Save the Children and Collinson



Together, we’re helping to change the future for children caught up in emergencies around the world.




Disaster
strikes.





Disaster
strikes.





First
comes
the fight
to survive,



First
comes
the fight
to survive,


then comes
the striving
to recover,
heal and
hope again.



then comes
the striving
to recover,
heal and
hope again.


Today this is the reality for more children than ever before, who are fighting crises like disease, conflict, drought, flooding and tsunamis.

In 2006, when we set up our Emergency Fund, we helped just over 164,900 people caught up emergencies across 14 countries.

By 2019, our humanitarian work had grown to reach 35 countries and nearly 14 million people.

The increasing frequency and severity of natural disasters has pushed children’s resilience to the limit.

Right now, one in every five children worldwide are living in areas affected by conflict.

Millions of children have endured conflicts and witnessed things no child should ever see.

The nature of conflict has changed. Attacks on schools and hospitals are no longer uncommon, and the towns and cities children call home are becoming today’s battlegrounds.

This is why support for the Emergency Fund is so incredibly valuable. It helps children to stay safe, healthy and keep learning.

With your support, we’re there with children in their toughest moments, and we’re reaching millions despite the challenges.

But the fight is not over. Today, this fund is more important than ever.

Today this is the reality for more children than ever before, who are fighting crises like disease, conflict, drought, flooding and tsunamis.

In 2006, when we set up our Emergency Fund, we helped just over 164,900 people caught up emergencies across 14 countries.

By 2019, our humanitarian work had grown to reach 35 countries and nearly 14 million people.

The increasing frequency and severity of natural disasters has pushed children’s resilience to the limit.

Right now, one in every five children worldwide are living in areas affected by conflict.

Millions of children have endured conflicts and witnessed things no child should ever see.

The nature of conflict has changed. Attacks on schools and hospitals are no longer uncommon, and the towns and cities children call home are becoming today’s battlegrounds.

This is why support for the Emergency Fund is so incredibly valuable. It helps children to stay safe, healthy and keep learning.

With your support, we’re there with children in their toughest moments, and we’re reaching millions despite the challenges.

But the fight is not over. Today, this fund is more important than ever.


When a disaster hits and children are fighting for their lives, we need to be able to respond fast.

The Emergency Fund is a pot of flexible funding that can be used by our humanitarian teams wherever children most need support.

The Emergency Fund means we can:

  • Be ready for future emergencies, and respond faster to lessen their impact. We put lifesaving stocks in place and work with children, parents and communities to make sure they know what to do before an emergency. We help build resilience in disaster-prone communities, so they have more of a fighting chance when disaster strikes.
  • Respond within hours of a disaster striking, and be by children’s sides before it’s too late. We know the faster we respond, the more lives we save. There isn’t a moment to lose.
  • Help communities recover faster. Even after the emergency phase has passed, we stay for as long as needed, helping families to recover. We rebuild homes, schools and livelihoods and support communities to prepare for future emergencies. By helping communities set up warning systems, create evacuation plans or develop flood-resistant crops, we can make sure they’re better prepared to cope when the next emergency hits.

The Emergency Fund also helps fund our innovative Emergency Health Unit.

This puts a team of highly skilled health professionals at a child’s side within hours of a disaster striking – the right people, in the right place, ready to respond.

Within 72 hours, our teams of medical experts can be in the disaster zone saving lives. The world-class humanitarian specialists include doctors, nurses, midwives, engineers and technical logisticians.

We have teams strategically positioned in emergency hotspots around the world. They are fully equipped to reach the most remote communities with mobile health clinics, lifesaving drugs and high-energy nutrition supplements.

CYCLONE IDAI

"There was water everywhere and it was rising quickly. My goats were washed away; I saw them drown. We lost everything that day.” – Mateo*, 10 years old

Mateo’s community in the Manica province of Mozambique was one of the hardest hit by the cyclone. Families had no choice but to scramble up trees to escape the flooding. From the branches of the tree, Mateo's family watched as the water quickly rose up above their roof and drowned their goats – their main source of income.

After three long nights without food, a rescue boat finally took Mateo’s family to safety.

Over 1.5 million children were affected by this huge catastrophe.

Now, Mateo lives with his parents and two brothers in a resettlement camp close to one of the schools that Save the Children is supporting. It’s just a couple of kilometres from where they used to live before.

He goes to the local school and has been given learning materials from Save the Children.

"In school I like Portuguese and maths, I am in 2nd grade.”

Mateo can start to rebuild his life, and look ahead to his bright future.

Cyclone Idai destroyed schools, leaving children at risk of missing out on their education.

We set up 128 temporary learning spaces, which gave over 28,900 children a positive and safe place to start learning and get back to normality. As well as regular lessons, teachers were trained to support children who have been through difficult and distressing experiences.

Thanks to the Emergency Fund, we could kick-start our response.

We were on the ground within hours, reaching families with lifesaving supplies, such as shelter and hygiene kits.

After the cyclone hit, we were there to help families find food and safety.

In the following weeks and months, we were there supporting people as they rebuild their lives.

And we are still there now.

CYCLONE IDAI

"There was water everywhere and it was rising quickly. My goats were washed away; I saw them drown. We lost everything that day.” – Mateo*, 10 years old.

Mateo’s community in the Manica province of Mozambique was one of the hardest hit by the cyclone. Families had no choice but to scramble up trees to escape the flooding. From the branches of the tree, Mateo's family watched as the water quickly rose up above their roof and drowned their goats – their main source of income.

