During emergencies, children need protection and support from well-trained humanitarian workers. To help this happen, the IKEA Foundation supports Save the Children’s work to give humanitarian professionals the tools they need to protect children when they need it most.

We have been supporting this vital work since 2015 and are now pleased to announce a new grant of €8 million to help reach thousands more aid workers.

The new grant will provide training for over 20,000 aid workers around the world, giving them the professional skills to protect, support and educate children during disasters.

Since 2015, with our support, Save the Children has trained more than 300 aid workers in over 40 countries. During the training sessions, participants explore real-life scenarios and learn from experienced colleagues. The programme helps them respond faster and better when disaster strikes.


The difference training makes

Having a professional, skilled humanitarian workforce will enable countries to prepare for and respond to the growing number of crises. By engaging with humanitarian workers from entry to senior level, we can improve the quality of their response and, ultimately, help more children and families in emergencies.

Joan Marie Del Mundo, from Save the Children Philippines, was among those who responded when fighting in the city of Marawi forced 300,000 people to flee their homes in May 2017.

“Whether it’s an earthquake, a typhoon or armed conflict, children need protection and support by professionals,” she said. “Situations like these can be overwhelming. Being trained makes all the difference.”

As well as training its own staff and those from partner organisations, the grant will help Save the Children pass on skills, research and good practice to thousands more humanitarian workers.

Joan said: “We can transfer the knowledge to local aid workers here in the Philippines, who act to save lives and protect children when they need it the most.”

Annemieke Tsike-Sossah de Jong, Head of our Humanitarian Portfolio, said: “Children’s rights and safety are severely threatened during emergency situations. By supporting Save the Children’s training programme, we’re helping strengthen the humanitarian system so that children have a better chance of surviving disasters and thriving into their future.”

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