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.
Feb 8, 2012

Getting to Great for Girls

Raya is reaching for excellence in education.
Raya is reaching for excellence in education.

Thanks to your support, Save the Children is inspiring breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and achieving immediate and lasting change in children’s lives by ensuring that they are safe, educated and healthy.

Raya, a 14-year-old Egyptian girl, had always dreamed of attending school, but her father did not believe that women should have a role outside of the home. While reaching manhood is an empowering transition for boys, in many parts of the world, womanhood is quite the opposite.

One hundred million girls in developing countries are taken out of school early to become wives and mothers, with the result that, globally, more than 529 million women are illiterate. This is a great waste of human potential, and the evidence strongly supports the fact that empowering adolescent girls is the key to lifting families out of poverty, empowering communities and perhaps changing the course of an entire nation.

Save the Children is opening doors for girls in more than 15 countries by increasing their access to education, sexual and reproductive health, and training in financial literacy and life skills. One successful program for girls is Ishraq in Egypt.

Ishraq (meaning ‘enlightenment’ in Arabic) is a “second chance” program for out-of-school adolescent girls, most of whom have never attended school or are illiterate. More than 1,000 girls who participate in Ishraq literacy classes are eager to learn: In 2010, 83 percent of the graduates passed the government literacy test and 67 percent entered
formal education programs. Save the Children is now working to bring Ishraq to more than 300 youth centers across the country.

When the Save the Children program promoter came to Raya’s house to tell the family about Ishraq, Raya was thrilled. At first, her father said no, but he eventually relented when Raya’s uncle joined the chorus. Raya has become the first literate female in her family and her father is proud. “Now I am a better person because I know how to read and write, thanks to Ishraq,” she said.

Save the Children’s goal is to bring girls out of the shadows. Through Ishraq and similar Save the Children programs worldwide, girls have the opportunity to achieve their full social and economic potential.

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Charitable contributions from people like you make it possible for us to support programs for girls like Selena, and so much more. Please support our mission and work around the world with a gift to our Global Action Fund. You can count on us to be good stewards of your generous donation, helping vulnerable children where the need is greatest with whatever they need the most.

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Feb 3, 2012

Got Goat Milk?

Diego Sarat raises goats in the corral
Diego Sarat raises goats in the corral

"I learned a lot about goats and all its various benefits. I have a goal which is to have my own milk production factory in about 5-year-time". Those were the words of Diego Sarat, PROMASA agricultural leader in Media Luna the community, Cunen, Quiché.

This action is supported by Save the Children as part a strategy to reduce malnutrition among children under 3 years old who are underweight and to promote the financial development of their families. The objective of this action is that 9 farmers get other 6 goats also in order to start to have their daily milk production.

Caprino II action was created to take a step forward in raising goats. Diego Sarat has received 6 goats to increase milk production for consumption and industrial processing.

He is the first beneficiary of this program, which aims to drive a more ´professional´ management of the goat-raising business, and was chosen because he was a leader who had prominent agricultural success in his model farm.

Besides that, he was willing to work hard on this project, he had physical space to accommodate goats and a source of food for these animals.

In order to be eligible, he committed himself to provide the milk extracted from those 6 goats to 10 low-weight children in his community under 3 years old. Besides, he is able to sell the surplus milk and cheese (which he makes every two days). Those practices help nourish children and increase the family budget.

The management of the goats have multiple benefits, from milk production through the use of manure and urine to fertilize gardens and farm crops.  

Ready for milking time!
Ready for milking time!
Jan 29, 2012

Merlin Update on Ethiopia & Kenya, Jan 2012

Thank you for your support of Merlin's work in East Africa.  As you will read although numbers have dropped there is still a huge need.  If you can give another gift, Merlin teams and the families we care for would be very grateful.

Below is an Update on our work for the week commencing Jan 20, 2012

The revised Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) launched by UN’s OCHA ( Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs) on January 19, 2012 calls for an additional US$ 168.7 million in humanitarian funding to meet food and non-food needs in Ethiopia for some 3.2 million people between January and June 2012. According to the HRD, Ethiopia needs 403 tons of emergency food aid.

In the past the number of people in need of aid topped 4.5 million, the reduction of 1.3million is due to a coordinated effort by all the local, national and international humanitarian organizations.

Merlin in Ethiopia

  • Unfortunately, food insecurity remains the same as at the end of 2011.  However, there is a slight improvement in water scarcity and pasture conditions in some districts.
  • There is a great need to expand the supplementary feeding program throughout the region, so that every family is offered the corn-soya blend mix to add to their basic diet.
  • Merlin plans to increase coverage of nutrition activities in the eight woredas (districts) which our teams work in.
  • A delivery of 65 tons of corn-soya blend was dispatched to Gode on January 16.
  • Activities to help teach local communities about how to eat and stay healthy continue.  These are led by Community Nutrition Volunteers (CNVs) with support from Merlin’s Health Nutrition Educators. 7,000 people were spoken to, the groups were a mix of 1 male to every 4 females.
  • A delivery of 63 tons was dispatched to Ginnir on January 16, another 63 tons will be delivered in mid February.

Merlin in Kenya

  • 32 outreach clinics were conducted from 11 health facilities. Activities included immunization, screening for malnutrition, admissions to the intensive feeding program and curative care.
  • 15 Health and Nutrition Education sessions took place.  They focused on hygiene, the correct medicines to use and the importance of seeking early medical attention.
  • On-the-job training and mentoring sessions were given to local health facility staff.
  • Water and sanitation materials (hand washing points, waste bins, water filters and soap) were distributed to dispensaries.
  • Outreach teams held ‘safe motherhood’ clinics in 7 different locations.
  • 17 health education sessions were conducted to pregnant woman living in the Turkana area, with topics including; breastfeeding; child positioning and attachment, the importance of antenatal care, delivering in safe, clean places, ie. health facilities rather than at home, immunization and child growth monitoring.

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