Global Emergency Response

In times of crisis, when children are at their most vulnerable, Save the Children is there – as we have been 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, delivering lifesaving emergency relief and 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. Wherever and whenever children need us most, we’re there.

Thanks to you, Save the Children responded to 121 emergencies across 61 countries last year, directly reaching over 17 million people, including over 10 million children.

Two boys James, 6 and Heshima, 8 hold large yellow water jugs. They stand in a dusty, dried-up river bed in Turkana County, Kenya. Photo credit: Peter Caton/Save the Children, July 2017. Two boys James, 6 and Heshima, 8 hold large yellow water jugs. They stand in a dusty, dried-up river bed in Turkana County, Kenya. Photo credit: Peter Caton/Save the Children, July 2017. Two boys James, 6 and Heshima, 8 hold large yellow water jugs. They stand in a dusty, dried-up river bed in Turkana County, Kenya. Photo credit: Peter Caton/Save the Children, July 2017.

Your Results: The Highlights








CATASTROPHIC DROUGHT

Spurred by conflict, economic shocks and the worst drought in seven decades, a hunger crisis of catastrophic proportions is affecting millions across multiple countries. Our relief experts are on the ground, saving lives, alleviating hunger, protecting children and restoring learning and livelihoods. SEE DETAILS

SYRIA’S CHILDREN IN CONFLICT

Some 13.5 million people inside Syria remained in dire need last year. Neighboring countries strained to accommodate families forced to flee. And refugee camps grew, while conditions deteriorated. Thanks to you, we delivered essential help and hope to 4.2 million people, including 2.7 million children. SEE DETAILS

ROHINGYA CRISIS RESPONSE

When violence escalated in Myanmar, nearly 700,000 people from the ethnic Rohingya minority fled for their lives, seeking refuge in Bangladesh. Many arrived exhausted, sick and hungry. We scaled up lifesaving relief efforts, distributing essentials, providing care and protecting vulnerable children. SEE DETAILS






















Global Leadership

8 Organizations, 1 Goal
In response to the unprecedented scale of last year’s hunger crisis, affecting over 20 million people, Save the Children helped create the Global Emergency Response Coalition, the first-of-its-kind humanitarian alliance in the U.S., made up of eight of the world’s largest and most respected international aid organizations. Our goal: saving millions of children and families in need. To raise awareness of this major effort, coalition members and partners rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange in July.

Because Children Can’t Wait
When it comes to children in crisis, every moment counts. Thanks to your generous support of our Children’s Emergency Fund (CEF), we are ever at the ready for vulnerable children when crisis strikes. Not only does this vital resource enable us to rapidly launch humanitarian responses, we can also roll out preparedness, risk-reduction and training programs to ensure our responses are as effective as possible. In 2017, your CEF support helped provide lifesaving aid in 66 emergencies across 40 countries, including the United States.

Transforming Emergency Health Care
Launched in 2015, Save the Children’s Emergency Health Unit (EHU) consists of immediately deployable teams with the ideal combination of medical and operational specialists, strategically positioned in emergency-prone areas around the world and fully equipped with the best tools for the job. We can deploy our EHU teams within a matter of hours, so the right specialists can provide the right treatment, right from the start, when children’s lives are on the line. 2017 was the most challenging year yet for our EHU, which deployed a record seven times in response to some of the most difficult humanitarian crises, reaching 200,000 people.

 

The Year’s Top Videos: Global Emergency Response

With no place to call home, many refugees are forced to flee horrific violence with nothing more than what they can carry. Watch Christine's story to learn why she made the heartbreaking decision to leave everything behind. See more top videos below.

The Refugee Child Experience: A Scripted Story

This Is Hunger, Their Survival at Stake

What You Need to Know: The Rohingya Crisis

Our Emergency Health Unit (EHU)

Your Results: The Details

CATASTROPHIC DROUGHT
Spurred by conflict, economic shocks and the worst drought in seven decades, a hunger crisis of catastrophic proportions spread across Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen and Nigeria. Millions more in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Niger also required urgent assistance. Facing severe hunger and even starvation, children were also exposed to disease, lacked access to school, and were at risk of abuse and recruitment into militia. Many millions were forced to flee in desperation. Our relief experts are right now on the ground, saving lives, alleviating hunger, protecting children and restoring learning and livelihoods. Thanks to you, we’re reaching millions, and our vital work continues.

SYRIA’S CHILDREN IN CONFLICT
2017 marked six years of brutal war. Some 13.5 million people inside Syria remain in dire need of life’s essentials. Neighboring countries strained to accommodate desperate families, forced to flee. Refugee camps grew in number and size, and conditions deteriorated. Meanwhile, innocent children had no choice but to grow up knowing nothing but the nightmare of war. Throughout it all, Save the Children was there. Thanks to you, we delivered essential help and hope to 4.2 million people, including 2.7 million children.

ROHINGYA CRISIS RESPONSE
When violence escalated in Myanmar, nearly 700,000 children and adults from the ethnic Rohingya minority fled for their lives, seeking refuge in Bangladesh. Many arrived exhausted, sick and hungry. Save the Children has a strong regional presence in south Asia, and we scaled up lifesaving relief efforts last year. We distributed food and essential supplies. We provided medical care, shelter, sanitation and hygiene. Our child-friendly spaces provided safe places for children to learn, play and cope with trauma. And we helped protect vulnerable children from trafficking, abuse and further violence. We also advocated for the rights of Rohingya’s children and families.

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