Global Emergency Response Results
The scale of crisis in the world has increased exponentially in recent years. In 2018 alone, 62 million people were affected by extreme weather events and since 2017, 31 million people have been displaced as a direct result of natural disaster or conflict, with children always among the most vulnerable. Thanks to you, Save the Children is doing whatever it takes to be there for children in crisis – as we have for every major humanitarian crisis since World War I. Always at the ready, we are among the first to respond and the last to leave, staying as long as it takes to help children and families recover from their losses, restore their lives and build resilience for years to come.
In 2018, Save the Children responded to 113 emergencies across 58 countries, directly reaching 16 million people, including 9.3 million children. Moreover, your generous support of our Children’s Emergency Fund (CEF) helped provide immediate lifesaving aid in 64 emergencies across 35 countries, including the U.S.
Your Results: The Highlights
WORLD’S WORST CRISIS
Since March 2015, the humanitarian crisis in Yemen has grown into the world’s worst, with 12 million children in urgent need of help. Every day, innocent girls and boys are forced from their homes, struggling to survive bombs, disease and near starvation. We’re working around the clock to help children have enough to eat, get the medical care they need, continue their educations and more. In the past four years, we’ve reached 3 million children – all thanks to supporters like you who are, quite literally, helping save lives.
CHILDHOODS IN CONFLICT
Eight years on, the vast humanitarian crisis created by Syria’s conflict continues to jeopardize the lives and futures of millions of children. Your support sustains our full-scale mission inside Syria and across the region. We’re protecting children from further harm and treating their physical and emotional wounds. And we’re providing food, shelter, warm winter clothing and access to education so they can learn. To date, our work has benefited 3.9 million people, including 2.4 million children.
THEN THE RAINS CAME
The Rohingya crisis began in 2017, when violence rapidly escalated in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, forcing hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingya to flee for their lives. Nearly 1 million people have taken refuge in Cox’s Bazar, where we’re working to address the needs of children and families. Then heavy rains and winds, flooding and landslides threatened lives, damaged shelters and thwarted aid deliveries. Now we’re rebuilding, with a focus on saving lives, protecting vital infrastructure and ensuring our services can safely continue. We’ve reached 780,000 people so far.
RETURN TO LEARNING
Millions of displaced and refugee children are not in school and unlikely to return, putting their futures at risk. To fill this gap, we launched Return to Learning to give children access to education within 30 days of arrival in a host community. We developed and pilot-tested the intervention. Going forward, we’ll train staff and local partners, as well as preposition supplies, so we’re always at the ready to meet children’s educational needs.
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