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Jul 17, 2018

Quarterly Update: East Africa Child Hunger Fund

Disease, starvation and war are causing a perfect storm of disaster for Yemen’s people. The region’s poorest country is on the verge of total collapse, and children are dying because they’re not able to access basic health care.” – Grant Pritchard, Save the Children’s Yemen Country Director

Conflict and the worst drought in 70 years has left 20 million people in Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen and northeast Nigeria in urgent need of food and water. Millions more in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Niger are also suffering and need help urgently.

The threat is unprecedented – right now, 20 million people are at risk of famine, and if no action is taken, an additional 10 million will face the same threat. Save the Children is on the ground providing emergency assistance – lifesaving food, water and medical care – to children and families who desperately need our help. But we can’t do it alone.

The time to act is now. We need your generous gift to combat hunger in Africa and Yemen and prevent more famine in Africa. Your 100% tax-deductible gift can help save those most vulnerable in this crisis: children.

If we don’t act now, the unthinkable will happen – many children will die.

Save the Children is on the ground now, providing lifesaving support to children and families in response to this devastating food crisis. Our priority is to reach children under age 5, who are less able to withstand malnutrition and are more susceptible to disease.

Our teams are screening children for malnutrition, running feeding programs and treating malnourished children in specialized health centers. We’re also providing clean water, addressing sanitation and hygiene to prevent diseases from spreading and providing support to families who’ve lost everything.Your continued support will allow Save the Children to reach more of the 20 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Thank you! 

Jul 12, 2018

Hurricane Maria: 11 months on

Hurricane Maria was the worst disaster to affect Puerto Rico since 1928. Children and families were left without electricity, drinking water, food and fuel. Nearly 15,000 people were living in shelters and all 1,113 public schools were closed. Save the Children was on the island within 96 hours. We distributed clean water, family hygiene supplies, shelter/home repair kits and solar light kits. Today, we’re still there, providing an ongoing, robust response that has benefitted more than 60,000 children and adults to date. We provide emotional support to children dealing with stress and uncertainty. Plus, our education team is working with local partners to restore programs and help ensure that children have access to learning.

Due to the scale of the destruction, Save the Children has formed a long-term response strategy. There is still so much to do. Thanks to supporters like you, Save the Children has committed to supporting the ongoing recovery of children, families and communities in Texas for two years. But we need your help. We have identified 40 communities where the needs are greatest – mostly those directly in the track of the hurricane – and we’re committed to helping more than 200,000 children and adults who live there through September of 2019.

Thousands of residents continue to live without electricity, water and sanitation. Recovery progress overall has been slow; the level of destruction is massive and families are struggling under the hardship and loss that the storm has caused. That’s why we’re committed to a 2-year strategy that includes:

  • Child protection: helping children, parents and teachers build resiliency skills while supporting them to process their feelings, fears and sense of loss. We’re organizing safe places for children to gather, play and just be kids again.
  • Return to learning: Many schools were damaged and closed for long periods of time, some can now only be open for part of the day. Our goal is to provide children ages 0-18 access to education, so they can continue to grow and learn.
  • Nutritional support: Young children, particularly infants and toddlers, are highly vulnerable in emergencies. We’re working to promote safe feeding practices, through education sessions and breastfeeding kits, which include essential hygiene items and other supplies.

This important, lifesaving work requires additional funding. Every investment in our two-year strategy is an investment in the lives, well-being and future of children.Support the Next Phase of Our Recovery Work

  • Give: Your caring gift to the Hurricane Harvey Children’s Relief Fund will support child-focused relief and recovery programs to survivors.
  • Share: Spread the word in your favorite social network about how Save the Children is helping children and families on the ground.

Thanks to compassionate people like you, Save the Children is there, on the ground every day, working to provide essentials – like food and safety – to children trying to survive. Thank you!

Jul 10, 2018

Hurricane Irma: 11 months on

Emergency Preparedness Program in Southern Florida
Emergency Preparedness Program in Southern Florida

Hurricane Irma was the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic. After tearing its way across a string of Caribbean islands and up through Florida, Hurricane Irma left behind a trail of devastation – with more than 4 million children at risk. Families were left without power and without access to clean water. Many were coping with the loss of homes, and damage to schools and child care programs left children out of school. The areas most heavily impacted were tourist destinations, leaving many parents without work.

Save the Children has committed to stay in Florida through August 2019, supporting the ongoing recovery of children, families and communities. We’re targeting communities in high-poverty areas in the state’s south and southwest and in the Florida Keys. Communities in these places are among those where Irma dealt the strongest blows, and where resources for recovery are most limited.

Our teams and partners in Florida have reached nearly 11,000 families with essentials like hygiene supplies, children’s clothing and meals. We also made a sub-grant to Meals of Hope so that they could continue to provide meal kits and food to low-income families. We also made nine sub-grants to help with rebuilding over 400 preschools and child-care centers that serve 18,500 children. This is a priority because child care and early learning programs are essential to children’s growth, and some families are unable to work without them. Less visible but equally damaging was the impact on children’s emotional well-being. Our team of professionals with expertise in child protection, education and emergency response work out of Miami to serve communities across the south and southwest region. Local partners help us leverage local resources, like venues to hold trainings, or volunteers to help support local programs.We’re committed to staying and working every day to support children and their families throughout the recovery process. Support the Next Phase of Our Recovery Work

  • Give: Your caring gift to the Hurricane Irma Children’s Relief Fund will support child-focused relief and recovery programs to survivors.
  • Share: Spread the word in your favorite social network about how Save the Children is helping children and families on the ground.

Thanks to compassionate people like you, Save the Children is there, on the ground every day, working to provide essentials – like food and safety – to children trying to survive. Thank you! 

 
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