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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 Children in Haiti
Community health workers care for a baby at one of ChildFund’s interim care centers during the 2015 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.

Children in Haiti Need Urgent Support

A 7.2-magnitude earthquake rocked western Haiti, causing hundreds of deaths and even more injuries, with severe damage to schools, buildings, roads and bridges, Saturday, August 14. With ChildFund Alliance, we are mobilizing to support children and their families during this devastating time.

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Help Children Facing Hunger in Kenya
A prolonged drought is threatening the lives of children in Kenya who were already struggling to survive                     the COVID-19 crisis and record swarms of locusts.

A prolonged drought is threatening the lives of children in Kenya who were already struggling to survive the COVID-19 crisis and record swarms of locusts. Millions of kids are now at risk of hunger, malnutrition and disease.

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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.