Global Emergency Response Programs
Save the Children does 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. Together, we reached more than 183 million children, including 837,000 here in the United States. Learn more about our history of emergency response.
Children and Disasters
When disaster strikes, children are the most vulnerable. When the people, places and routines they depend on for safety and wellbeing are affected by upheaval, children cannot adjust on their own. Save the Children has created more child-friendly spaces than any other humanitarian organization.
Current Disaster Relief and Global Emergency Responses
The Global Hunger Crisis
A global food crisis brought on by the conflict in Ukraine brings new threats to children. COVID-19 is adding to the impacts of conflict and climate change to push millions of children across the world to the verge of starvation. LEARN MORE
Eastern Kentucky Floods
Deadly and destructive flooding across eastern Kentucky is putting children at great risk, threatening their homes, schools and communities. Hundreds of children and families have lost everything. In the wake of the devastating flooding, kids are left vulnerable and unsure as to what the future may hold. LEARN MORE
The Ukraine crisis, which started in 2014, has already forced at least 1.5 million people from their homes. The recent escalation in hostilities in Ukraine has put at least 7.5 million children in grave danger of physical harm, severe emotional distress displacement. LEARN MORE
As the United States begins welcoming newly arriving Afghan refugees, Save the Children has mobilized to meet their most urgent needs. We stand committed to the Afghan people and our commitment to stay and deliver in Afghanistan, where we've been working since 1976. LEARN MORE
The Climate Crisis
The threat posed to children and their rights by the climate crisis is real, and it is urgent. Its impacts are built into children’s futures, even if we are able to curb global emissions. LEARN MORE
U.S. Border Crisis
Innocent children have been forced to flee their homes due to violence, gangs and crushing poverty in Latin America. Separation and detention are devastating children and families. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, Save the Children is helping migrant children and their families. READ MORE
In war-torn Yemen, 85,000 children may have died from starvation since the start of the crisis. As the largest aid organization in Yemen, Save the Children is on the ground, working to help the most vulnerable survive and stay safe. SUPPORT YEMEN RELIEF
Syrian Conflict and Refugee Crisis
Syria has been a living nightmare for children and families tormented by years of war and unimaginable hardship. As millions flee for their lives, your help is desperately needed. LEARN ABOUT SYRIAN REFUGEES
After a devastating explosion in the Lebanese capital of Beirut, children and families already facing COVID-19, as well as economic and political crisis, are more vulnerable than ever. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CRISIS
In 2017, violence in Myanmar led to the fastest moving exodus of people – the Rohingya people – since the Rwandan genocide. Amid a global pandemic, nearly one million people remain stranded in Cox's Bazar, the largest refugee camp in the world. We are working to treat COVID-19 cases and support the basic human rights of Rohingya families. LEARN MORE
Venezuela Regional Crisis
Economic collapse and internal conflict is driving millions of Venezuelans from their homes. Before COVID-19, the UN estimated 7 million people, or 25% of the population, were in need of humanitarian assistance. Now, closed borders and isolation measures due to coronavirus are exacerbating their already dire circumstances. Children need your help now. LEARN MORE
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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