By Save the Children Comms Team - Public Affairs and Communications
Our Achievements in 2009-2010
See Where the Good Goes Campaign: Launched in June, See Where the Good Goes mobilizes citizen action in the U.S. to support local health care workers and community clinics worldwide in helping save more children from preventable or treatable illnesses.
Haiti Earthquake Disaster: Since the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, Save the Children has coordinated with Haitian authorities, the international community, local and international organizations and communities to reach an estimated 682,000 children and adults with lifesaving and life-sustaining assistance.
Rewrite the Future Campaign: Since 2006, Rewrite the Future has reached more than 12 million children in conflict-affected countries with access to improved education. Overall, the program has succeeded in enrolling one million children in school, the equivalent of opening two schools every day.
Child Hunger Crisis: By mid 2010, Save the Children had already surpassed its total 2009 child hunger program revenue, serving some of the hardest-hit countries, including Haiti, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Malawi.
Preventing HIV/AIDS: Save the Children’s collaboration with the government in Bangladesh provided messages and youth-friendly health services to 700,000 young people to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. In Africa, Save the Children has instituted rigorous standards in the communities it supports for the care of orphans and vulnerable children. Save the Children now reaches 37 million children in 14 countries with these and other services.
School Health and Nutrition: Our School Health and Nutrition activities have helped more than 2 million children in 20 countries become healthier and better prepared to learn. Children who are undernourished or sick miss classes and fall behind in learning.
Building Public Support for Children: Save the Children has established itself as a leader in influencing polices and increasing resources toward the improvement of global child survival and resolution of the child hunger crisis. Advocacy based on our State of the World’s Mothers Report, which focused on health workers in the developing world, helped to win new commitments from the U.S. Congress for President Barack Obama’s Global Health Initiative. With the report and the push for the Global Health Initiative, which includes child health and nutrition programs, Save the Children has successfully channeled U.S government resources and policies to fight the problems of inadequate health care, nutrition, education and protection on behalf of children around the world.
Programs for Children in the United States: Save the Children provides high-quality early childhood development, literacy, and physical activity and nutrition programs to more than 21,000 children in underserved, rural communities in 14 states. Additionally, our disaster preparedness programs are helping at-risk communities across the country lay the groundwork for future emergencies. Save the Children’s U.S. Programs recently released a new report that revealed that 38 states and the District of Columbia have not enacted basic safeguards to protect children in school or child care during disasters. This year, Save the Children pushed for states to adopt four minimum standards to protect kids in disasters, as well as for federal passage of the Child Safety, Care and Education Continuity Act of 2010 (H.R. 5240/S. 2898). We also launched k2kUSA, an online campaign for kids to be advocates for each other and ensure every child a fair chance in life. Save the Children’s U.S. Programs was featured on American Idol’s Idol Gives Back telethon, which raised more than $45 million for our plan to help children living in rural poverty in the U.S.
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