Give an urgent gift
As lockdown measures slowly lift in the UK, children around the world who have fled conflict, violence and hunger desperately need our help. That’s why we’re working with the other 13 charities of the Disasters Emergency Committee on an urgent, far reaching co-ordinated response.
Imagine being a young child, having to leave everything behind to escape danger with your family, only to face a new, silent threat of coronavirus. Many of these children are now living in crowded camps with little access to medical care, clean water and food. In these places, coronavirus is likely to be even more deadly than it has been here.
We launched our rapid response to the crisis as the UK entered lockdown and are immensely grateful for your support, which is saving lives right now. But as our fears are realised for the world's most vulnerable children, we still urgently need your help. The more we do now to stop the spread of the virus can protect millions of people and save lives.
HOW YOU'LL HELP SAVE LIVES
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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.
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.
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.
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