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Why donate your Sadaqah to Save the Children?

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By donating whatever you can afford, you can help children get the food, medicine and education they need to give them a chance of a future they deserve.

Your support could help children in East Africa, where they are on the brink of one of the worst famines in 40 years. Three failed rainy seasons in a row have resulted in the East Africa drought which has killed crops and livestock that families rely on – and a fourth is expected. Climate changes, combined with locust infestations and the impacts of Covid-19 and local conflict have created a perfect storm. 

Children’s lives are at risk. 


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How your Sadaqah could help

Photo credit: Sacha Myers / Save the Children

Ahmed, one, from Somalia was born into a food crisis. He's already had to battle life-threatening malnutrition.

Food prices in the local market have gone up and the family has had to cut down on meals.

“We have two meals a day – breakfast and lunch. We don’t have dinner because we don’t have enough food. We used to buy milk for the children but now we have stopped that as well.” - Ahmeds mum, Nala*.

They visted one of our stabilisation centres for malnourished children in Puntland, Somalia. After a few days on a special milk formula followed by an 6–8 week course of high-nutrient peanut paste Ahmed’s energy levels had started to pick up dramatically.

A simple but amazingly effective treatment for severe acute malnutrition.

Read his full, incredible story of recovery. 

*Names changed.

What are we doing to help children in East Africa?

For many children, the cure for S.A.M. (severe acute malnutrition) is devastatingly simple: special milk formula and high-nutrient peanut paste. 

In hospitals and treatment centres, our health workers give life-saving care to children with S.A.M. In the backpacks of community health volunteers and in families’ homes, we get high-nutrient peanut paste to dangerously malnourished children. And we support local communities to prepare for drought and food shortages. Your support makes that possible.

Understanding the issue

The term food insecurity is used to describe the situation of people who do not have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.

Around 5.5 million children are expected to be acutely malnourished in Ethiopia, Kenya & Somalia in 2022, including more than 1.6 million severely acutely malnourished. 

16.6 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.

This hunger crisis is all of our responsibility 

We must tackle this crisis at its roots – from climate change to poverty to war,

Britain has a key role and responsibility. Already, UK aid helps save lives and strengthen communities. But aid alone won’t deliver the deep-rooted changes that are needed.


Three easy ways to help children in East Africa

Across Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia a lethal combination of poverty, climate change, covid and war, coupled with avoidable delays is causing S.A.M. to spread like wildfire.

Thinking about this, alongside all the other hard things going on in the world at the moment can feel quite overwhelming.

There is hope. But we have to act now.


Stopping S.A.M in its tracks: The power of peanuts 

Behind every shocking statistic that seems to fade like a bad dream as soon as we read something else, is a beloved child. An individual. Someone with potential. Who had dreams, a favourite colour, a best friend, a big smile when they found something really funny, and someone who loved them.