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 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

Yemen Crisis

In war-torn Yemen, 85,000 children may have died from starvation since start of crisis. 13 million people face starvation – many of them children. 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 MORE ABOUT SYRIAN REFUGEES


Coronavirus Outbreak

With each day, the risks to the psychological impact the Coronavirus pandemic can have on children grows. Children living in quarantine or possibly being separated from their families are especially vulnerable. While school closings can cause disruption to children’s education. LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR RESPONSE

Venezuela Regional Crisis

Economic collapse and internal conflict is driving millions of Venezuelans from their home. 3 million people are now displaced, including thousands of vulnerable children. Girls and boys are suffering from deadly illnesses, malnutrition and emotional trauma. They need your help now. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CRISIS

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

Rohingya Crisis

In 2017, violence in Myanmar lead to the fastest moving exodus of people – the Rohingya people – since the Rwandan genocide. Close to three years later, nearly one million refugees have arrived in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, the world’s largest refugee settlement. 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


Climate Crisis in the Horn of Africa

A climate crisis, where the rising of global temperatures is creating extreme weather, including severe heat waves and drought, is creating a widespread humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa. GET THE LATEST


Ebola Crisis

Save the Children is racing to fight against the deadly Ebola outbreak in the hardest-hit Beni region of the DRC. Since the first reported outbreak in August 2018, more than 2,300 cases have been reported in the rural and secluded eastern part of the country – including hundreds of children. LEARN ABOUT OUR RESPONSE

Stop the War on Children

War and conflict are having a devastating effect on millions of children around the world. Nearly 1 in every 5 children in the world is affected by conflict. Today, 100 years after our first mission, our Stop the War on Children campaign is focusing on reaching more children with emergency assistance and lobbying world leaders to do more to protect children caught up in war. LEARN MORE TAKE ACTION

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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