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War, displacement and disaster rob children of their basic rights, dignity, and stability. Using proven play-based approaches, we are able to give children the psychosocial support they need to overcome trauma, and help them to keep learning safely.


When Pakistan was hit with historic flooding in September of 2022, millions of children lost their homes and the lingering floodwaters threatened outbreaks of waterborne diseases.

We responded by providing mental and emotional support, as well as distributing hygiene kits in flood-affected areas. As conditions stabilised, we helped open the doors of damaged schools so children could safely return and pursue their education.

Read about our response to the Pakistan floods here.

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Keeping children learning and mentally strong

When an emergency hits, schools are often the first places affected. We respond to emergencies in the 15 programme countries we work in 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 young people experiencing marginalisation are included in recovery efforts. When the emergency subsides, we help children go back to school safely and resume their studies.

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Responding to the Beirut explosion

After the 2020 Beirut explosion, we launched a targeted music programme that gave affected young people a chance to express their feelings and fears through song and taught them how to support peers experiencing trauma. We also contributed to the clean-up and rehabilitation of partner schools and community spaces and helped out-of-school children re-enrol and continue their studies.


Protecting children through the pandemic

When the World Health Organization declared a 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, media and community partners to ensure children could keep learning while schools were locked down, and helped children access vital psychosocial support when needed.

Children's Emergency Fund

For every pound you donate to the Children’s Emergency Fund, we ensure that 90% is spent directly on response efforts.