2011 Press Releases

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Eileen Burke 203.216.0718
Tanya Weinberg 202.640.6647 (O), 202.247.6610 (M)

WESTPORT, Conn. (Dec. 22, 2011) — Justin Bieber, global pop/R&B phenomenon, will be spreading the joy of reading to U.S. and Haitian school children. Bieber announced earlier this week that he will provide entertainment marketing support to Sojo Studios new slate of "social good" games, beginning with WeTopia. WeTopia benefits charitable projects in the United States and abroad, including Save the Children's summer literacy program in Appalachian Kentucky and textbooks for children in Haiti. Other initial non-profit partners include buildOn and Children's Health Fund.

Bieber announced the partnership to his 51 million fans and followers on Facebook and Twitter. "Playing online games is a lot of fun already, but WeTopia makes it better by helping children around the world. Some of these kids need to go to school or they need clean water," said Bieber. "I've been so lucky and blessed and that's why I believe so much in giving back, and I know my fans will feel the same way when they play WeTopia."

Sojo Studios' WeTopia is a free-to-play, community-building Facebook game where players develop a better world for children, both in the game and in the real world. As players grow their WeTopia villages, they earn currency called "Joy" which they can choose to apply toward specific charitable projects in the U.S. and abroad, and then track the impact of their contributions in-game.

"We're thrilled to partner with Justin Bieber, an amazing entertainer and someone who has emerged as one of the most prolific young philanthropists this world has seen," said Lincoln Brown, founder and CEO of Sojo Studios. "Justin is using his voice to inspire millions of fans around the world — including daughters and their moms — to give back. We can't think of a better way to bring the generations together than on WeTopia, which lets players do good while having fun."

"Social media is how I originally discovered Justin and it's how he regularly connects with his fans worldwide," offered his manager, Scott "Scooter" Braun. "He's excited about WeTopia as a new form of social entertainment that's literally a game-changer: making charity a regular, enjoyable and organic part of people's everyday lives."

Learn more about Save the Children's role in the game and watch a fun video on how to play

About Save the Children

Save the Children is the leading, independent organization that creates lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About Sojo Studios

Sojo Studios is an entertainment company creating social games where players directly support improvement projects in the U.S. and worldwide, helping to create "social joy." All Sojo Studios' projects are executed in the field by 501(c)(3) nonprofit partners. Established in 2010, Sojo Studios embraces the mission of leveraging the best aspects of team play in the virtual world in effecting positive and meaningful change in the real world.


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Eileen Burke, 203.221.4233

Hannah Brencher, 203.341.8203

Justin Bieber Backs “Social Good” Facebook Game, WeTopia, Benefiting Children

WESTPORT, Conn. (Dec. 22, 2011) --  Justin Bieber, global pop/R&B phenomenon, will be spreading the joy of reading to U.S. and Haitian school children.  Bieber announced earlier this week that he will provide entertainment marketing support to Sojo Studios new slate of “social good” games, beginning with WeTopia.  WeTopia benefits charitable projects in the United States and abroad, including Save the Children’s summer literacy program in Appalachian Kentucky and textbooks for children in Haiti.  Other initial non-profit partners include buildOn and Children's Health Fund.

Bieber announced the partnership to his 51 million fans and followers on Facebook and Twitter. "Playing online games is a lot of fun already, but WeTopia makes it better by helping children around the world. Some of these kids need to go to school or they need clean water," said Bieber. "I've been so lucky and blessed and that's why I believe so much in giving back, and I know my fans will feel the same way when they play WeTopia."

Sojo Studios’ WeTopia is a free-to-play, community-building Facebook game where players develop a better world for children, both in the game and in the real world.  As players grow their WeTopia villages, they earn currency called "Joy" which they can choose to apply toward specific charitable projects in the U.S. and abroad, and then track the impact of their contributions in-game. .

"We're thrilled to partner with Justin Bieber, an amazing entertainer and someone who has emerged as one of the most prolific young philanthropists this world has seen," said Lincoln Brown, founder and CEO of Sojo Studios.  "Justin is using his voice to inspire millions of fans around the world – including daughters and their moms – to give back.  We can't think of a better way to bring the generations together than on WeTopia, which lets players do good while having fun."

"Social media is how I originally discovered Justin and it's how he regularly connects with his fans worldwide," offered his manager, Scott "Scooter" Braun.  "He's excited about WeTopia as a new form of social entertainment that's literally a game-changer: making charity a regular, enjoyable and organic part of people's everyday lives."

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Learn more about Save the Children’s role in the game and watch a fun video on how to play here.


About Save the Children
Save the Children is the leading, independent organization that creates lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


About Sojo Studios

Sojo Studios is an entertainment company creating social games where players directly support improvement projects in the U.S. and worldwide, helping to create "social joy." All Sojo Studios’ projects are executed in the field by 501(c)(3) nonprofit partners. Established in 2010, Sojo Studios embraces the mission of leveraging the best aspects of team play in the virtual world in effecting positive and meaningful change in the real world.



