Rapid response, long-term support
When war breaks out or disaster strikes, children can lose their schools, their homes and their families. Their access to water, food and shelter can be seriously affected and they are left more vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.
Unicef has a presence in 190 countries so can rapidly reach children and families with support when an emergency happens. We’re there to provide children with the care, supplies and protection that could save their lives.
We help communities to recover as quickly as possible and prepare them for the future. That means making sure children can continue their education and have access to the services that will give them the chance to not only survive but to thrive.
In 2017, 33 million people got access to safe water as part of a Unicef emergency response
Protecting vulnerable children
Children in emergencies become much more vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. Beyond life-saving supplies, we prioritise making sure these children have somewhere they can be safe and start to regain a sense of normality.
In Bangladesh, we are helping Rohingya children to recover from horrors they have experienced fleeing violence in Myanmar. More than 130,00 Rohingya child refugees were able to access Unicef-supported child-friendly spaces and psychosocial support in 2017.
Children in countries like South Sudan have been caught up in conflict and even recruited as child soldiers. In these situations, we work to release them from armed groups and help them reintegrate with their families and communities.
Even though our school is closed, thanks to the centre, we meet every morning to have fun with our facilitator. I wish my school would open. I want Mali to return to peace