After three long nights without food, a rescue boat finally took Mateo’s family to safety.

Over 1.5 million children were affected by this huge catastrophe.

Now, Mateo lives with his parents and two brothers in a resettlement camp close to one of the schools that Save the Children is supporting. It’s just a couple of kilometres from where they used to live before.

He goes to the local school and has been given learning materials from Save the Children.

"In school I like Portuguese and maths, I am in 2nd grade.”

Mateo can start to rebuild his life, and look ahead to his bright future.

Cyclone Idai destroyed schools, leaving children at risk of missing out on their education.

We set up 128 temporary learning spaces, which gave over 28,900 children a positive and safe place to start learning and get back to normality. As well as regular lessons, teachers were trained to support children who have been through difficult and distressing experiences.

Thanks to the Emergency Fund, we could kick-start our response.

We were on the ground within hours, reaching families with lifesaving supplies, such as shelter and hygiene kits.

After the cyclone hit, we were there to help families find food and safety.

In the following weeks and months, we were there supporting people as they rebuild their lives.

And we are still there now.


In the last year alone we’ve given over £7.4 million to respond to 44 emergencies around the world.

The Emergency Fund helps us to respond flexibly and quickly to large-scale crises – like the devastating cyclone in Mozambique.

It also helps us to support the unknown or forgotten emergencies that don’t make the headlines. We need the resources to make brave decisions and be there for children who might otherwise miss out on the opportunity to shape their own future.

“In Venezuela, I was
in high school and
was part of the dance
group; everything was
going well for me,
until my parents told
me we had to get out
of there.”

13-year-old Leomar*, Colombia

Years of political and economic turmoil have led to a humanitarian crisis that’s driven 4.6 million Venezuelans from their homes.

We have been providing vital healthcare, setting up child-friendly spaces and giving cash transfers to families, so they can afford the basic essentials.

We’re scaling up child protection programmes in the border regions, helping to keep children safe from exploitation, trafficking and abuse.


We’re providing school
materials and hygiene
kits to families who've left
Venezuela with nothing.


And we’re training teachers
to better support children
affected by the crisis.


Over 2,100 people have died from the second worst Ebola outbreak in the world.

“I know Ebola is a very dangerous disease, and if we are not careful about hygiene and respect what they tell us, we could die." – Elodie, DRC


Misinformation is
one of the main
barriers to curbing
the spread of Ebola.


But our teams are working
within schools and communities
to help children and their families
understand how to protect
themselves and others.


Misinformation is one
of the main barriers
to curbing the spread of Ebola.


But our teams are working within schools and communities to 
help children and their
families understand how to protect themselves and others.


We are supporting health facilities, and training community health workers on how to spot early warning signs and refer people to health facilities.


We are supporting health facilities, and training community health workers on how to spot early warning signs and refer people to health facilities.


Floods across India, Nepal and Bangladesh
devastated villages and left many of
those who survived with nothing.

Floods across India, Nepal and Bangladesh devastated villages and left many of those who survived with nothing.

We supported families with essential shelter and items like bedding, hygiene and kitchen kits, mosquito nets and clothing.

We also repaired child-friendly learning centres, to make sure children have a safe place to learn and play.

“I am happiest when
I am at the learning
centre. I have so many
friends there and I enjoy
learning new things.”

Hasina*, 13 years old, Bangladesh


Longer and more frequent droughts across the Horn of Africa are stripping whole regions of their livelihoods as crops and livestock perish.

Most families in the Horn of Africa rely on growing crops or herding livestock as a means to survive. But as droughts become longer and more frequent, leaving less chance to replenish crops or for herds to recover, families are being pushed to breaking point. Seven of the last eight rainy seasons in the Horn of Africa have failed.

Support to the Emergency Fund means we can support health facilities, treat severely malnourished children and provide lifesaving food to families to help children withstand the worst effects of the drought.

And we are supporting communities to put in place action plans to cope with the most extreme effects of climate change.


Baby Fatima* became weak with malnutrition.

Her mother, Amina, took Fatima to a
Save the Children treatment centre,
where she received nutritional milk,
food supplements and antibiotics.

After ten days, she was putting on
weight and getting her strength back.
When Fatima came home, her older
sister Fatun was thrilled.

“When I see my sister happy and healthy,
I am happy for her. When I saw her,
I carried her and gave her a kiss.”

Fatun*, 8 years old, Somalia


The types of emergencies children are facing are changing and becoming more complex. Factors such as climate change, urbanisation, population growth and longer-lasting conflicts mean that children are at greater risk now than ever before.

The current climate crisis is one of the biggest threats to today’s children and to future generations.

The effects of climate change are leaving more children than ever directly in the path of catastrophic weather events like typhoons, cyclones, droughts and floods. Climate change also exacerbates conflict, and increases the risk of families being forced to leave their homes in search of fertile land and safety.

Support to the Emergency Fund protects children from the impacts of climate change and helps build resilience in the communities most vulnerable to disasters.


The Emergency Fund is a lifeline for children living in some of the world's most challenging environments.

Your support means we can reach them with lifesaving healthcare and the food and shelter they need to survive. It means we can reunite them with their family, and they can get back to learning as soon as possible.

Together with children, supporters and partners, we work to help every child become who they want to be.

Thank you to
everyone at Collinson,
for giving children
the chance to build
a better future.

 

Thank you to
everyone at Collinson,
for giving children
the chance to build
a better future.

 

*names changed to protect identity