Plan International has been responding to disasters ever since the organisation was founded during the Spanish Civil War in 1937.
Last year we provided life-saving humanitarian assistance, protection, education and emotional support to children and adults affected by 44 disasters across the world.
We also work to support communities, governments and international institutions to identify and reduce the risks of disasters.
When a disaster strikes children and young people often suffer the most – and through climate change alone the number of children affected by disasters is projected to increase to as many as 175 million per year in the next decade*.
Plan’s approach puts children at the heart of disaster risk management – helping them to recover, protecting and engaging them to reduce disaster risks, and preparing them to be resilient to future shocks.
We also build on the potential of children and young people to be the change-makers in a community’s future.
Prepared for disasters
When Typhoon Haiyan – one of the largest storms to ever make landfall – hit the Philippines in November 2013, a group of children in Eastern Samar used text messages to alert friends and family so they could evacuate to safe spaces, thanks to Plan training.
Read about Plan’s global emergencies work in the following key areas:
- Child protection in emergencies
- Disaster risk reduction and climate change
- Education in emergencies
- Food and nutrition
* Figure from UNICEF
Child-friendly spaces: Helping children through emergencies
Take a tour of a Plan child-friendly space in Niger and see the support it is providing to children who have been forced to flee fighting in neighbouring Mali.
Pamela and the Child-Friendly Space
Like many children her age, Pamela - a young survivor of Typhoon Haiyan - found a safe haven in a Child-Friendly Space.
Youth reporters: our message to the world
Young survivors of Typhoon Haiyan have a lot they want to say. Hear their messages as they mark 6 months on from the disaster.