Refugee Children Crisis

Child Refugee girl

EMERGENCY ALERT

Caught in the crossfire of conflict and crisis, millions of innocent children have been forced to flee from their homes, their schools and everything they once knew. Their childhoods left behind in the desperate search for refuge.

Save the Children is doing whatever it takes to ensure refugee children are growing up healthy, educated and safe – so they can have the future every child deserves.

Save the Children is working nonstop supporting refugee girls and boys, helping them survive, and thrive. Whether in camps, on the move, or in host-communities, our caring workers are helping refugee children from Syria, South Sudan, Burundi and other countries marred by violence and persecution.

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Save the Children is doing whatever it takes to ensure refugee children are growing up healthy, educated and safe – so they can have the future every child deserves.


HOW YOU CAN HELP

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$140 can provide a refugee child with nutritious food for a month, including milk and bread

Orphan Supplies on Valentine's Day

$300 can help provide educational materials and art supplies to help children express difficult emotions

Orphan Supplies on Valentine's Day

$500 can reunite families torn apart by war by providing a tracing and reunification kit


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OTHER WAYS TO HELP

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Fundraise for Refugee Children

Volunteer fundraisers are teaming up to make a difference for refugee children. Your generosity will provide relief to children who have nothing left but hope.

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Search. Rescue. Save.

Too many children have escaped the horrors of war, only to drown on overcrowded boats bound for Europe. Help save a child from drowning at sea.

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When a family loses everything, even the most basic items become priceless. Help provide families with familiy refugee emergency kits.

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Sponsor a Refugee Child Like Mohanad

Children make up more than half of the world’s 21.3 million refugees. Many have known nothing but war, deprivation and fear. They aren’t in school and often struggle to find the basic essentials – their lives and futures at risk.


You can help. By sponsoring a refugee child in Egypt, like Mohanad*, you can be a hero in his life and in the lives of other children in his community. With your steady support, they’ll finally have the chance to grow up healthy, learning and safe.

Because every child, everywhere, deserves a future.


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FACTS ABOUT THE REFUGEE CRISIS

  • Worldwide, 21.3 million refugees, half of them children, have left everything behind to escape conflict, violence and persecution
  • Many have experienced profound physical and emotional traumas
  • Some are missing years of school, severely compromising their futures
  • Children travelling alone are especially vulnerable – if they make it at all
  • Others are starved out of their homelands due to drought and conflict


SAVE THE CHILDREN'S RESPONSE

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Save the Children has been responding to crises around the world for almost 100 years. Since the refugee crisis erupted, we’ve been doing whatever it takes to help them survive and thrive in:

Syria

Chased by bombs and guns, nearly 5 million Syrian refugees have fled across the globe. Sadly, 2 in 3 children have suffered a war-related loss – lost a loved one, had their house bombed or endured injuries. Half of children no longer in school – missing out on critical learning, stability and friendship. Get more facts

Syrian refugee boy stares at the sea
Save the Children staff member holds Syrian refugee boy


Egypt

Egypt hosts more than 200,000 refugees, mostly from Syria and others from Iraq and several troubled African nations. Save the Children is not only helping refugees, but host-communities straining to accommodate so many people in need. Find out more

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Child refugee naps at local Egypt center
Refugee child cries

Ethiopia

Hungry Children in Ethiopia

Nearly 750,000 refugees from countries facing conflict in East Africa now live in Ethiopia. Our relief workers are protecting, educating and feeding children in refugee camps as well as helping surrounding communities withstand a deadly drought that has devastated the food supply. Learn more

Kenya

Starving Children in Kenya

Kenya is home to more than half a million refugees, mostly from Somalia and South Sudan. We're working in Dadaab refugee camp to improve access to schooling and ensure that children are protected from harm. Learn more

Lebanon

One in four people in Lebanon is a Syrian refugee. We have reached over 530,000 Syrian refugees here, including 313,000 children, with critical protection, education, food and shelter assistance. Find out more

Child refugee in Lebanon holds her hands for warmth
Save the Children staff member talks with recently arrived refugee woman


South Sudan

Children in the world’s youngest nation are enduring a deepening crisis. Since the outbreak of fighting in 2013, humanitarian needs in South Sudan have escalated to alarming levels and 2.1 million people have been forced to flee their homes. Get more facts

Uganda

Uganda — a country already hosting more than 1 million refugees - has been straining to help an ever-growing number of South Sudanese refugees. Our Emergency Health Unit has been deployed to save lives in the wake of a cholera outbreak in the camps. Learn more

Refugee boy from South Sudan with his father
Refugee families arriving at Uganda refugee center
Refugee boy waiting with his family at Uganda border

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