How you've helped in emergencies

Two Syrian children - both three years old - in Melilla, where Save the Children has a kindergarten where child refugees can play. Pedro Armestre/Save the Children

You've helped us reach millions of children in their darkest hour

The humanitarian landscape has shifted dramatically. Climate change, intensifying conflict and increasing pressure on the humanitarian system mean your support is now more important than ever.

In the last few years, you've helped us provide food, shelter and urgent medical care to children across the world - thank you.


Young children in Ethiopia fill up plastic water barrels in December 2015. Kyle Degraw/Save the Children.


In 2016, we launched our appeal to help children affected by the severe food crisis in Ethiopia.

A staggering 9.7 million people faced critical food shortages, with more than 400,000 children at risk of developing severe malnutrition. With livestock perishing, harvests failing, and children going hungry, we had to act fast to provide the emergency food, water and medical care that were needed to keep children alive.

With the help of supporters like you, Save the Children reached almost 3 million people, including 1.8 million children with food, water, healthcare and crucial income support.

There’s still a long road to recovery ahead and our teams are there now and will be there for as long as it takes.

Nepal earthquake

A three-year-old and his four-year-old cousin play together around their shelters after the 2015 Nepal earthquake. Sandy Maroun/Save the Children

In April 2015, Nepal was devastated by the biggest earthquake to hit the country in 80 years.

When the earthquake hit, and as the aftershocks persisted, we were able to help - thnaks to your support.

We distributed hygiene kits and shelter materials to over 172,200 families, sent emergency mobile health units to 24 villages, and brought medical assistance to over 2,000 people.

We set up clinics in remote villages, bringing vital healthcare to patients from nearly 1,700 households and over 6,400 safe spaces for children to play, learn and receive emotional support.

We also set up temporary learning centres, helping over 67,620 children continue with their education.

We'll be there protecting children and supporting families until all that's left to do is done.



A "sprayer" in Liberia crosses from a suspected Ebola case area into confirmed case area, inside a high-risk zone.

In 2014, the Ebola epidemic spread through West Africa at terrifying speed.

At its height, five people were being infected every hour in Sierra Leone alone, and the number of cases was doubling every three weeks.

Already fragile health systems were quickly pushed to breaking point and shortages of protective clothing left health workers vulnerable to infection and many died.

The outbreak was one of the most challenging we’ve ever faced.

To deal with the crisis effectively, we had to help build health infrastructure and information systems from scratch – something that would normally take years.

We reached almost 4.6 million people, including more than 2 million children, with lifesaving health care, protection and support.

We are still working to reduce the residual stigma of the disease and helping children who lost their families and caregivers.


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Last updated: March 2017.