Our Humanitarian Work

In 2013 Save the Children responded to over 120 humanitarian crises around the world.

In any crisis, children are always the most vulnerable. We make sure that children affected by floods, famines, earthquakes and armed conflict get life-saving medical aid, shelter, food and water – fast. We safeguard children and help reunite separated families. And we help children recover from crises by providing emotional support and safe places to learn and play.

We prepare ourselves and at-risk communities, so we can act rapidly and reduce disaster risks for children. After large-scale emergencies such as Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Haitian earthquake and Japanese tsunami, we remain on the ground to help children and their families rebuild their lives.

Our latest emergency operations

Since fighting first broke out in Syria in March 2011, the crisis has unfolded to become a large-scale civil war, affecting more than 9 million people across the region, including millions of children. So far, the fighting has tragically claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people.

Save the Children is working with Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt, providing families with the basics they need, including food, clothing and shelter for children and families who are facing extremely difficult conditions. We are working to ensure children now living as refugees still have access to school, emotional support and recreational activities.

We have so far reached more than 1 million people, including 710,000 children.

Jamila*, eight, with her brother Adib*, two, at a tented refugee settlement in Lebanon, near the Syrian border. *Names have been changed to protect identities. Photo Jonathan Hyams/Save the Children.

We prepare children and their communities to reduce the impact of extreme weather. And we have relief supplies ready in vulnerable areas. Across South East Asia we are currently responding to 17 emergencies. In Indonesia we have reached over 12,00 people affected by the earthquake in Aceh with hygiene kits and trauma healing activities. 

In West and Central Africa we are responding to 10 emergencies in five countries. In the Central African Republic our teams have reached over 56,000 people affected by the conflict including over 46,000 children who have benefitted from our child friendly space activities, youth clubs and psychosocial activities through community groups.

Medication to be distributed by Save the Children in Ouaka District. Mark Kaye/Save the Children.

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