Humanitarian Response

Save the Children is committed to reducing children's vulnerability to humanitarian crises, ensuring their right to survival and development after an emergency and providing the support they and their families need to quickly recover and re-establish their lives, dignity and livelihoods. Our humanitarian interventions cover the three breakthroughs – survival, learning and protection.  

In Uganda, Save the Children has responded to emergencies since 2008, beginning with a refugee influx from the Democratic Republic of Congo that year. Presently we are responding to the ongoing South Sudanese and Congolese refugee influxes in Adjumani, Arua, Kiryandongo, Yumbe, Kamwenge (Rwamwanja), Hoima (Kyangwali) and Kisoro (Nyakabande) districts.


Through our education program, we establish early childhood care and development centers, train caregivers and provide scholastic and teaching materials for young children to attend school. Our child protection interventions have seen us establish Child-Friendly Spaces where children come to play and learn, as well as receive psychological support.

Children play in a child-friendly space run by Save the Children.

We facilitate registration and reunification with parents of children who come on their own from their countries of origin or who are separated from their parents. Our response also covers establishment/strengthening of community-based child protection structures such as child protection committees and the linking of child survivors of abuse to remedial services.