Emergency Response Programs

In times of crisis, when children are at their most vulnerable, Save the Children is there. We are always at the ready — and always among the first agencies that help during natural disasters. Delivering lifesaving emergency relief. And staying as long as it takes to ensure children and families can recover from the losses, restore their lives and build their resilience for years to come. Wherever and whenever children need us most, we are there.

Children and Natural Disasters

No one knows when the next earthquake, flood or tsunami will strike. But we do know children are severely affected by natural disasters. They also suffer greatly during conflict, drought and disease outbreaks. Save the Children’s natural disaster response and emergency relief programs help protect vulnerable boys and girls during disasters and their aftermath.

Current Disaster Relief and Emergency Response

Hunger and Famine Crisis

Conflict and the worst drought in 70 years has left 20 million children and adults in Somalia, South Sudan, northeast Nigeria and other parts of Africa – as well as Yemen – in urgent need of food and water. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE HUNGER AND FAMINE CRISIS


Syrian Refugee

Syria has been a living nightmare for children and families tormented by years of war and unimaginable hardship. As hundreds of thousands flee for their lives, your help is desperately needed. LEARN MORE ABOUT SYRIAN REFUGEES



Since August 2017, 688,000 Rohingya children and families have fled to Bangladesh following a rapid and alarming escalation of violence in northern Rakhine State, Myanmar. Save the Children is working around the clock to ensure Rohingya children and their families are supported in their basic human rights. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS CRISIS


Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey was the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in over 50 years. More than 3 million children were affected by the catastrophic storm, which displaced more than 1 million people and damaged over 200,000 homes in a path of destruction. SEE MORE ABOUT OUR RESPONSE

Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico with catastrophic levels of rain and winds up to 155 miles per hour. Roofs were ripped off buildings; power was knocked out for the entire island. READ ON FOR MORE INFORMATION

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma was the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic. After tearing its way across a string of Caribbean islands and up through Florida, Hurricane Irma left behind a trail of devastation – and put 4 million children at risk. GET MORE ABOUT HURRICANE IRMA

Historical Emergencies

From our very beginnings, Save the Children has made it our mission to save the lives of boys and girls in danger around the world. In times of crisis, we’re always among the first to respond, working to keep children safe and helping families rebuild their lives. VIEW PAST EMERGENCIES


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