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In any emergency – whether disaster, conflict, displacement, or a long-term health emergency – 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 miss school and are at increased risk of violence, neglect and exploitation.

Imagine being a child and living through something like that ... during the COVID-19 pandemic.

That’s the reality right now for many children around the world. It could become the reality anytime for any child who lives in a disaster-prone area, as most of the world’s poorest places tend to be – for as long as we remain in COVID-19’s grip.

In our global response to the pandemic, we continue the fight to protect children from COVID-19 as well as the hunger, economic stress and other risks it brings. When other kinds of disasters strike, we move swiftly to address children’s and families’ immediate and longer-term needs while sustaining our ongoing COVID support with as little disruption as possible.

Families are at the center of all we do. If we can help them stay stable through any crisis, they and their children will move forward strong afterward. Please give as generously as you can.


We are currently raising funds to support the following emergencies:

Help Indonesia After a Devastating Earthquake
Cyclone Nivar

The death toll is rising after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake rocked Indonesia’s Sulawesi island on Friday, January 15, leveling a hospital, destroying homes and triggering landslides across the region.

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Help Provide Food and Shelter for Children After Cyclone Nivar
Cyclone Nivar

Cyclone Nivar, a severe storm with gusts of nearly 80 miles per hour, made landfall in Tamil Nadu, India, on November 26, 2020, bringing tremendous destruction in its wake. 175,000 people were moved to temporary shelters and several were killed as the storm uprooted trees, toppled electricity pylons and caused flash floods all along India’s eastern coast.

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Help Children Affected by Typhoon Vamco
Typhoon Vamco

On November 11, 2020, children and families in the Philippines suffered the destruction of Typhoon Vamco – just over a week after the country was struck by another storm, Typhoon Goni.

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Help Children After TWO Hurricanes in Central America
Tropical Storm in Central America

Just 13 days after Hurricane Eta devastated Central America, the even more powerful Hurricane Iota roared through the region, severely compounding Eta’s destruction amid the ongoing hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic. In Guatemala and Honduras, where ChildFund works, the storms caused mudslides and flooding that destroyed roads and houses, created major health risks including food insecurity and lack of clean drinking water, and caused injuries and deaths. Many communities remain unreachable.

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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.