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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.

In our first-ever global emergency response, together we fight to protect children from COVID-19 as well as the hunger, economic stress and other risks it brings. Families are at the center of all we do. If we can help them stay stable through the crisis, they will move forward strong as COVID-19 passes.

To make sure they do, we’re working to …

  1. Stop COVID-19 from infecting children and families.
  2. Ensure that children get the food they need.
  3. Keep children safe from violence — physically and emotionally.
  4. Help children continue their job: learning.


To learn more about what we’re doing, read about our COVID-19 Response Plan.


We are currently raising funds to support the following emergencies:

Help Children Facing Hunger During the COVID-19 Crisis
Help hungry children during COVID-19

Job losses. School closures. Social isolation. All of us are feeling the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, but none so much as those who were already living in extreme poverty – especially children whose families can no longer put food on the table.

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Help During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Kerali is almost 2 years old and lives in India

The world is reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic. Isolation, lockdowns and suppressed economic activity are already hurting families around the world – and we know that likely includes your family, too.

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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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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.