Children's Emergency Fund

by Save the Children Federation
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Children's Emergency Fund
Children's Emergency Fund
Children's Emergency Fund
A child's drawing from our Child Friendly Space
A child's drawing from our Child Friendly Space

 Thank you for supporting Save the Children's Children's Emergency Fund. Here's an update on the work made possible by the support of donors like you: 


On April 15, a violent power struggle broke out in Sudan between the two main factions of the ruling military regime. Thousands have fled the country and millions are sheltering in place as the violence continues. With no end in sight to the fighting, the number of families displaced from the conflict is only expected to rise. In Khartoum, people report a lack of food and water, and food prices have tripled given the lack of supplies. Reports state that the health sector is now on the verge of collapse. Around 80% of the hospitals in Khartoum have closed down, leaving millions without access to healthcare.

Since 1983, Save the Children has worked in Sudan to provide humanitarian relief to children and families impacted by conflict, displacement, extreme poverty, hunger and a lack of basic services. Now, we’re bringing together our experience in humanitarian emergencies and long-term programming, working with partners to ensure that urgently needed support reaches children and families in Sudan and neighboring countries. The Children’s Emergency Fund supports our work during crises like the one in Sudan. With additional funding, we’re looking to scale up our programming to reach 1.7 million people, including 966,000 children, in Sudan.



Where safety allows, we’re continuing to support children and their families across five states in Sudan (Red Sea, Kordofan, Gedaref, Sennar, Blue Nile), providing health, nutrition, education, child protection and food security and livelihoods support.

Over the coming weeks and months, we’re expanding our programming to include:

 • Providing cash assistance to families so they can buy food, fuel and other essential items;
 • Setting up new emergency services through mobile health teams, integrating much-needed trauma and gender-based violence support;
 • Scaling up our nutrition screening in conflict areas and establishing mobile nutrition and stabilization centers, where appropriate;
 • Setting up Child Friendly Spaces where children can learn, play and receive mental health and psychosocial support;
 • Supporting reunification efforts for children who have been separated from their families;
 • Repairing damaged schools and setting up temporary learning spaces.

In neighboring countries like Egypt and South Sudan, we’re supporting families who are fleeing the conflict by distributing essential items, setting up Child Friendly Spaces in transit centers and providing support to children who have been separated from their families.


Thanks to the support of donors like you, Save the Children's Children's Emergency Fund is there before, during and after emergencies. Working together, we help communities become more resilient so that each time a crisis happens, they are stronger, more likely to survive, and recover more quickly. Your support today helps make this possible.

Rana* and family fled their home in Sudan
Rana* and family fled their home in Sudan
Hani* plays at our Child Friendly Space
Hani* plays at our Child Friendly Space
Staff at our Mobile Health Clinic
Staff at our Mobile Health Clinic


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Nada*, 11 months, sleeps in blankets in a shelter.
Nada*, 11 months, sleeps in blankets in a shelter.

With support from donors like you, Save the Children’s Children’s Emergency Fund responds to crises around the world, and we are on the ground following the devastating earthquakes in Türkiye (Turkey) and Syria.

In Türkiye, our teams are coordinating closely with local partners on the ground, including Turkish Red Crescent and Support to Life, to distribute food, tents, hygiene kits, clothing, heaters, blankets and other essential items. In addition, our Emergency Health Unit (EHU), which provides life-saving healthcare in emergencies, is deployed to Türkiye to conduct assessments.

In North West Syria, we're working with long-standing local partners to distribute tents and winterization kits as well as provide health centers much-needed fuel. 

As our response evolves, we will provide the critical support necessary for long-term recovery, including:

• Distributing temporary shelters, blankets, winterization kits and other essential supplies;

• Ensuring access to basic health services and clean water;

• Delivering cash assistance to families to ensure they can afford to meet their basic needs;

• Establishing Child Friendly Spaces to provide children and adolescents a safe place to play, learn and heal;

• Providing psychological support for children, caregivers and humanitarian workers; and

• Supporting children’s access to education.

In Türkiye and Syria, Save the Children is planning to reach a total of 1.6 million people, including 675,000 children. This includes 1.1 million people, including 550,000 children, in Syria, and 500,000 people, including 125,000 children, in Türkiye.

Thank you for making our response possible by supporting the Children’s Emergency Fund!

Ward*, 6, sits in rubble near his destroyed home.
Ward*, 6, sits in rubble near his destroyed home.
Save the Children staff delivering blankets.
Save the Children staff delivering blankets.


