Save the Children Federation

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Jan 27, 2014

Final Report on Syria Emergency Care

Thank you for supporting emergency care for Syria
Thank you for supporting emergency care for Syria

Save the Children, working with our partners at Merlin, has already reached over 250,000 people across Syria, and our staff and partners are risking their lives to deliver lifesaving aid across the different areas in Syria – our humanitarian impartiality is often our only and our best defense. Here is a summary of our work in the health sector.

  • Families and children are struggling to access health care when they most need it. Save the Children is supporting health centers and hospitals across the country, providing them with appropriate equipment and services specifically for children, pregnant women and new mothers. We are also carrying out a vaccination campaign to protect thousands of children from potentially deadly diseases.
  • Health and nutritional interventions address nutritional deficiencies among children and young mothers. With young girls marrying early, most young mothers suffer from malnutrition and are unaware of nutrients they need for breastfeeding and good health.
  • Merlin is providing emergency response health care for Syrian refugees in Lebanon and  working to find new arrivals – both registered and unregistered – through  partners and community leaders, so that when groups of refugees arrive we are the first to know, and can respond immediately.
  • Merlin is focusing on the most in need and most vulnerable – pregnant women, children, people with disabilities and older people. We are educating people about health and hygiene to help halt the spread of communicable diseases and are improving the way information about health needs is shared to help agencies on the ground co-operate better.

We continue our response to help children and families affected by the devastating conflict. Thank you again for your support. Please visit www.savethechildren.org/syria for further updates. 

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Jan 23, 2014

Surviving the Winter in a Refugee Camp

Children like Salim* need your help
Children like Salim* need your help

In the midst of a bitter winter, Salim*, age 2, tries to stay warm at a refugee camp near the Syrian border. With temperatures nearing sub-zero, Salim will face this brutal winter in a snow covered tent with only the clothes on her back to keep warm.

The cold days are long, but the nights are always longer for Salim. When the sun goes down, the temperature drops, and she can feel the freezing air against her cheeks. She shivers to keep her body warm but with no blanket she has nothing to protect her from the cold air breezing through the tent. She is one of many children fighting to survive the winter in a refugee camp, and as the conditions turn treacherous, she is in desperate need of warm clothes, blankets and food.

Already refugee camps in neighboring countries have been buried by early snow storms, a warning to the residents of the harsh winter ahead. With conditions set to get worse over the coming months, refugees are continuing to flee Syria, increasing the demand for supplies. Children are the most vulnerable in refugee camps. They have been taken away from their homes, schools, friends and families, and have been forced to start new lives in strange environments.

Save the Children has been distributing kits containing winter clothing, blankets and items to reinforce shelters to help prepare families for the winter in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq, and will continue to provide support to them over the winter.

Save the Children is also on the ground year round providing the basics children need, like food and blankets and offering programs to help them cope with tragedy. We have also established temporary learning centers where children can continue their education in safe and quality learning centers.

With your help children like Salim can get the supplies she needs to survive the winter, receive an education and learn to be a kid again.

*Children's names have been changed to protect their identity given the sensitive context.

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Jan 23, 2014

Final Report on Cyclone Phailin Relief

Basu Das and family in front of their damaged home
Basu Das and family in front of their damaged home

Picking up the pieces in the aftermath of Cyclone Phailin

Basu Das, 50, is the village head of K Badapur village, which is located about 20 miles from Berhampur, Odisha. It is a small hamlet, consisting of 26 households. Most people in the village depend either on fishing or ‘Kiya’ plantation, an aromatic plant that grows abundantly along coastal Odisha and is used in manufacturing perfumes and incense sticks.

Basu Das lost his home to Cyclone Phailin, and is currently taking shelter in a community shelter with another family. Though his wife and two sons survived the cyclone, the damage it has caused is irreparable.

“We were informed to evacuate the village. We took shelter in a college nearby on the night of October 11th. We returned two days later, only to discover our house was completely destroyed. We had to dig out some of our belongings from under the debris,” he said.

His two sons attend the nearby government primary school. Fortunately, the school did not suffer any damage. The family has received some rations from the government, but it was not enough to sustain them for more than a month.

Drinking water is a major concern in Badapur village. According to Bhikari Das, ward member of the Panchayat), people walk 2 miles, two-three times every day to fetch water from the next village, Kattur.

The village has a pond where people bathe and wash their clothes. The water is filthy and the uprooted trees lying in close proximity make it difficult for villagers to use it. Some of them have even caught skin infection.

That’s why Save the Children distributed essential supplies to Basu Das’s family and thousands more children and families affected by Cyclone Phailin. Hygiene items, household supplies and food baskets have been distributed to stave off malnutrition and disease.  

We continue our response to help children and families affected by the devastating cyclone. Thank you again for your support.

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