SOS MAYDAY Emergency Relief Fund

The SOS Children's Villages mission during an emergency is to ensure that children are protected from abuse, neglect, exploitation and are generally kept safe.

Our emergency response teams have so far helped children at risk in more than 120 emergency situations around the world.


What is MAYDAY?

"MAYDAY" Is a mariner's call for emergency support. When a MAYDAY call goes out, those who can, respond immediately.



How we help during an emergency


  • Child Protection Psychosocial Support
  • Health Care
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Settlement and Non-Food Items
  • Food Nutrition
  • Child Friend Spaces


  • Interim Care and Referral of Unaccompanied and separated children
  • Strengthening Community Based Care
  • WASH - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Current Emergencies


Morocco Earthquake

Just before midnight on Friday, September 8, a devastating earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 struck the regions surrounding Marrakech, Morocco, causing extensive destruction, significant casualties and tragic loss of life.

Ukraine at war - we stand for children

Conflict in Ukraine

On 24 February 2022, the Russian Federation launched a military operation in Ukraine. The situation is evolving rapidly and is likely to have devastating impacts on children as they are forced to flee their homes, schools, and communities in search of safety.

Ethiopia Tigray Emergency

Tigray: Ethiopia

In late 2020, intense fighting broke out in the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia, forcing over a million people to flee their homes.

Emergency Response: Ethiopia

SOS Children’s Villages is on the ground providing humanitarian assistance to more than 200,000 people in the Oromia and Somali regions.

SOS Mother Yousra and the five children in her care

Sudan: Children and families need your help

Join us to support our Emergency Response Program and help children and families at risk because of the conflict in Sudan.

Emergency Response: Colombia

For the past four years, SOS Children’s Villages has been implementing an emergency response program in Colombia