Save the Children Federation

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Aug 16, 2013

Children's Futures at Risk

Photo of Classroom Riddled with Bullets
Photo of Classroom Riddled with Bullets

“The day the rebels came,” remembers 13-year-old Salif, “they destroyed the school. I saw them. They went inside the school. They went into the headmaster’s office and destroyed everything. They destroyed the students’ papers and folders.”


Salif* lives in Mali, but sadly, attacks on education are not uncommon in many nations around the world. The United Nations defines an attack as any intentional threat or use of force directed against students, teachers, education personnel and/or education institutions, carried out for political, religious or criminal reasons.[i] Nearly 50 million children and young people in conflict zones face these unnerving barriers to education every day, keeping them out of school and preventing them from reaching their true potential.

Quality Education for All Children

On July 12, 2013, youth delegates from around the globe met at the United Nations in New York City to fight for a quality education for all children, even those living in areas of war and conflict. They were joined by children like Malala, a Pakistani school girl and education activist whose only ‘crime’ was a desire to learn when she was shot and gravely wounded by armed men on her way back from school.

Sadly, attacks on education are not uncommon. The number of recorded attacks on education has increased in recent years. Global reports show these confrontations and acts of violence are widespread in a number of on-going conflicts. Based on UN data, Save the Children estimates that there were more than 3,600 separate, documented attacks on education in 2012.[ii]

Protect, Prohibit, Preserve

Save the Children is calling on world leaders to tackle this crisis and commit to the following:

  • Protect education by criminalizing attacks on education, prohibiting the use of schools by armed groups, and working with schools and communities to adopt local measures to preserve schools as centers for learning.
  • Cover the funding gap by increasing the current levels of humanitarian funding to education and progressively work towards reaching a minimum of 4 percent of global humanitarian funding.

To learn more, read our report, Attacks on Education: The Impact of Conflict and Grave Violations on Children's Futures.

[i] See Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA), What Is an Attack on Education?; UNESCO, Education Under Attack 2010, Paris, 2010, see pg 23-28

[ii] UNESCO, Institute of Statistics and Education for All Global Monitoring Report (EFA-GMR), Schooling for millions of children jeopardised by reductions in aid, UIS Factsheet No. 25, June 2013

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Jul 24, 2013

Final Report about the China Earthquakes/Floods

A child plays at a Child Friendly Space
A child plays at a Child Friendly Space

"I hope to have a space to play with the other children here."

6-year-old Li Z. expressed this wish after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Sichuan Province on April 20th, destroying his family’s home.

Your contributions have made Zixin’s hope of finding a safe and healthy post-disaster environment possible. Countless Chinese children and their families have been served by Save the Children’s Child Friendly Spaces after this and other recent disasters in the area.

The earthquake hit Sichuan Province, collapsing more than 186,000 homes and destroying roads and infrastructure. Save the Children arrived in Jingkou village just two days after the earthquake. The team responded in the hardest-hit areas, providing families with health and hygiene kits, lanterns and other supplies, as well as opening child-friendly spaces where children can recover, learn and play.

Recently, seasonal floods accentuated by tropical storms Soulik and Cimaron have affected over six million people in ten provinces across China. In Sichuan province, at least 68 people have died, with 179 missing and over 600 square miles of agricultural land damaged. Save the Children has responded to the needs of worst-affected families with toiletries, towels, children’s clothes and other essential items.

Then this week, on July 22, two strong earthquakes hit Gansu province. The first was a dangerous earthquake with a shallow depth of 6 miles; a second 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck just hours later. Save the Children's emergency teams are working to provide assistance to the poorest and most vulnerable in the region.

With your help, Save the Children has provided these communities in China with shelter, food, water and other relief supplies. Additionally, these specially equipped child-friendly spaces allow kids to play and express their feelings about what they have endured under the supervision of caring, trained adults.

Thank you again for your support of this project.

Jul 22, 2013

Final Report About Oklahoma Tornado Relief

Cousins Colton & Codey McDonald, Bethel Acres, OK
Cousins Colton & Codey McDonald, Bethel Acres, OK

In May of 2013, when Oklahoma was devastated by multiple tornadoes, Save the Children was on the ground within 20 hours after the first tornado struck.

Thanks to your generosity, we have been able to reach over 5,200 people, including 2,073 children through relief and recovery efforts.

Six of our Child-Friendly Spaces provided safe places for more than 583 children. We have supported 26 child-care programs that were damaged or destroyed, and have partnered with four YMCA camps to make it possible for 300 children affected by the tornadoes to attend summer camp for free.

In the photo below you'll see cousins 5-year-old Colton and 10 year-old Codey McDonald. Their home was damaged in the EF-5 tornado on May 20th.  Colton and Codey participated in the Save the Children Child-Friendly Space and attend the YMCA summer camp funded by Save the Children. Debris is still littered throughout thier neighborhood in Steelman Estates, though rebuilding has slowly begun.

We continue our response to help children and families affected by the devastating tornado. Thanks again for your support.

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