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Wendy Christian 203.221.3767 (O), 203.465.8010 (M)
Lane Hartill 202.640.6608 (O) 202.294.9700 (M)
Eileen Burke 203.221.4233 (W); 203.216.0718 (M)

Taken in Zone 7, Acacia St. Carmen, Cagayan de Oro, where close to 50 houses were swept away in the early morning of 17 December 2011, rendering about 120 children homeless. Photo by: Eduardo Umali / Save the Children

WESTPORT, Conn. (December 18, 2011) — Save the Children estimates some 50,000 children may be caught up in flooding in the Philippines, after flash floods tore through the southern parts of the country.

A day after torrential rains triggered flash floods in the southern part of the country, some areas are still cut off by damage and debris, which is hampering relief efforts. Relief groups are concerned that families are trapped without enough food and clean water. Save the Children is particularly concerned that children may have been separated from their families during the floods, leaving them especially vulnerable.

“We fear that many children were split up from their parents as this disaster unfolded, and our priority is to reach them as soon as possible," said Anna Lindenfors, Save the Children’s country director in the Philippines. "We are especially worried about children trapped in areas that we cannot access due to the damage caused by the storm.”

According to the Philippines Red Cross, flooding killed more than 600 people and left more than 900 missing. Initial government assessment estimate the overall number affected by the flooding at more than 100,000.

Save the Children teams are on the ground to provide clean water and essential items to families caught up in the disaster. Without their families, children face a range of risks. They are often frightened, unable to find food and clean water, and are vulnerable to abuse.

“Children are likely to have borne the brunt of this disaster, because they are less likely to be able to cope with torrents of floodwater," said Lindenfors. "They would have been absolutely terrified, some would have panicked and in a situation like this, that is likely to put them in further danger.”

In areas where access is possible, the government has set up evacuation centers for those made homeless by the tropical storm. Save the Children is working with the authorities to ensure that families are getting the help they need.

Save the Children has worked in the Philippines for the past 30 years and quickly delivers humanitarian relief after the nation’s frequent typhoons and other disasters. A prime target of natural disasters, the Philippines experiences an average of 20 tropical storms a year and is located in a major earthquake zone housing a number of active volcanoes.

How You Can Help

Donate now to the Philippines Annual Monsoon and Typhoon Children in Emergency Fund to support Save the Children's responses to ongoing and urgent needs as a result of typhoons, monsoons and other fierce storms in the Philippines.

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Wendy Christian 203.221.3767 (O), 203.465.8010 (M)
Lane Hartill 202.640.6608 (O) 202.294.9700 (M)
Eileen Burke 203.221.4233 (W); 203.216.0718 (M)

WESTPORT, Conn. (December 17, 2011) — Save the Children is preparing to respond to flash flooding that has killed hundreds in the southern Philippines. The flooding was triggered by Tropical Storm Sendong, which has displaced thousands of children and adults.

The two hardest hit cities were Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City. Many deaths have also been registered in other southern provinces.

“We are hearing reports that the majority of those who have died in the floods are children, who are always most vulnerable in these situations,” said Save the Children Philippines country director Anna Lindenfors.

“Children who have survived this disaster will be hungry, frightened and exhausted. We are especially worried about children who may have been separated from their parents during the flooding, as rains continue to fall and there is a very real risk of landslides causing further damage. Save the Children teams are already on the ground in the area, and will launch an emergency response as soon as possible.”

Save the Children is mobilizing supplies and preparing to assess the damage and needs in the affected areas.

Save the Children has worked in the Philippines for the past 30 years and quickly delivers humanitarian relief after the nation’s frequent typhoons and other disasters. A prime target of natural disasters, the Philippines experiences an average of 20 tropical storms a year and is located in a major earthquake zone housing a number of active volcanoes.

How You Can Help

Donate now to the Philippines Annual Monsoon and Typhoon Children in Emergency Fund to support Save the Children's responses to ongoing and urgent needs as a result of typhoons, monsoons and other fierce storms in the Philippines.

Donate Now

About Save the Children

Save the Children is the leading, independent organization that creates lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.



Website to Raise Awareness of Flooding in El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua

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Lane Hartill 202.640.6608 (O), 202.294.9700 (M)

Westport, Conn. (December 15, 2011) — Save the Children is pleased to announce a new partnership with Discovery Kids, the leading network in children's programming from the portfolio of Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic, to support families struggling through severe floods in Central America. Through online marketing tools, included at the parent section of its website, www.tudiscoverykids.com, the channel is raising awareness of children affected by flooding in El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua.

"We are proud to build on the broad scope of our platforms for the benefit of needy children," said Angela Recio Sondon, Vice President and Director of Discovery Kids. "At Discovery Kids, we want all children to live in the best conditions possible and enjoy an environment that allows them to learn, nurture their imagination and awaken their curiosity."

"The collaboration with Discovery Kids is critically important," said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children. "The flooding in Central America disrupted the lives of tens of thousands of children. The Discovery website will help raise much needed awareness about this crisis that most people don't know about."