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Children in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique
Children in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique

Since our founding, Save the Children has been committed to helping children in crisis, and our ability to do so quickly and efficiently depends on our Children’s Emergency Fund.

Flexible humanitarian funding has never been more important. Malnutrition and food insecurity rates continue to soar around the world due to prolonged drought, conflict, economic instability, and increasing food costs from to the war in Ukraine, leading to an unprecedented hunger crisis.

Our Children’s Emergency Fund is an essential resource as we prepare for and respond to this increase in need. It also makes it possible for us to pre-position supplies in disaster-prone areas so we can act quickly to save lives, distribute essential supplies, restore education and livelihoods, and re-establish a sense of normalcy for children and families as quickly as possible.

Through our Children’s Emergency Fund, we’ve been able to reach over 11.7 million people between January and July of this year. It is with great pleasure that we share some updates on the work that you have helped make possible so far in 2022.

  • We have reached over 11 million children and adults so far in 2022.
  • 37 countries have been supported with emergency funds in 2022.

Some highlights and impact:

Mali: Funding from the Children’s Emergency Fund has supported internally displaced children through our Child Friendly Spaces and learning centers along with food and cash assistance to mitigate food insecurity.

Afghanistan: In Afghanistan, we were able to provide multi-purpose cash transfers to vulnerable families at risk of displacement in areas where no other organizations were able to provide support.

Colombia: We’re delivering emergency kits to meet the most urgent needs of people displaced by conflict in Colombia. These include hygiene kits, dignity kits, food, and psychosocial support materials for children.

Mozambique: The Children’s Emergency Fund contributed toward establishing education and child protection services for internally displaced people in Cabo Delgado in Mozambique.

Bangladesh: We responded to two major fires in a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar. Through the Children’s Emergency Fund, our staff was able to act as first responders, delivering clothes to families impacted by the fires and reconstructing homes quickly and efficiently.

USA: After the devastating flash floods in Eastern Kentucky, our staff worked to meet the needs of children and their families by distributing meals and emergency supplies, providing cash to families, and supporting schools and childcare facilities by providing educational supplies.

When a crisis occurs and children’s lives and futures are threatened, there is no time to lose. Your generous support for our Children’s Emergency Fund allows us to respond across the globe wherever and whenever there is need. 

Clothing donations for distribution in Kentucky
Clothing donations for distribution in Kentucky


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Onja* received support after Madagascar cyclones
Onja* received support after Madagascar cyclones

Around the world, a deadly combination of COVID-19, conflict and climate change has pushed hunger and malnutrition levels to a record high and put countless children’s lives in danger. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 274 million people will require humanitarian assistance in 2022.

Save the Children is immensely proud of the incredible strength of our child-focused humanitarian work. With the support of the Children’s Emergency Fund, and your donation, we are prepared to respond to disasters quickly, focusing on children’s needs with unmatched experience and local partnerships that enable us to know what is needed. The Fund also gives us the ability to respond to ongoing crises such as conflict and hunger and to crises the world largely ignores that nevertheless endanger children’s lives and futures.

In the past year, the world’s children were confronted with a continuous stream of humanitarian crises – including war in Ukraine, a devastating cyclone in Madagascar in February 2022; the August 2021 earthquake in Haiti; Hurricane Ida here in the U.S.; acute ongoing food shortages in Yemen and the tragic upheaval confronting Afghan boys and girls. Save the Children’s ability to respond quickly and efficiently to those crises and many others depended – and continues to depend – on our Children’s Emergency Fund.

Notably, the Children’s Emergency Fund enabled us to meet the most urgent needs of children and families in Ukraine as tension escalated earlier this year. The Fund also enabled us to respond immediately when huge numbers of people started to flee Ukraine and seek safety in neighboring countries. With this flexible funding, we continue to respond to changing contexts in Ukraine and in the region.

In short, the Children’s Emergency Fund is now more important than ever. With the crisis in Ukraine increasing hunger for millions globally due to inflation and skyrocketing wheat prices, the lives of children in the world's most fragile contexts, such as Afghanistan, Yemen, Lebanon and Syria, are now at even greater risk. This invaluable pooled fund will help ensure we can continue to be there for them – and for children affected by natural disasters and other crises in the days and months to come.

Support for families crossing into Romania
Support for families crossing into Romania


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Location: Fairfield, CT - USA
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Project Leader:
Lisa Smith
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