Help Save Children in Somalia

Somalia is one of the hardest places on earth to be a child. Decades of civil war have left the country mired in poverty and, in many places, without a functioning government. Children in Somalia are facing extreme hunger and a devastating food crisis. Conflict and the worst drought in 70 years have left parts of Somalia on the brink of famine.


While collective humanitarian efforts have saved off a declaration of famine, the projected number of children who are or will be acutely malnourished through August 2018 is now estimated to be 1.2 million. The drought has forced some 40,000 children out of school, as families enlist children to search for water. To date, Save the Children has reached 2.7 million people, including 1.7 million children with our response programs. Please help children in Somalia and throughout drought-ravaged Africa.

The Challenges for Children in Somalia

Enduring extreme poverty, conflict and on the brink of famine, children in Somalia need your help.*

  • 49% of school-age children are out of school
  • 133 out of 1000 children die
    before their 5th birthday
  • 49% of children are engaged in child labor
Map of Somalia

Our Work for Children in Somalia

As Somalia faces one of it’s worst droughts in decades, alarming numbers of children — an estimated 1.4 million— are suffering from malnutrition, and as many as 275,000 girls and boys are at extreme risk of losing their lives.

Save the Children is in Somalia, trucking in water to the worst-affected communities. We are also providing cash transfers to thousands of vulnerable families and running nutrition and feeding programs to children and pregnant and nursing women.

As clean water becomes harder to find, cholera has spread among Somalia’s children and families. To control the spread of the disease, we’ve established a cholera task force and are delivering ready-to-eat therapeutic food to hard-hit areas. Save the Children is also training nurses and doctors to expand their treatment services in order to treat and save as many children as possible.

  • Protected 40,074 children from harm
  • Supported 1,648,253 children in times of crisis
  • Provided 1,354,053 children with a healthy start in life
  • Supported 160,828 parents to provide for their children’s basic needs
  • Gave 548,185 children vital nourishment

How to Help Children in Somalia

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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2018 End of Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook 2015; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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