In El Salvador, the persistent rains caused flooding, landslides and loss of life. The Salvadoran authorities have estimated that 500,000 people were affected by the storm E12 and 56,000 people had to move to temporary shelters. In Nicaragua, more than 130,000 people have been affected by flooding, with over half of them being children. In Honduras, Save the Children has already delivered more than 4,500 bottles of water, 2,000 hygiene kits, 1,680 kitchen kits, 1,480 kits for children and families sleeping in emergency shelters.

To support these efforts, Discovery Kids has created a micro site on the parent section of its website, www.tudiscoverykids.com, with detailed information about the consequences of flooding in El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua and a link to make donations to Save the Children's Emergency Fund for Children.

Donate to the Children's Emergency Fund

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Agency Scores High on Financial Efficiency

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Eileen Burke 203.216.0718
Lane Hartill 202.640.6608

WESTPORT, Conn. (Dec. 7, 2011) – Save the Children is ranked as a top U.S. charity when it comes to spending dollars efficiently, according to Forbes' recently released "Top 200 Largest U.S. Charities" for 2011. The Forbes charity list aims to measure a nonprofit's level of fundraising efficiency based on private donations for a given year, as well as its charitable commitment.

"We are really pleased once again to make Forbes' list of top charities," said Carolyn Miles, president & CEO of Save the Children. "As families look to donate to causes this holiday season, guides like the Forbes' list help them make informed decisions."

Save the Children also is recognized as one of the best charities in the U.S. by Charity Navigator. Earlier this year, Charity Navigator gave Save the Children a four star rating – it's highest — for the 10th year in a row. The independent organization annually reviews more than 5,500 U.S. charities for financial efficiency, accountability and transparency.

One of the key measures in both the Forbes' "Top 200 Largest U.S. Charities" list and Charity Navigator rankings is the total amount of expenses a charity uses to support the cause. In 2010, Save the Children directed 90 percent of its overall expenses to programs benefiting children and kept the private cost to raise a dollar below 10 cents, one of the best ratios among nonprofit organizations.

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Save The Children Says Frontline Health Worker Investments Paying Off — but Also at Risk

Maria, 30 years old, is pregnant with her seventh child. A year ago she miscarried a child. She is holding her daughter Zoiqa, 1,5 years old, while at the district hospital in Aqcha district in Northern Afghanistan. Photo credit: Mats Lignell/Save the Children.
Maria, 30 years old, is pregnant with her seventh child. She is holding her daughter Zoiqa, 1,5 years old, while at the district hospital in Aqcha district in Northern Afghanistan. Photo credit: Mats Lignell/Save the Children.

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Tanya Weinberg 202.640.6647 (O), 202.247.6610 (M)

WESTPORT, Conn. (Nov. 30, 2011) — Save the Children welcomed a new Afghan government mortality survey Wednesday that indicates dramatic drops in the country's child and maternal mortality rates in recent years.

The Afghan government conducted the most extensive national mortality survey to date with input from United Nations agencies and the U.S. Agency for International Development. When compared to the best previously available surveys, the new report indicates that:

  • The rate of children dying before age 5 has dropped from one in five to about one in ten
  • Lifetime risk of maternal mortality has dropped from one in 11 to one in 50

"Today, many more Afghan mothers and children are surviving birth and the early years thanks to focused efforts to extend the reach of very basic health services. There's no doubt that the rising numbers of frontline health workers and health clinics are saving lives," said Mary Beth Powers, who leads Save the Children's newborn and child survival campaign.

Improvement in What Has Been the "World's Worst Place to Be a Mother"

For the past two years, Save the Children had ranked Afghanistan as the world's worst place to be a mother in its annual State of the World's Mothers report — due in large part to it having the highest known child and mortality rates in the world. Save the Children attributes new progress to bringing more frontline health workers and services to communities where health care access and awareness was lacking, including current totals of approximately:

  • 22,000 trained community health workers, up from 2,500 in 2004
  • 3,000 trained midwives, up from under 500 in 2003
  • 2,000 health facilities

Save the Children runs a midwifery school in northern Afghanistan funded by the U.S. government and individual Americans. The agency has also trained many of the Afghan government's new community health workers to provide vaccines and prevent and treat leading child killers pneumonia and diarrhea in communities that, a decade ago, had little or no access to health care.

Further Health Progress Needed, But at Risk

The new report points out that over the past decade, many more Afghan women have gained access to prenatal care and skilled attendance at birth. But access remains a significant hurdle for many others. For instance, the new survey found that only 26 percent of rural women delivered with a medically skilled provider, compared to 71 percent of urban women.

"Mothers and children should not and need not die from preventable causes no matter where they are and there is still much work to be done in Afghanistan. But the progress we're seeing there is very much at risk if the United States and other international donors pull back their support now," said Powers.

The U.S. Congress is currently considering major cuts to foreign assistance in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

To learn more about frontline health workers reducing child mortality around the world and how to support them, visit www.GoodGoes.org.

