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Nearly 1 billion children - almost half the children in our world - live in crisis, facing dangers like food shortages in Ethiopia or conflict in Sudan. Now you can help be a lifeline.

An earthquake can rumble for 10 seconds, and a girl could be out of school for 10 months. A drought can last one season, and a child could be out of food for a year.

An armed group can sweep through a boy’s community in one week, and he could live in a refugee camp for the rest of his childhood. War could force a girl to travel to a neighbouring country, and she could be attacked on the road.

Children, especially girls, are the most at risk in an emergency and the most overlooked. Every minute can mean the difference between life and death. So, we must act even faster. We are determined to help save lives within 72 hours of disaster striking.

Donate to Plan International Canada’s Children in Crisis Response Fund to help make it happen and protect children more quickly than ever before.

As soon as an emergency strikes, your support will enable the fastest possible protection of children’s lives, rights and dignity by:

A case worker counsels a child and provides mental health support in a Plan International child-friendly space set up in a refugee camp in Ethiopia.

Protecting children

from violence and creating safe spaces.

Plan International distributes emergency food kits containing rice, oil, salt and beans to families affected by the hunger crisis in Niger.

Distributing crucial aid

like food, water, cash assistance, hygiene kits, household items and shelter materials.

A Plan International emergency response team leads a play session at a child-friendly space established following an earthquake in Indonesia

Offering mental health, trauma support

and referral to specialized services to children who have lost their families.

Girls paddle a homemade raft in their flooded community in Bangladesh which is affected by climate change.

Strengthening communities’ resilience to climate disasters

with tools and the latest techniques.

Children paint pictures in a Plan International child-friendly safe space established following a hurricane in Nicaragua.

Continuing children’s education

by providing learning materials and spaces.

Humanitarian Crises Are Getting Worse and More Frequent

...and children, especially girls, often experience the worst of them.

  • An icon representing the 1.9 billion people affected by conflict.

    Conflict is affecting as many as 1.9 billion people worldwide. Over half of these people are children.

  • An icon depicting a fist representing gender-based violence.

    Conflict can increase gender-based violence against women and girls, including torture, sexual violence and forced marriage.

  • An icon of a bacteria or virus.

    Cholera infections are more likely in crisis situations and can kill children within hours.

  • An icon of the global temperature representing climate change.

    One billion children are at extremely high risk of facing the effects of climate crises.

Badra, 16, sits next to her village’s empty water tank in Somalia, where drought caused by climate change is causing the worst hunger crisis in decades.
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I used to go to school, but now I fetch water for my family,” says Badra, 16, from Somaliland. She is forced to walk 18 kilometres to reach a water point during the country’s worst drought in decades. “I’ve been out of school for eight months now,” she says. The community typically relies on raising livestock, but drought is making families lose their source of income and food. “The boys are given food first,” says Badra. “If girls miss out a little, it’s normal.”

Frequently Asked Questions

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What emergency situations will this fund respond to?

The fund will be used to respond as quickly as possible to a new or worsening humanitarian crisis. Within 72 hours, it will help save lives and protect children and their families from suffering or losing their right to dignity. Crises can be caused by:

  • extreme weather events, from long-lasting droughts to more immediate hazards like cyclones;
  • conflict or other social or political instability that endangers people or forces them to flee their homes;
  • other environmental or human-made emergencies like explosions or epidemics.

The fund will also help Plan International be proactive and reduce the damaging effects of disasters by, for example, distributing shelter items or other supplies in advance of a forecasted hurricane or other extreme weather.

Where will this fund be used?

Plan International operates in more than 80 countries worldwide. This fund will support crisis relief anywhere that Plan International responds, including in communities where we partner with other humanitarian organizations. Learn more about where we work.

Does this fund only help children?

No. Our emergency relief efforts support entire communities including women and men. We prioritize those who are most at risk, including adolescent girls who are overlooked and excluded from protection in emergencies. We advocate for the unique needs and rights of girls to be part of disaster policies and programs.

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