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Inspired? You should be!

Well, I’ve just returned from a week in the Cotswolds. Although I thought about popping into Gatcombe Park to see HRH, The Princess Royal, and say thanks for all her work for Save the Children I decided not to. I was on holiday after all…

What amazes me, after just a week off, is how inspiring this organisation is. It’s great to return and hear about even more work that has happened to save children.

The Guardian is featuring a video of a girl from Kroo Bay, a slum community in Sierra Leone that Save the Children is supporting. She talks about the difficulties of living in her community and what she hopes leaders would do to improve the lives of children.

And while I was away, our Supporter Services team held their first supporter evening – inviting some financial supporters to come and listen to talks and meet the teams to say thank you. They’re planning to hold more – so if you want to come – get in contact! It was great to hear what our supporters really feel. And an eye-opener for everyone – we’re lucky to have such informed, committed donors.

And then I read a poem written by Amanuel Mustefe, a 13-year-old student from Ethiopia. It struck me how it perfectly encapsulated everything that we want to achieve for children all over the world. And I had to smile! Being back at work really has become a pleasure….

Smile to me, Dear Africa
I, your child, give you this promise
I give you my word that no child of yours will die
Because of malaria, pneumonia and HIV
There will be no more suffering and danger in the lives of children
No child of yours will die,
Because of hunger and loss of child protection
I promise you will be a land of peace!
Where children can be safe
You will be a land of love and happiness!
Where children can grow without facing health challenges
I promise you, Mama Africa!
We, your children, give you this promise,
You will become a free land for children
Where there will be no barriers
For an African child to survive!

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