Children in Crisis

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Hani (8), Lebanon

You can protect children like Hani today.

No child should have witnessed the horrors Hani has seen. At just 8 years old, Hani was forced to leave his childhood behind; fleeing his home, afraid for his life, to escape the terror of war. Now a refugee, he needs you more than ever.

As COVID-19 limits life-saving aid from reaching children in dangerous places, children in crisis, like Hani, urgently need you.

Millions of parents and caregivers have lost incomes and jobs due to COVID-19, forcing them into dire situations, and exposing their children to dangerous circumstances.

We urgently need your help. More than 110 million children are going hungry, 8 million children have already been forced into child labour and begging, and as many as 30 million children’s lives are in danger from secondary health impacts.

Give a monthly donation to Children in Crisis to protect vulnerable children like Hani.

Your monthly donation of $20, will provide $100 worth of life-saving essentials every month, thanks to our partnerships across the United Nations.

When a crisis strikes, children are the most at risk.


Conflict is a daily reality. There are more refugees in the world today than after World War II and more than half of them are children.


Early marriage violates girls’ rights. It exposes girls to violence throughout their lives and traps them in a cycle of poverty.


Schools have been destroyed. Nine gruelling years of war in Syria has robbed the next generation of their right to an education.

You can help make the life-changing difference for children to survive, recover and thrive.

Supply life-saving essentials

Your support can provide emergency care for children. When a disaster strikes, you can make all the difference by providing life-saving essentials like food, clean water, education, sanitation and healthcare.

Nurture broken lives

You can help children start to heal in a safe, supportive environment. At Child-Friendly Spaces, children receive vital support and counselling, so they can start to heal from the trauma they've experienced.

Give hope for the future

With your support, children can start to dream again, to feel safe. You can help build long-term solutions that can make high-risk regions more secure, provide stability and mitigate the underlying causes of fragility.

You can help protect vulnerable children in dangerous places; where political instability, natural disasters and conflict threaten their safety.






9 years of a violent and deadly war. Syria's children are growing up in the midst of the most significant humanitarian crisis in living memory, as the war rages on in its ninth year.

Learn more about the Syrian Crisis.



5.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Internal conflict and political instability drive needs for millions, including 2.6 million children.

Learn more about Sudan.



6 years of conflict for the world's youngest nation. The conflict has resulted in an estimated 380,000 deaths, and more than 4.4 million people are displaced.

Learn more about South Sudan.



13.5 million Afghans face crisis-levels of food insecurity. Ongoing conflict overlaid with drought and flooding has made an impossible situation so much worse.

Learn more about Afghanistan.


Give a monthly donation to provide life-saving essentials like food, water and healthcare.

Your monthly donation of $20, will provide $100 worth of life-saving essentials every month, thanks to our partnerships across the United Nations.

Helen Clark advocates for the rights of children in crisis.

<br>Helen Clark advocates for the rights of children in crisis.

Former Prime Minister, and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark, visited projects in Afghanistan to see the impact that violence, drought and flooding is having on children's lives.

Helen met with families that are struggling with the devasting reality of having to decide their daughter's fate to manage financially. "I've seen that there are women who care deeply about their daughters and are under great pressure to allow them to be, in effect, sold into early marriage because that would relieve some financial difficulties" shared Helen.

Early marriage violates girls’ rights to health, education and future opportunities.

Give monthly to Children in Crisis, and you can protect vulnerable children at risk of early marriage.




What is 'Children in Crisis'?
Children in Crisis is a way to protect children that live in dangerous places. Through our partnerships, every $1 donated to Children in Crisis will provide $5 worth of life-saving aid. Currently, Children in Crisis funds are supporting vulnerable children affected by the Syrian Crisis. Children in Sudan, South Sudan and Afghanistan.

How does my donation help? 
Your donation can help us provide nutritious food, clean water, sanitation, healthcare, education, shelter and basic household items. With your support, we can establish Child-Friendly Spaces that give a sense of safety and stability to vulnerable children in some of the world’s most dangerous places. Through our partnerships, every $1 donated will provide $5 worth of life-saving aid.

What is the difference between 'Children in Crisis' and 'Child Sponsorship'?
Child Sponsorship supports children living in extreme poverty. We partner with communities and work together to develop sustainable solutions to tackle the root causes of poverty. Children in Crisis supports children living in dangerous places, where political instability, natural disasters and/or conflict threaten their safety. We work to protect and nurture these children and are ready to respond immediately to a crisis.

How do I know if I'm making an impact?
At World Vision, we are dedicated to keeping our generous supporters informed on the difference they are making to the world's most vulnerable children. As a supporter, we will send you regular personal stories and updates on how your support is changing lives.

We ensure all resources entrusted to us are used effectively to bring maximum impact.



As part of an international partnership working in nearly 100 countries, World Vision New Zealand pursues the highest standards of stewardship and accountability.

In 2019, 83.3% of World Vision New Zealand's total operating expenses were used for international program support that benefited children, families and communities in need. Learn more about our impact.