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Coronavirus Children's Emergency Appeal


Children's Emergency Appeal

Coronavirus is becoming the greatest health crisis in recent history.

With your help, our planned response will help save lives in 50,000 communities across 50 countries.

Severe food shortages are already ravaging regions experiencing persistent drought.

By the end of this year, 12,000 people a day could be dying of hunger caused by the pandemic.

In refugee camps around the world death rates could be devastatingly high,

while South Sudan has just 189 doctors in the whole country: one doctor for 65,000 people.

Coronavirus: Children's Emergency Appeal


Your support will go towards

Providing children and their families

with clean water, soap and information on keeping themselves safe.
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Ensuring families

get enough food to prevent malnutrition, particularly amongst the youngest children.

Protecting girls from the risk of abuse

when their parents are sick, through counselling and foster care.

In the unlikely event that we raise more money than can be reasonably and efficiently spent for this appeal, any additional funds will be spent wherever the need is greatest.

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A girl carries water home in Cox’s Bazar

Why Vulnerable Children are at risk

Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh is home to 1.2 million people, including almost 860,000 Rohingya refugees. Children and their families are settled in tents, with over 40,000 people per square kilometer – more than 40 times the average population density for Bangladesh.

One of the daily realities in the camps in Bangladesh is that women and children go to collect water. They’re going to joint areas, so the possibility for social distancing just doesn’t exist.

To deal with the recent outbreak of coronavirus in Cox’s Bazar, Plan International are distributing hand washing kits, ramping up child protection work and providing information sessions on coronavirus.


We urgently need your support to help children affected by Coronavirus

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Our work in sponsor communities, like this one in Nepal, includes installing essential infrastructure and access to water sources

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 help children to reach their potential during this difficult time and into the future.

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

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

We’re closely monitoring the situation to ensure we can respond if sponsored children are impacted by the virus. If a sponsored child has been affected, we will share any information we can with their sponsor.