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.

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

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

Children in War

Save the Children runs a child-friendly space in Daquq camp. Each day around 350 children between the age of 4 and 17 attend the activities there.

In December 2016, conflicts in three countries - Syria, Yemen and Iraq - were placing millions of children at risk.

In partnership with The Sunday Times, we launched our Children in War Appeal to help those most in need, raising over £1 million.

With your support, we provided urgent medical and nutrition support to over 300,000 people in Syria, scaled up our child protection work in Yemen, and provided safe drinking water and hygiene kits to thousands of displaced families in Iraq.


Young children in Ethiopia fill up plastic water barrels in December 2015.

In 2016, a staggering 9.7 million people faced critical food shortages in Ethiopia.

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 support 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.

Nepal earthquake

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

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 - thanks to your support.

We distributed hygiene kits and shelter materials to over 172,200 families, sent emergency mobile health units to 24 villages, set up clinics and temporary learning centres in remote villages, and brought medical assistance to over 2,000 people - all thanks to your support.


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.

We launched our response to help build health infrastructure and information systems from scratch – something that would normally take years. But with your support, we reached almost 4.6 million people, including more than 2 million children, with lifesaving health care, protection and support.


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Last updated: April 2017.