Since violence escalated on 7 October 2023, thousands of children have been killed or injured, and almost every child in the Gaza Strip has been exposed to deeply distressing events and trauma marked by widespread destruction, relentless attacks, displacement, and severe shortages of essential necessities such as food, water, and medicine.
Large parts of Gaza's infrastructure, including critical water and sanitation systems, have been reduced to rubble. Over 1.5 million people are internally displaced, around half of them children, and many have sought refuge in overcrowded shelters with extremely limited access to water, sanitation and hygiene – conditions that are especially dangerous for young children.
Access is difficult and limited, but our teams won’t give up trying to get critical supplies to children. By donating today, you can help us be there for children and families in desperate need.
Millions of children around the world face devastating losses and uncertain futures caused by natural disasters, public health crises and ongoing conflicts.
An unprecedented number of humanitarian emergencies are unfolding around the world where children are losing their homes, schools and loved ones. Their access to food, water and healthcare is affected. And although parents and caregivers are doing all they can to keep their children safe, devastatingly, many children are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.
"From natural disasters to wars and conflicts, the number of children in desperate need of humanitarian assistance is unprecedented."
We can’t stop emergencies from happening, but we can ensure that more children survive. That means being on the ground, delivering life-saving support during emergencies and being there long after a crisis to help restore vital programs to ensure every child is healthy, educated and safe from harm.
UNICEF is working alongside our partners to provide urgent assistance to children and families caught in emergencies.
Every year, UNICEF responds to hundreds of emergencies, delivering life-saving care, safeguarding children’s rights and protecting them from harm. From emergency relief to long-term development solutions, UNICEF is 100 per cent donor funded.
How will my donation help children?
When you donate to support UNICEF’s emergency work, you can help us reach the world’s most vulnerable children and their communities.
- $84 could help provide 16,800 water purification tablets, each able to create up to five litres of clean drinking water.
- $133 could help provide 253 sachets of Plumpy’Nut®, a therapeutic peanut paste, to help save the lives of two children.
- $311 could help provide a School-in-a-Box kit so 40 children can continue their education.
- 82¢last year, 82 cents of every dollar donated went to our emergency response work in the field and helped us to be there for children before, during and after emergencies around the world.
- 18¢last year, 18 cents in every dollar were invested in raising public awareness; fundraising to grow our impact for children and in essential accountability and administration work.
How do we use each dollar donated?
Your generous gift will help support UNICEF's work for children in emergencies and for all children in need around the world.
When war breaks out or disaster strikes, you can make a difference.
UNICEF is on the ground, providing urgent assistance to children and their families. But we can’t do it alone. We need your help to always be there. No matter what.