Rescue at sea appeal

Save the Children staff save a Syrian girl from the Mediterrean

A rescue worker brings a Syrian girl on board our life-saving ship.

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Children are drowning in the Mediterranean as they flee danger.

More than 4,800 people, including 600 children, drowned in the Mediterranean last year. But that's just an estimate - because children's small bodies quickly disappear below the waves and are rarely recovered.

No child should face a terrifying journey like this, but more families than ever before tried to reach Europe last year.

That's why we launched a rescue ship that saved more than 2,700 people last year - including almost 500 children.

Because there are far fewer arrivals in Europe over the winter, our ship has now paused its operations.

With your help, we will restart our rescue mission in the spring, when the weather improves and more people make the journey.

  • Our ship will rescue children and their families from the water.
  • On board the ship we’ll give them emergency medical treatment, food, water and clothes. And we'll have a safe space for children to rest, play and recover.
  • More than 90% of children travelling to Italy are alone. So we’ll have experts on board to give them emotional support and practical help.
  • We’ll then bring them to the nearest safe port in Italy.
  • Our teams in Italy - who have been responding to the refugee crisis for eight years - will make sure the most vulnerable children get specialist help.

But we need your support to keep the ship running and save thousands of lives.

Help save children’s lives at sea:

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Or call 0800 8148 148 to donate by phone

Your donation will be used to help children and families we can save at sea. If donations exceed the appeal target, they'll be used to help vulnerable children affected by the refugee crisis.