Focus On: Save the Children

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This Weeks Focus On is about Save The Children

Save the Children.  Together we fight for children everyday.

Cyclone IDAI, now unless you have been living under a rock for the past few weeks you will know that this Cyclone ripped through Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi.

Save the Children are on the ground helping children to survive and recover in the aftermath of this natural catastrophe.

Save the Children are:

  • Distributing food, tents, blankets and tarpaulin to thousands of families who have lost their homes
  • Repairing and installing water and sanitation facilities in Schools and learning centres to help stop the spread of deadly diseases
  • Setting up mobile health clinics, mobilising over 6,000 people so that they can receive Cholera vaccinations and providing mosquito nets to protect children and families from Mosquitos and diseases such as Malaria
  • Working in close coordination with the government and other organisations to reunite children with their families who were separated during the Cyclone
  • Setting up child friendly spaces – protected areas where children can play, learn express themselves and begin to recover from the distressing experience they’ve been through.

This is all happening on the ground now, where it is needed.


At the beginning of the 20th Century two sisters had a vision to protect children and their rights.  Almost 100 years later, we’re still fighting for children – day in, day out.  Read the story of what happened in between here

After the WW1 ended Britain kept up a blockade that left children in places like Vienna and Berlin starving.  Save the Children Founders, sisters, Eglantyne Jebb and Dorothy Buxton, were part of the Fight the Famine Movement, spreading information about what was happening in Europe.

In 1919 Jebb was arrested in Trafalgar Square for distributing leaflets.  They bore shocking images of children affected by famine in Europe, with the headline ‘Our blockade has caused this – millions of children are starving to death.’

Soon the sisters decided that campaigning alone would not be enough – direct action was needed.  In May 1919 the Save The Children Fund was set up at a packed public meeting in The Royal Albert Hall.

This was just the beginning, you can read the rest here.

After WW2, the majority of save the children’s work outside of the UK concerned planning for the needs of children in Europe after the War.  By the autumn of 1946 we were working with children, displaced people, refugees and concentration camp survivors in devastated areas of France, Yugoslavia, Poland and Greece.


Save the Children is a non-political and non-sectarian, and has a philsophy of international cooperation.  However, international politics do affect the organisation and sometimes that means the we have to pull our of certain countries at certain times for the safety of our staff.


Together we are Stronger.


We protect children, give them a  healthy start and a chance to learn.


Helping children thrive regardless of their background.  We work with families to narrow the gap between children living in poverty and their better off classmates.  By focussing on Early learning, we help make sure children across the UK realise their full potential.

In homes – We support families to create a positive home environment.

In Nurseries – We’re calling on the government to invest in childrens futures.

In Schools – We’re bringing, parents, children, schools and communities together.

In Communities – We make sure that help is at hand for the poorest children.

You can find more information here


We work in 68 countries around the world. Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, South and Central America.  Also UK where we’re based.  We work hard to reach every last child in the toughest parts of the world, including the UK.

With your help, in 2017 we helped 13.3 million children with our vital work.

You can find more information here

ASIA – We’re trying to reduce the widening gap between Rich and Poor people.

AFRICA – Despite progress, sub-saharan Africa is the worlds poorest region.

EUROPE – We’re helping and protecting the vulnerable

MIDDLE EAST – We’ve been helping children in the Middle East since 1919.

SOUTH AND CENTRAL AMERICA – We focus on improving children’s education and healthcare.

OUR UK WORK – We support young children by improving their early learning.


Where we are today responding to emergencies.

THE INDONESIA TSUNAMI – Over 2,000 people were killed and thousands more injured.  Those who surivied, have seen their lives ripped apart.

  • We’re helping families access food and safe drinking water
  • We’re distributing ShelterKits, containing blankets, tarpaulins, ropes, mosquito nets, and essential household items, like Pots and Pans, so families who have lost their homes have somewhere safe to eat and drink.
  • We’re providing lifesaving support across the worst affected areas of Palu City, Donggala and Sigi.

Learn more here

SYRIA CRISIS – For as long as there has been conflict our staff and partners have been on the ground in Syria, working around the clock to save children’s lives and protect their futures.

We’re also working in neighbouring countries – including Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt- doing whatever it takes to support children and their families who have escaped across the borders.  You can learn more about this here.

YEMEN CRISIS – The World’s largest humanitarian crisis demands our attention.

The war in Yemen has been raging for four years now which has left the country in the grip in the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis.

Children are paying the heaviest price, with the deadly triple threat of  BOMBS, DISEASES, and HUNGER.

Economic collapse has left many families unable to afford food and water. Yemen is on the brink of the worst famine in 100 years.

You can learn more here


source: Save the Children

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