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.
Nov 14, 2013

Jhun-jhun's Survivor Story After Typhoon Haiyan

Jhun-jhun
Jhun-jhun's home. Credit: Save the Children

"I tried hard not to panic amid the chaos, but all I was thinking was that we had to get out of there alive."

This was how young Jhun-jhun began telling his story of the November 8, 2013 onset of Typhoon Haiyan in his home town of Concepcion in the Philippines.

He was at home with his mother, grandmother and little cousin when the typhoon struck their coastal community at more than 180 miles per hour, causing a destructive storm surge and heavy flooding.

Jhun-jhun and his family climbed to the roof of their house to avoid the 10 foot floodwater. "The water current was too strong to move further, and we worried that we might get drifted towards the open sea if we tried to brave the conditions."

Once the strong winds subsided, they moved to the village's evacuation center and stayed overnight.

Jhun-jhun and his family returned home after the storm with hopes that they could salvage whatever was left of their belongings, but their hearts sank when they realized that they had lost almost everything.

"As you can see, we have lost everything. We don't even have a change of clothes. All of our things were destroyed; and we're all starving because we've had nothing to eat since yesterday," he said.

"We really need food, clothes, and any household item because we have nothing at the moment."

With your help, Save the Children will distribute emergency kits for children and families like Jhun Jhun's who have survived the typhoon, including household and hygiene supplies, clean drinking water, cleaning items, temporary school tents and education materials.

Hopefully, Jhun-jhun will feel safe and secure again soon. Kids like Jhun-jhun need caring people like you to support Save the Children's response efforts. 

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Oct 31, 2013

Are Your Children Safe? Find out in the United States Disaster Report 2013

Children were the face of a record year of disasters in the United States. That's why Save the Children has produced our annual America’s 2013 National Report Cardon Protecting Children in Disasters. This year's report focused on how unsatisfactory gaps in prepardness put children at risk before disaster strikes.

Did you know?

• 28 states and the District of Columbia still fail to meet minimum standards to protect children recommended by the National Commission on Children and Disasters.

• 17 states don’t require child care providers to have an evacuation plan.

• 16 states don’t require child care providers to have a family reunification plan.

• 24 states don’t require child care providers to have a plan for children with disabilities or with access and functional needs.

• 6 states and the District of Columbia don’t require schools to have a disaster plan that addresses multiple types of hazards.

• Schools and child care centers are often not required to practice emergency plans regularly.

• Families are often not well-informed about reunification plans or asked to update emergency contact information.

• Emergency responders often have no official registry of child care centers to facilitate plans to reach all children.

• State and community emergency plans often fail to adequately account for the needs of children.

Find out if your state makes the grade and how you can better prepare your family for disasters and emergencies at Get Ready. Get Safe. 

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Oct 23, 2013

The Facts Behind World Hunger

Volunteer screens baby for malnutrition, Massaguet
Volunteer screens baby for malnutrition, Massaguet

Malnutrition

The United Nations World Food Programme estimates that 925 million people worldwide suffer from chronic hunger and starvation each year. Some of the key causes of hunger are natural disasters, poverty, conflict and poor agricultural infrastructure.

Malnutrition occurs when a diet lacks essential nutritional elements such as proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals over a prolonged period of time. Being deficient in micronutrients makes people susceptible to diseases, impairs physical and mental development (particularly in children) and increases their risk of dying.

 

How Merlin is Helping

Merlin runs nutrition programs across East Africa in Ethiopia, Chad, Kenya, Somalia, and South Sudan. Our static and mobile clinics carry out screening for malnutrition in vulnerable populations – children under five, pregnant and breast feeding women, those suffering from disease. Those diagnosed are placed on feeding programs and given nutrient rich food such as Plumpy Net®, a high energy, high protein food, or milk formula (for infants) until they gain weight.

We collaborate with partners such as the World Food Programme to deliver food supplies to at-risk populations in some of the most remote locations to prevent food crises from emerging and engage in community education programs to promote healthy nutrition in infants and encourage mothers to breastfeed their children.

 

Feeding the World

The world now faces a challenge to address the food and nutrition security needs for the millions of people worldwide who suffer from long term hunger or those unable to get enough nutritious food for a healthy life. Equally important is the need to prevent the millions of deaths of children under five.  Among the Millennium Development Goals set out for this century, halving the portion of people suffering from hunger tops the list.

This is why the challenge for Merlin to reduce the number of people who suffer from hunger, decrease malnutrition rates and save more lives in the countries we work has such great importance.  That is why with your continued support we can remain in place like East Africa to fight and end hunger decisively.

Health workers carry supplies, Boma
Health workers carry supplies, Boma
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