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Dec 29, 2014

Thank You from Save the Children in Bolivia

Thank You from Bolivia
Thank You from Bolivia

Thanks to your generous support, children in Bolivia are being reached with lifesaving assistance and support. And school girls Fernanda, Gaby, Jhoselin and Gladys wanted to say "Thank You" to Save the Children Donors who support their school and health programs in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Last year, Save the Children reached nearly 80,000 children in Bolivia last year, keeping them safe from harm, providing the opportunity to learn and a healthy start in life. 

Our work in Bolivia will carry on in 2015. Save the Children's programs bring hope to children and families in the departments of La Paz and Oruro on the Altiplano, and our newer adolescent programs extend to every department of Bolivia. Save the Children helps girls and boys and their families with food security, newborn care, school health and nutrition, primary education, healthy adolescent development, and emergency relief.

Thank you again for your contribution. 

Happy New Year!

P.S. Please consider supporting Save the Children's global mission in your year-end giving plans. 

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Dec 29, 2014

Counting Until the Cows Come Home

Negassa is a survivor
Negassa is a survivor

Thank you for your generous support of Save the Children's efforts in East Africa. Much progress has been made and we wanted to share a story of hope for the future. Here's Negass's story, a young boy in Ethiopia who survived the hunger crisis and is now thriving in our education program. 

One look at six-year-old Negassa Bekana and it's obvious that he is an active and curious learner. In the early childhood development classroom at the Save the Children supported Jemjem Community-based School in Jemjem, Ethiopia, Negassa chats away with his classmates and gets to work on solving colorful hand-painted wooden puzzles featuring common household animals like roosters, hens and baby chicks.

Negassa's mom, Abeblech, agrees saying, "Negassa is an extrovert and is very inquisitive. He asks his older brothers many, many questions, often causing them to laugh as they try to answer him." Like many young boys his age, Negassa is incredibly energetic. He also is quite a character, with a quick grin and opinions of his own. His mother says that "he loves playing with neighborhood children and often tells them that they should play like him."

When asked about his favorite school activities, Negassa says "I like school. And my favorite thing to do [at school] is counting." And Negassa is a great counter. He quickly counts to 100 in Oromo, the local language he speaks at home and school.

Negassa, 6, with his mother, Abeblech, is learning the alphabet with a chart provided by Save the Children's early childhood development program. Photo by Susan Warner

Negassa, 6, with his mother, Abeblech, is learning the alphabet with a chart provided by Save the Children's early childhood development program. Photo by Susan Warner

This little boy can count until the cows come home, and at his house that number is three. But there's no shortage of things for Negassa to count around his family's home, including nine chickens, four goats, three cattle and two dogs.

Even for charismatic kids like Negassa, early childhood development program help children learn outside of the classroom and parents are encouraged to help their children practice basic skills and stay healthy at home.

Negassa's mom, Abeblech explains, "every Friday, Negassa reminds me that he needs to have his clothes washed before he goes back to school on Monday." And Negassa doesn't stop there, he also spreads the word to kids in the neighborhood, reminding them to arrive at school in clean clothes and having bathed.

Abeblech also received an alphabet chart from Save the Children that she regularly reviews with Negassa at home. "In the 10 months since he has been enrolled in the early childhood development program, Negassa now recognizes his letters," she says.

Negassa, 6, with his mother, Abeblech, counts the cows and other farm animals as a way to help develop his basic math skills. Photo by Susan Warner

Negassa, 6, with his mother, Abeblech, counts the cows and other farm animals as a way to help develop his basic math skills. Photo by Susan Warner

Parents like Abeblech, and others, are doing their part to help parents in the rural farming community of Jemjem, many who are illiterate or have received little education, ensure their children are learning. About six months ago, Abeblech was elected by her community to represent them on the School Management Committee, and has embraced her role in mobilizing local parents to send their children to school and take an active role in their education.

Not to be left out, Negassa is doing his part too. Although he usually walks the 30 minutes home from school, today the journey home is a special one as he rides in a Save the Children jeep, which bumps over fields and cattle paths to Negassa's home. His face can barely contain his smile as he experiences his very first ride in a car. Almost as soon as he arrives at his family's home, he is off like a gold-medal sprinter to tell his friends about his adventure home and to show them the jeep that is parked on the opposite side of the dry riverbed.

Negassa's news spreads quickly, and soon a crowd of curious children stands next to the jeep. Here's hoping that Negassa's love of learning is just as infectious as he grows up!

How You Can Help

Please support Save the Children’s global mission. Your tax-deductible gift gives children in the U.S. and around the world what every child deserves – a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When disaster strikes, we put children's needs first. We advocate for and achieve large-scale change for children. We save children's lives.

Please keep children in your thoughts for a bright new year.

