A child minor from Nigeria, plays with Save the Children's cultural mediator.

Our Emergency Fund

When disaster strikes, we're there

10 years of responding to emergencies

It's been 10 years since we launched our Emergency Fund. Thanks to your support, we've reached millions of children in their darkest hour.

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.

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 and her grandmother

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

Aisha came to our centre weighing 1.9 kg. She was so small you could hold her in one hand.

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.

“My daughter died forty days after giving birth to her. She had named the baby Aisha after me. 

Soon after my daughter died our village was attacked by insurgents and Aisha’s father went missing. Sometimes the insurgents take the men and train them to take up arms against their own people. They attacked the village at 10pm.

I was sleeping at the time but a neighbour woke me up and told me to take what I could and run. I ran with Aisha to the next village but at midnight the insurgents attacked that village too. The bullets were the size of my finger and they were firing them everywhere. I was the only person left to care for Aisha.

I am old so I tried to run with a group of men but we were captured by the insurgents. They slaughtered one of the men in front of us. One man escaped and two were caught. The insurgents ransacked the villages. They kill what they can, destroy the shops, take all the food. They abduct the wives and doctors and take all the drugs and equipment.

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Aisha's grandmother – also called Aisha – was very anxious about where she was. She wasn't familiar with hospitals and was jittery about the environment.

As soon as my daughter died, I washed myself and started breastfeeding Aisha. I had no money so I could only eat corn and I was told to buy milk but I couldn’t afford it. I eventually came to a Save the Children clinic.

They look after me here. I get three meals a day and they have helped me to breastfeed Aisha. I believe that with the aid organisations we have here, that maybe one day Aisha can go to school. It is our only hope that we may have help to educate Aisha. Her father has been taken by the insurgents and we only have each other.”

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.

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