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What We Do

When children in the UK and around the world are well-fed, healthy and learning, we all have more reasons to smile. Together we power possible.

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Discover the stories, struggles and successes of the children we work with.

  

IN 2020, WE HELPED...

  • 45 million children across the world get the medicine, good food and education they need

WE ARE...

  • Nearly 600,000 supporters, alongside families, nurses, teachers and other workers

WE BELIEVE...

  • Children shouldn’t be defined by their situation, but by who they are and what they can be.

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Education

Every child has the right to learn
 Sandhya 13, plays with her classmates in a Save the Children supported school.

‘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.

Visit our Education page to find out more

What we've done

  

Food

Every child should have good food to fuel their imagination
Momtaz* plays with her baby Kayas* in the Rohingya refugee camp

You’ve heard it before. The story of a baby without enough to eat. You don’t need me to tell you that children going hungry is unacceptable.

The good news? That number's 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*. We treated both of 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.”

Globally, we’re helping children stay fed. And predicting food crises so governments can act sooner. Visit our Hunger page to learn more

What we've done

  

Medicine

Every child should have medicine when they're sick
 Fatima's first day back home after returning from the Stabilisation Centre.

When drought hit Amina’s home in Somalia, she lost her livestock and means of providing food. Just like that, life changed. 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 [her] happy and healthy, I am happy. 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 and pressuring governments globally.

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

  

Campaigning

Every child deserves the chance to thrive
Poppy, 3, plays in the park near her home.

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 like Gemma's 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

We respond to emergencies around the world. We give parents the tools to support early learning. We reach millions of children with our child protection programmes.

*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 lead the way on tackling problems like pneumonia, hunger and protecting children in war, while making sure each child’s unique needs are cared for. 

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.

 

Munni in India

“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. 

Louren in Kenya

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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