Save the Children is the leading, independent organization that creates lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.



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Wendy Christian 203.221.3767 (O) 203.465.8010 (M)
Jennifer Kaleba 202.640.6613 (O) 202.258.8842 (M)

WESTPORT, Conn. (Nov. 29, 2011) — Facebook fans and online game lovers can spread the "joy" of giving and develop a better world for children — both on Facebook and in the real world — through Sojo Studios' new Facebook game, WeTopia, launched today. This novel way to Play for Good™ will help underprivileged kids, including Appalachian children benefitting from Save the Children's literacy programs.

"Save the Children is thrilled to be part of Sojo Studios’ innovative approach to social gaming," said Carolyn Miles, president & CEO of Save the Children. "WeTopia will help build awareness about important social issues and give people a fun way to make a lasting difference for children in need. Thanks to Sojo, millions of people can become partners in the work we do each day."

WeTopia puts causes at the heart of the experience — giving consumers a whole new reason to play. As players grow their WeTopia villages and help their neighbors, they earn "Joy" currency which they can apply toward real-world projects such as building a school in Haiti, distributing meals and medicines to Haitian children and supporting summer literacy programs in Appalachian Kentucky.

Players can choose projects to receive "Joy" and track their contributions through pictures, videos and in-game messages. WeTopia is free to play; players also can buy Facebook credits to spend in-game.

This hybrid model allows Sojo Studios to continually generate revenue, both through advertisers and sponsors as well as players' purchases of social goods in-game, with a mandate to donate 50% of the net profits (never less than 20% revenue) to its charity beneficiaries. In addition to Save the Children, other "joyful" non-profits initially benefitting from WeTopia include buildOn and Children's Health Fund.

Learn more about Save the Children’s role in the game and watch a fun video on how to play

About Save the Children

Save the Children is the leading, independent organization that creates lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About Sojo Studios

Sojo Studios is an entertainment company creating social games where players directly support improvement projects in the U.S. and worldwide, helping to create "social joy." All Sojo Studios’ projects are executed in the field by 501(c)(3) nonprofit partners. Established in 2010, Sojo Studios embraces the mission of leveraging the best aspects of team play in the virtual world in effecting positive and meaningful change in the real world.



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Hannah Brencher, 203.341.8203
Wendy Christian, 203.221.3767

Just in Time for the Season of Giving

WESTPORT, Conn. (November 28, 2011) – Pull out your "Elvira" records, the Oak Ridge Boys are back. Kicking off a 31-city holiday concert tour and a television special that will air Thanksgiving weekend, the Boys are making all the stops this season to support children in need through Save the Children's child sponsorship programs.

Recently inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, the four members of this legendary country music group — Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban — will bring the toe tappin' straight across the US from November 15-December 21. Starting out in Branson, MO, the band will perform holiday favorites and mix in their own classic songs, including the chart-topping hit "Elvira" and their newly-released single, "What'cha Gonna Do."

For those who miss them on the stage, the Oak Ridge Boys will bring their holiday music into homes this holiday season, with a half-hour television special airing on the Inspiration Network and in local markets including New York, Chicago, San Francisco and many others throughout the month of December. The holiday special will also be on Save the Children's YouTube channel. The night of entertainment will include CMT Insider host Katie Cook, a long-time child sponsor through Save the Children, and the Oak Ridge Boys' Christmas favorites.

"Oak Ridge Boys fans may be interested to know that Save the Children began its work right here in the US, to help the children of Appalachia during the Great Depression," said Carolyn Miles, President & CEO of Save the Children. "Child sponsorship is a key way to help children in need, not only during the holidays but all year round and we are grateful that the Oak Ridge Boys are helping us to spread the message this season."

Oak Ridge Boys member Duane Allen says teaming with the organization is an honorable and purposeful mission. "For less than a dollar a day, one can help a child. There's no need for any child to suffer from poverty, but in reality, there are millions who need our help. The hope of the Oak Ridge Boys is that with Save the Children, we can continue to provide assistance because children are our greatest resource," Allen explains.

Be sure to check your local listings throughout the holiday season to see the Oak Ridge Boys half hour special.

Save the Children is the leading, independent organization that creates lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.



Pakistan’s "Lady Health Workers" Successfully Treat Severe Pneumonia at Home

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In Pakistan’s Haripur district, Lady Health Worker Naseem bibi counts 1-year-old Usama’s breaths, before successfully treating him for pneumonia. Photo credit: Save the Children
In Pakistan’s Haripur district, Lady Health Worker Naseem bibi counts 1-year-old Usama’s breaths, before successfully treating him for pneumonia. Photo credit: Save the Children

WESTPORT, Conn. (November 11, 2011) — Children treated at home for severe pneumonia by Pakistan’s "Lady Health Workers" were more likely to recover than children referred to health facilities, Save the Children found in a USAID-funded, WHO-coordinated study published in The Lancet medical journal today.

