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Angelis outside her family's one-room home.
Angelis outside her family's one-room home.

Thanks to supporters like you, Save the Children is able to support children around the world. Your donation helps make a difference in the life of kids like Angelis, 13. 

Venezuela’s spiraling political and economic crisis has had a huge effect on every aspect of life there: the ability to find and afford food, access safe water, receive critical health care services, and beyond. For Angelis – who is currently living with her mother, Cynthia, and four younger siblings in an informal settlement in Colombia’s border town of Maicao – one of the hardest parts about the situation back home in Venezuela was that she was no longer able to keep going to school. “I really like to go to school,” she says, “so this was really difficult for me.”

Before the crisis began, the family lived well in Maracaibo, the coastal capital city of Venezuela’s Zulia State. But as the economic situation got worse and worse, Cynthia lost her job and could no longer provide for her children. Unable to survive any longer in Venezuela, the family eventually relocated to Colombia.

Since relocating to Maicao a few months ago, Angelis has been unable to formally enroll in school. However, she attends the Save the Children Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in the informal settlement where she’s living – and she is a star pupil. Her tutor says she is curious, diligent, studious, and always ready to learn.

“I love it,” Angelis says of the TLC. “I learn a lot. They teach us a lot of educational things, like math and reading, and also about all of our rights. Like, the rights that we have as children… They teach us a lot of things we didn’t know before.

Cynthia has also noticed the impacts the TLC has had on her daughter. “It’s nice for the children to have a space to just be kids,” she says. It’s definitely helped them a lot, you can see it.”

As for Angelis, she hopes to continue studying so that she can achieve her dream of becoming a lawyer someday. “I want to help people,” she says. “I am going to be someone really important, someone really special. I think I already am.”

Angelis does her homework.
Angelis does her homework.

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Adut* outside her home in South Sudan
Adut* outside her home in South Sudan

Saving lives through Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition

Adut* (1.5) lives with her mother Jane* (39) and five siblings in Bor, a large town in South Sudan hit hard by conflict, floods and inter-communal fighting. Her father works outside the town and only visits a few times a year.

Adut and her family were displaced by the conflicts. Where they live now, recent flooding has impacted their ability to grow their own food, leading to issues of malnutrition among the childlren. Adut was also born prematurely, and has long had health complications.

In 2021, Jane joined Save the Children’s Mother to Mother support group where she was trained on breastfeeding and dietary/meal preparation for her children. Save the Children also supported Jane’s family with basic needs, such as relief food and hygiene kits. 

With the training on breastfeeding and cooking, along with the provision of basic suppiles, Jane said, she is able to better take care of her children, especially Adut. “All of them are now healthy - even the one born before 9 months is healthy and I am still breastfeeding her up to two years or beyond,” said Jane.

Thanks to your support, Save the Children can provide life-saving help to more kids like Adut! 

*All names changed to protect identities.

 

Adut* outside her home in South Sudan
Adut* outside her home in South Sudan
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Filmon receives treatment thanks to your support.
Filmon receives treatment thanks to your support.

Globally, millions of children are facing a hunger crisis brought on by conflict, economic instability, and climate-related disasters – all exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hunger levels were already at record global highs before the pandemic and are now threatening to rise exponentially.

We have prioritized 13 countries experiencing high levels of food insecurity where conditions are dire but our ability to make a difference is strongest: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen.

Save the Children is ramping up our work to protect children and communities against looming disaster. We are ensuring children have access to nutritious food, and supporting families with their livelihoods so they grow resilience against the shocks of COVID-19, conflict, and climate change. We’re also working with partners to help communities spot early warning signs and take necessary measures to protect themselves.

What We're Doing to Prevent Famine

1. Empowering families to buy essential food and medicine, protecting livelihoods, and preventing engagement of children in harmful practices (e.g. harmful child labor, early marriage, prostitution or the joining of militias).

2. Ensuring children and their families have access to essential health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in conflict-, crisis- and disaster-affected countries.

3. Protecting the mental and psychosocial well-being of children, adolescents and caregivers through the provision of quality mental health and psychosocial support interventions by Save the Children, as well as national and community-based partners.

Thanks to supporters like you, we directly reached over 1.9 million individuals through our hunger and livelihoods work last year. 

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In dozens of countries – where schools are open and others where students have yet to return because of COVID-19 – Save the Children’s Safe Back to School initiative is reaching children, parents, teachers and communities with the support they need to learn and make schools safer and more resilient.

Safe Back to School is Save the Children’s three-year global commitment to reverse the damage the COVID-19 pandemic is inflicting on children’s education – damage that continues to mount and which will have repercussions in children’s lives for years to come.

Your generosity is powering our full-on international focus on Safe Back to School’s objectives of keeping children learning, making their schools safer as they return and making education systems more resilient.

Read more about how your contribution is driving the work described in the attached progress report.


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Lebanon After the Beirut Blast: How Your Support Helped to Fuel Our Humanitarian Response

The massive explosion that leveled the port of Beirut, Lebanon and damaged neighborhoods across the city on August 4 was shocking in its power – and the speed with which it immediately deepened crisis conditions in the country. Our teams based in Beirut and the surrounding area mobilized within hours to ensure that the countless children who were affected were not forgotten in the smoke and chaos. With the compassion and support, of donors like you we have been addressing food, shelter, education and child protection needs in and around shattered neighborhoods.

Health Protection: Our support for vulnerable and displaced families includes distributing essential hygiene items. We also provided infection prevention and control kits to the municipality of Beirut to replace materials lost after the explosion.

Food & Shelter: We provided 16,800 hot meals and distributed 2,100 shelter kits to help families weatherproof their damaged homes. In close collaboration with the Lebanese Red Cross, we worked to support minor repairs to damaged homes, distributing 4,640 debris removal equipment and protection kits - including goggles, helmets, etc. We are now allocating multi-purpose cash assistance so families can decide for themselves which supplies they require for their recovery.

Child Protection: During the initial aftermath, we followed up on the care of children separated from their families or unaccompanied by an adult to ensure that they were protected from harm. We are supporting 140 Child Friendly Spaces, which offer children a safe space to play and cope with the stress of their experiences, while following recommended international COVID-19 precaution guidelines. We are continuing to serve children overwhelmed by the event and the losses of homes and loved ones with psychological first aid to ease their stress and fears.

Families’ Long-time recovery: To improve food security and economic resilience for families, we have conducted 171 rapid needs assessments of damaged small businesses to provide small- to medium-size cash grants to help them reopen and restore much needed income.

 

Supporters like you are the reason Save the Children has been able to play a vital role in responding immediately to the needs of children and their families all over the world, wherever the need is greatest. Thank you so much!


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