Your donations help us to act when an emergency strikes. 

With the help of your donations, Unicef has been providing emergency assistance to children since the end of the Second World War. Unicef works in over 190 countries around the world.

When an emergency strikes, like the recent earthquake in Nepal, Unicef staff can respond rapidly within 48 or 72 hours. Emergency specialists assess the immediate need, focusing on children and women. With permanent offices in the field, we're well placed to coordinate relief by road and air. Your donations help us to act when an emergency strikes.

Unicef also has a unique supply capability, with an international supply division in Copenhagen and regional hubs in other parts of the world. This means we can send out life-saving supplies like water containers, nutrition supplements and mosquito nets, as well as essential education materials very quickly.

In 2014, UNICEF responded to 294 humanitarian situations of varying scales in 98 countries.

How do my donations help children?

Following emergency relief efforts, your donations help us at Unicef to promote long-term rehabilitation and improve conditions for children.

"In emergencies, the majority of the funding often comes from personal donations," says Unicef UK's Executive Director David Bull. "Our supporters are very generous and they respond quickly and effectively when we ask them. We are very grateful for that."

You can help in an emergency by donating to our Children's Emergency Fund so we can take action as soon as it's required. 

Fundraising for emergencies

You can also fundraise for our emergency work - anything from collecting donations in your local pub to running a marathon. For example, after the 2013 typhoon in the Philippines, our 11-year-old supporter Charlie Simpson cycled 40km to raise money for children affected by the typhoon.