World Pneumonia Day is Saturday

The results come the day before World Pneumonia Day, which aims to focus the world’s attention on the leading cause of child death. Roughly 1.4 million children under age 5 die annually from the disease — 99 percent of them in the developing world.

"Pneumonia is highly treatable with inexpensive antibiotics, yet it remains the world’s number-one killer of children," said Carolyn Miles, President & CEO of Save the Children. "Today’s results point to an extremely promising and practical way to reduce child deaths from severe pneumonia in the hardest hit communities. Training and supporting more frontline health workers is at the heart of the solution."

The Lancet study addresses a significant barrier to effective treatment for millions of poor families around the world — the difficulty in accessing quality health services. In poor and isolated communities where pneumonia takes its biggest toll, major challenges include distance to a health facility, lack of transportation and costs.

Amidst a global health workforce crisis, Pakistan is one of a growing number of low-income countries to deploy community health workers to improve child and maternal health. In Pakistan, Lady Health Workers receive several months training, ongoing supervision and basic supplies and attend to about 150-200 families at home monthly.

What Happens When Families Can’t Access a Health Facility?

Previous studies have shown that community health workers can successfully treat children with non-severe pneumonia at home and substantially reduce mortality rates. However, current World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines do not allow for in-home treatment when pneumonia is defined as severe (when a child’s chest draws in instead of expanding during inhalation). Instead, community health workers are to administer the first dose of antibiotic and then refer a child to a facility.

Around the world, many families never make it to a health facility. Until today’s publication, no rigorous randomized study had shown whether community health workers could safely and effectively treat cases of severe pneumonia at home.

"Our study aimed to show that children can recover just as well from severe pneumonia when treated at home as when referred to a health facility. In fact, we found that frontline health workers treating children at home can be even more effective," said the study’s principal investigator, Dr. Salim Sadruddin of Save the Children.

Save the Children led the study research with collaboration from the Boston University Center for Global Health & Development and WHO.

Study Could Pave Way to Changing Global Treatment Guidelines

Dr. Elizabeth Mason, Director of WHO's Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health, said: "The results of the Pakistan trial are very promising, and we will be looking closely at future studies. If we see similar results in other places, we can update the global guidance to make treatment much more accessible for families, help governments make the most of limited resources, and save more children's lives."

The study followed 3,211 children with severe pneumonia in the Haripur district of Pakistan. The control group was given an initial dose of oral antibiotic and referred to a health facility. Some families did not make the trip, while others failed to receive proper treatment even after they did. The experimental group of children was treated in the community with oral antibiotics for five days by Lady Health Workers who had received additional training.

Treatment failures occurred 50 percent less often in the experimental group. After five days, 18 percent of children referred to a facility were still ill, compared to 9 percent of those treated by Lady Health Workers.

The Latest U.S. Investment in Sustainable Solutions to Ending Child Deaths

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded the new Lancet study.

USAID Administrator Raj Shah said: "This study adds to the evidence base that frontline health workers can safely and effectively manage illness and prevent child deaths, especially in communities where doctors and health facilities are out of reach for poor families."

He added: "USAID supports an integrated prevention and treatment approach to prevent death and severe illness in children. Immunization along with frontline health workers are sustainable, cost-effective strategies to strengthening health systems where children are most in need."

To learn more about frontline health workers saving children’s lives and how to support their work, please visit www.GoodGoes.org.

Save the Children is the leading, independent organization that creates lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.



Newport Children Get Books and Holiday Spirit from Santa

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Jennifer Kaleba 202.258.8842 Save the Children
Ruth Rosenquist 602.505.6844 Noerr Programs

"The Santa Cause," a partnership between Save the Children and The Noerr Programs, is designed to encourage and celebrate the act of giving back by emphasizing the importance of education for underserved, struggling children living in rural America.

Courtesy the Noerr Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 8, 2011) — Santa Claus is coming to town early this season for close to 600 Newport, Tennessee children from Save the Children’s literacy programs in Northwest Elementary and Bridgeport Elementary Schools. Bearing books and a "Be Merry" mission, Santa — from The Noerr Programs (that means a real beard and a real belly laugh) — is sleighing in today from his temporary residence at Simon Property Group’s West Town Mall to read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to children from kindergarten to fifth grade, give new books to each child, and encourage Noerr’s BeMerry spirit of caring, sharing, good manners, helping others, and healthy choices.

The Newport event marks the 2011 national kick-off of "The Santa Cause," a partnership between Save the Children and The Noerr Programs to encourage and celebrate the act of giving back by emphasizing the importance of education for underserved, struggling children living in rural America. Last year, Noerr raised more than $117,000 to support rural U.S. children in need. This year, The Santa Cause fundraising goal for Save the Children is $250,000.

"There’s no better, more enduring gift than that of a quality education, and for children living in poverty, education is more than a test score; it’s a lifeline," says Mark Shriver, Senior Vice President of Save the Children’s U.S. Programs. "The Santa Cause partnership with Noerr is giving children in the most underserved, rural communities in America a chance at a bright future."

