Help Save Children in Africa

Save the Children has worked in Africa for more than 60 years. Despite progress, research from Save the Children’s 2020 Global Childhood Report shows that Sub-Sahara Africa is still home to the 10 worst countries for children, including Niger, Mali, South Sudan and Burkina Faso.

Across the continent, 152 million children – or 1 in 4 – are living in a conflict zone. Nearly 59 million children in Africa suffer from stunting due to malnutrition. Girls in West and Central Africa face the highest risk of child marriage – about 4 in 10 are married before age 18.

In West Africa, the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history left tens of thousands of children without parents, while more than one million children in Liberia alone were affected by the closure of schools. Now, with the risk of COVID-19 ever-present, children and families in Africa without access to basic sanitation and health care are more at risk than ever. All this, as prolonged and frequent droughts across the Horn of Africa are leaving children and their families struggling to survive.

Save the Children is responding to the immense needs of vulnerable African children and families by helping to improve access to healthcare and education. We are also working tirelessly to keep children protected from the harms of conflict, including child trafficking, forced early marriage and child labor.

But we can’t do any of this lifesaving work without your support.

Explore Our Work for Children in Africa

Two sisters hold firewood near their village in Somalia.


The current food crisis in Somalia has driven acute malnutrition to serious and critical levels in most parts of the country, exposing children to life-threatening risks of malnutrition and other diseases. In response to the recent drought, Save the Children’s mobile health team have traveled to remote and hard-to-reach areas to treat some of the country’s most vulnerable children.

 A mother holds her young African child, who suffered with pneumonia but was helped to recover, near a road in the Democratic republic of Congo.

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

January 2019 marked the start of the second-largest Ebola outbreak in history. With children in DRC at great risk, our teams worked to reach over 1 million people, two thirds of them African children, with community education and training, water and sanitation facilities and treatment.

A ten-year old African child who lost his home when Cyclone Idai hit stands near a tent in Mozambique.


Cyclone Idai became the deadliest cyclone recorded in the Indian Ocean after more than one thousand people in Mozambique were killed. Hundreds of thousands more families were left with nothing. Save the Children’s Emergency Health Unit was on the ground in the immediate aftermath to help children and families.

A one-year-old smiles as she places one hand on a wall near a food distribution center in South Sudan.

South Sudan

South Sudan has been frequently beset by conflict and, coupled with drought and flooding, this has led to the displacement of 1.47 million people, who live in temporary camps with basic shelter and often non-existent sanitation. Massive swarms of desert locusts currently pose a grave threat to the more than six million South Sudanese people suffering from food insects across the region. Our teams are working to address the urgent needs of children and families in South Sudan.

How to Help Africa’s Children

There are so many ways you can help create change that lasts a lifetime for children in Africa. Whether you are sponsoring a child or giving gifts from our catalog, your support can mean a world of difference for a child in need.

Donate to Children in Africa
Support Save the Children’s mission. Donate to help children in Africa, and around the world, survive and thrive.

Sponsor a Child in Africa
By sponsoring a child in Africa, you ensure that they and so many others can grow up healthy, educated and safe. Sponsorship drives lasting change in children’s lives, families and communities.  

Provide Mosquito Nets for a Family
By visiting our gift catalog and choosing to donate mosquito nets or other health supplies you are helping support a child in need. Your gift will help create a lifetime of change for children, their families and their communities around the world. 


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