Helping children survive crisis
When disasters happen, whether natural or manmade, we want children to have access to food, clean water, and shelter. We are committed to protecting the vulnerable from physical injury, disease, disruption of education, separation from families, trafficking and exploitation. Even in some of the world’s most hostile environments, we have hope for recovery.
A world where all children are safe from disaster
Children’s lives can change in an instant in the wake of war, disasters and humanitarian emergencies. We see how vulnerable they are and how much they need our protection.
Today, there are more than double the number of emergencies than there were ten years ago. The numbers can seem overwhelming: more than 130 million people in need of humanitarian assistance just to survive, and over half of them are children. The nature of emergencies is changing too. Conflict is more vicious, complex and unpredictable. Climate change is unleashing natural disasters faster, for longer and with longer-lasting consequences for children and their families. The needs are greater, the gap in available funding is growing, and the calls to respond have never been greater.
There is hope. With the support of our partners across the world, we are in a better position to respond to the pressing and ever-changing needs of children. For nearly 70 years, we have been responding, adapting, learning, and reaching millions of children affected by emergencies every year.
Disaster Management Approach
Before. During. After. We are there. And we stay.
Learn about our approach to disaster management.
What we do
Safety, security, comfort and a sense of self. We design and deliver our efforts so as children can have a safe place to be & play, be reunited with their families, meet friends and go to school and understand what their rights are and ways to speak out for themselves to those who can change their worlds.
In a time of crisis, people want to know where their loved ones are and that they are safe and they want access to aid as quickly as possible so they can start rebuilding their lives. Through our wise use of digital technology, we help families be reunited and enable families to have access to the aid they need, when they need it.
For many children who fall victim to severe malnutrition at various stages of conflict crisis, it isn’t directly the conflict or the emergency that put them at risk. But more often the conflict has made their families’ existence more precarious, and when they aren’t eating well, one Illness is all it takes to push them onto the slippery slope of malnutrition.
It’s more than just money. Cash and voucher programming promotes dignity by providing choice, control and flexibility to people affected by disaster, helping build their resilience to withstand future shocks.
More than 28 million children have been driven from their homes by violence and conflict within and across borders. Where we work, we want children and youth to know that it is their right to live without violence and to stand up for one another—and for us to support them when they do.
Global Director, Humanitarian Cash & Voucher Based Programming
Regional Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs Director for East Africa
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