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We equip medical professionals saving lives in Ukraine

About us

Leleka Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded in December 2014 when several Ukrainians living in the United States joined their efforts with several volunteer initiatives in Ukraine to procure and distribute medical and first-aid supplies to paramedics, emergency crews, and hospitals in the wake of the 2014 Russian aggression in the Eastern Ukraine and Crimea.

Since then, we have gained unique expertise in tactical combat care and emergency trauma supplies, allowing us to know precisely what the front-line medical professionals need to save precious lives.

In the time of a full-blown Russia's war against Ukraine in 2022, we are focused on the urgent delivery of critical medical supplies to Ukraine’s defenders and civilians. For this purpose, we have established the most efficient supply and logistics chains to deliver medical supplies to Ukraine and distribute them as humanitarian aid to end users on the front lines. 

In 2023, the non-profit organization "Leleka Foundation" in the USA, registered as a 501(c)(3) entity, and the "Leleka-Ukraine Charitable Foundation" in Ukraine are collaborating on an initiative with a focus on charitable activities.

Leleka Foundation is wholly volunteer-run. We strive to keep admin overhead to minimum, so 99% of your donations go towards saving lives in Ukraine.

Ukrainian word ‘LELEKA‘ translates as ‘stork’ into English. In Ukrainian culture, a stork symbolizes peace, happiness, home and family.

Our focus is

Procuring emergency medical supplies and first aid kits for Ukraine’s defenders and civilians


First-aid kits distributed to defenders of Ukraine


Fully equipped medical backpacks distributed to medical professionals

Current urgent projects

Our current projects are focused on first aid, evacuation, and definitive care of war casualties in Ukraine. As Ukraine bravely fights Russia’s brutal unprovoked invasion, our team around the world works tirelessly to help save as many lives in Ukraine as possible. We are one of the few volunteer-run charities solely focused on medical causes for Ukraine. Since 24 February 2022, we have raised over $5.5 million in donations from individuals, businesses, and non-profits all over the world.

Tactical first aid supplies

Leleka’s core activity is providing high-quality modern tactical first aid supplies to Ukrainian defenders, field doctors and emergency teams. Our major focus is on fully stocked medical backpacks and other rare devices for front-line medics. A single backpack is equipped to save 10+ lives by treating all major types of combat trauma. Often times, field medics are the only source of medical help in the war zone for both soldiers and civilians. 


Our team on the ground collects information about needs directly from front-line medics, therefore we always know which supplies are most needed and where from first hands. Our efficient supply and logistics chain takes 1.5-2 weeks on average from order to receipt by end users in Ukraine.


Medical evacuation vehicles

It is widely considered that a critical injury casualty has better chances of survival if they get to the surgery within an hour (known as Golden Hour rule). Therefore, swift medical evacuation is key to survival of the wounded soldiers. Still, a regular ambulance is not able to support evacuation from remote locations because of road conditions and heavy fighting.

Within our medevac project, we purchase ambulances and off-road vehicles in Europe, refurbish and equip them to combat medical evacuation needs and transfer to the units located in the hottest spots in Eastern and Southern Ukraine.

Hospital equipment

Given the scale and brutality of Russian attacks, Ukrainian hospitals are overwhelmed with casualties and heavily lack modern equipment and supplies to treat severe bombing and shelling wounds. 

Our dedicated team works directly with hospitals to identify their needs and purchase critical devices, either on our own or jointly with partners. This includes VAC devices, portable ultrasound and X-ray machines, surgical supplies and many more.



Contact us

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Leleka Foundation

380 Hamilton Ave #291

Palo Alto, CA 94302

United States

+1 202 929-1975

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