Save the Children Federation

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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!

Apr 18, 2011

Quality Education and Safer Schools in Haiti

Raising the quality of education and constructing safer schools for Haiti's children are at the center of Save the Children's plans for creating lasting change.

The Institut Abellard in Léogâne is a model of innovative construction techniques that make the school structure more hurricane and earthquake-resistant and therefore safer for the children who learn within its walls.  This school is the first of its kind and serves as an example of best practices of design and construction.  The techniques have been studied by both private builders and non-governmental organizations as a prototype for building other schools around the country.

Attached please find Save the Children's most recent report on education and school construction programs in Haiti.

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Apr 13, 2011

Virginia Kids Connect with Campaign

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.”


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