Emergency Response

Every day, all over the world, we provide high-quality, long-term care for children who can no longer live with their parents.


When disasters strike, SOS is there to help.

In times of crisis, children are the most at risk. We respond by providing immediate shelter, food and medical care to children and families. We also offer safe places for children to learn and play, and we help families heal from trauma, adapt to a new environment and start new lives.

Today, humanitarian crises are increasingly frequent and severe, and often occur against a complex backdrop of political instability, widespread poverty and weak state institutions.

These extreme circumstances impact family and community resilience, putting children at an increased risk of losing care and protection when they need it most.

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The Problem in Numbers

1 in every 200

children is a refugee


children are living in areas affected by armed conflict


children are displaced from their homes

Local Presence Supports Precise and Swift Response

With a trusted and enduring presence in local communities, our locally led teams are uniquely positioned to provide children with protection and care before, during and after emergencies.

When humanitarian crises occur, SOS is there to quickly move children out of harm’s way and into safe environments, where we provide the food, clothing, medical care and psychological support the children need. We also reunite children with their families, deliver life-saving aid to affected families, and offer special protection and care to traumatized children.


SOS Emergency Response Program Focus

  • Alleviate Suffering with food, water and shelter.
  • Reunite Children with their families.
  • Protect and Care for traumatized children in Child-Friendly Spaces.
  • Offer trauma counseling for children and families to cope with disaster
  • Partner with NGOs, governments and the private sector for impactful disaster response.

As a member of the SOS family, you make the world a better place.

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As a member of the SOS family, you make the world a better place. You can give a child immediate relief during a devastating disaster, and a safe place to grow that will lead to a bright and promising future. Act now to transform a child’s life.

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