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by Save the Children Federation
Medical Care

Top 5 Reasons to be Thankful: Annual Gratitude List

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect upon the many things that we’re grateful for. Like good health, a full table and of course, the generosity of our donors to enable us to help children. In that spirit, we asked some of the children in places where we work – and some of our Save the Children colleagues – what they’re grateful for. Here are the top five answers that warmed our hearts:

1. “I like my early learners group,” 6-year old Khadija in Afghanistan said. “There are many colorful toys for playing. Thank you to the sponsorship program!”

2. “I’m grateful for Save the Children’s emergency teams who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. They’re working around the clock helping children caught up in crises and disasters in every corner of the world – and right here at home in the U.S., responding to the terrible hurricanes that have ravaged our homeland.” – Laura C., Senior Director, Humanitarian Response

3. “I was sponsored and now 60 years later, they’re still doing it, and doing it better and better,” said Sanyu, sponsor of a little girl in Uganda.

4." I am thankful for the opportunity to improve the quality of children’s lives – and their families’ lives – by having an integral role in providing international food assistance to those most in need." – Cheryl C., Associate Director, Commodity Operations

5. “I’m thankful can read on my own!” said Cherish, a child living in poverty in rural TN. “I read lots of books now. I know how important it is to be smart. When I grow up, I want to be a doctor, so I can help people like my Mom and Dad.”

Thanks to people like you, we are overwhlemed with gratitude. 

From all of us at Save the Children, we wish you and your loved ones a joyous holiday season! 

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As families across America prepare to send their kids back to school, consider the millions of children around the world who are missing out on learning – because of who they are or where they live.

Failed by poor school systems, deprived of learning by war or disaster, or kept from school because of poverty or gender, the world’s most vulnerable children are missing out on education – and being left behind.

Without an education, these children – especially girls – have little hope of a skilled job, a career or an independent life. Many will be unable to improve their lives and will remain trapped in a cycle of pervasive poverty that will affect their lives, their families and their communities. 

Save the Children is working every day all around the world, including in the most dangerous, toughest-to-reach places. We’re delivering education programs that give children the foundations for success in learning, so they can build a better, brighter future – starting with school.

 To achieve maximum impact, our programs focus in these key areas:

  • Early childhood care and development
    We create safe and stimulating preschool environments where very young children build the cognitive foundations for a life of learning.
  • Basic education
    We improve access to education and develop programs that help children develop literacy and numeracy skills essential for success in school and life. We work to keep schoolchildren healthy, so their learning isn’t interrupted. And we encourage learning outside the classroom to give families and communities the chance to participate in the education journey and benefit from its opportunities.
  • Education in emergencies
    We provide education in the middle of humanitarian crises, including conflict, to ensure children don’t miss out on the critical opportunity to learn.

 In 2017, we directly reached over 9.7 million children through our global education programs. Here are some highlights:

  • Early learning success
    The early years are critical in shaping children’s development, as well as their lifelong capacity for learning. But how do we know if programs intended to support young children are working? Save the Children’s International Development and Early Learning Assessment (IDELA) tool measures program impact, providing evidence on the development of children ages 3.5 to 6. Together with partners, we’ve implemented this powerful tool in 55 countries, making it available free of charge to reach as many early learners as possible.
  • Boosting literacy
    Around the world, nearly 400 million school-age children can’t read or write. Literacy Boost is Save the Children’s proven response to this crisis. We help children learn by training teachers, parents and community members to support literacy, both in and out of the classroom. The success of Literacy Boost has made it one of our most widely implemented programs. We now provide Literacy Boost in 36 countries, with evidence showing that participating students improve reading comprehension by an average of 30 percent, and they’re up to 40 percent more likely to progress to third grade.
  • Boosting numeracy
    Early exposure to math helps children achieve later success in school. Yet over half the world’s school-age children lack basic numeracy skills in first grade. The problem: too much reliance on memorization, repetition and workbooks. Through our new approach, Numeracy Boost, we emphasize learning through interactive activities and games, so students can understand and explain their reasoning. Because of you, we’re now providing the program in five countries, helping children, especially the most disadvantaged, improve number and operations skills by an average of 25 percent. And we’ll be expanding into three more countries in the next two years.

Thank you for choosing to support Save the Children and the learning lifeline that means the difference between a life trapped in relentless poverty and a life of limitless opportunity. By supporting Save the Children, you are helping ensure every child – no matter who they are or where they live – has the opportunity to learn. Every last child.

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Boy recieves his Yellow Fever vaccination
Boy recieves his Yellow Fever vaccination

Children’s Health and Nutrition

Providing the best health and nutrition programs to save lives

Nearly 5.6 million children die each year due to preventable and treatable causes, including 1 million babies who die on the day they are born. What's more, child malnutrition often leads to a lifetime of poor health and even death. More than 150 million children in developing countries are malnourished.

That's why we are committed to providing effective children’s health and nutrition programs that save children's lives and ensure they grow up healthy.

Thanks to generous donors like you, Save the Children is able to improve maternal, newborn and child health, help end child malnutrition and hunger and prevent HIV transmission, and ensure treatment for those living with HIV before they develop (or to prevent) AIDS — giving 157 million children a healthy start in life and helping 56.3 million children directly with lifesaving care, medicines, preventive treatments and so much more.

How Our Health and Nutrition Work Saves Lives:
  • Targeting the major causes of maternal, newborn and child deaths
  • Providing high-impact, low-cost care that saves children's lives
  • Training and equipping frontline health workers to provide basic and lifesaving care
  • Responding rapidly during emergencies – when children are most vulnerable
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Many children in need around the world do not get a quality education where they can learn and develop. To advance learning, Save the Children supports education programs for children in the classroom and at home.

  • We train teachers to engage their students through more effective teaching practices.
  • We coach parents and caregivers to help their children learn early on, so they are prepared to enter school.
  • We offer ways for parents and community volunteers to get kids reading and doing math outside of school hours.
  • We introduce children to the power of artistic expression — drawing, painting, music, drama, dance and more — to help them heal, learn and do better in school.
  • We make sure that children don't stop learning during a crisis, and we help to keep kids healthy so they don't fall behind or drop out.
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Save the Children to reach over 157 million girls and boys in 120 countries with groundbreaking programming and humanitarian aid for children and families caught up in conflict and emergencies across the globe.
We’re very proud of the headway we’ve made towards our goal to give all children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm, but there is a lot left to do. Many children are being excluded from the world’s progress, specifically girls, children with disabilities, children from minority groups and children of refugees. These children aren’t benefiting from advances in health, education and safety because of who they are and where they live. Thanks to your support, we are able to create innovative solutions, implement scalable programmatic approaches, and build the capacity of developing communities to give help and hope to their children.

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