Disasters and conflicts threaten children’s rights, prospects and damage the societies they live in.
Around 1.5 billion people are affected by conflict globally and over 65 million, half of them children, have been forced from their homes due to violence.
In addition, over 200 million people are affected by natural disasters each year and the effects of climate change are causing increased risks for children.
We build communities’ resilience and support children’s right to dignity and protection before, during and after disasters and conflicts. Responding to the needs of adolescent girls – who are among the most at risk when disasters strike – is a key focus of our work.
Child protection in emergencies
Emergencies can have devastating effects on children’s lives. They often result in girls and boys becoming orphaned, separated from their families, recruited into armed groups, sexually abused, trafficked or, as is often the case, several of these at the same time.
Girls keep schools safe during disasters
This series of photos shows how schoolgirls around the world are using knowledge gained from Plan International programmes to prepare their schools and classmates for natural disasters.Read more
Meet the refugee boys preventing violence against girls
We’re working with boys in Rwandan refugee camps to address discrimination and reduce violence against girls who are at greater risk during emergencies.Read more
Climate change activists disaster proof their communities
Louisa, 15, is among a group of young activists from the Philippines who have secured funding from their local council to help their community adapt to climate change and prepare for disasters.Read more
Aisha escapes child marriage in refugee camp
Plan International Cameroon is supporting girls like Aisha to make important decisions about their sexual health and well-being by preventing child marriage in Minawao refugee camp.Read more
Ecuador earthquake survivors share their stories
A year on from the Ecuador earthquake of April 2016, children have learned to overcome what they have experienced and become more resilient to emergencies through child-friendly spaces installed by Plan International.Read more
Young women rebuild their lives after Typhoon Haiyan
Following the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, young women are getting jobs, setting up businesses and turning their lives around thanks to skills training.Read more