Save the Children Federation

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Oct 31, 2011

Facts and Stats About Our Progress

Guatemala Goats Project
Guatemala Goats Project

During this past quarter GlobalGiving donations were used to support the purchase 28 pure breed goats (20 female, 8 males) from Mexico. These animals will be used for the improvement of local breeds  and increasing milk production for at least 1600 goat-owner families.

Goat milk is an important source of animal protein for young children, in addition to increasing their sense of caring for animals.

A recent formal, external evaluation of Save the Children’s activities determined that chronic malnutrition among beneficiary children (less than 5 years old) of Save the Children food security activities in the highlands of Guatemala was reduced from 78.2% (August 2006) to 70.3% (August 2011).

Save the Children and the rural indigenous population of Quiché are grateful for GlobalGiving donations in support of this relatively simple, sustainable initiative in favor of reducing malnutrition.

Oct 10, 2011

Haway is Healthy: Ethiopia Survivor Story

Little Haway from drought-parched Ethiopia had something special to celebrate on her first birthday – being alive. Her village, in what had been the dairy capitol of Ethiopia, has been devastated by drought. For two years, the rains haven’t come. Massive herds of goats and cows have been decimated. Almost nothing grows and fertile pastures are turning into deserts. Village children had nothing to eat but bark from the dying shrubs.

The drought took a significant toll on Haway’s village, her mother fell ill and couldn’t nurse her and there was no longer any milk to drink since the livestock had perished.

Haway became dangerously malnourished and weighed only 12 pounds when she was brought to a Save the Children emergency nutrition program. She was skin and bones, extreme hunger and severe acute malnutrition consumed her tiny body.

Like almost all children in drought-affected regions of Ethiopia, Haway also suffered from infections due to a lack of clean drinking water in her village. Infections hasten dangerous dehydration and muscle-wasting, forcing malnourished children into a rapid downward spiral.

“You have to treat babies like Haway very carefully as feeding them the wrong nutrients can be dangerous,” says Sisay Demeke, a Save the Children emergency nutrition coordinator. “First, we treated her illness and restored her body’s balance of water, sodium and essential minerals."

Once Haway became stable enough to digest protein and fat, she began receiving a weight-gaining mixture of milk, vitamins, minerals, grain, sugar and oil. And then she began to thrive. She went from listless to vibrant in just a few days. Her sunken face became full, eventually plumping up to the chubby-cheeked baby you see today.

Haway became well enough to go home and begin the out-patient treatment program – consisting of high-nutrient, high-calorie foods and water purification supplies.

The village matriarch, also named Haway, was astounded by the baby girl’s recovery. She has since become a health volunteer for Save the Children and has been trained to keep an eagle eye on health problems in her small tribal village.

“I am happy to give back by being a health volunteer. If there were no Save the Children, many of the babies in my village would have died,” she says.

“They [Save the Children] give a very good service. The food they provide to kids is very good and the way they provide it is kind.”

With her entire village now involved with Save the Children’s health and nutrition programs, Haway and the other young children have the support and hope they need to make it until rains will come back.


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Oct 10, 2011

Results for Children, Fall 2011

Dear friends and supporters,

It is both exciting and humbling to assume the leadership of Save the Children this month from the extraordinarily capable hands of Dr. Charles MacCormack. Since I joined this remarkable organization almost 14 years ago, I’ve also had the good fortune to work with many of you to help realize our strategic vision for the world’s children.

Whether saving newborns and young children from pneumonia, diarrhea and other treatable diseases or restoring a child’s sense of security in the aftermath of tornadoes and other disasters in the United States and elsewhere, Save the Children is there to help, thanks to you.

After visiting our programs in almost 50 countries, it’s clear to me that your contributions are making a difference in the lives of children around the world.

Just recently I was in Malawi, where I met a young mother named Madalitso Masa. A community health worker trained by Save the Children taught her how to prepare women for a healthy pregnancy. She also learned to educate mothers about good eating habits, breastfeeding and other ways they can ensure their children get a good start in life.

With her son, Patience, sleeping in a cotton sling on her back, she told me how committed she is to giving back to her community. Now she and her husband, Chisomo, are both health workers delivering lifesaving treatments to the mothers and children in their village.

In May of this year, we launched Results for Children to share stories like the one about Madalitso, who is bringing hope to children and families facing the most challenging conditions. We also dedicated a part of our website to sharing those stories, so you can see the impact you’re having on the lives of children from Alabama to Afghanistan—because you decided to invest in Save the Children with your money, your time and, most importantly, your heart. Take a look at www.savethechildren.org/results to see for yourself.

We have ambitious goals that range from expanding our education and health initiatives for American children in need to all 50 states, to creating national movements that change the way governments around the world address maternal and newborn child mortality. We will continue to do our very best to help children everywhere, and we want you to be our partner. Because ensuring that children grow up and have a life worth living matters most to all of us.

Carolyn Miles

President & CEO


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