Save the Children Federation

Save the Children is the world's leading independent organization for children. Our vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.
Dec 9, 2015

Save the Children's Work in Greece

Save the Children
Save the Children

In 2015 the number of refugees taking the dangerous boat journey across the Mediterranean to find safety shot up. As of mid-November more than 647,000 refugees and migrants have arrived in Greece using the dangerous sea route from Turkey. More than one-fifth of these have been children. The children that make it across have often had harrowing experiences before leaving home or have suffered violence and exploitation in transit. In addition to the distress caused by the fear of the boat journey, children are also now having to deal with cold winter weather, which is making the sea crossing even more risky and putting them at risk of getting hypothermia. Save the Children is providing essential child protection services in Greece to child refugees and migrants along their travel route, from their points of arrival on the islands of Lesvos, Chios and Samos and then later on in the route in transit camps along the way.

 

Save the Children is supporting children and families in Greece upon arrival on the Greek islands of Lesvos, Chios and Samos and at the border of Greece and FYR of Macedonia in Idomeni. We are doing various Child Protection activities to support children and give them a sense of normality on their journey.

 

Through our local partner organization we carry out individual identification and follow-up of children at risk. We support cases of reunification of children with their families who are accidentally separated, provide legal support and information for children who have arrived alone, in addition to psychosocial support. We also ensure that families with children who are at risk are received at a reception center for vulnerable people. We are currently working to set up temporary housing for the most vulnerable children who have arrived without their families in Lesvos to provide a safe and comfortable place for them to stay until they are transferred to the mainland.

 

Save the Children would like to thank all of our supporters, donors and partners that helped us reach the most in need children around the world.

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Dec 4, 2015

Goat Gives Children in Cunen Their Best Chance

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Save the Children

On a rainy afternoon in the La Hacienda community, Cunén, Quiché, “don” Isaías and his wife, “doña” Julia, attended a Save the Children–SC - meeting. There, they were informed about the various activities that would be implemented to improve families’ health, nutrition, and livelihoods. When they heard that they could improve their living conditions, the family registered their daughter, Claudia, in the program.

Days later, they took Claudia to the Program’s monitoring and growth-promotion screening, where they learned that she was underweight for her age. She suffered from chronic malnutrition. When her parents realized this, they worried and they asked Save the Children’s technicians what they could do to improve their daughter’s nutritional condition.

That is how, “don” Isaías, jointly with SC’s Food Security Program and established a plan for the little girl’s recovery. A few months later, “don” Isaías in order to ensure his and his family’s livelihood, started training on how to manage goats. He became interested in this occupation as a means to produce milk and improve his daughter’s nutrition, and received a goat that produced over two glasses of milk per day.                                                

Because they worried about their daughter’s condition, “don” Isaías and “doña” Julia started giving her a glass of milk every day. As time passed, they noticed improvements in the little girl; she grew increasingly active. Thirty days later, she was weighed again by SC’s Food Security Program’s technicians, who stated that her weight had improved.

Her parents were surprised to see how much their little girl had progressed, and they happily followed SC’s technicians' advice. After having drunk milk for over three months, Claudia overcame malnutrition. When “don” Isaías recalls this, he says: “My little girl overcame malnutrition, she is no longer sick, she started growing well and playing more, and we do not have to spend so much to buy medications.”

After some time, the goat went to another family, to provide milk to other children. “don” Isaías tells how he kept one of the goat’s kids, as established by the program. He called this goat La Muñeca (the Doll) and he put much effort in taking care of her. Eighteen months later she had her own offspring and started to produce milk.

Dec 2, 2015

Making an Impact for Children | 2015 Highlights

Save the Children 2015 Highlights
Save the Children 2015 Highlights

Your generous support of Save the Children is an investment in childhood. With you as our partner, we develop and expand proven, evidence-based programs that give girls and boys a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We’re there for children in emergencies, providing child-focused readiness, relief and recovery. And we advocate to ensure issues critical to our children are given top priority. Together, we give children in the United States and around the world the best chance for success, every day and in times of crisis, transforming their lives and the future we all share. Thank you!

Here is an example of our work this year:

Bringing health care home...that’s how Save the Children saves the lives of children through our signature Community Case Management (CCM) program. Most diseases that kill children under age 5 can be easily treated – if only children had access to health services.

In rural areas far from clinics or hospitals, we train and equip community health volunteers to diagnose illnesses and deliver lifesaving, low-cost treatment to children who otherwise might die from common illnesses such as diarrhea, pneumonia and malaria. Volunteers are also trained to refer complicated cases to a health center or hospital.

Save the Children introduced CCM in Nicaragua in 2006 and, today, we reach children in more than 15 countries through this approach. Death rates due to pneumonia, diarrhea and dysentery have dropped by over 50 percent in our project areas in Nicaragua. As a result, the government has adopted CCM as a national policy for communities at least two hours from a health facility.

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