Our Emergency Fund

When a disaster strikes, we have to act fast to save children’s lives. Our Emergency Fund means that we can. In the toughest circumstances and in forgotten corners of the world, this special reserve of money has saved thousands of lives.

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Akram sits in a camp for internally displaced people affected by fighting in Iraq

Akram* sits on the earth in one of the camps for internally displaced people affected by fighting in Iraq.

We know that a new emergency could strike at any time, anywhere in the world.

When it does, children are likely to be hardest hit. With your support, we can be ready to send life-saving food, shelter and medicines straight to where they are most urgently needed.

We've responding to emergencies for more than 90 years.

Right now, our Emergency Fund is more vital than ever.

How your donation will help children


In Syria and Iraq, we’re doing everything we can to reach children whose lives have been destroyed by war. In Yemen, we've helped more than a million people living through brutal conflict. In Haiti, we’re helping families survive after a devastating hurricane.

And these are just emergencies that make the news – many don’t.

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

Overall, in 2015, we helped 2.6 million children through our emergency responses.

Aisha’s story

Three month-old orphan Aisha* is being treated for severe malnutrition at a Save the Children stabilsation centre in north-east Nigeria.


Baby Aisha* lives in North East Nigeria. At three months old, she's already an orphan.

Aisha's mother died soon after she was born and her father was abducted by insurgents. When her village was attacked, Aisha's grandmother was forced to flee into the unknown with her granddaughter.

By the time they found their way to our therapeutic feeding centre, baby Aisha was so malnourished she had to be referred to our intensive care unit for treatment. Now, she's almost gained enough weight to be discharged.

Without Save the Children’s Emergency Fund, we wouldn’t be able to provide critical care and support like this to thousands of children like Aisha.


Support our Emergency Fund:


Or call 0800 8148 148 to donate by phone



Last updated: April 2017

*Names changed to protect identity.