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Children's Emergency Appeal

Helping children in emergencies.

Emergency Update

Vanuatu Cyclones

Since 1 March 2023, two tropical cyclones, Judy and Kevin, and an earthquake measuring 6.5 magnitude, has hit Vanuatu, damaging homes, buildings, power lines and infrastructure across the island nation. Access to safe water is critical as no running water is available in the main affected areas. Education and healthcare have also been severely impacted, with schools remaining closed and some healthcare facilities damaged. Sadly, an estimated 58,000 children may be affected and need humanitarian assistance.

UNICEF is already on the ground, working with partners to ensure the effective distribution of essential emergency supplies, including tents, hygiene kits, water filters, water tanks, tarpaulins, recreational kits, school-in-a-box materials, early childhood development (ECD) kits, and midwifery kits. 

UNICEF staff are currently in the field providing urgent assistance to affected children and families as they face some of the most devastating crises in places like Pakistan, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Yemen and Syria.

We are on the ground when natural disasters strike – helping to save lives after devastating earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and flooding wreak havoc in communities. And we're there for the long haul, too, staying long after the headlines fade to help build brighter futures for children and their communities.

Thanks to the contributions of our generous supporters, we're able to have a presence in 190 countries around the world. With the scale of our infrastructure, pre-positioned supplies in areas prone to emergencies and long-term development work around the world, UNICEF can act quickly, delivering life-saving help to children in just 48 hours.  

Your donations also ensure we are ready to respond when emergencies strike, such as the recent earthquake in Türkiye, which has devastated communities in both Türkiye and Syria. Our teams, which have been in the region for over 70 years, are currently working with other UN agency teams and local partners to assess the situation on the ground and are ready to respond to the needs of the communities.


UNICEF is 100% donor funded.


we can respond to an average of 300 emergencies a year.

How will my donation help children?

By donating to support UNICEF’s emergency work, you can help us reach the world’s most vulnerable children and their communities.

  • $84 could provide an emergency food ration pack containing 216 bars of ready-to-eat fortified food. 
  • $130 could provide 9660 water purification tablets, each able to create up to 5 litres of clean drinking water.
  • $271 could deliver a School-in-a-Box with enough education supplies to keep 40 students learning.

    How do we use each dollar donated?

  • 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.

Your generous gift will help support UNICEF's work for children in emergencies and for all children in need around the world.

A girl looks at the camera in front of a pile of rubble that used to be her school.
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UNICEF staff are in the field, providing urgent assistance to children and families.