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Don't let progress go backwards

Decades of hard-won progress is unravelling fast. The triple threat of conflict, covid and the climate crisis is placing children at extreme risk.

In 2022, over 200 million children are living in conflict zones – twice as many as a decade ago. Almost half of children are at risk from the climate crisis, as extreme weather destroys crops, livestock and livelihoods. And across the world, families continue to grapple with the impact of the covid pandemic, with 117 million children still out of school. 

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Your incredible generosity means we can give children a fair shot at the future they deserve.

To make sure children in conflict can look to a better future, we are:

  • Supporting tens of thousands of families fleeing violence in Ukraine, Afghanistan and Yemen with life-saving basics like food, shelter and clothes
  • Setting up more education facilities and safe spaces where children can keep learning and playing
  • Giving psychological support to help children recover
  • Pushing world leaders to make children off-limits in war

Danilo*, Ukraine

Danilo, 2, pictured at one of our Child Friendly Spaces after fleeing his home in Ukraine.

Danilo*, 2, fled Ukraine with his mum Anna* and sister Daryna* when fighting approached a nuclear power station close to their home. 

After crossing the border into Romania, the family was placed in a temporary camp before arriving at a reception centre. There,  Danilo* and Daryna*, aged 4, attended our Child Friendly Space where they were safe to play and recover from their traumatic experiences. Save the Children is also providing families with advice and information, as well as food and other essentials.

Danilo's mum Anna* says the family is now hoping to reach the Czech Republic, where they have friends who can help them. 

*Names changed to keep Danilo and Daryna safe.

After two tough years, we're working hard to:

  • Get 260 million children into school and learning again
  • Make sure everyone can access vaccines. We’ve recently vaccinated 420,000 people in Ethiopia but thousands more need protection
  • Help more children catch up on routine jabs for potentially deadly childhood diseases
  • Support health services as surges in cases push them to breaking point

Gemma, UK

 Gemma and her children (Harvey, Cooper & Molly) are members of the Food Pantry Store - where Harvey and Cooper also receive the free activity packs.

During lockdown, Gemma brought her children Harvey, Cooper and Molly to their local Save the Children-supported food pantry in Manchester. Her older children also rececived our weekly activity packs, which were introduced to help relieve boredom and stress during lockdown. 

The Smallshaw Hurst Pantry Store began in July 2020 in the midst of the pandemic.  It has now moved to a permanent home and supports around 50 families a week with fresh, frozen and dried foods.

Gemma is now volunteering to help other struggling families in her local area. 

To help children survive and keep growing through the climate crisis, we must do more to:

  • Get clean water to drought-hit regions, such as East Africa
  • Help more farming communities and families with innovations like drought-resistant seeds
  • Keep children learning. In Cambodia, for example, we’re rebuilding classrooms and providing safe ways to travel to school
  • Set up warning systems to help communities in drought-prone regions prepare for shocks

Muna*, Somalia

Muna, 13, hasn't been to school since severe water shortages impacted her community in Somalia.

“I liked my school and now it’s closed,” says Muna*, 13, who dreams of becoming a teacher. 

Severe water shortages have forced people to abandon Muna's* town in Somalia in search of pasture and water for their livestock. Muna* hasn't been to class since her school closed in August 2020, but she continues to study at home each day.

Save the Children is working to ensure Muna* has the clean water, health care and learning materials she needs to pursue her dreams.

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