Knoxville’s own celebrity Santa is Santa Lee, a graduate of Noerr’s Santa University who holds court each holiday season at West Town Mall in Knoxville. He will visit the elementary schools today, 9am-2 pm.

"We look forward to sharing the caring nature and kindness of Santa through these school visits," said Judy Noerr, Chief Executive Officer of The Noerr Programs. "This season, we will encourage Santa’s guests at regional shopping centers throughout the country to share his spirit of generosity as well, by supporting Save the Children, and their critical early childhood education programs in the U.S."

Children can enjoy the Santa Photo Experience at the West Town Mall and Knoxville Mall, and nationwide at all Noerr Santa/Simon Mall locations where donations can be made for Save the Children throughout the holiday season.

About Save the Children

Save the Children works to break the cycle of poverty and improve the lives of children by ensuring they have the resources they need — access to a quality education, healthy foods and opportunities to grow and develop in a nurturing environment. When disasters like hurricanes and wildfires strike, Save the Children is among the first on the ground ensuring the needs of children are being met.

Save the Children’s early childhood education, literacy, physical activity and nutrition, and emergency response programs reached more than 140,000 children and families in the United States last year alone. For more information, visit www.savethechildren.org/usa to donate to the Santa Cause, visit www.savethechildren.org/santacause.

About The Noerr Programs

From headquarters in scenic Colorado, The Noerr Programs provides turn-key digital event imaging services and productions including The Santa Photo Experience and Bunny Photo Experience for hundreds of clients, including regional shopping centers, retailers and the legendary Shops at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. Celebrating 23 years in business, every Noerr cast member invests their heart, soul and experience into representing the spirit and essence of the season, building lasting connections with guests through Noerr's innovative retail, social media and altruistic platforms. To learn more, visit www.NoerrPrograms.com or facebook.com/BeMerrySanta.

Save the Children is the leading, independent organization that creates lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.



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Eileen Burke, 203.221.4233
Hannah Brencher, 203.341.8203

Save the Children's 2011 Holiday Gift Catalog

WESTPORT, Conn. (Nov. 1, 2011) – Scratch standing in long shopping lines this holiday season; Save the Children is handling your gift list this year while sparing you the department store hustle. From packing an orphan’s bag with school supplies to providing art and music therapy to kids in disaster-stricken lands, Save the Children’s 2011 Online Holiday Gift Catalog makes shopping for your favorite children’s causes easy.

"You can spread some joy and cheer with your family and friends this holiday season with one of our many gift-giving opportunities in our online catalog, and do good for children at the same time," said Carolyn Miles, president & CEO of Save the Children. "We’re putting meaningful gifts — from educating a girl to providing learning tools for U.S. preschoolers — right at your fingertips."

Don’t miss a chance to pair the loves of a loved one with a donation that keeps giving, long after the holiday sweaters get packed away. Here is a selection of seasonal giving opportunities from Save the Children:

  • Know a teacher who deserves more than an apple on her desk? Continue the cycle of education by packing a preschooler’s bag with some grade-A supplies, including paper, a drawing book, pencil and eraser ($25).
  • Mommy-to-be with one too many onesies? Step outside the box of traditional baby gifts and give a newborn in another country a healthy start at life with a Newborn Care Kit. Each kit contains soap, a clean cloth, a baby knit cap, guidance on breast feeding and other vitals ($30).
  • Want to steal the heart of a guy who loves the arts? Give him the chance to heal the broken heart of a child through Save the Children’s Healing and Education through the Arts (HEART) program ($30).
  • Got an aunt who’s an animal aficionado? Gift a goat in her name to lift a family out of the cycle of poverty ($50).

Items listed in Save the Children’s gift catalog, including those above, represent current Save the Children programs, and donations for gifts go to its many programs and not necessarily to a specific project. This enables Save the Children to combine gifts with other donations to provide tangible solutions that help create real and lasting change for children in need. To see the complete list of giving opportunities at every price point and find the perfect item to suit everyone’s tastes, go to SavetheChildren.org/gifts.

Save the Children has teamed up again with IKEA this holiday season to offer cuddly, huggable and washable IKEA Soft Toys and give the gift of education to millions of kids. For every IKEA Soft Toy or children's book you buy from November 1 through December 24, the IKEA Foundation will donate one euro (approximately $1.35 US dollar)* to partners Save the Children and UNICEF to educate underpriviledged children in 20 countries. To date, the IKEA Soft Toy for Education campaign has impacted 8 million children in 40 developing countries.

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Follow Mr. Broccoli, this season's star soft toy, on Facebook and Twitter as he travels the world and visits Save the Children's IKEA-funded education programs along the way.

IKEA Mr. Broccoli Shares Facebook and Twitter Updates from Save the Children Global Posts

WESTPORT, Conn. (Nov. 1, 2011) – Don’t head for the hills of Whoville just yet, the Grinch won’t be the only guy in green this holiday season.

