Save the Children

by Save the Children Federation
Every Last Girl
Every Last Girl

All across the world girls are standing up as never before. They are demanding to be free. Free to pursue their hopes and dreams, and free to live the life they choose to build for themselves. Their courage and their power is what this report is about – and what those who benefit from the silence of girls fear most.

With empowerment and the right support girls can change the world. Many of them are already doing just that.

Girls like Malala. Girls who have stood up at great personal risk and who are asking us to stand with them.

Malala is far from alone in facing terrible danger because of her power as a girl. The kidnapping of the Chibok girls in northern Nigeria and the sexual enslavement of Yazidi girls in Iraq are motivated by the same pernicious notion – that girls should not be free to learn or to make decisions about their lives. Other girls – such as those who have been trafficked across the Mediterranean, or who are forced to live in a brothel in Bangladesh – are subject to the most extreme violations of their rights because of another noxious idea: that girls are tradable commodities.

Save the Children’s Every Last Child campaign is fighting to change how the world thinks about – and tackles – the exclusion millions of the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged children face. Standing up for every last girl is at the heart of our campaign. Everybody the world over must recognize that girls are nobody’s property and nobody’s victims. Rather girls are the most powerful catalysts for a different world.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), agreed in 2015 by the international community, are our starting point. In addition to gender equality and girls’ and women’s empowerment being recognized as a goal in their own right, it is increasingly understood that achieving progress for girls and women is vital to unlock achievement in many of the goals. A leading predictor of a country’s improved health outcomes, for example, is girls’ secondary school completion. Supporting girls to be agents of change is at the heart of the sustainable development agenda.

2015 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report

In 2015, Save the Children worked in 120 countries, including the United States, and helped more than 185 million children — including more than 62 million children directly. Together with the tremendous support of our donors and partners, we transformed children's lives and the future we share. Thank you!

The Opportunity to Learn

Save the Children is dedicated to ensuring every child, everywhere, has the opportunity to learn. More children are in school than ever before, and now it is up to all of us to make sure they are developing the critical skills they need to succeed. We use evidence-based programs to drive learning outcomes,so children learn in and outside of school.

Thanks to you, Save the Children supported quality education for children in need around the world in 2015, directly reaching 12.2 million children.

A Healthy Start

Save the Children is dedicated to ensuring every child, everywhere, has a healthy start. We have been at the forefront of global efforts to cut child mortality rates by more than half. In 2015, nearly 6 million children under age 5 died from preventable or treatable causes, and the most vulnerable children still miss out on the health care they need to survive and thrive.

Thanks to you, Save the Children supported the delivery of high-impact health care to 22.6 million children and directly reached another 11.1 million through our nutrition programs.

Readiness. Relief. Recovery

When the worst happens, children are always among the most vulnerable – and often suffer most. Save the Children responds to natural disasters, conflicts and other humanitarian emergencies across the globe with health, education and protection programs that address the unique needs of children in crisis. We ensure that our assistance reaches groups of children who are often marginalized, such as girls and refugee children.

2015 presented the world with unprecedented challenges. Thanks to your incredible generosity, Save the Children responded to 99 humanitarian crises in 59 countries, directly reaching 13.8 million people, including 7.1 million children.

Policy. Advocacy. Action.

Through the power of policy analysis, advocacy and action, Save the Children leverages the success of our programs to achieve lasting results for children in the United States and around the world

In 2015, Save the Children successfully advocated for large-scale, sustainable progress for children within several priority areas.

We are grateful for the support of our individual donors, foundation, corporate and venture partners — who know that an investment in childhood is an investment worth making.


Yemen's Children Suffering in Silence

One year since the conflict in Yemen escalated, nearly 90 percent of children now need emergency humanitarian aid, yet the desperate plight of 10 million children is still being largely ignored.

Save the Children warns that international governments are exacerbating the crisis and endangering children’s lives by choosing to support military action while ignoring the devastating consequences for civilians.

“An entire generation of children – the future of Yemen – is being abandoned to their fate,” says Edward Santiago, Save the Children’s Country Director in Yemen.

“For millions of children here, the terror of airstrikes and shelling, and the destruction of everything around them has become a daily fact of life. This must not be allowed to continue.

“Even before the current crisis spiraled, Yemen was already the poorest and least developed country in the Middle East, but now thousands more children’s lives are at real risk as long as the fighting continues and the delivery of vital humanitarian aid and commercial supplies continues to be obstructed.”

A new Save the Children briefing note, Yemen’s Children Suffering in Silence, illustrates how a year of war has created a humanitarian crisis that ranks as one of the worst in the world, with most areas facing extreme, and often deadly, shortages of medicine, food and fuel.

