Our Work to Help Children in Emergencies
Child protection is central to our work. Our disasters and emergency work addresses all aspects of child rights, including the rights to survival, protection and development. We respond to and prevent abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence against children. Our work in disasters prioritises providing children with safe spaces, education and emotional support.
Bringing Smiles to Children in the Philippines
Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Phillippines and displaced 6 million people. Following the disaster, we set up child-friendly spaces to keep children safe, off the streets, help them overcome trauma and provide a free space for learning and play.
Nutritional Wellbeing of Children in Nepal
In a country already suffering high rates of child malnutrition (one in two children) even before the earthquake, the impact of the disaster has worsened the health conditions and wellbeing of children in Nepal. We’re bringing mums together to improve the nutritional well-being of children in Nepal.
Preparing Communities for Future Disasters
The number of children affected by disasters and emergencies is expected to multiply threefold over the next decade due to climate change, environmental degradation, poverty and population growth, making it essential that communities become better prepared for disasters in hazard-prone areas.
We work to strengthen the resilience of at-risk communities, enabling them to better provide for the safety and well-being of their children. We promote an innovative child-centred approach to disaster risk reduction that harnesses the energy and ideas of children and young people to work towards making lives safer and communities more resilient to disasters.
Preparing Myanmar for Climate Extremes
A new programme is set to help 300,000 people in Myanmar cope with climate extremes and disasters. The programme will prioritise women and children as key drivers of community resilience and development and empower them to realise and stand up for their rights.
10 Facts You Need to Know About Children and Climate Change
If temperatures rise beyond two Degrees Celsius, the implications for today’s children, and future generations will be grave, and the poorest children will be the hardest hit. Here’s what you need to know about climate change and how you can help future generations.
Involving Children and Young People
We believe that children, who are among the most affected by disasters and often the least consulted, have the right to participate in helping rebuild their communities, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. We work to increase the participation of children and young people in the planning, implementation and evaluation process of our emergency work. We also advocate with, and on behalf of children, at national, regional and global levels to ensure that their needs and voices are heard by decision-makers.
Ebola Survivor Abibatu: We Tell People They Shouldn’t Be Afraid
Abibatu, 16, is a girls’ rights activist for Plan and lost her father and brothers to Ebola. Through our youth advocacy work, Abibatu speaks about Ebola on the radio and tells people they shouldn’t be afraid of survivors.
Our work helps children take an active role in recovering from emergencies.
Helping Syrian refugee children move on from the trauma of war and settle into their new lives in Egypt
On World Environment Day we take a look at the impact of climate change on future generations
Take our quiz to find out if you've got what it takes to survive a natural disaster!
Our child-friendly spaces help the world’s most vulnerable children and their families recover from trauma
The Department for International Development (DFID) is the branch of the UK Government responsible for delivering overseas aid. DFID supports a number of our resilience programmes and emergency responses.
Plan International UK is a member of Start Network - 42 national and international aid agencies/NGOs are leading for change in humanitarian aid. The network aims to create a new humanitarian economy - a system that reduces the power of centralised institutions and bureaucrats and gives more control to those on the front line of every crisis – and to this end it operates a number of innovative aid programmes.