Hurricane Harvey Children's Relief Fund

by Save the Children Federation
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Hurricane Harvey Children's Relief Fund
Hurricane Harvey Children's Relief Fund
Hurricane Harvey Children's Relief Fund
Hurricane Harvey Children's Relief Fund
Hurricane Harvey Children's Relief Fund
Hurricane Harvey Children's Relief Fund
Hurricane Harvey Children's Relief Fund

A year after the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in over 50 years, children are still recovering from Hurricane Harvey. The emotional distress of losing their homes and access to education continues to take its toll. Children have lost their sense of security and need time and support to heal emotionally and build their resilience.

Save the Children’s Emergency Response Team deployed in advance of the 2017 storm and is still on the ground, committed to supporting the well-being and education of Texas’ children for the long-term.

Committed to the Children of Texas

As the recovery process continues to evolve, so do the needs of children.

Emotional Support: Our signature emotional wellness program, Journey of Hope, has helped thousands of children and the adults who care for them cope with loss, fear and stress. We are collaborating with Texas Children’s Hospital, Communities in Schools, DePelchin Children’s Center, the University of Houston, Lamar University and Mental Health Associates of Southeast Texas to roll out the program across the region.

Return to Learning: As a national leader in early childhood education, Save the Children is partnering with Collaborative for Children, local education networks and programs in greater Houston, the Coastal Bend region and the Golden Triangle, to restore and improve child care, early learning, summer and after school services for hundreds of programs.

Prepared for the Future: Save the Children-led programs teach basic preparedness skills to children. When kids learn about the things that can make them feel safe during an emergency, including an emergency plan and how to pack an emergency go-bag filled with essential supplies, they feel better prepared.

Nobody knows when the next crisis will strike, but your support helps Save the Children provide assistance in the critical first hours and days of an emergency when children need us most. Visit www.SavetheChildren.org/Crisis to help.

In partnership with the Hurricane Harvey Children’s Recovery Collaborative and CHILDREN AT RISK, Save the Children highlights the impact Harvey had on Texas children, the current status of recovery efforts, and best practices and recommendations for future recovery efforts in Still At Risk: Children One Year After Hurricane Harvey.

Read the Executive Summary or download the full report by clicking here.

Thank you for your continued support! 

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Fifty-four counties in Texas were declared a state of disaster. Rainfall was measured in feet. When it was over Hurricane Harvey, the first of three major hurricanes to strike the U.S. in 2017, left children and families reeling. Save the Children, the national leader for children in emergencies, deployed quickly to meet their needs.

Thanks to your generous support we’re still in Texas, helping children, families and communities in Houston and in the Golden Triangle and Coastal Bend areas recover. To date, 300,165 children and adults have benefited from our work. We are the only organization supporting the restoration of child-care services, and we’ve reached children in places where needs were initially overlooked as attention focused on Houston.

In 2019 our priorities include increasing access to education and preparing children, schools and communities for the next disaster. We are also establishing a permanent presence in the state with new afterschool and summer programs in the Golden Triangle.

We are grateful to you for supporting our response to Hurricane Harvey and for ensuring that we can continue to work hard for Texas children and families in the year ahead.

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Kennedy smiles for the camera at her daycare in TX
Kennedy smiles for the camera at her daycare in TX

Thank you for your support of kids during last year’s hurricane season. Fifty-four counties in Texas were declared a state of disaster. Rainfall was measured in feet. When it was over Hurricane Harvey, the first of three major hurricanes to strike the U.S. in a month in 2017, left children and families reeling. Save the Children, the national leader for children in emergencies, deployed quickly to meet critical needs on the ground.

Thanks to your generous support we’re still in Texas, helping children, families and communities in Houston and in the Golden Triangle and Coastal Bend areas recover. More than 261,100 children and adults have directly or indirectly benefited from our work. We are the only organization supporting the restoration of child-care services, and we are reaching children in places where needs were initially overlooked as attention focused on Houston. Read the impact of your support in our Hurricane Harvey One-Year Anniversary report.

