Before Disaster Strikes


Children's Emergency Fund

Wherever Help is Needed Next

We know that a new emergency could strike at anywhere in the world, at any time. When it does, children are always the most vulnerable. Save the Children has been responding to emergencies for almost 100 years. We know what it takes to ensure that we’re reaching every last child, and working to provide essential survival necessities – food, water, healthcare, shelter – alongside access to education and psychosocial support for children and families all around the world.

Thanks to pre-planning, Save the Children is ready to mobilize its emergency response staff and emergency response supplies within hours of a disaster. We can be on the ground, helping girls, boys, and their families in over 120 countries around the world. We go wherever children need help. Our emergency teams were on the frontline in the fight against Ebola. In Haiti we responded to the earthquake and in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, worked to rehabilitate the school system in some of the hardest-hit regions. And these are just emergencies that make the news – many don’t.

For the children caught up in these forgotten crises, the impact can be devastating. But our Children’s Emergency Fund means that we can respond to disasters not covered by the media – and let the world know what’s happening.

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