Two young girls sit in front of their home after it was destroyed by Typhoon Hagupit, Eastern Samar. Save the Children provided their family with an emergency shelter kit and other essential items. Photo Credit: Jonathan Hyams/Save the Children 2014.

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.

Responding to Emergencies

What You Need to Know

Save the Children responds to three basic types of emergencies — each type determines the nature and scale of our support. They are:

  • Sudden-Onset Emergency: earthquakes, floods, landslides, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, cyclones, industrial accidents, and war or political reprisals.
  • Slow-Onset Emergency: drought, desertification, deforestation, pest infestations, epidemics, pandemics, and war or political reprisals.
  • Complex Emergency: internal and external dislocation, famine, war and civil breakdown.

Who is at Greatest Risk?

Save the Children believes in the rights of all individuals to receive aid in an emergency, based on need. However, women and children face disproportionate risks in emergencies, such as forcible displacement and human rights violations, so emergency responses often are planned to meet their immediate needs.

In emergencies, children are particularly vulnerable to being separated from their families, recruited into armed forces, exploited sexually and made victims of gender-based violence, such as rape. Groups particularly at risk during an emergency include: disabled children, child combatants, gender-based violence survivors, adolescents, out-of-school youth, unaccompanied minors and orphans.


In keeping with our programming principles, Save the Children develops and maintains a range of different local and international partnerships with INGOs, CBOs 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 complementary assistance.

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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