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Project information

Save the Children Emergency Fund

Save the Children's Emergency Fund is prepositioned funding enabling us to respond within hours of a disaster striking, rather than days or weeks. While we don't know where the next emergency will hit, we know that we are prepared to act quickly to save children's lives.

It is an ongoing project

Charity information: Save the Children

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  • Need


    Over the past two decades the number of natural disasters has doubled. Not only are there more floods, cyclones, droughts and severe cold spells, but experts also predict the severity of these events will increase as a result of climate change and environmental degradation. These diasters have the biggest impact on the poorest communities and it is children who bear the brunt. In most disasters, more than half of those who are affected or die are children.


    Having a dedicated Emergency Fund in place before a disaster strikes means we can act immediately. Being on the ground in the first 48 hours is critical and decisions must be taken as soon as a disaster hits. Our Emergency Fund allows us to have the expert staff, supplies and infrastructure on the ground straight away. It also enables us to respond regardless of whether an emergency is in the news and without having to wait for people to respond to an appeal.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    By 2015 we aim to double the number of vulnerable children we reach in emergencies to 10m every year


    » Even in the toughest circumstances we do whatever it takes to reach children- even loading donkeys with supplies in Pakistan when roads flooded.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the number of children we've reached, the number of emergencies we respond to, and the time it takes to respond to an emergency.

  • Impact


    In an emergency, Save the Children always looks to the long term. 70% of all our programmes have an element of disaster risk reduction to prevent or minimise the effects of natural disasters on communities in future. We use innovative techniques to ensure that school buildings are able to withstand moderate hurricanes and earthquakes. We also identify the early warning signs of an impending emergency and press governments to take action and we help communities to prepare better for disaster.


    The greatest risk at the start of an emergency is not having the funds to save lives immediately. It is only through Save the Children’s Emergency Fund that we can launch an effective, rapid response. Nothing is more important to saving lives than the ability to act quickly. Being on the ground in the first 48 hours depends on decisions being made as soon as a disaster hits – we cannot plan an effective emergency response without the certainty of sufficient funds to launch it.


    Save the Children produces quarterly and annual reports for our supporters to demonstrate the impact that the Emergency Fund is having on the lives of thousands of children around the world.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £7,000,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,000,000 Various Spending depend on nature, location and scale of emergency.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Individual supporters £536,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Today, Save the Children has an established and experienced global network of staff and resources in more than 120 countries, ready to respond at a moment’s notice. Save the Children’s humanitarian priority is to respond rapidly to every emergency on the basis of need alone.


    By 2015, Save the Children aims to double the number of vulnerable children we reach globally during an emergency to 10 million every year.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Save the Children has been responding to emergencies for more than 90 years.
    Meeting the needs of children affected by natural disasters, conflict and crisis has been at the heart of our work since 1919. Today, we have an established and experienced global network of staff and resources - at any one time we’re responding to around 14 different emergencies worldwide. Last year. Save the Children’s Emergency Fund reached 1.2 million children affected by disasters.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Gareth Owen, Humanitarian Director

    With over 20 years humanitarian experience, Gareth has been our Humanitarian Director since 2008.He has led our response to each major emergency since

    Emergency Response Personnel (ERP)

    As well as permanent staff, we have a team of 60 ERP who are on standby and ready to provide children with assistance as soon as an emergency strikes.