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IN 2020, WE HELPED...
- 45 million children across the world get the medicine, good food and education they need
- Nearly 600,000 supporters, alongside families, nurses, teachers and other workers
- Children shouldn’t be defined by their situation, but by who they are and what they can be.
‘I want to say one thing, that after my education, when I become a lawyer, I’m going to call up Save the Children to thank you for helping me to be a lawyer.’
Education offers hope to kids whose worlds have turned upside down. And it’s a world of possibility for girls like 13-year-old Sandhya, who would otherwise be working in the chilli fields, vulnerable to child marriage.
Millions of children never see inside a classroom. Others drop out due to overcrowded classes, conflict, or simply because they're a girl.
That’s why we’re working in the UK and around the world to help children keep learning, making friends, and building their futures.
What we've done
You’ve heard this one before. The story of a baby without enough to eat. You don’t need me to tell you that the number of children going hungry in the world is unacceptable.
But the good news? That number has steadily fallen over the last few decades. Because we know how to get children the food they need.
When she arrived in Cox’s Bazar, Momtaz* couldn’t get enough food while breastfeeding Kayas*. Both got seriously ill. So, we treated them. We taught Momtaz about nutrition, to give her family the best chance of staying healthy. That’s what every mother deserves.
“I want good for my children," she says. "I want them to study. As I have two children, I want to bring a change in them.”
Around the world, we’re helping children stay fed. And we're pioneering new methods of predicting food crises so governments can act sooner. Visit our Hunger page to learn more
What we've done
When drought hit Amina’s home in Somalia, she lost her livestock and means of providing food for her children. Just like that, life changed. Severe malnutrition left her 9-month-old Fatima too weak to stand.
That’s when Amina found our treatment centre. Five months on, Fatima is thriving and enjoying playing with her big sister Fatun.
“When Fatima got sick, I cried," says Fatun. "When I see my sister happy and healthy, I am happy for her. I carried her and gave her a kiss."
Since 1990, child mortality has almost halved. But there's a danger we're leaving kids behind – because of poverty, ethnicity, or gender.
Children should never die from preventable causes. We're determined to change this. We're pressuring governments to improve health for millions.
And every day, together with our partners, we’re saving lives around the world. Visit our Health page to find out more
What we've done
‘I never expected to be a single parent but when that happened, I applied for Universal Credit.’
Sometimes one income doesn’t stretch far enough. Any of us could fall on hard times, like Poppy’s mum Gemma.
When the pandemic hit, together we persuaded the government to support families on Universal Credit with an extra £20 a week. And in March, we pushed the government to keep this lifeline for a further 6 months. Millions of families felt the pressure on them release a little.
Every child deserves the chance to explore a world of possibilities. But often, rules and systems get in the way. Children face barriers that aren't just bad luck, they're a design of a system.
That could mean children can’t go to school because they’re a girl. Or suffer from diseases because they can't access healthcare.
We campaign for these children. Visit our Campaigns page to find out more
What we've done
Other ways we help children
*Names changed to protect identities
Save the Children exists to help every child reach their full potential.
In the UK and around the world, we make sure children stay safe, healthy and keep learning, so they can become who they want to be.
We find new ways to reach children who need us most, no matter where they’re growing up.
We can’t do this alone. Together with children, supporters and partners, we work to help every child become who they want to be.
“If we have education, then we must give it to our brothers and sisters who are illiterate,” says Munni, from Patna, one of the toughest parts of India.
Engaged at 13, she thought she would never set foot in a classroom. But we supported her to go to school. Now she teaches 20 local women to read and write, helping them to build a better future for their families too.
That’s what our work is all about.
But Munni’s story was 100 years in the making. For a century, we’ve stood up for children’s rights and made sure their voices are heard. Our co-founder, Eglantyne Jebb, wrote the first international treaty on the rights of every child. We’ve been speaking out on the big issues that affect children ever since.
Some of the UK’s biggest policy breakthroughs for children, like free school meals and nursery schools, have happened because of us. And we campaign tirelessly to uphold our country’s commitment to spend 0.7% of its budget on international aid.
We work alongside children in more than 100 countries, including the UK. Together, with Save the Children members around the world, we have three big goals.
Our shared ambition is that by 2030, no child dies from preventable causes before their fifth birthday, all children learn from a quality basic education, and violence against children is no longer tolerated.
We know that every child is different, and every one of them has something special to bring to the world.
So, when little Salma in Ethiopia got sick with pneumonia, she got the specialist medical care she needed. When Louren in Kenya was unable to walk, we gave him physiotherapy to help him take his first steps. And when Ali in the West Bank was struggling to cope with the conflict around him, we gave him one-to-one counselling.
We break new ground to solve the toughest problems facing children today.
Here in the UK, we’re using digital apps to help parents support their children’s early language skills. In Rwanda, we’ve kick-started a reading revolution through clubs, workshops for parents and teachers, and hundreds of new storybooks. And working with GSK, we’ve developed an antiseptic gel that could save 422,000 babies’ lives in five years.
“Every child has the right to feel safe, to go to school and not to fear anything,” says 13-year-old Nabila.
It’s voices like hers that shape everything we do and say. We empower children to speak for themselves, share their stories and amplify their voices. As well as championing young activists, we listen to children who aren’t in the spotlight, so their important stories don’t go unheard.
Save the Children’s work is only possible thanks to our 5 million supporters in the UK and their amazing commitment – from wearing a Christmas jumper to running our local shops to organising fundraising events.
Together with children, supporters and partners, we fight to help every child become who they want to be.
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