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Helping support kids in greatest need.

When a crisis strikes we respond immediately - and our readiness begins with people like you. We’re 100% donor funded, making you the crucial starting point in our journey to reach kids with life-saving water, medical supplies, shelter, vaccines, and treatment for malnutrition – anywhere in the world.

Make a donation today to help us support children in greatest need now and in the future.

For over 75 years, we've strengthened our emergency preparedness through developing our global partner network and working closely with the communities we help. Our response is only as effective as our preparation. We’ve got eyes on the ground, expert minds strengthening our systems, many hands stockpiling supply hubs around the globe, and your donations helping us to be flexible enough to adjust whatever crisis unfolds – making our response quick, effective and inclusive of every child and families' needs. 

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Our team respond to over
300 emergencies every year.

Reaching kids and families
in over 192 countries.

With life-saving supplies
anywhere in 48 hours.
 

Our changing landscape

In a world where current climate, conflict, and environmental emergencies take prolonged turns, and new crises are constantly emerging - there will always be major challenges for supply chains that have been weakened by the pandemic, shipping delays, rising inflation, and soaring energy prices.

But when disaster strikes, we're a few steps ahead! 


Our presence in 192 countries affords us a greater understanding of the country, culture, needs and local partners - keeping us ahead of a rapidly evolving landscape and ensuring essential supplies reach children as quickly as possible. Being agile and adaptive is everything in an emergency! 

All around the world

See how your support is helping kids right now AND the long-term!


Safe and clean water, sanitation & hygiene – continuous and uplifting education – life-saving vaccines – nutritious foods – and quality healthcare.

Donors have helped UNICEF provide each of these and more despite the fighting in Ukraine, flooding in Pakistan, drought and conflict in the Horn of Africa, and earthquakes in Türkiye & Syria.

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Getting supplies
from A to B!

By foot, boat, truck, plane or drone. No matter the distance, conflict or disaster. We'll always deliver life-saving support when kids need it most. 2022 was no exception as we marked our sixth year in a row of record-breaking supply procurement for children around the world. At the centre of it all are our supply hubs around the world! Ready to ship our life-saving pre-positioned supplies at a moment’s notice.

Here’s just a glimpse of our impact, reach and readiness!

The climate crisis

Every child on the planet is already affected by climate change. Though roughly HALF the world's kids are vulnerable to the severe impacts caused by climate change, including natural disasters. That's over 1 BILLION children whose well-being, health, & development is under threat. 

Natural disasters cut children off from schooling, shelter, nutrition, health care, and one of the biggest necessities during an emergency, safe water & sanitation. With the increase of storms and rising sea levels - water & sanitation facilities are often destroyed, disease spreads and the salt content of groundwater increases that many communities rely on for their drinking water. 

We're constantly strengthening our disaster responses to be more climate resilient and innovative, to creating long-term change for kids and making sure your donations are going the distance! 

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Vanuatu is one of many small island clusters vulnerable to increasing cyclones with fragile water sources. Donors help us deliver huge shipments of hygiene kits, soap, water tanks, and water purification tablets. They also help us invest in long-lasting change.

By working with partners and communities on the ground, we've built a process to identify, prioritise and lessen risks to Vanuatu's water supply.

Rehabilitating or replacing water supply systems has strengthened the resilience in some of the islands’ most vulnerable communities. 

UNICEF direct support resulted in 5.4 million people using climate-resilient water systems and 3.2 million using climate-resilient sanitation facilities.

Responding to emergencies isn't a quick fix. We’re there to tackle the root cause of the problems affecting kids, and build lasting and innovative solutions to protect them down the line.

Our job’s not done until the future of children are safe and filled with hope! 

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Our focus from 2022 – 2025

Making sure children grow up healthy & strong by accessing good nutrition, quality healthcare and nurturing mental health services.

In 2022 alone we reached 356 million children under 5 - more than ever before – through our malnutrition prevention and treatment programmes. What's more the number of children, young people and caregivers provided with mental health and psychosocial support services more than doubled to 25.2 million while a further 4.5 million children were reached through our disability-inclusive programmes.

We respond immediately to emergencies to make sure kids aren't cut off from crucial services that support their health, growth and happiness. 

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Creating opportunities and fostering dreams through continuous and quality education.

We helped almost 40 million out-of-school children access education in 2022, including 3.1 million children on the move and 18.6 million in humanitarian settings.

When a crisis strikes you can’t postpone a child’s education. There is no pause button, only a future that could be lost forever.  

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Keeping children safe with fair and inclusive protection programmes. 


We scaled up our parenting support programmes to prevent violence, exploitation and harmful practises, reaching almost 12 million caregivers – up from 3 million in 2021.  


We're committed to preventing and responding to child abuse, neglect, exploitation, and violence during emergencies, when children are most vulnerable. 

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Providing sustainable, long-lasting, and clean; water sources, sanitation facilities, and environments for all children. 


In 2022, we reached more than 39 million people with clean water and basic sanitation & hygiene services in emergency situations.  


During conflict and disaster, water facilities are often damaged or destroyed and water sources contaminated. Donors help us deliver safe water and sanitation while also strengthening and building resilient systems and services, so kids and their families are better prepared for the future. 

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Helping every child live a life free from poverty and reach their full potential. 


With support from UNICEF, Governments were able to reach 129 million kids through our cash transfer programmes.  


By giving cash to families who need help in emergencies, they have the choice to spend their money on what they need based on their own personal situations. Whether that be for food, housing, education, or other essential items. 

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