CHILDREN'S EMERGENCY FUND
War, displacement, and disaster turn innocent children into victims, robbing them of their basic rights, dignity, and stability. Using proven play-based approaches, we give children the psychosocial support they need to overcome trauma, and help them to keep learning safely.
Pakistan is in crisis from the destruction caused by historic flooding. Millions of children have lost their homes, and the lingering floodwaters are threatening outbreaks of waterborne diseases. We are responding by providing mental and emotional support and distributing hygiene kits in flood-affected areas. As conditions stabilize, we will help open the doors of damaged schools so children can safely return and pursue their education.
KEEPING CHILDREN LEARNING AND MENTALLY STRONG
When an emergency hits, schools are often the first places affected. We respond to emergencies in the 15 program countries where we work by providing the supplies, spaces, and support children need to keep learning. Using the freeing power of play, we help children cope with fear, stress, and anxiety, and ensure that youth who experience marginalization are included in recovery efforts. When the emergency subsides, we help children go back to school safely and resume their studies.
After the 2020 Beirut explosion, we launched a targeted music program that gave affected youth a chance to express their feelings and fears through song and taught them how to support peers who were experiencing trauma. We also contributed to the clean-up and rehabilitation of partner schools and community spaces and helped out-of-school children re-enroll and continue their studies.
When the World Health Organization declared a global COVID-19 pandemic, we responded by ensuring children had the knowledge and supplies needed to keep themselves safe from transmission. We also collaborated with educational actors, media organizations, and community partners to ensure children could keep learning while schools were locked down, and access psychosocial support when needed.
For every Swiss franc donated to the Children’s Emergency Fund, 90% is spent directly on response efforts.