SOS MAYDAY Emergency Relief Fund

When a natural disaster or conflict threatens children’s safety, we take action to protect them and help families recover. With established networks and local staff in 125 countries, we are well-placed to quickly respond. From delivering essential supplies in the immediate aftermath of disaster, to rebuilding community infrastructure, we strive to achieve permanent change for families affected by disaster .We have a long-term approach, and remain in a community after an emergency has passed to continue to support recovery efforts.

Thanks to local knowledge and experience, SOS Children’s Villages’ staff can provide the most needed supplies very rapidly and at short notice children can be accommodated in SOS Children’s Villages or specially adapted premises.

SOS Childrens' Villages emergency relief
Protecting children in emergencies

Recent Emergency Response

Our emergency relief focuses on vulnerable children, and strives to reunite families and keep them together. Our emergency response teams have helped children at risk in more than 120 emergency situations around the world.

Read more about our latest emergency response activities and watch our videos on our emergency programmes.

Syria conflict

Since early 2011 the Syrian civil war has taken a terrible toll on children and families, causing the largest human displacement crisis today. Millions of people have fled the country, millions more are internally displaced.
Watch our the timeline video highlighting some of our work in Syria.

Central Africa Republic

Political unrest in the Central Africa Republic has left 2.2 million people in need of humanitarian aid and caused massive displacement. Of the estimated 836,000 people who have fled their homes, at least half are children.
Our emergenccy porgramme has helped more than 9,000 children since 2013.

The Lake Chad Basin region

The Lake Chad Basin region has been home to millions of refugees fleeing years of violence by Boko Haram. The conflict, originating in Nigeria, has intensified in recent years, spreading across borders into Niger, Chad and Cameroon, and has transformed into an intensifying humanitarian crisis.
Watch our video about our current work in Diffa.

Ecuador earthquake

In April 2016 a 7.8 magnitude earthquae struck Ecuador killing hundreds of people, In the weks that followed we foused our support on the communities of Pedernales and Chamanga.
Watch our video about the main strategies of our emergency programme in Ecuador.

South Sudan

More than 2.3 million people have had to leave their homes due to the conflict in South Sudan, according to UN OCHA.
Watch our video about our current work in South Sudan.

By donating to SOS MAYDAY
SOS Children's Villages is able to respond to emergencies as soon as they strike

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You can help children who have lost their parents. They may have been orphaned by AIDS, natural disaster or conflict. Poverty may have forced their parents to give them up, or they may have been separated from their family by war.