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.
Jan 29, 2014

January Update on Typhoon Haiyan

Families in the Philippines are getting help.
Families in the Philippines are getting help.

The Philippines is an extremely disaster prone country – it has been affected by close to 200 disasters over the last decade. Building back better to increase communities’ resilience to disasters must guide the recovery and rehabilitation process. 

Reaching the most vulnerable children remains urgent. Humanitarian assistance is still needed to prevent deterioration of health and nutrition, to ensure that livelihoods can be re-established and to secure children’s safety. In the absence of rapid planning and delivery on shelter, health care and clean water the lives of children remain at risk.

We are currently running 28 Child Friendly Spaces in Eastern Leyte, and 8 in Ormoc, where children can play and learn skills to cope with tragedy in the aftermath of the disaster. On Panay we have begun activities on the "Save Boat" which will identify and respond to needs on the offshore islands.

Our response in nutrition and health care remains strong. In just one week, more than 1,600 children received emergency therapeutic food to prevent acute malnutrition. To date, more than 4,700 children have been screened malnutrition. In just one week, our mobile health unit saw a total of 722 patients in Eatern Leyte. On Panay, 798 new consultations were held, and access to health services was provided for the population of 3 new barangays.

To help families rebuild their lives, we continue distributions of shelter and household items. In Leyte, we have distributed household kits, hygiene kits, blankets, plastic basins, kitchen sets, tarpaulin, tool kits, water jugs and water purification tablets. In Ormoc, 200 rapid response toilets have been completed and on Panay we distributed 125 boxes of water treatment products to 25 elementary schools, benefiting 11,781 students. 

Many children have been out of school since the disaster, but education is being restored. In Ormoc, we 176 classrooms to reopen tarping the roofs. An additional 43 temporary learning spaces have been made light materials. 

Thank you for your generosity. Together, we are making a difference. 

Jan 27, 2014

Final Report on Syria Emergency Care

Thank you for supporting emergency care for Syria
Thank you for supporting emergency care for Syria

Save the Children, working with our partners at Merlin, has already reached over 250,000 people across Syria, and our staff and partners are risking their lives to deliver lifesaving aid across the different areas in Syria – our humanitarian impartiality is often our only and our best defense. Here is a summary of our work in the health sector.

  • Families and children are struggling to access health care when they most need it. Save the Children is supporting health centers and hospitals across the country, providing them with appropriate equipment and services specifically for children, pregnant women and new mothers. We are also carrying out a vaccination campaign to protect thousands of children from potentially deadly diseases.
  • Health and nutritional interventions address nutritional deficiencies among children and young mothers. With young girls marrying early, most young mothers suffer from malnutrition and are unaware of nutrients they need for breastfeeding and good health.
  • Merlin is providing emergency response health care for Syrian refugees in Lebanon and  working to find new arrivals – both registered and unregistered – through  partners and community leaders, so that when groups of refugees arrive we are the first to know, and can respond immediately.
  • Merlin is focusing on the most in need and most vulnerable – pregnant women, children, people with disabilities and older people. We are educating people about health and hygiene to help halt the spread of communicable diseases and are improving the way information about health needs is shared to help agencies on the ground co-operate better.

We continue our response to help children and families affected by the devastating conflict. Thank you again for your support. Please visit www.savethechildren.org/syria for further updates. 

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Jan 23, 2014

Surviving the Winter in a Refugee Camp

Children like Salim* need your help
Children like Salim* need your help

In the midst of a bitter winter, Salim*, age 2, tries to stay warm at a refugee camp near the Syrian border. With temperatures nearing sub-zero, Salim will face this brutal winter in a snow covered tent with only the clothes on her back to keep warm.

The cold days are long, but the nights are always longer for Salim. When the sun goes down, the temperature drops, and she can feel the freezing air against her cheeks. She shivers to keep her body warm but with no blanket she has nothing to protect her from the cold air breezing through the tent. She is one of many children fighting to survive the winter in a refugee camp, and as the conditions turn treacherous, she is in desperate need of warm clothes, blankets and food.

Already refugee camps in neighboring countries have been buried by early snow storms, a warning to the residents of the harsh winter ahead. With conditions set to get worse over the coming months, refugees are continuing to flee Syria, increasing the demand for supplies. Children are the most vulnerable in refugee camps. They have been taken away from their homes, schools, friends and families, and have been forced to start new lives in strange environments.

Save the Children has been distributing kits containing winter clothing, blankets and items to reinforce shelters to help prepare families for the winter in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq, and will continue to provide support to them over the winter.

Save the Children is also on the ground year round providing the basics children need, like food and blankets and offering programs to help them cope with tragedy. We have also established temporary learning centers where children can continue their education in safe and quality learning centers.

With your help children like Salim can get the supplies she needs to survive the winter, receive an education and learn to be a kid again.

*Children's names have been changed to protect their identity given the sensitive context.

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