About Ukraine Children’s Action Project (UCAP)

Who we are

The Ukraine Children’s Action Project was established to assess and support the urgent needs of displaced children who have escaped from a brutal Russian invasion that began on February 24, 2022. Since that time, nearly 2/3 of Ukraine’s children under age 15 have fled besieged areas in eastern regions of the nation. Many of these children have been severely traumatized and/or have been unable to continue their education. But when the war/ terror campaign is over, they must be ready and able to return to Ukraine as an essential part of the nation’s future.

Our Mission

UCAP works with local officials, non-governmental organizations and national government officials in Ukraine and countries that are hosting Ukrainian refugees.

Our mission is to optimize the health, well-being and education of children who have been separated by war, with and without their families, from their homes and communities.

We have also expanded our reach to work with children in Ukraine who are impacted every day by the fear of missile and drone attacks, the lack of access to electricity, internet, and clean water and the growing unpredictability of their education. Besides direct grants and partnerships to assist and support Ukraine’s children, UCAP periodically serves in an advisory capacity to Ukraine’s governmental officials and policy makers.


Dr. Irwin Redlener

UCAP Co-founder / President and CEO

Karen Redlener

UCAP Co-Founder / Executive Director

Yuliia Kardash

UCAP Regional Director

Kevin McCabe

Director of Communications

UCAP Advisory Board

Joan Baez

Singer, portrait artist, and social activist

John Cusack

Actor, screenwriter, and social activist

Harold Koplewicz

MD, Ph.D., founding president, Child Mind Institute


Senior lecturer, Harvard School of Public Health & co-founder, John Snow, Inc.

Brad Paisley


Michael Keaton


Paul Simon


Timothy Snyder

Ph.D., Richard Levin Professor of History and Global Affairs, Yale University

Rafal Trzaskowski

Mayor of Warsaw, Poland

Nicolle Wallace

Anchor, Deadline White House

Randi Weingarten

President, American Federation of Teachers

Ongoing Projects