Hurricane Irma Children's Relief Fund

by Save the Children Federation
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Hurricane Irma Children's Relief Fund
Hurricane Irma Children's Relief Fund
Hurricane Irma Children's Relief Fund

At the one-year mark since Hurricane Irma, children have returned to schools, caregivers are receiving social and emotional support and families continue to rebuild their lives. Knowing that recovery takes years, Save the Children will continue to partner with the most affected communities in South Florida and the Florida Keys for the year ahead.

Committed to the Children of Florida

As the recovery process continues to evolve, so do the needs of children.

  • Emotional Support: Save the Children is providing its flagship social emotional recovery program, Journey of Hope, and training hundreds of teachers, educators, child care providers, caregivers and more, in the ways to best support children and families affected by this disaster.
  • Return to Learning: We continue to collaborate with early education networks serving the most vulnerable children and families, including the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade, to help restore child care to South Florida and the Florida Keys, where Hurricane Irma destroyed most local programs, and with the partners in Immokalee, serving migrant farmer families, many who have lost everything.
  • Prepared for the Future: Emergency preparedness and resilience building are core parts of our recovery strategy in Florida. Through collaboration and technical assistance from Save the Children, our partners are directly supporting child-care centers with emergency planning, equipping families with the essential supplies, and teaching children preparedness and resilience skills through our Prep Rally program.

Nobody knows when the next crisis will strike, but your support helps Save the Children provide assistance in the critical first hours and days of an emergency when children need us most. Visit to help.

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Savannah stands outside her daycare in Florida

Thank you for your support of kids during last year’s hurricane season. Your generosity was the driver of our response after Hurricane Irma barreled into the Florida Keys on September 10, 2017. This second of three major U.S. hurricanes in a month left children and families dealing with the loss of homes and power. Schools and child-care centers closed for weeks or months.

We sent nearly 50 staff and volunteers to Florida to launch relief and increase our reach through trusted local agencies. We are still there today, helping restore child-care services, helping children and caregivers cope and preparing families for future disasters. We’re focusing our efforts in the most vulnerable communities and reaching migrant farmer families, many of whom lost everything. Read the impact of your support in our Hurricane Irma One-Year Anniversary report.

Hurricane Irma tested our ability to mobilize a second major relief effort for children in less than a month. Your contribution was crucial, and we are pleased to highlight some of the many ways it has made a difference. Please see your donations at work in this heartwarming video.

Today, Save the Children is responding to the effects of Hurricane Florence. Our emergency responders were on the ground before the hurricane hit and continue to work tirelessly to address the needs of families in shelters. Thousands were forced to evacuate their homes, fearing the worst. With up to 30 inches of rainfall measured in some communities – and some rivers yet to crest – the damage isn’t over yet. Please visit our Hurricane Florence Global Giving Page to help us continue delivering essential support to these American families in crisis.

Thank you again for supporting kids in need.

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Emergency Preparedness Program in Southern Florida
Emergency Preparedness Program in Southern Florida

Hurricane Irma was the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic. After tearing its way across a string of Caribbean islands and up through Florida, Hurricane Irma left behind a trail of devastation – with more than 4 million children at risk. Families were left without power and without access to clean water. Many were coping with the loss of homes, and damage to schools and child care programs left children out of school. The areas most heavily impacted were tourist destinations, leaving many parents without work.

Save the Children has committed to stay in Florida through August 2019, supporting the ongoing recovery of children, families and communities. We’re targeting communities in high-poverty areas in the state’s south and southwest and in the Florida Keys. Communities in these places are among those where Irma dealt the strongest blows, and where resources for recovery are most limited.

Our teams and partners in Florida have reached nearly 11,000 families with essentials like hygiene supplies, children’s clothing and meals. We also made a sub-grant to Meals of Hope so that they could continue to provide meal kits and food to low-income families. We also made nine sub-grants to help with rebuilding over 400 preschools and child-care centers that serve 18,500 children. This is a priority because child care and early learning programs are essential to children’s growth, and some families are unable to work without them. Less visible but equally damaging was the impact on children’s emotional well-being. Our team of professionals with expertise in child protection, education and emergency response work out of Miami to serve communities across the south and southwest region. Local partners help us leverage local resources, like venues to hold trainings, or volunteers to help support local programs.We’re committed to staying and working every day to support children and their families throughout the recovery process. Support the Next Phase of Our Recovery Work

  • Give: Your caring gift to the Hurricane Irma Children’s Relief Fund will support child-focused relief and recovery programs to survivors.
  • Share: Spread the word in your favorite social network about how Save the Children is helping children and families on the ground.

Thanks to compassionate people like you, Save the Children is there, on the ground every day, working to provide essentials – like food and safety – to children trying to survive. Thank you! 

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It’s been 7 months since Hurricane Irma, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic, tore its way through a string of Caribbean islands and the United States. The disaster left behind a trail of damage and flooding – with more than 4 million children at risk.

Families in low-earning and migrant communities are still recovering from the impact of Hurricane Irma. Families who depend on the land for income are struggling so long as the land remains in ruins. While access to safe and affordable child care remains a concern and an obstacle for those who can find work. Children are working through the post-traumatic stress and emotional exhaustion as a result of the hurricane.

Save the Children has formed strong partnership with local organizations to provide food vouchers to families in need. We opened child-friendly spaces programs to provide structured learning opportunities for children and ensure psychosocial well-being. Click here to learn more about the work we are doing related to Hurricane Irma relief.

We are committed to remaining in damaged Florida communities and by the side of children and families for the next two years. We will continue to work closely with local agencies to meet the needs of families and children as well as their teachers and care providers. Your continued support will help underpin this recovery work. Thank you!

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Save the Children Shelter Distribution

On September 10th, Hurricane Irma crashed into the Florida Keys on, carving a path of destruction and triggering floods statewide, shortly after Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas. Save the Children, the national leader in child-focused emergency preparedness, response and recovery, was one of the first humanitarian organizations on the ground once the storm passed.

In Irma’s immediate aftermath, we opened child-friendly spaces in evacuation centers that provided a “time-out” from the stress children felt while in these unfamiliar places. We’ve partnered with service agencies to reach families in the poorest communities in southwestern Florida with diapers, baby wipes, portable cribs and sheets, hygiene kits and children’s clothing.

In the Florida Keys, we helped childcare facilities to reopen and distributed backpacks filled with school supplies to children.

Our child protection specialists are partnering with local mental health professionals and social workers to launch programs for children and their caregivers to help overcome stress and build their resiliency. 

We are focused on restoring children’s access to child cares services and education and supporting distressed children’s need for emotional support, as many girls and boys continue to carry the stress and fear of what they endured during the storms and in their aftermath.

We are grateful to you and all our donors for providing the resources we required to quickly deploy trained staff, mobilize relief and plan our longer-term recovery work, knowing that we have the secure funding to do whatever it takes to help children, families and communities rebound.

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Save the Children Federation

Location: Fairfield, CT - USA
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Twitter: @savethechildren
Project Leader:
Lisa Smith
Fairfield, CT United States

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