Today, Save the Children is responding to the effects of Hurricane Florence. Our emergency responders were on the ground before the hurricane hit and continue to work tirelessly to address the needs of families in shelters. Thousands were forced to evacuate their homes, fearing the worst. With up to 30 inches of rainfall measured in some communities – and some rivers yet to crest – the damage isn’t over yet. Please visit our Hurricane Florence GlobalGiving Page to help us continue delivering essential support to these American families in crisis.

Thank you again for supporting kids in need.


 

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Mother and son pose in front of a playground in TX

What a Difference a Year Makes.

During Hurricane Harvey, 10-year-old DeAndre and his mom, Alexia, were living with a friend in Houston. As the water levels rose, the floors in their apartment flooded and the paint and plaster began to peel off the walls. When the bathroom in the ceiling caved in, Alexia knew they needed to go. She just wasn’t sure she was ready to face the next step.

“Harvey was the event before the straw that broke the camel’s back,” says Alexia. “The straw that broke the camel’s back was us ending up in a shelter.”

Alexia was exhausted. She worked nights, barely had time to sleep and spent every free moment waiting in lines to apply for housing. She was also worried about DeAndre.

It’s hard to picture a kid like DeAndre, full of energy and life, stuck in a shelter without the space to be a kid. At the shelter, Alexia brought DeAndre over to Save the Children’s Child Friendly Space.

“When my mom first took me to Save the Children, I was nervous,” says DeAndre. But it didn’t take long for the nerves to disappear. DeAndre made friends, played games, created art and went on field trips to places like local museums. “We had fun!” says DeAndre.

Alexia says the Child Friendly Space “gave him the ability to be a kid.” It allowed him to disconnect from the stress of the storm and gave Alexia peace of mind knowing that DeAndre was safe and happy, and having fun with new friends. It also allowed Alexia time to take care of arrangements to get them out of the shelter.

But Alexia felt like she and DeAndre were slipping through the cracks. Days went by with no word of where they were headed next or when they could leave. Save the Children staff at the shelter stood by Alexia and helped her ask the right questions to ensure they weren’t forgotten. “If it wasn't for Save the Children, we wouldn't be in an apartment. We would probably be either moved around to a different place from the shelter or we would be out on the street.”

And one-year post Harvey, DeAndre unlocks the door to their new, fully furnished apartment. He has his own room, a playground around the corner, and space to race from one end to the other. Alexia recently started a new job at a veterinarian clinic — in the field she’s interested in— with a schedule that allows her to spend more time with DeAndre.

Thinking back to Hurricane Harvey, DeAndre now says, “I wasn’t really worried about it because I know my mom would handle it.” Alexia is quick to chime in, “I couldn’t handle a hurricane!”

But maybe what counts is the fact that DeAndre believes his mom can.

Save the Children has committed a team to Texas through August 2019 to support recovery efforts for children, families and child-centric institutions most affected by the storm. Learn more and support the next phase of our recovery work.

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Hurricane Harvey’s destructive winds and historic floods from days of relentless rain in late August 2017 carved a 300-mile path of destruction across Texas and displaced more than 1 million people. Hurricane Harvey had a devastating effect on all aspects of children’s lives: their homes, their schools their emotions and their future. More than 3 million children were affected by the catastrophic storm.

Harvey was the most powerful hurricane to strike Texas in more than 50 years. More than 1.4 million school children started the school year late, and the historic storm had a devastating effect on child care and early learning centers, with more than 1,500 centers damaged or destroyed.

Save the Children is working to make sure Hurricane Harvey’s most vulnerable victims – children – are supported in their recovery, have access to early childhood education programs where they can safely play and learn, and become more resilient and ready for the next disaster. In case you missed it, check out our 6 month donor report from March 2018.

Though children are naturally resilient the impacts of Harvey-related trauma may be deep and long-lasting. Displacements created extreme distress for children trying to cope without the comfort of their normal routines, favorite toys, pets or friends. Parents’ stresses over housing, transportation and reduced incomes from lost jobs can also affect children. Some schools are overcrowded as they accommodate students whose own schools remain closed, increasing the risk that children who struggle in class will not receive the extra help they need. Your continued support will help underpin this recovery work. Thank you!

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