In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic threatened children’s education, their access to crucial health and nutrition services and their right to protection.
Last year, children were also fighting for survival against other crises that didn’t make the headlines. Save the Children work collaboratively with supporters and partners like Castle Water, children, their communities, and our global teams to get children through crises.
Save the Children spent over £6.7 million from the Emergency Fund in 2020, making 90 allocations to 50 countries for 68 different emergencies. They also made 14 allocations towards essential preparedness activities in anticipation of impending catastrophes, such as pre-positioning stock and supporting our local staff to respond.
Help through the Emergency Fund supported children living through disasters – from the first outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan, to flooding in East Africa, and the explosion in Beirut – to stay safe, healthy and to keep learning. In 2020, children also taught us to hope. With rainbows drawn across windows, to campaigns on climate change and finding creative ways to stay in touch with loved ones, children are leading us towards a brighter future.
Thank you for supporting the Emergency Fund and believing in children’s potential.
By supporting the Emergency Fund, you help Save the Children deliver life-saving essentials the next time disaster strikes:
Typhoon Goni - the strongest typhoon to hit the world in 2020 - made landfall in the Philippines on 31 October last year. An estimated 450,000 children live in the affected provinces. The winds, flash floods and mudslides damaged or destroyed thousands of houses, as well as roads, crops, and water supplies.
Photo credit: LJ Pasion | Save the Children
When the typhoon hit, our team in the Philippines drew £77,220 from the Emergency Fund immediately to carry out a rapid assessment of families' needs and provide life-saving essentials such as clean water containers, plastic sheets for emergency shelter, and family hygiene kits - including face masks and sanitiser to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.