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Coronavirus Children's Emergency Appeal

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Children's Emergency Appeal

Over a year on, coronavirus continues to have a devastating impact globally.

For children, especially girls, in vulnerable communities the challenge couldn’t be greater.

The coronavirus pandemic has led to a steep rise in hunger

in countries already struggling with conflict, climate change and economic turbulence.

We need to act urgently to reach even more children and their families

including those who are living in countries facing a risk of famine.
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“We have insecurity in our area so we fear going too far from home to look for food,” says Juditha. Her son Yabbah, who’s three, has been receiving support for malnutrition through one of our nutrition clinics.

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.

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Worke, left, and her older sister are living in a displacement camp in Ethiopia. "Girls who are living in the shelters need to be provided with sanitary pads alongside food," she says.

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...

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.

In Nepal

we delivered 15,460 hygiene kits, containing buckets, soap, bleach and sanitary pads, to communities, including sponsored families. We also installed 69 hand washing stations in public areas and health centres.
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Our cash transfers have been helping sponsored children in India to continue their studies during the pandemic.

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.

Help support those most affected by coronavirus

Children around the world need your support

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. 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 >