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Have a wonderful holiday season.

Happy New Year!

Dec 29, 2014

Ebola Update from Save the Children

Ebola Outreach
Ebola Outreach

Save the Children has had a strong presence in West Africa for years. We are working around the clock to help stem the spread of the Ebola virus and check its catastrophic impact on children and their families. Our staff played a vital role from the onset of the epidemic in bolstering community engagement in affected regions – a factor which is now thought to be a major reason behind the improving situation in Liberia. We are grateful to our brave staff who join other Ebola fighters in earning Time Magazine's Person of the Year in 2014.

As the nature of the epidemic changes, so must our response approach. Save the Children is working now to contain sporadic outbreaks that are occurring in hard to reach remote communities in the affected countries. In Liberia, we will continue to identify, triage, test and refer patients to beds in Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) through our two Community Care Centers (CCC).

We will also transform our static CCC model to a more nimble one that will bolster surveillance and contact tracing, and will develop Case Investigation Teams to respond swiftly to individual outbreaks by setting up isolation units, mobile labs and rapid referral mechanisms. We will look to use simple rapid response structures such as pop-up tents that will enable us to concentrate on more active case finding in hot zones to test and triage probable cases quickly.

Our three-pillar strategy to combat Ebola aims to reduce transmission and provide access to life-saving care, restore and strengthen health systems to increase access to treatment for non-Ebola conditions, and mitigate impact on essential services (child protection, education, nutrition, food security and livelihoods) by rehabilitating essential infrastructure and systems.

Liberia:

In Liberia, the two ETUs we built (in Bong and Margibi), which are now managed by International Medical Corps (IMC), continue to treat patients in isolation wards and provide expert medical care and treatment. In Margibi, our two CCCs (in Dolo Town and Worhn) help contain transmission. We continue to train community health workers and traditional midwives on infection prevention and contact tracing; provide health care facilities with urgently needed medical supplies; set up hand-washing stations at health facilities; and supply food and water to Ebola patients. We have also rehabilitated and supplied transit centers for children and helped identify foster families to care for children. New developments include:

 

  • We opened our second 92-bed ETU in Margibi, which will also be run by IMC.
  • We will be using simple, rapid response “pop-up” structures to respond to rural and less accessible areas where small outbreaks are occurring.
  • Over 1,700 people were reached with psychosocial support, including some 940 children, as well as street children living in shelters.
  • We reunited 30 children with their families.

 

Sierra Leone:

In <a "href="http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.9206809/k.95FB/Sierra_Leone.htm">Sierra Leone, Save the Children continues to manage the 92-bed Ebola Treatment Unit in Kerry Town with over 500 frontline medical staff and provide staff in primary health clinics with supplies and training for infection prevention and control. Our staff has led the scaling up of child registration and family tracing and reunification activities. We also provide psychosocial counselling and reunification packages, including food and clothing, to children who return to their families or to an alternative caregiver and secure financial support, as well as toys, clothes and food, to interim care centers for unaccompanied and orphaned children. New developments include:

 

  • We participated in school reopening meetings and are working with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology to strengthen district-level coordination of an education in emergency response.
  • We conducted a training on basic child protection and child safeguarding policy for 300 people.
  • We mobilized water, sanitation and hygiene committees for the maintenance of public latrines.

 

Guinea:

In <a "href="http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.6150371/k.C79D/Guinea.htm">Guinea, we continue to train health workers, volunteers, Ministry of Transport workers and teachers on Ebola prevention and protection messages; conduct general awareness raising and radio programs; support community health workers with contact tracing; provide protection kits (soap and other supplies) to health centers, schools, public services and transportation stations; and provide psychosocial, nutritional and social support for children whose families have been affected by Ebola. New developments include:

 

  • We conducted large awareness-raising sessions in Kerouane and Siguiri in response to a new spike of Ebola cases in these areas.
  • Water, sanitation and hygiene kits are being procured to support schools as they prepare for reopening.
  • We trained teachers and officials on child rights.

 

Mali:

In <a "href="http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.6150453/k.B24A/Mali.htm">Mali, we continue to support contact tracing following the six cases of Ebola here. We trained our staff to implement infection prevention and control, and procured protective and sanitation equipment for health centers and other public facilities. Community-focused messages for media, health workers, schools and other community stakeholders will be translated into local languages and disseminated.

How You Can Help

Please support Save the Children’s global mission. Your tax-deductible gift gives children in the U.S. and around the world what every child deserves – a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When disaster strikes, we put children's needs first. We advocate for and achieve large-scale change for children. We save children's lives.

Please keep children in your thoughts for a bright new year.

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/save-the-children/

Have a wonderful holiday. Thank you again for your support. 

Happy New Year!

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