Millions of children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are in danger.
9.1 million children are in urgent need of assistance as families across the country face disease, violence and chronic hunger every day.
Now, the volcanic eruption of Mount Nyiragongo has sent lava streaming towards the major city of Goma. Hundreds of thousands of children are at risk, many already separated from their families as people flee the city.
UNICEF is working around the clock to protect children and keep them safe and healthy during this disaster.
Ongoing devastating violence in the country affects every area of children’s lives. Millions of children and their families have been forced to flee their homes. Schools and hospitals have been destroyed and children are frequently forced into armed conflict. They face unspeakable violence and a lack of health care, food and clean water. 4.2 million children are at risk of severe acute malnutrition.
Having fled the conflict, children and their families are at risk of severe measles outbreaks which have now killed more than 4,500 children. Measles can be deadly but is easily preventable. Help us immunise children against deadly but preventable diseases.
How will my donation help children?
Your support will help provide life-saving food, clean water, education and protection for children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo who desperately need it. It will also help UNICEF to work with communities and provide sanitation supplies to ensure that diseases such as Ebola don’t spread.
In 2018, nearly 717,000 children were vaccinated against measles, a disease that thrives in displaced communities. Additionally, through UNICEF’s nutrition interventions, more than 220,000 children with severe acute malnutrition were admitted for therapeutic care.
Thanks to support from people like you, UNICEF has also helped children to return to school, as well as receive protection and psychosocial care so that they can recover from unspeakable violence and begin to build a brighter future.
But we simply don’t have enough funds to reach every child that needs us right now. Many children still desperately need our help.
Your support will help us reach more children before it’s too late.
Donating by phone
If you’re in the UK and would prefer to make a donation by phone, you can call our dedicated donation line: 0300 330 5699. For other ways you can donate please refer to our Donation FAQs.
Please donate today and help the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s children now.
For the first 12 months, monthly donations made to this appeal will go towards funding UNICEF’s work to support children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. After that donations will go to our Children’s Emergency Fund, to save and protect children in emergencies around the world. In the unlikely event that the funds raised exceed UNICEF’s funding requirements for this appeal, your one off or monthly gift will also go to our Children’s Emergency Fund.