Save the Children's animal ambassador Dakota Fanning joins children at a special Katrina-anniversary "Prep Rally" for New Orleans children at Treme Community Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo Credit: Lee Celano/Save the Children 2015.

Children's Emergency Fund
Nobody knows when the next crisis will strike, but your support helps Save the Children provide assistance in the critical first hours and days of an emergency when children need us most. When generous people like you make your 100% tax-deductible gift, children's lives are saved and their futures are brighter.

Preparing for Emergencies

Save the Children has learned that one of the best ways to save lives in an emergency is to be prepared. The agency works at the country and regional level to build local capacity to collect and analyze information, identify opportunities to reduce vulnerability to disasters, and plan effectively before disaster strikes. At the time of a disaster, prepositioned supplies, combined with a robust and well-trained staff, enable responders to reach a greater number of affected people with timely, lifesaving relief. As history has demonstrated, this critical planning and risk mitigation can dramatically reduce the negative impact of disasters.

Providing Comfort For Kids Who Have None

When crisis strikes, and children have lost everything, food, shelter and safety mean so much. Our emergency responders can provide children and families with supplies and support they need thanks to the generosity of our donors. In our recent emergency responses we were able to provide:

  • Emergency food, including basics such as grain and beans, as well as therapeutic nutrition for children struggling to survive famine and food shortages
  • Hygiene kits containing soap, toothbrush, laundry detergent and more, so that children and their families could stay healthy and clean.
  • Household Kits with blankets, mosquito nets, plastic sheeting, brooms, mattresses, candles and more to provide families safety in the midst of crisis.

Save the Children's ability to respond quickly to emergencies around the world where significant numbers of children are at risk greatly depends on our available resources. By contributing to the Children's Emergency Fund, you enable us to prepare for and respond immediately to children and families who urgently need our help when disasters strike.

Partnering to Prevent Suffering

In keeping with our programming principles, Save the Children develops and maintains a range of different local and international partnerships with other relief organizations, community groups and UN agencies to add value to our emergency work through collaborative approaches. This includes engagement in the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), the IASC as noted above, InterAction, the Emergency Capacity Building (ECB) Project, the Sphere Project, the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR) and others. Save the Children is also engaged in a wide variety of humanitarian partnerships at regional and national levels.

Save the Children's collaborative approaches with the UN in particular are guided by the Global Humanitarian Platform Principles of Partnership, which include equality, transparency, result-orientation, responsibility and complementarity.

Ways You Can Help

Children should be protected in times of crisis and conflict. That's why Save the Children is helping children in the U.S. and around the world prepare for and recover from disasters. As severe weather, crippling poverty and war continue to impact children, your support today can help save lives. Donate to the Children's Emergency Fund.


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