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Save the Children Announces $400,000 Walmart Grant for Women’s Empowerment in El Salvador


Save the Children Announces $400,000 Walmart Grant for Women’s Empowerment in El Salvador

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Domestic Emergencies Unit

Supporting the Unmet Needs of Children Before, During and After Emergencies

PDF Download Save the Children's Children in Emergencies Planning Guide

The Need

The disasters of the last decade have revealed profound gaps in the national strategy for emergency preparedness, response, and recovery, specifically when it comes to safeguarding children. These shortcomings, including failing to count children in shelters and the lack of a family reunification system, put children at risk. Save the Children is committed to reducing the impact of disasters on children through effective Preparedness, Response, Recovery, and Advocacy.


Emergency Response

Save the Children responds directly to communities when significant numbers of children are affected in a disaster, working to address unmet needs of children and implementing our signature program, Child-Friendly Spaces. During emergencies, we create designated areas in community gathering places and shelters where children can play, socialize, and begin to recover. This program reduces the impact of the disaster and supports children’s natural ability to bounce back. Hundreds of prepositioned kits full of toys, games and books needed to create Child-Friendly Spaces are in strategic locations throughout the US.

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PDF Child-Friendly Spaces (PDF)

PDF Disaster Decade Lessons (PDF)

PDF Child Safety Guidance (PDF)


Save the Children’s extensive experience on the ground during countless disasters around the world has proven that preparedness can make a real difference. Our disaster experts focus on key areas to help ensure children’s safety and wellbeing through planning and readiness training.

Emergency Preparedness Workshops for Children and Technical Guidance for Emergency Planners and Shelter Managers: Save the Children is helping care providers, emergency planners and communities prepare to safeguard children during and after disasters. These preparedness efforts ensure that there is an informed voice for the needs of children both in shelters during an emergency and within the affected community once recovery efforts begin.

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PDF Children in Emergency Planning Guide (PDF)

PDF Resilient and Ready Communities (PDF)


Rebuilding Child Care: Save the Children supports the recovery of organizations families depend on, like afterschool programs and child care centers. These are essential services for families as parents cannot return to work or start to rebuild their lives if a disaster destroys the child care facilities upon which they depend.

Helping Kids Recover: Disasters may be overwhelming to children and their parents and often, they need help to relieve stress and fear and recover from the effects of the emergency. Save the Children has created a series of community and school-based programs to help children and their adult caregivers to recover emotionally after a disaster. As the success of these programs becomes more and more apparent, increasing numbers of schools, child care providers, parents, and teachers look directly to Save the Children for psychosocial guidance and training after emergencies.

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PDF Psychosocial Program Fact Sheet (PDF)

Advocates for Children in Disasters

  • National Advocacy: Save the Children led a coalition that successfully advocated Congress to create a National Commission on Children and Disasters. Mark Shriver, Vice President of Save the Children’s U.S. Programs, acts as Chair of the Commission.
  • National Partnerships:Save the Children served on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s National Advisory Council. We also partner with the American Red Cross to provide Child-Friendly Spaces in emergency shelters and disaster assistance centers.
  • Local and State Initiatives: Save the Children provides training to address the needs of children in emergencies in higher risk areas like New York City and the Gulf Coast. Save the Children has developed a guide to addressing children’s needs in emergencies, written for local and state emergency managers to help them incorporate the needs of children into their emergency preparedness and disaster response planning.

Additional Resources

PDF Save the Children's Domestic Emergency Fact Sheet (PDF)

PDF FEMA Disaster Assistance Fact Sheet - Public Assistance for Child Care Services (PDF)

PDF FEMA Homeland Security Grant Program Fact Sheet (PDF)

The National Commission on Children in Disasters

FEMA Interactive Web Course on Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters

Fire Safety for Children


In fiscal year 2009, 90 percent of all expenditures went to program services. That percentage is an average for all of Save the Children's programs worldwide. The percentage spent on any particular program may vary.
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