This World Refugee Day, Your Support Is Needed More Than Ever

Today, for the first time on record, the number of people forced to flee conflict and persecution has reached 100 million. New waves of violence or protracted conflict across the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Myanmar, Nigeria and Afghanistan have contributed to this unprecedented global refugee crisis. 

In Ukraine alone, relentless bombardment has forced nearly 7 million people to flee the country since the start of the war — around half of them children. Sadly, we are facing the fastest and largest displacement of people in Europe since World War II.

Save the Children works tirelessly to provide refugees with lifesaving aid, improve access to education and quality health care, and protect children from exploitation. For World Refugee Day, you can help refugee children around the world, in the hardest-to-reach places. When you sponsor a child this World Refugee Day, you can be sure you’re joining a growing, global community dedicated to doing whatever it takes for refugee children — children like 12-year-old Provy*.

Provy's Story: Life as a Refugee

12-year old Provy* was just two year's old when she and her pregnant mother were forced from their home in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Provy’s father had been killed by rebels in the DRC and the family feared for their safety. 

Today, she lives in the Kyangwali refugee settlement in Uganda and attends a Save the Children-supported school. She enjoys singing and dancing with new friends. She dreams of becoming a nurse when she grows up.

Refugee children like Provy face many challenges. The conflict they have witnessed can have a lasting impact, resulting in a range of mental health and psychosocial problems. Children under extreme stress may also show aggression and withdrawal in their behavior with peers and family members.

However, children in conflict also show remarkable resilience and can recover if appropriate support is provided. That's why Save the Children works tirelessly to support children in conflict, refugee children and all children.

As a lifeline sponsor through Save the Children, you provide crucial support to your sponsorship community and will receive information about children like Provy who benefit from your ongoing commitment. 

How Does My Sponsorship Support Refugee Children?

When you sponsor a refugee child like Provy, we combine your monthly sponsorship donations with other sponsors for maximum impact. You'll help the child you sponsor and other children in the community through nutrition, healthcare and education programs.


Equipping children for a brighter future.


Providing children with access to the essential health care they need.


Ensuring that no child or family goes hungry.

6 Questions About World Refugee Day

When is World Refugee Day 2023?

World Refugee Day is held every year on June 20th. This year, World Refugee Day is on Monday, June 20, 2023.

When was World Refugee Day established?

World Refugee Day was celebrated for the first time on June 20, 2001. The date commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.

Why do we celebrate World Refugee Day?

World Refugee Day brings attention to the ongoing plight of refugees and what can be done to help them.

What happens on World Refugee Day?

World Refugee Day offers us a chance to raise awareness in our own communities about the conditions endured by millions of refugees every day. Together, we have an opportunity to show how everyone can help make a lasting impact on the lives of refugees in need.

What is the difference between National Refugee Day, International Refugee Day and World Refugee Day?

World Refugee Day, also referred to as National Refugee Day and International Refugee Day, is a day designated by the United Nations to raise awareness of the plight of refugees. World Refugee Day also calls attention to global efforts to protect their human rights.

How can I make an impact on World Refugee Day?

On World Refugee Day and every day, you can help children by becoming a sponsor. When you become a sponsor, Save the Children does not give your donation directly to your sponsored child, rather we combine your monthly contribution with the support of other sponsors to help aid projects in your sponsored child’s community – like the refugee community where Provy lives in Uganda.

Other Ways to Help Children on World Refugee Day

On World Refugee Day and throughout the year, there are so many ways you can help refugee children around the world. 

Support Save the Children’s mission. Donate to help children in the U.S. and around the world grow up healthy, educated and safe.

Donate a Refugee Basics Bag
Refugee basics bags are filled with essentials like soap, toothpaste, diapers, and women’s hygiene products.


* Name changed for protection.


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