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Humanitarian

Every child, no matter who they are or where they come from, deserves relief and care in times of a crisis.

Save the Children, through several relief programmes and initiatives, has reached out to 62, 000 children in the last year. We continually work on our humanitarian action, which includes preparedness, mitigation, risk reduction, resilience building and
are not just limited to immediate action, supporting 40+ emergencies across India since 2008.

Come, join our mission to ensure Provision of
Humanitarian Relief to Every Last Child!

Over the years, we have faced a multitude of issues but undeterred, we have devised several solutions that help us relieve underprivileged children from any crisis or emergency situation.

Here, take a look.

The Problem

India is vulnerable to a large number of hazard, which is compounded by increasing vulnerabilities related to changing demographics and socio-economic conditions, unplanned urbanization, development within high-risk zones, environmental degradation, climate change, geological hazards, epidemics and pandemics.

This poses a serious threat to India’s economy, its population, and sustainable development.


  • Children are the worst affected during a humanitarian crisis or an
    emergency

    There is a lot at stake for children during a crisis.

    Latest reports suggest that children living in disaster-prone regions in India twice as likely to be living in poverty. In five major natural disasters from 2000-2016, 17,671 children lost their lives. The 2015-2016 drought in 10 states affected an approximated 330 million people, including 37 million children under five years.


  • Children’s education is hampered during an emergency

    Children are unable to maintain the continuity of education during an emergency.

    In emergency situations, the lack of teachers and staff prevent education systems from meeting children’s many learning needs. Additionally, gaps in research and data procurement prevent decision-makers from evaluating the situation and responding effectively.


  • Many children are trafficked and/or abused during a humanitarian crisis

    Child trafficking sees an increase in the number of cases during a crisis.

    A pressing issue that needs to be responded to is human trafficking in contexts of a humanitarian crisis. There is a need to take into account present mechanisms and policies to generate robust protection programmes and relief initiatives.


  • Children suffer from lack of safe drinking water, food and hygiene during an
    emergency

    Basic necessities are denied to children during a crisis.

    Children are subjected to some of the harshest living conditions during an emergency. Lack of food, water, shelter, and medical aid is the bitter realities of lakhs of children and families during a humanitarian crisis.

BE A PART OF OUR SOLUTION

Basic Supplies
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We provide basic supplies, hygiene kits, food baskets and water to children and families at a time of a humanitarian crisis.

Makeshift Accommodation
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We ensure that provision of temporary shelters are made for children and families whose houses have been damaged.

Raising Funds
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We work in partnership with our partners and donors to raise funds in response to an emergency, for both, short-term relief and long-term rebuilding work.

Spaces for Children
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We create child-friendly spaces to ensure children in a region hit by a crisis are protected at all times and are also able to learn and play.

Rehabilitate & Rebuild
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We closely work with communities affected by a disaster to help them rehabilitate and rebuild their lives.

Cater to Needs
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We ensure a response to unique needs like installing a water purification system or water harvesting plant, especially in areas where the water supply has been cut off because of the disaster.

Continuity of Education
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We provide teaching and learning support to children in disaster-stricken communities so that the continuity in their education is maintained.

Child Protection
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We ensure complete protection of children from harm and/or abuse, especially in such vulnerable situations.

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We will reach and help many more children in need. Your contribution has the power to give life to a child.

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OUR HUMANITARIAN RELIEF WORK

While Save the Children has offices in 10 states, we have a roster of trained humanitarian workers who are available to be deployed across the country in response to an emergency situation.
  • 2008

    In collaboration with the national government, we supported the relief work and provided our expertise during the Kosi river floods in Bihar.

  • 2009

    Cyclone Aila had a devastating effect on the livelihoods of the population in West Benegal. In response, we restored and promoted sustainable livelihoods in selected cyclone-affected areas of North 24 Parganas
    districts of West Bengal, with specific consideration for the needs of women and girls aged 12-18 years.