Come November 1, Mr. Broccoli, an IKEA soft toy personality and a lead character in the IKEA Soft Toy campaign, will venture away from the broccoli patch and show the world his willingness to travel by boat, plane, rickshaw or railroad to make it home in time for the holidays. With a camera slung around his stalk, Mr. Broccoli plans to capture the heartbeat behind Save the Children’s IKEA-funded education programs in Bangladesh, China and Vietnam, while checking off some favorite U.S. and European hotspots from his travel list.

"It will be hard to say good-bye to my buds, but I’ve been rooted way too long. It’s time to leave my familiar turf and head on home," said photojournalist Mr. Broccoli. "I can’t wait to see the world and meet the school kids being helped by Save the Children and IKEA."

Currently uploading his default photo to Facebook, this tech-savvy veggie plans to keep food group friends and fans posted from November through December on all the cultural sights and sounds he finds while globetrotting.

Wonder if Mr. Broccoli is checking his suitcase in Vietnam or hanging with the school kids in Bangladesh? Find out "exoccoli" what he is up to by following his travel log on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MisterBroccoli and @BrocTweets on Twitter.

This holiday season, you can snag your very own Mr. Broccoli or other cuddly, huggable and washable IKEA Soft Toys and give the gift of education to millions of kids. For every IKEA Soft Toy or children's book you buy from November 1 through December 24, the IKEA Foundation http://ikeafoundation.org/ will donate one euro (approximately $1.35 US dollar)* to partners Save the Children and UNICEF to educate underprivileged children in 20 countries. To date, the IKEA Soft Toy for Education campaign has impacted 8 million children in 40 developing countries.

About the IKEA Foundation

The IKEA Foundation aims to improve the opportunities for children and youth by funding holistic, long-term programmes that can create substantial, lasting change, and enable them to take charge of their own future. We work with strong strategic partners applying innovative approaches to achieve large-scale results in four fundamental areas of a child’s life. Currently funded programmes benefit an estimated 100 million children. Learn more at www.ikeafoundation.org.

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Tererai Trent warmly greets some of the preschool children at the Matau Primary School on October 11, 2011. (Photo: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi for Save the Children)
Save the Children to Improve Learning, Construct Safe School Environment for Matau Children

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WESTPORT, Conn. (October 13, 2011) – "Education is the pathway to progress and the gateway out of poverty," said Oprah’s all-time favorite guest, Tererai Trent, to schoolchildren, teachers and the community at the Matau Primary School in Zimbabwe this past week. Tererai returned on October 11 to the school, which she attended as a little girl, to deliver words of hope and encouragement on her visit home.

The Matau Primary School is part of a Save the Children project funded through The Oprah Winfrey Foundation to honor Tererai, whose story of tenacity, courage and spirit inspired Oprah and millions of fans around the world. The donation to the Matau Primary School project was announced on May 20, 2011, during one of the final "Oprah" show episodes.

"Through the generosity of The Oprah Winfrey Foundation, a light now beams brightly on Matau and our neighboring villages," said Tererai. "When people hear the word ’Matau,’ they do not see the shadows of poverty; they see the brightness of hope."

As part of the project, more than 4,000 preschoolers and school-age children from Matau and neighboring villages will be reached through Save the Children’s early learning programs and a community-wide literacy program.

Initial research, set to begin at the start of the school year in January 2012, will measure and identify gaps in children’s reading skills, as compared with their peers not enrolled in the program. This will allow Save the Children to chart improvements in children’s reading skills over the three-year literacy project.

Tererai noted the importance of distributing this research so that all students can benefit. "The Matau community and neighboring villages have been given an incredible opportunity, but this is really an opportunity for all of Zimbabwe. For what we will learn through this project can be shared with the Ministry of Education to help all schoolchildren," she said.

School Construction at Matau Primary School

In addition to improving learning for children, Save the Children will create a safe school environment for Matau Primary School students. With help from the community and local contractors, the organization will build new latrines, new teacher’s homes, new classrooms and a school administration building at the Matau Primary School. Already, the community has molded more than 450,000 bricks by hand to be used in the construction, and foundations are being laid.

Barring weather disruptions, Save the Children plans to complete the first phase of construction, including an administration building, two teacher’s homes, two latrine stalls, an early childhood development center, two new classrooms and a renovation of two classrooms by the end of 2012.

Tererai called on all Zimbabweans to work together to help stamp out illiteracy and promote learning among children in their communities. "By building our home of knowledge here, our children will stay here to become our teachers, doctors and leaders. And, in doing so, we will build a better future for our children and future generations." Visit savethechildren.org/Oprah to learn more.

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WESTPORT, Conn. (Oct. 10, 2011) — Amidst new evidence that newborn deaths remains a critical global health issue, Save the Children is pleased to announce the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s additional grant of $8.9 million to its Saving Newborn Lives program.

