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How Your Donations Help

  • £17 could provide training for local health workers
  • £39 could buy handwashing kits to families to help protect themselves against COVID-19
  • £128 could buy 15 litres of disinfectant to help sanitise a medical clinic
  • £2,818 could buy 250 children in Yemen a ‘school in a bag’ kit to make sure kids don’t miss out on their education
Your donation will support communities directly affected by this crisis, both in the UK and globally. Where donations exceed the appeal target, they will be used wherever the need is greatest.


COVID-19 is just getting started - a terrifying warning for the world's poorest people.

Millions of children could die as coronavirus sweeps nations already crippled by war.

Pandemic deaths have declined in the UK, but in Yemen and Syria, the situation is dire.

With your help, we can help children survive - please donate now to our Coronavirus appeal.

Yemen's fatality rate is alarming. The virus could overwhelm Syria. In Bangladesh, COVID-19 is an invisible enemy for 1m Rohingya refugees.

For many, the pandemic is just getting started. Saying this is urgent doesn't begin to describe how critical the situation is.

Healthcare systems weakened by war and hunger now face disaster as COVID-19 spirals out of control. Families just aren't able to cope.  

Your support will help keep children alive, protected and learning


Please support our Coronavirus Appeal

As of the end of September 2020, we have reached 16.4m people, of which 7.7m are children.
Support includes clean water access, malnutrition treatment, health worker support/training, curriculum & distance learning support, cash/voucher transfers and child protection services (visit the FAQs section on our Coronavirus Facts & Figures page for full statistics).


Shaif in Yemen


Yemen has the highest coronavirus fatality rate in the world. So far, 1 million people are predicted to have contracted the virus. We’re urgently:

  • supporting COVID-19 treatment centres for families with the virus
  • providing lifesaving malnutrition treatment for children
  • training frontline health staff and providing them with vital PPE 
Read our blog on how women and children in Yemen have been impacted by COVID-19: 'The Legendary Resilience of Yemen's Women Faces a New Test - the Coronavirus'


Tala in Syria


North West Syria recently saw its first COVID-19 case. Our partners have been working to adapt our response in the face of the pandemic, they are:

  • trucking in extra water supplies & distributing water tanks to families
  • increasing aid distribution points & ensuring social distancing in queues
  • holding awareness campaigns for children to help minimize the spread


Save the Children health workers in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

In Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

Social distancing simply isn’t possible for the 1 million Rohingya refugees who live in Cox’s Bazar. As a leading health provider, we:

  • built and opened an isolation and treatment centre to care for families with COVID-19 symptoms
  • continue to provide up-to-date medical information, so families understand how to protect themselves
  • run the nine existing health facilities we set up in 2017 so we can continue to provide life-saving healthcare during the outbreak
Read our blog on how Rohingya refugees and health workers have been impacted by coronavirus: 'COVID-19: Fighting An Invisible Enemy in the World's Largest Refugee camp'


Here at home, the families of our poorest kids are struggling even more than they were before to make ends meet. 

That’s why we've acted quickly to put in place an Emergency Grant programme, to help families purchase basic items and food. 

These small grants make a big difference, boosting early learning at home and helping families meet basic needs during this crisis.

Already, the Emergency Grant has helped over 9,000 children, supplying learning packs, food vouchers, household items, gifts in kind and Argos vouchers.

Find out more about our coronavirus response in the UK.

This page was last updated on 24th November 2020.

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