  • 2010

    Save the Children has been working on Humanitarian and Disaster Risk Reduction issues in India since the floods in Leh, in 2010.

  • 2013 & 2014

    We have provided the biggest and most impactful response during the Kashmir floods in 2014, the flash floods in Uttarakhand in 2013, Cyclones Phailin in 2013 and Hudhud in 2014.

  • 2015

    A powerful earthquake hit Nepal in April 2015. In response, Save the Children launched a disaster response in Nepal with emergency assistance.

  • 2016 & 2017

    Provided relief during the East India floods.

  • 2018

    Save the Children in collaboration with ‘I am for Alleppy’ banner and Kudumbashree (Kerala State Poverty Eradication Mission) undertook the following relief operations amongst more humanitarian work.

    • 32,762 from 6,125 households were supported with hygiene, utensil, and shelter during the relief period
    • 30 Anganwadi centers were rebuilt in Kuttanad area
    • More than 4,000 children were provided with education kits
    • Massive cleaning drives were undertaken in six-gram panchayats with the support of the community
  • 2019

    Save the Children’s teams stocked up relief material like shelter kits, household kits and education support material for children and families hit by Cyclone Fani.

    Additionally, during Assam and Bihar floods in 2019, we reached 15,000 children in Assam immediately with life-saving aid including temporary shelter, water, hygiene and sanitation services – all of which are essential to protect children from the elements
    and potential disease.

  • 2020

    We continue to provide humanitarian support to victims of Delhi Violence since February.

    We are also consistently providing COVID relief to many children, families, and communities since the first lockdown in March 2020.

In collaboration with the national government, we supported the relief work and provided our expertise during the Kosi river floods in Bihar.

Cyclone Aila had a devastating effect on the livelihoods of the population in West Benegal. In response, we restored and promoted sustainable livelihoods in selected cyclone-affected areas of North 24 Parganas districts of West Bengal, with specific consideration for the needs of women and girls aged 12-18 years.

Save the Children has been working on Humanitarian and Disaster Risk Reduction issues in India since the floods in Leh, in 2010.

We have provided the biggest and most impactful response during the Kashmir floods in 2014, the flash floods in Uttarakhand in 2013, Cyclones Phailin in 2013 and Hudhud in 2014.

A powerful earthquake hit Nepal in April 2015. In response, Save the Children launched a disaster response in Nepal with emergency assistance.

Provided relief during the East India floods.

Save the Children in collaboration with ‘I am for Alleppy’ banner and Kudumbashree (Kerala State Poverty Eradication Mission) undertook the following relief operations amongst more humanitarian work.

  • 32,762 from 6,125 households were supported with hygiene, utensil, and shelter during the relief period
  • 30 Anganwadi centers were rebuilt in Kuttanad area
  • More than 4,000 children were provided with education kits
  • Massive cleaning drives were undertaken in six-gram panchayats with the support of the community

Save the Children’s teams stocked up relief material like shelter kits, household kits and education support material for children and families hit by Cyclone Fani.

Additionally, during Assam and Bihar floods in 2019, we reached 15,000 children in Assam immediately with life-saving aid including temporary shelter, water, hygiene and sanitation services – all of which are essential to protect children from the elements
and potential disease.

We continue to provide humanitarian support to victims of Delhi Violence since February.

We are also consistently providing COVID relief to many children, families, and communities since the first lockdown in March 2020.

Directly Impacted 4,06,200
children

Through the consistency of our donors’ support, we have successfully impacted the lives of many children. PAN India, since 2008

We are indebted to our supporters and donors who have helped touch the lives of many.

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Indirectly Impacted 5,08,000
adults

Save the Children’s Humanitarian interventions are aligned with the Global Strategy and Global Education Breakthrough that believes in the protection of children in the face of a crisis.

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We are close to achieving our goal to be a nation prepared to fully comfort
the underprivileged children in the event of a disaster!

Come, witness the change brought about by our Humanitarian Programmes.

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