Your gifts help ChildFund respond to emergencies with both immediate and long-term support.
A disaster, natural or manmade, can derail a child’s life. And when that child lives in extreme poverty, life is even more fragile.
Imagine a little girl’s home tumbling down around her. Perhaps she sees a loved one pass away. Another child loses track of his parents. Who will feed him? Who will keep him safe? Who can help these children heal and move forward?
ChildFund responds to emergencies with an eye toward the specific needs of children.
Children, who invariably are the most severely affected by disasters, often are overlooked in the design and implementation of humanitarian responses. Disasters rob children of their basic needs and rights: their sense of security, the closeness of their families and communities, opportunities to go to school and the ability to access health care.
ChildFund approaches emergency response through the lens of child protection. For decades, ChildFund has built internal capabilities and expertise while engaging in international advocacy for child protection in emergencies, as well as advancing our rapid response operations and funding mechanisms.
Child protection efforts and programming to ensure the well-being of children have become essential components of emergency assistance. We work alongside other organisations and governments to ensure that these priorities are incorporated in all aspects of emergency response, including water and sanitation, health, shelter, education, rebuilding communities and restoring livelihoods.
Because we recognise that children who experience disasters require specialised care and service, one of our first actions is to establish Child Centred Spaces. These safe havens allow children and youth to play, socialise, learn and express themselves in a caring and supportive environment.