Child Poverty

We're finding new ways to help millions of children around the world escape extreme poverty – because we believe every child should be able to make their mark on the world.

Child poverty can be devastating – and it lasts a lifetime.

Around the world, the poorest children are most at risk of disease, malnutrition and stunting. They’re more likely to miss out on school, or get a poor quality education. And there’s a greater chance they’ll suffer early marriage, physical violence or child labour.

But child poverty isn’t inevitable, as the story of Zipporah and her family, below, shows.

Governments are now recognising this too. In 2015, over 160 national leaders signed up to 17 Sustainable Development Goals, targets that could end hunger, extreme poverty and preventable child deaths by 2030.

We're campaigning tirelessly to make sure governments deliver.

We're also working to tackle child poverty in the UK. Britain's one of the world’s richest countries, yet rates of poverty are rising, with serious implications for children's future life chances.

HOW WE’RE HELPING ZIPPORAH'S FAMILY THRIVE

Veronica and her daughter hold the two goats they have been able to buy with support from save the children

TURKANA, KENYA - This is mother-of-eight Veronica, 46, with daughter Zipporah, 8.

Their livestock died after a drought and Zipporah’s little brother, Loirot, became malnourished.

Thankfully, one of our Community Health Volunteers spotted the signs – and treated Loirot with therapeutic food, making sure he recovered.

We also enrolled Veronica on our innovative Smart Card cash transfer scheme, meaning she could buy essentials for her family - and save up for these two new goats.

  • 569 million children and young people live on less than £1 a Day
  • 5.9 million children die each year - most in the world's poorest communities and from preventable diseases
  • 78% of the poorest people live in south asia and Sub-saharan africa

Here's a few of the things we're doing;

Ethiopia: Providing farming training to help people grow income. We’re also helping them form saving groups and access finance initiatives.

Yemen: Improving food security by training young people searching for employment and offering food vouchers in exchange for community work.

Bangladesh: Tackling stunting by changing the way nutrition services work and helping develop sustainable livelihoods. We’re also supporting mothers and young children in 191,000 households.

Lebanon: Providing cash assistance with five other NGOs to help the most vulnerable Syrian refugees afford food and essentials. Monthly payments will reach around 154,000 people.

Qasim and Talib’s family was displaced from Sa’ada in North Yemen, where there father was a businessman, leaving behind their big house and farm. They lost everything in airstrikes. Now Save the Children supports them with monthly cash transfers.

Qasim and Talib’s family was displaced from Sa’ada in North Yemen, where their father was a businessman, leaving behind their big house and farm. They lost everything in airstrikes. Now Save the Children supports them with monthly cash transfers.

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