We help when children need us most

Save the Children is there for children when they are most vulnerable and their world is turned upside down - whether after an earthquake, during a conflict or an epidemic of disease. Then, when every hour counts, we help children survive, learn and be protected, even in the remotest corners of the world.

Today, twice as many natural disasters occur as 20 years ago. In these situations it is children who feel the effects most. They are more likely to be injured, traumatised and exposed to danger if they are separated from their families.

Save the Children provides help when children need it the most. We are there for them immediately after a disaster, distributing aid, food or providing medical care. We help children and their families to survive and be protected. We ensure that children have access to education even in emergency situations – and prepare them for possible future disasters so that they are better protected in these situations.

We are among the first to be on the ground and we will stay until we have ensured that children and their families can return to a normal life.

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Within 48 hours after a disaster, our teams are already on their way to the scene.

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Natural disasters are twice as many today as 20 years ago.

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530 million children live in areas at risk of flooding.

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160 million children worldwide are exposed to severe droughts.

A Save the Children worker helps to unload a plane chartered by Save the Children, which brings relief supplies to the destroyed island of Palu in Indonesia.

Disaster Risk Reduction

For two thirds of all displaced persons worldwide, natural disasters are the main reason for their flight. Almost a quarter of the world's children live in areas at high risk of flooding. This is precisely where our disaster prevention work comes in. We work directly with children to better prepare them and their communities for future disasters.

Our focus is on disaster prevention in schools. With our experience in this area, we are committed to ensuring that children and teachers in schools are protected from potential hazards such as earthquakes, fires or floods. They are prepared for situations like these, and it is ensured that education continues even in the event of a disaster. Our projects are linked to a research approach that not only ensures their sustainability, but also provides knowledge to the entire sector.

In response to rapid and unpredictable urbanisation, we are strengthening the natural resilience of children and their families in disaster prevention in urban environments. Children growing up in such areas are exposed to increased health, hygiene and child protection risks. Through special training and educational work, we impart knowledge and skills that make a difference. In this way, we ensure that our projects have a long-term impact – even beyond our organisation.

Children's Emergency Fund

Save the Children Switzerland has an emergency fund for children in crisis situations. This means that we are equipped to deal with emergencies and disasters and can provide aid immediately after a disaster. Because in an emergency, time is of the essence.

The Children’s emergency fund in crisis situations ensures that we are on the spot within 48 hours if a disaster strikes. The earlier we are on the ground, the greater the impact and the number of lives we can save. The fact that we are already present in most countries and work with local organisations means that we can use the resources entrusted to us as quickly and efficiently as possible – without having to fly in relief supplies or personnel.

With long-term projects together with partners, we can rebuild the livelihoods of children and their families, but also improve their future in a sustainable way. This means that every franc invested from the Children’s emergency fund has a several times greater impact. In terms of regular reporting, we inform our supporters about the use of the funds and our reaction time. In the first year of the Children’s Emergency Fund, we were able to respond to 15 crises in 11 countries.

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15 crises and 11 countries We have been able to help children thanks to the Children's Emergency Relief Fund.

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