Save the Children Federation

Save the Children is the world's leading independent organization for children. Our vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.
Jul 17, 2014

Annual Report from Save the Children

Annual Report Cover
Annual Report Cover

Dear friends,

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children,” said Nelson Mandela, one of our world’s great leaders and visionaries, whom we so sadly lost in 2013. Mandela knew that by investing in children, we are investing in our collective future.

We couldn’t agree more. That’s why Save the Children is dedicated to ensuring that every child has the best chance  for success – a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We invest in childhood.

In 2013, thanks to those who invested along with us, we achieved lasting, largescale results for children here in the United States and around the world. For example, after Oklahoma’s devastating tornadoes, children and families got the crisis care they needed. W e enabled dozens of damaged childcare centers to provide quality services again after Hurricane Sandy. Children’s voices were heard on Capitol Hill, and early education finally became a national priority. In the Philippines, we provided typhoon victims with vital supplies and support, and we protected and cared for the children of Syria. Children around the world learned to read and succeed in school. And millions more babies survived the most dangerous day – their birth day.

Results like these require the effective management of significant resources, as reported here for 2013, and we are grateful to the many donors and partners who so generously supported our work. As the largest member of Save the Children’s global movement, Save the Children U SA’s financial standing remains very strong, with historic levels of revenue and spending on children’s programming. So we entered 2014 well-positioned to continue investing in childhood.

Please take this opportunity to review the 2013 results for children your investment made possible – and consider continuing your support, both by raising your voice and by making a financial contribution to Save the Children.

Thank you on behalf of the world’s children – and the future we share.

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May 30, 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo Teams Up to Fight Child Hunger

Photo Credit: Jorge Monteiro
Photo Credit: Jorge Monteiro

Cristiano Ronaldo is gearing up to take on child hunger in Guatemala. "See how @SavetheChildren is showing parents how to use goat milk to tackle child #hunger in Guatemala," tweeted the Real Madrid football star. Cristiano is referring to a goat milk program, featured in a new Save the Children video, which is helping chronically malnourished Guatemalan children like four-year-old Isabella gain weight and grow. View the video in English and in Spanish.

"Parents want to do everything they can for their child. As a father, I can only imagine how Isabella's mother must have felt, knowing her child was not getting the nourishment she needed," said Cristiano Ronaldo, referring to a mother and child featured in the video. "Fortunately, Isabella's mother got good advice from Save the Children on how healthy foods like goat milk can help Isabella gain weight and grow. But not all parents get this guidance, and that is heartbreaking."

Save the Children's goat-raising center in Guatemala offers milk as a source of protein for undernourished children living in rural communities. Nearly half of all children under age 5 in Guatemala are chronically malnourished. In Quiche, a rural mountainous area about 165 kilometers outside of Guatemala City where Isabella lives, the number of chronically malnourished children climbs to more than 72 percent of under 5 children. One-year-olds are especially vulnerable once they stop breastfeeding and no longer get enough of the right proteins and nutrients in their daily diet.

"Healthy foods fuel the growth of a child's brain and body in their early years. Without them, children suffer life-long consequences — their growth is stunted, they are more susceptible to illness, they struggle to keep up and pay attention in school," said Carlos Carrazana, country director of Save the Children in Guatemala. "But when we reach children early on, we can change their future, and make sure they have a chance to reach their full potential."

Empowering Families to Tackle Child Hunger in Guatemala

Save the Children provides child hunger programs to families in the Western Highlands of Guatemala, an under-resourced area that is home to the country's ethnic minority community and where a high percentage of children are malnourished. In addition to the goat milk program, Save the Children counsels pregnant women, mothers and caretakers on how to breastfeed, and on how to help their kids be healthier and eat a better diet. Working with community volunteers and health workers, Save the Children reaches mothers through classes, home and health clinic visits, community fairs, community theater events and soccer tournaments.

The global humanitarian organization also advises families on how to grow more nutritious food, such as beans, corn, potatoes and vegetables, and how to raise animals for eggs, goat milk and meat. Families also learn how to increase their income through better marketing approaches and new business opportunities like horticulture and animal husbandry, which helps pay for food and other needs for their children.

"Look at beautiful Isabella today. She is a happy, healthier child," added Ronaldo. "I want her story of a life free from hunger to be the story of every Guatemalan child. That's a goal worth pursuing."

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May 29, 2014

Final Report for East Africa Crisis

In 2011, a deadly food crisis across east Africa claimed tens of thousands of lives and left millions destitute and hungry. We launched the biggest emergency response in our 90-year history – delivering food, water, health care and other crucial life-saving aid to families. Your support helped us save thousands of lives. Thank you.

How you're still helping the children of east Africa

Thanks to you, we’re still on the ground, saving lives and giving children a chance at a better future.

You’re helping us feed hundreds of thousands of people, providing many more with clean water and healthcare across Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia.

You are helping us to provide a quality education to children – many for the first time in their lives. And your donations are supporting families find sustainable solutions to drought in their villages.

This is the final report on this project. Please visit www.savethechildren.org/africa to learn more about our work in Africa and our response to crises in South Sudan, Nigeria and the Central African Republic.

Thank you again for your generous support.

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