies. He has more than 20 years of experience in dozens of political crises and armed conflicts around the world. He has worked closely with many NGOs, bilateral and multilateral agencies. He heads “FrontView” a consulting firm focusing on humanitarian and accountability issues, which evaluates and audits humanitarian projects of NGOs, donors and international organizations. He is also an audiovisual producer and a novelist for Flammarion editions.