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.
Apr 21, 2011

Our Achievements in 2009-2010

Our Achievements in 2009-2010

  • See Where the Good Goes Campaign: Launched in June, See Where the Good Goes mobilizes citizen action in the U.S. to support local health care workers and community clinics worldwide in helping save more children from preventable or treatable illnesses.
  • Haiti Earthquake Disaster: Since the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, Save the Children has coordinated with Haitian authorities, the international community, local and international organizations and communities to reach an estimated 682,000 children and adults with lifesaving and life-sustaining assistance.
  • Rewrite the Future Campaign: Since 2006, Rewrite the Future has reached more than 12 million children in conflict-affected countries with access to improved education. Overall, the program has succeeded in enrolling one million children in school, the equivalent of opening two schools every day.
  • Child Hunger Crisis: By mid 2010, Save the Children had already surpassed its total 2009 child hunger program revenue, serving some of the hardest-hit countries, including Haiti, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Malawi.
  • Preventing HIV/AIDS: Save the Children’s collaboration with the government in Bangladesh provided messages and youth-friendly health services to 700,000 young people to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. In Africa, Save the Children has instituted rigorous standards in the communities it supports for the care of orphans and vulnerable children. Save the Children now reaches 37 million children in 14 countries with these and other services.
  • School Health and Nutrition: Our School Health and Nutrition activities have helped more than 2 million children in 20 countries become healthier and better prepared to learn. Children who are undernourished or sick miss classes and fall behind in learning.
  • Building Public Support for Children: Save the Children has established itself as a leader in influencing polices and increasing resources toward the improvement of global child survival and resolution of the child hunger crisis. Advocacy based on our State of the World’s Mothers Report, which focused on health workers in the developing world, helped to win new commitments from the U.S. Congress for President Barack Obama’s Global Health Initiative. With the report and the push for the Global Health Initiative, which includes child health and nutrition programs, Save the Children has successfully channeled U.S government resources and policies to fight the problems of inadequate health care, nutrition, education and protection on behalf of children around the world.
  • Programs for Children in the United States: Save the Children provides high-quality early childhood development, literacy, and physical activity and nutrition programs to more than 21,000 children in underserved, rural communities in 14 states. Additionally, our disaster preparedness programs are helping at-risk communities across the country lay the groundwork for future emergencies. Save the Children’s U.S. Programs recently released a new report that revealed that 38 states and the District of Columbia have not enacted basic safeguards to protect children in school or child care during disasters. This year, Save the Children pushed for states to adopt four minimum standards to protect kids in disasters, as well as for federal passage of the Child Safety, Care and Education Continuity Act of 2010 (H.R. 5240/S. 2898). We also launched k2kUSA, an online campaign for kids to be advocates for each other and ensure every child a fair chance in life. Save the Children’s U.S. Programs was featured on American Idol’s Idol Gives Back telethon, which raised more than $45 million for our plan to help children living in rural poverty in the U.S.
Apr 20, 2011

Save the Children Report from Bangladesh

At the Baliapur primary school, 530 students share a single pit latrine. The toilet is old that it can no longer be cleaned easily; the smell is unbearable and permeates across the school yard. Dr. Ataur Rahman of Save the Children’s School Health and Nutrition Program in Bangladesh explains “the latrine is so dirty that children and teachers rarely use it. Instead, they leave school to use toilets at home, missing important time in the classroom. And, if children do use the latrine, it is difficult to wash their hands after as the hand pump is located at a distance.” It was here that Save the Children’s Global Giving campaign for water and sanitation began with a video between children in Baliapur, Bangladesh, and children in Arlington, Virginia. The schools are now corresponding.

Last week, Dr. Ataur and others from Save the Children’s School Health and Nutrition team visited a school about one hour from Baliapur- Nikrail Primary School. The purpose of their visit was to orient teachers, school management committee members, parents and others to the new School Health and Nutrition Program which would bring hygiene education, health services i.e deworming, vitamin A & iron supplementation, vision screening, first aid and other essential services to the school.

“Teachers, parents and school administrators were very excited about the new program,” says Dr. Ataur. “We know from experience that increasing knowledge and awareness goes a long way in preventing the illnesses which make it difficult for children to attend school and to learn. But infrastructure is also critical- it is the hope of parents in Nikrail, and hundreds of other schools like it, that we will mobilize the resources to ensure every school child has access to a clean toilet and safe water.”

Apr 18, 2011

Just Kidding

Our project is moving along. We are very happy to report that the families who have received the goats are very grateful.

Every spring, we hope to have a healthy “kidding season” for the goats. Kidding is not making a joke! It is what farmers call it when mother goats give birth to babies. Like dogs have puppies and sheep have lambs – goats have “kids”.

Before a mother goat gives birth, it is important to prepare her pen – which will become the delivery room. Farmers have to make sure there is extra hay, clean water and special supplies for labor and delivery. Most of the time, kids are twins but some times there can be as many as 5 or 6 born at a time.

Thank you all so very much for your support. We will write again soon with news about the kids participating in this project – human and goat!

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