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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.

Jul 10, 2013

Merlin's Work in Turkana

Napeyok Esirete with his mother in Kerio, Turkana.
Napeyok Esirete with his mother in Kerio, Turkana.

Merlin has been providing nutrition services in Kerio— one region of Turkana province—since  2006. When the food crisis set in last year, existing activities in Kerio’s health facility were scaled up, and community health workers began conducting outreach visits to communities up to six miles away from the facility.

One baby identified as severely malnourished by the health workers was eight month old Napeyok.  She was immediately referred to Merlin’s outpatient therapeutic program at Kerio’s health facility.

At the time she weighed about eight pounds and had a mid-upper- arm circumference of 4.29 inches (a measurement of 4.3 inches or below indicates that a child is suffering from severe acute malnutrition). She was also suffering from vomiting and diarrhea, as well as, testing positive for malaria.

Napeyok’s mother - Veronica Ipoo— had been raising six children alone in a village near to Kerio.  She had 30 goats—the family’s source of food and livelihood. The severe drought led to the depletion of green pastures and the death of the goats.  The family became malnourished, including Veronica herself, who became unable to provide breast milk to the youngest ones.

However, Napeyok’s condition steadily improved after being given medication and supplies of PlumpyNut (a highly nutritious peanut butter paste packed with calories and vitamins, especially formulated to renourish starving children) by Merlin health workers, and attending consultations every week.  By November she was still malnourished, but only moderately so, and was transferred to a supplementary feeding program. After a further two months of receiving a corn-soya blend (a fortified porridge), she was finally discharged in January.

Napeyok is now sixteen months old, and the family has moved in with relatives in Kerio who share their meals of beans and maize in return for firewood and water fetched by Veronica.  It is a temporary solution, but ensures that the family does not go hungry, and allows Veronica to begin building up her livestock again.  She says that, if it were not for Merlin, Napeyok - once so weak and prone to illnesses – would not have survived.

Kerio Merlin Stabilization Center, Turkana, Kenya
Kerio Merlin Stabilization Center, Turkana, Kenya
Family leaving the stabilization center with food.
Family leaving the stabilization center with food.
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