Save the Children works in over 120 countries around the world to deliver programs and advocate for better practices and policies to fulfill children’s rights. In addition to Save the Children’s work both internationally and domestically, Save the Children runs specific programs that take place in multiple countries. Together with our partners and supporters, we strive to ensure that children’s voices are heard, particularly children who are marginalized, living in poverty or struggling to survive in the aftermath of violence or disasters.
To achieve these goals, we collaborate with children, organizations, communities, governments and the private sector to share knowledge, influence change, and ensure that children’s rights are fulfilled.
To make an immediate and lasting impact on the lives of children, we focus on:
LIFELINE: MAKING A DIFFERENCE THROUGH MONTHLY GIVING
With the support of our extraordinary monthly donors, our LIFELINE program helps children struggling for their very survival in some of the world’s most dangerous places. Places like South Sudan, Syria, Ethiopia and others around the globe.
Many of the children we reach through LIFELINE are in treacherous situations, trapped in violent conflict zones or in the aftermath of disasters. They have been forced to flee their homes and have become child refugees. Too many of them are completely alone – and they desperately need shelter and protection, medical care, nutritious food, clean water and a better future, through education.
The help these children need is immediate but also must be sustained to make a lasting difference. That’s why LIFELINE monthly donors have such an incredible impact for children – your monthly gifts enable effective, long – term program planning and support which is so vital.
You can become a LIFELINE and help lift a child to safety today, and give them a better tomorrow.
HEALTH & NUTRITION: A HEALTHY START FOR A BETTER LIFE
Save the Children’s Health & Nutrition programs improve the health and nutrition of children worldwide, with a special focus on maternal, newborn, and child health and survival. Creating better health systems with trained health care workers is vital to long-term, successful outcomes.
The work supported by donors like you combines to deliver sustained improvements in maternal health, children’s health and nutritional status.
CHILD PROTECTION: EVERY CHILD HAS THE RIGHT TO BE SAFE
Save the Children works to prevent all forms of violence, abuse and neglect towards children. We help make and keep children safe, whether they are refugees, migrants, live in institutions or other forms of alternative care, are exploited, even within their own communities and homes.
To protect children, we work with governments, international organizations, and local community partners to implement progressive laws and policies, change detrimental social and cultural practices, and improve the capacity of communities to protect children.
An important part of Save the Children’s child protection work is the participation and leadership of the children themselves. We actively support child clubs and other child-led activities that empower and educate children to keep themselves safe and defend their rights.
EDUCATION: EVERY CHILD HAS THE RIGHT TO LEARN
Still, far too many children don’t have access to a basic quality education. Relevant and appropriate education and life skills for children are some of the most effective ways to break the cycle of poverty.
The world has made great advances over the last 15 years in ensuring children have access to education, however progress has slowed and much work remains to be done to ensure good quality learning opportunities for every child.
- More than 1 in 4 primary aged children – 250 million children worldwide – are not learning to read and write, despite being in school or other educational settings
- A further 59 million primary aged children – 1 in 11 children globally – are out of school. Girls represent more than half the out-of-school population
- The scale of illiteracy among youth also represents an enormous challenge; an estimated 122 million youth globally are illiterate, of which young women represent 60.7%
- The percentage of out of school children living in areas affected by conflict has risen from 42% to more than 50% since 2008
- 65 million children are directly affected by emergencies and protracted crises, and 476 million children live in countries affected by crises with challenges to access relevant education
- Worldwide, more than 200 million children aged under five do not reach their full developmental potential due to the absence of early childhood care programmes
Save the Children’s education programs vary according to local contexts but our goal is clear: to do our part to achieve access to quality learning for boys and girls to succeed in the future.
INDIGENOUS & CANADIAN PROGRAMS: A NATION OF RESPECT AND EQUITY FOR ALL CHILDREN
Indigenous children and youth are one of the fastest growing populations in Canada. They represent over 50 per cent of the total Indigenous population of approximately 1.4 million people (2011), and 7 per cent of all children in Canada. Yet they live in worse conditions and have poorer outcomes, on average, than their non-Indigenous counterparts.
In Canada, the average poverty rate for Indigenous children is 40%, more than twice the national average of 17%, and 50% of status First Nations children live below the poverty line. Indigenous children trail the rest of Canada’s children on many measures, including family income and high school graduation. At the same time, rates of homelessness, infant mortality and suicide are considerably higher than the national average.
These facts must be changed, through collaborative, long-term and sustainable solutions.
Our vision at Save the Children is of a reconciled Canada – a nation of equity, respect, and partnership, where every child attains the right to survival, safety, protection, development and participation.
We believe Indigenous children have a right to develop to their full potential as valued and engaged citizens within their Nations and Canada, where their culture and identity are celebrated.
By drawing on our international experience, Save the Children partners with Canada’s Indigenous communities to deliver programs that support this vision.
Gender equality is a basic right for all people, including children. Save the Children believes that it is critical to directly address gender discrimination and promote gender equality in order to ensure no harm comes to children, and to advance our vision for a world where every child attains their equal right to survival, protection, development and participation.
We recognize that gender inequalities create major barriers for sustainable development, and work to ensure all our programs identify and account for the different needs, abilities and opportunities of all stakeholders, including girls, boys, women and men.
Save the Children further strives to utilize gender transformative approaches whenever possible, supporting meaningful and lasting impacts in the lives of children and adolescents through working with key stakeholders to identify and positively transform root causes of gender inequality for girls and women, boys and men
In addition to development work, Save the Children is a recognized leader in disaster response. Whenever and wherever disaster strikes, we are there, working tirelessly to meet children’s unique health, nutrition, education, and protection needs.
In 2014 Save the Children responded to over 103 humanitarian crises around the world. We reached over 4 million children affected by conflicts, disease outbreaks, floods and cyclones.
In any crisis, children are always the most vulnerable. We make sure that children affected by floods, famines, earthquakes, diseases outbreaks and armed conflict get life-saving medical aid, shelter, food and water – fast. We safeguard children and help reunite separated families. And we help children recover from crises by providing emotional support and safe places to learn and play.
We prepare ourselves and at-risk communities, so we can act rapidly and reduce disaster risks for children. After large-scale emergencies such as Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and the Haitian and Nepal earthquakes we remain on the ground to help children and their families rebuild their lives.
When disaster strikes, we have to act – fast.
A quarter of the world’s children—an estimated 600 million—live in extreme poverty. Being born into a poor family creates barriers that many children never overcome.
But working together, we can break this cycle of poverty. We know that children are more likely to be safe, educated and healthy when their families have secure livelihoods. Our programs and teams help communities develop and maintain their livelihoods with an emphasis on sustainable agriculture, so that families can become self-reliant and consistently feed and care for their children.
In September 2015, world leaders gathered at the United Nations and officially adopted 17 new Sustainable Development Goals to transform the world by 2030! We can be the first generation to end extreme poverty and the last generation to be threatened by climate change. We must all come together and work towards achieving these goals – our team at Save the Children, other international aid agencies, government, partners, children and youth – you!