Disaster and conflict

In situations of war and disaster, children need specific protection and care. With our established global infrastructure, network of partners and trusted recognition as a reliable partner in quality care, we launch emergency response programmes for children and families who need urgent assistance. Our emergency response teams are expert in protecting children and their families in times of war and chaos, ensuring basic and psychological needs are met. We also work to strengthen and reunite families, facilitate integration for those arriving in new regions and countries, ensure education and training can continue, and keep families in touch. 


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On Boxing Day 2004, an earthquake measuring 9.1 on the Richter scale hit Banda Aceh, followed by a devastating tsunami. SOS Children’s Villages responded immediately after to support the children and families whose lives were shattered.



We’re still helping in the region to this day, as well as in countless other disaster or emergency-affected parts of the world. We offer emergency support whenever disasters happen, and we stay for the long term, supporting people to rebuild their lives. Your support will help our work continue – thank you.

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Last year we provided over 1.18 million emergency services in 25 countries. With your help we can protect children from malnutrition, disease, long-term trauma and trafficking.

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Emergency crises are increasingly frequent and severe, and in many countries they occur as a result of political instability, widespread poverty, weak state institutions and the increasing effects of climate change.

Children are particularly vulnerable during humanitarian emergencies. In such situations, we put the protection of children and their families at the centre of our activities.

These extreme circumstances impact family and community life, putting children at an increased risk of malnutrition, disease, exploitation and long-term trauma.

We specialise in protection and care of children, including care for unaccompanied and separated children, interim care centres for children, family reunification, child friendly spaces, and psychological and social support.

SOS Children’s Villages' emergency programmes are guided by the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence. Learn more about our approach in our Emergency Policy.