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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.
Jun 20, 2013

Final Report About the East Africa Food Crisis

Save the Children reached over 3 million people across Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. The crisis may have slipped out of the headlines, but it is far from over. We are still there.

Save the Children works in some of the most dangerous areas of east Africa including Mogadishu and the Dadaab refugee camp. Our staff put their lives on the line daily. We cannot and will not stop our lifesaving work until we are no longer needed.  

 In Somalia we have fed over 150,000 young children and mothers, and providing clean water and food to thousands more. We cannot stop supporting these families, but we must also ensure our work is sustainable, and that we are not simply responding to one crsis after another. We must help children to gain an education, to help them fulfil their potential. This is essential in countries like Somalia, where the education system doesn’t function in many areas. We are working with communities to ensure that livelihoods are sustainable by themselves, and not reliant on food aid.  

 In Kenya, we’ve reached over 250,000 people with vital, life-saving health work. We’ve also worked hard to strengthen the government’s health system, by training local community health workers, and providing them with mobiles and solar panel chargers. We’re working with children in the Dadaab refugee camp who have been deeply affected by the ongoing civil war in Somalia, to ensure our legacy in Kenya and across the region is more than simply an emergency response.

In Ethiopia, we’ve reached over 2 million people - distributing hundreds of tonnes of food and water, and at the same time delivering high quality education to over 60,000 children. We're working closely with the government to help communities prepare for future droughts - building community resilience, creating drought reserve grazing areas for livestock and working with women to create cereal banking co-operatives. 

Thank you for your support of this project. 

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