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Coronavirus Children's Emergency Appeal

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Children's Emergency Appeal

We’re on the brink of a devastating global food crisis.

Coronavirus has led to a steep rise in hunger in countries already struggling with conflict, climate change and economic turbulence.

270 million people are facing crisis-level food insecurity right now.

For children, especially girls, in the world's most vulnerable communities, the challenge could not be greater.

We have a brief window to prevent a devastating global hunger crisis.

If conditions continue to deteriorate, famine is a real risk in parts of South Sudan, Burkina Faso, Northeast Nigeria and Yemen.
A woman collects food aid during distribution in Pibor county, South Sudan
We’re working with the World Food Programme to scale up food distribution, providing lifesaving support to pregnant women, breastfeeding mums and children under five in Pibor, South Sudan.

A Crisis on a crisis

For families in South Sudan, the situation is rapidly deteriorating. Approximately 60% of the population are predicted to face acute food shortages this year. This includes 1.4 million children under the age of five and almost 500,000 women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Without urgent action, there’s a real risk that we’ll see devastating levels of hunger and possibly famine. It’s critical that government and humanitarian agencies urgently scale up operations to bring food, nutrition, clean water and health services to communities throughout South Sudan.

We are on the brink of a devastating global food crisis

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Lifesaving support

The impact of your donations

Rice bowl

In Paraguay, our emergency response programme provided vulnerable families with immediate support, including food kits and hygiene kits for 18,000 families during the most severe phase of the crisis.


In the Philippines, to help keep children safe from harm and exploitation, we delivered training to 706,326 individuals on how to better identify and report incidents of abuse.

Hygiene Kit

In Nepal, we delivered 15,460 hygiene kits, containing buckets, soap, bleach and sanitary pads, to communities, including sponsored families. We also installed 69 handwashing stations in public areas and health centres.

Mother puts face a face mask on her young daughter in, Vietnam.
In Vietnam, our children’s and parents clubs have reached 52,660 children and 3,000 adults. Through the programme, we’ve shared vital information about the effects of coronavirus and how to stop the spread of the disease.

Committed to Child Sponsorship

Our child sponsorship programme is more important than ever right now. We urgently need more sponsors to help fund projects that will enable children to reach their potential, during the pandemic and into the future.

To find out more about becoming a sponsor visit our child sponsorship page >

As we continue to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, we want to reassure sponsors of the steps we’re taking to protect the children and communities we work with against the risks of the disease and the long-term impacts that threaten children’s futures. 

If you’re already one of our amazing sponsors, our coronavirus FAQs for sponsors can be found here >