Emergency responses

Wars and natural disasters are terrifying and traumatic experiences for children.

When disaster strikes, we are on the ground, quickly providing immediate support - and we stay helping to rebuild lives for children, families, and communities. 

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. 

Today, there are more than double the number of emergencies than there were ten years ago. The numbers can seem overwhelming: more than 167 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 more than 70 years, we have been responding, adapting, learning, and reaching millions of children affected by emergencies every year.