Children in Crisis

All children have rights. Save the Children was the first global movement devoted to securing them, ensuring kids are protected from harm in times of crisis.

Today, we champion the rights of the world’s 2.3 billion children.

Our sister organization, Save the Children Action Network, combines government relations with grassroots activism to build relationships with policymakers across the United States and mobilize the public.

Together, we turn advocacy into policy wins – working to ensure children can survive and thrive.

Mental Health

Globally, 1 in 6 kids struggles with depression, anxiety and other devastating mental health disorders. Yet in low- and middle-income countries, 75% of people don’t have access to treatment.

The Mental Health in International Development and Humanitarian Settings (MINDS) Act would change that.

For the first time ever, mental health support would be mainstreamed across U.S. humanitarian assistance – helping communities achieve long-term peace and development goals and giving millions of children the care they need to heal.

Bottom line: this bill could help millions of kids find hope for their futures, even in the face of conflict or crisis.

United States Border

Poverty, political instability, gender-based violence, crime, corruption and social injustice drive children and families to journey to the United States in search of safety.

But recent government policies have made it almost impossible for them to seek asylum here.

Save the Children works to ensure migrant children and families are treated with dignity and respect throughout every step of the process. We focus on four key areas: child welfare, access to asylum, family reunification and the root causes of unsafe migration.

Take Action

Support Ending Title 42

Send a message to your members of Congress: we must support science and the Biden administration in ending Title 42, restoring asylum and fulfilling our promises to children and families.

Humanitarian Response

Humanitarian crises have a devastating physical, psychological and developmental impact on children. Kids are especially at risk when they lose loved ones or are forced to flee home to escape conflict or climate-driven disasters.

In the face of immense global humanitarian needs, we must take action today and urge Congress to continue to fund programs that protect children’s rights.

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The U.S. has long been a leader in responding to global emergencies. Our nation continues to play a crucial role in ensuring children – including those with disabilities, girls, refugees and internally displaced persons – are safe during and after humanitarian crises.

To help kids survive, learn and thrive, Save the Children advocates for:

  • Humanitarian funding that meets children’s needs
  • Emergency preparedness, risk reduction and resilience-building efforts
  • Protecting kids’ rights, safety and education when disaster strikes
  • Providing mental health and psychosocial support to help children heal

Save the Children protects kids’ rights in the hardest-to-reach places, where it’s toughest to be a child.

Afghanistan

Afghanistan

Suffering from economic crisis and crippling drought, 97% of families are struggling to put food on the table. Girls are banned from attending secondary school, and a quarter are showing signs of depression.

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Myanmar

Myanmar

Since the 2021 military coup, conflict has intensified and attacks on civilians have skyrocketed. The number of children out of school has more than doubled, and 1.3 million people are internally displaced.

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Syria

Syria

14.6 million people need humanitarian aid as violence pushes refugees deeper into poverty. Boys leave school to help their families survive, while girls face threats of child trafficking and sexual exploitation.

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Sahel Region

Sahel Region

Conflict and climate change are wreaking havoc in West and Central Africa. Drought, floods and political instability have forced families from their homes, pushed 1 million children out of school and left 11% of the population hungry.

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Ukraine

Ukraine

7.5 million children are in grave danger of physical harm, emotional distress and displacement. Air strikes and explosions have damaged schools, hospitals and energy infrastructure – and civilians are getting caught in the crossfire.

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Yemen

Yemen

Seven years of war have left 23.4 million people in need of humanitarian aid. 2.4 million kids are suffering from chronic malnutrition, while countless others lack access to education and health care.

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