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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 go wherever the need is greatest.
South Sudan: A Crisis on a crisis
The pandemic has had a devastating impact on children around the world – including in South Sudan, where the situation is rapidly deteriorating.
Coronavirus has been an additional strain on a country struggling with displacement and conflict, putting many families at further risk of poverty, displacement and hunger. Approximately 60% of the population are predicted to face acute food shortages this year, including 1.4 million children under the age of five and almost 500,000 women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
We're rapidly scaling up our programmes, including food distributions, child protection and school meal programmes to reach those most in need.
Ethiopia: conflict, displacement and hunger
The outbreak of violence in Tigray, Ethiopia, has left millions of people facing life-threatening hunger, at a time when many communities have already been impacted by the pandemic. Around 5.2 million people need food assistance, more than 90% of the population.
Our teams are working to reach children and their families who have been displaced by the conflict. We're training healthcare workers, so they can screen and treat cases of malnutrition in children under five, and distributing essential items including water purifier tablets, soap and dignity kits for girls, so they can manage their periods – but we urgently need your support to reach even more families.
Our response around the world
Our teams have been supporting communities all over the world, including...
India: the devastating second wave
With your support, we scaled up our emergency response in India earlier this year, as a devastating second wave of coronavirus gripped the country. With cases rising rapidly, the country experienced a shortage of hospital beds, oxygen, and basic medicine. The collapse of savings, coupled with food shortages, meant many children – especially girls – were going hungry.
Since March 2020, Plan International India has reached 828,600 people with hygiene kits and 52,100 schoolgirls with education kits – as well as extending scholarship support to 20,000 children so they can continue their education.
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. Should your sponsored child, or the area in which they live, have been affected by the pandemic, we will be in touch as soon as possible.
If you’re already one of our amazing sponsors, our coronavirus FAQs for sponsors can be found here >