Saving lives in emergencies

Save the Children provides emergency help for a family affected by Typhoon Yolanda

In any crisis, children are always the most vulnerable.

For more than 30 years, Save the Children has been helping children recover from emergencies in the Philippines. Even after the cameras and world press have left, we stay behind to provide long-term support such as education and livelihoods, and build up community resilience to reduce the impact of future disasters.

When a disaster strikes, timely response is needed to save lives, relieve suffering and help children and their families recover – especially in disaster-prone areas such as the Philippines. With over 90 years of experience, Save the Children has the expertise in providing immediate relief. We ensure that the most vulnerable people have access to shelter, clean water, food, and healthcare, and that children are kept safe from harm.

Current emergencies

Whether it’s an earthquake in Bohol, urban flooding in Manila or the devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda over such large areas, Save the Children strives to ensure the needs of children are met first. We set up Child Friendly Spaces so that children have a safe area to play while their parents begin the process of recovering from the disaster. For school-age children, we start up Temporary Learning Spaces so that they can continue with their studies and don’t fall behind. Read more about our current emergencies work here.

Our complete approach to emergencies

Save the Children tackles both the causes and the effects that humanitarian emergencies have on children and their families. We work with communities, especially those in high-risk areas, all year round to help them plan and prepare for disasters, reducing the impact they have on their lives.

When a disaster does strike, Save the Children responds immediately to save lives and support the most vulnerable. In the aftermath of a disaster, we also help people recover – supporting them as they rebuild their lives and ensuring they are better prepared for future disasters. Learn more about what we do to help children in emergencies.