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In any emergency – disaster, conflict or displacement – children are the most vulnerable. Beyond the short-term risks they face from being separated from their families, getting injured or even dying, children often have to miss school and are at an increased risk of violence, neglect and exploitation.

We are currently raising funds to support the following emergencies:

Help Children After Philippines Typhoon
Border Emergency - June 2019

Children in the Philippines are suffering after the second strong earthquake in three days (and the third quake in two weeks) struck central Mindanao on October 31, destroying homes and schools and taking lives. During this emergency, our number one priority is the safety and security of children.

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Help Address Causes of Migration
Border Emergency - June 2019

Rampant violence and poverty in Central America are driving thousands of children and families from their homes, forcing them to make the long, dangerous journey to the U.S. But many children, including babies and toddlers, have been separated upon arrival from their parents, the beloved adults they trust and rely on to attend to their needs. The emotional trauma Central American refugees face won’t go away soon or easily, and news of their plight has rocked the world.

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Help Children in India Affected by Cyclone Fani
India - Fani - 2019

On Friday, May 3, 2019, a powerful cyclone the equivalent of a category 4 hurricane struck India’s east coast. Cyclone Fani has already claimed dozens of lives and caused massive destruction to homes, schools and communities.

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Children in Indonesia Still Need Help
Sulawesi 10-1-2018

The death toll from the Indonesia earthquake and tsunami is now almost 2,000 people – and hundreds of thousands more remain hurt, displaced or in need of immediate help. We’re working with a local organization to help children and families get essentials they need to survive, and to create child-centered spaces, so kids can stay safe while their parents work to rebuild their communities – so they can get back to their lives as soon as possible.

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How ChildFund works to support children and families after emergencies

We provide relief to children, families and communities affected by emergencies in the form of food, clean water and other essentials, like blankets and hygiene kits. Depending on the situation, we may distribute these items directly to affected families or give them funds to purchase what they need most.
We establish child-centered spaces to give children a safe place to play, learn and just be kids – activities that are crucial to their recovery from the trauma of emergencies. These spaces protect children and allow their parents time to find shelter, food, water and other help they need.
We promote education on disaster preparedness so that when emergencies happen, children, families and communities know how to respond and can recover more quickly.