“A doctor at a Save the Children-supported hospital in Sana’a told us how a newborn baby died last month during a power cut when incubators shut down for an hour and there was no fuel left to run the back-up generators.” says Santiago.

“Other health facilities we work with report running out of even simple materials such as sterile bandages, antibiotics and iodine, and have all reported cases of potentially fatal conditions doubling, or in some cases tripling, over the past six months, including malaria, severe acute malnourishment, respiratory problems, and diarrhea.”

A recent assessment by Save the Children health and nutrition teams in Sa’ada also found critical shortages of therapeutic foods, which are used to treat malnourished children.

“One in three Yemeni children under five are now acutely malnourished, with nearly 10 million without access to clean water and more than eight million no longer having access to even basic health care,” says Santiago, adding that around 600 hospitals and health facilities have had to shut down due to damage or shortages.

An estimated six boys and girls killed or injured every day of the conflict, and civilians made up 93 percent of casualties when explosive weapons were used in populated areas during 2015—the crisis in Yemen has had a devastating psychological impact on children.

"Worryingly, children are increasingly being recruited into armed groups, abducted and detained, and at risk from thousands of newly-laid landmines.”

Nearly half of school-age children are now also out of school in Yemen, with an average of two attacks on schools per week of the conflict, and more than 1,600 schools now closed or being used as emergency shelters for families who have fled their homes.

Despite the enormous needs, the UN Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen was only 56 percent funded in 2015, and so far is only 12 percent funded for this year, with no funding at all received for education or child protection.

“Rich nations are turning a blind eye to children’s suffering, and in some cases are even making billions of dollars by selling weapons that continue to be used against civilians,” says Santiago.

“UN Security Council resolutions are being ignored and the conflict goes on with complete disregard for international law and the protection of civilians, particularly children. There needs to be much more aid to those suffering, and much more diplomatic pressure on those fighting in Yemen to end the conflict.”


Thank You from Save the Children
Thank You from Save the Children

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 for your support in 2015!

Here are some of the top highlights from 2015

Nepal Earthquake

Together, we’re helping survivors of Nepal’s deadly earthquakes recover and rebuild. Nepal’s powerful earthquakes in April and May toppled hundreds of thousands of homes, schools and health centers and affected 3.2 million children. Thanks to our supporters’ compassionate giving, we’ve reached over 500,000 children and adults with aid, comfort and support. But our work is far from over. We’re focusing on a three-year plan to aid in the recovery. Among many things, we will help rebuild permanent, sturdy schools. We’re going to help train carpenters and masons to make homes and buildings stronger and train more health workers to identify and treat malnourished children. We will be working with local Nepalese organizations to help children and families recover and rebuild their lives.

Journey of Hope

The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina this year was especially significant for Save the Children. That monster  hurricane’s impact on children led us to create the Journey of Hope program, which helps children and teens regain a sense of security and self-esteem after experiencing a crisis. In 2015, Journey of Hope reached children in Texas who endured a flight from brutal violence in Central America. We also began testing Journey of Hope’s ability to help children who experience stress from challenges their families may face, such as deep poverty, growing up in single-parent households, domestic violence and substance abuse. And we began a Journey of Hope pilot to help conflict-affected children in the Ukraine.

Child Refugee Crisis

As exhausted refugee children were on the move this fall across Europe, our staff have been there to help, thanks to our donors. We’ve provided food, water, blankets, baby food and other supplies to children and mothers as they seek safety and asylum in Europe. Our teams have also provided overwhelmed children in train and bus stations with spaces to rest, play and escape from the enormous stress of their journeys. In addition, we are ensuring that once children have arrived at their final destination, their rights are respected and that they have access to essential services.

And as we’ve done for years, we reach children and mothers inside and outside countries in turmoil with lifesaving aid and access to food, health care and education.

Ending Ebola

West Africa tamed the horrifying Ebola outbreak with the help of agencies like Save the Children. In 2015, we helped children, families and communities recover. We prepared schools in Liberia to re-open and upgraded facilities. We are supporting local health systems so that they can resume basic care services and are better prepared for any future disease outbreak.

Because so many children lost everything to Ebola, including their families, our teams in Liberia and Guinea continue to identify orphans and other vulnerable girls and boys and arrange for their care. In Sierra Leone, we’ve created scholarships for children who lost family members and cannot afford school fees.

Thank you again for your support in 2015. If you are planning to make a year-end gift for your taxes, please give by midnight tonight to receive your full 100% deduction for 2015. Donate now


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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Save the Children Federation

Location: Fairfield, CT - USA
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Project Leader:
Penelope Crump
Westport, CT United States
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