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.
Dec 4, 2012

Winter Update from East Africa Hunger Relief

Crisis continues in East Africa
Crisis continues in East Africa

Save the Children has the largest presence of any international NGO in Dollo Ado, in the southern Somali region of Ethiopia, both in the refugee camps and in the hosting community, with more than 400 staff and over 600 volunteers currently on the ground. Operating from its main sub-office in Dollo Ado town, Save the Children has over 20 years experience of working with the pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities of Dollo Ado in food security, livelihoods, health, nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene promotion (WASH) interventions.

Save the Children has been responding to the influx of refugees from Somalia since 2009. In response to the significant influx of refugees since July 2011, Save the Children scaled up the refugee emergency response in all the existing and new camps and currently has operations in all five refugee camps and the Transit Centre in Dollo Ado. Our work builds on partnerships with UN agencies, the Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA), various Implementing Partner organizations, as well as the refugee and host communities in a variety of sectors including Child Protection, Emergency Primary Education, Early Childhood Care & Development (ECCD), Nutrition and School Feeding Programmes.

Save the Children is currently running a total of 23 centers across the five Refugee Camps and the Transit center (3 in Kobe, 3 in Melkadida, 4 in Haleweyn, 3 in Boramino (2 under construction), 10 in Bokolmayo and 1 in Transit centre). A total of over 54,047 direct beneficiaries and over 160,000 indirect beneficiaries from the refugee community access one or more of the services provided by Save the Children in all the 23 Centers across the five Refugee Camps and the Transit center.

There is a need across all of the camps to improve the education facilities and child friendly spaces. The majority of activities for young children are still housed in temporary structures – tents or frames covered with plastic sheeting. Tents of this kind are really only fit for purpose for a maximum of 6 months but some of the tents are still being used after a year. The harsh winds blowing sands and heavy rains during the rainy seasons in Dollo Ado have caused huge damage to these tents. Save the Children is trying to upgrade facilities to semi-permanent (solid foundations with temporary walls made from corrugated metal sheeting that are much safer and avoid winds and dust) or permanent structures (such as the new Child and Community Friendly Centers) wherever possible but urgently needs further funds to support these improvements. 

Dec 4, 2012

Surviving Hurricane Sandy

Didi gets a warm blanket from Save the Children
Didi gets a warm blanket from Save the Children

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Save the Children rushed to the aid of girls and boys in hard-hit New Jersey and New York.

One of the children struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is 4-year-old Didi. When the worst of the storm was over, her family tried to go home, but the heat wasn’t working. It was just too cold for the little girl, so they came to a shelter where Save the Children provides relief services.

Didi participates in our signature Child Friendly Spaces – safe areas in the shelters where kids can begin to recover from disaster-induced emotional distress. Our trained professionals offer support and structured play with age-appropriate activities, such as arts and crafts, jump ropes, books, toys and board games. We’ve helped children in Child Friendly Spaces after many other disasters, including the Haiti Earthquake, Joplin Tornadoes, Hurricane Isaac and Japan Tsunami.

What’s more, we’re providing parents with the supplies they need to help keep kids clean and healthy, such as diapers, hygiene supplies and nutritious snacks. To help keep children warm, we delivered cozy blankets, onesies, jammies, hats and mittens throughout the affected areas.

Hopefully, Didi will be able to go home soon and won’t have to spend the holidays in a shelter.

Dec 4, 2012

Little Esther: A Great Warrior

Little Esther: The Great Warrior
Little Esther: The Great Warrior

Esther's mother, Laudiene, had a complicated pregnancy, and little Esther was born too soon — at 28 weeks, weighing just over two pounds — in impoverished north-east Brazil.

Premature birth creates complications for babies everywhere. But in Brazil, a country of vast economic inequality, where being born rich or poor can mean the difference between life and death, Esther is blessed to be alive. In fact, her mother, Laudiene, calls Esther "a great warrior."

Esther and her mother are both fighting for Esther's life, with the help of health professionals trained by Save the Children in effective lifesaving strategies for premature babies, including exclusive breastfeeding and "Kangaroo Mother Care." This is the simple, proven method of wrapping a baby skin-to-skin against the mother's chest (like a kangaroo's pouch) to keep the baby warm, prevent infection and encourage breastfeeding and bonding.

Now Laudiene counts the days — and the pounds Esther is gaining — to determine when she can bring her baby home, healthy and growing.

Kids like Esther are why we're dedicated to helping children in need. We work in poor and vulnerable communities in countries from America to Zimbabwe — saving one child at a time. Our caring staff helps provide lifesaving care for newborns, feed hungry children, educate girls and boys, fight child trafficking and respond to catastrophic disasters worldwide.

Sadly, we know firsthand that there are far too many children who aren't getting the help they need. And that's where YOU come in. Without compassionate people like you, children like Esther go without.

And we can't help them...without you! 

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