From disaster relief to recovery projects, Plan works to protect the rights of children and young people during emergencies.
In 2012, Plan provided life-saving humanitarian assistance, protection, education and emotional support in 36 disasters across the world.
We don’t stop when the news cameras go home but focus on children’s long-term needs, providing recovery programmes and developing disaster risk reduction strategies.
Children recover more quickly when they are involved in rebuilding their community so we ensure that children and young people take part in our disaster response.
Plan is now recognised as a global leader in child-centred disaster risk reduction. Preparation can make all the difference when the worst happens and we work with children, communities, and government agencies to identify disaster risks and strengthen their resilience.
We make sure that children have a significant voice in decision-making and support them to deal with disasters and think through sustainable solutions.
Prepared for disasters
When warnings were issued for the March 2011 tsunami, children in Indonesia, Philippines, Ecuador, Honduras, Guatemala, Colombia, Peru, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Panama evacuated people to safe places andearly action, thanks to our disaster risk reduction work.
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.
Flood Children of Holdibari
A group of Bangladeshi children work with Plan to protect their community from flooding.
Dominican Republic: Be alert to disaster!
When Hurricane Tomas threatened the Dominican Republic last November hundreds of children were fully prepared to protect themselves, thanks to Plan’s disaster risk reduction training.
Vietnam: Tackling disaster risks
Watch this video developed by children in Vietnam on their experience of Typhoon Ketsana and how they plan to protect their communities from future disasters.