Since 2000, Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives program has worked with governments and partners to develop and support the adoption of affordable and effective ways to improve newborn health and survival in many of the poorest countries in the world. The additional funding will enable the agency to undertake a comprehensive analysis of the progress to date, identify critical remaining gaps, and continue to mobilize governments, donors and local partners to make reducing newborn deaths a priority.  Save the Children will continue to provide technical assistance to better integrate newborn health into existing health systems in countries in Africa and Asia, where the need is great.

“While newborn deaths account for over 40 percent of all under-five deaths, most mothers and newborns in the developing world do not receive the basic care that could save the lives of millions of newborns each year. But, it doesn’t have to be that way,” said Carolyn Miles, President & CEO of Save the Children. “This supplemental funding will allow us to generate and use new evidence of what works to help bring these life-saving interventions to many more mothers and newborns.”

In the decade since Save the Children established its Saving Newborn Lives program with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, annual newborn deaths have dropped globally from 4 to 3.1 million. But progress is mixed across countries and regions, with sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, lagging behind. Working with local partners, Save the Children has demonstrated that empowering frontline health workers to educate families and provide basic newborn care in their community, while linking to quality care for mothers and babies in health facilities, can dramatically reduce deaths and be replicated at scale.

More information can be found at www.savethechildren.org/savenewborns

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WESTPORT, Conn. (October 3, 2011) — Back-to-back typhoons in the Philippines have displaced hundreds of thousands and killed close to 60 people. Save the Children staff is working in five hard-hit eastern provinces, assessing the damage and distributing relief supplies.

Typhoon Nalgae hit the main island of Luzon four days after Typhoon Nesat pounded the country with 100 mile per hour winds that caused more than $200 million in damage. Nesat was the 16th typhoon to hit the archipelago nation this year, and it was considered one of the strongest. With the ground already saturated, Typhoon Nalgae flooded streets and left thousands stranded on rooftops.

Flood waters remain in many areas and residents are unable to access food, clean water and medicine. Hundreds of evacuation centers — set up in schools and sports stadiums — are hosting more than 100,000 thousand displaced Filipinos. Many centers don’t have sanitation facilities to accommodate the large numbers of people.

"Even though the typhoons have passed, many Filipinos are still homeless because of the flood water," said Sonia Khush, Save the Children’s director of emergencies. "Our teams on the ground say that people need water, food and basic household items. Many people have had all their possessions swept away and crop land destroyed."

Save the Children distributed 200 jerry cans with 5 gallons of purified water and more than 200 hygiene kits in villages in Bulacan province. In the coming days, Save the Children will distribute household and back to school kits. More than 110,000 students from public elementary and high schools have been affected by severe flooding.

Government data from local health centers in Bulacan found an increasing number of children have fever and skin rashes because of prolonged exposure to flood waters.

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Discovery Will Support "I’m Gonna Be Your Friend" Campaign through its Major Regional Websites

WESTPORT, Conn. (Sept. 30, 2011) — Save the Children and Discovery Networks Latin America/US Hispanic, (DLA/USH), a division of the leading global nonfiction media company Discovery Communications, announced a partnership to support Save the Children’s "I’m Gonna Be Your Friend" campaign through online marketing tools on Discovery’s major regional websites. Aimed at raising urgently needed funds for the millions of hungry children in East Africa, the initiative asks people to download a re-release of the 1973 Bob Marley & the Wailers song "High Tide or Low Tide" and the accompanying short film by award-winning director Kevin MacDonald.

"We are grateful to Discovery Networks Latin America/US Hispanic for using its online media platforms to help us keep the child hunger crisis in East Africa front and center," said Save the Children’s President & CEO Carolyn Miles. "Rains are expected to arrive next month in the Horn of Africa, but they are predicted to be below average. They won’t be enough to help the millions in need. We know that children and families in East Africa will need support for many months to come."

"We are pleased to support this campaign and help spread the word about the hunger crisis affecting children in Africa," said Maximiliano Vaccaro, Director of Digital Media for Discovery Networks Latin America/US Hispanic. "Discovery has a solid network of followers from its different brands in the region and is happy to take advantage of that to help those in need."

The food crisis in Somalia and across East Africa is the worst in decades. Ten million people are affected — many have no food, no water and have lost all their livestock. One million children in Somalia alone will die if help is not delivered now. Save the Children and other aid agencies have launched a huge emergency response across the region and are on the ground delivering life-saving aid.

To support these efforts, DLA/USH ‘s digital team has created a banner to be featured on the websites of its main channels in the region, including Discovery Channel (www.tudiscovery.com), Discovery Home & Health (www.discoverymujer.com) and Discovery Kids (www.tudiscoverykids.com). Until October 12, the banner encourages followers to download the Bob Marley song and its accompanying video. The cost of donation per each download is around $1.29. A microsite accessed via the Discovery Channel website (www.tudiscovery.com/web/save) also has detailed information about the campaign and the African hunger crisis.

About Discovery Communications

Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world's number-one non-fiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 210 countries and territories. Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 130-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Discovery Science and Discovery HD, as well as leading consumer and educational products and services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services including HowStuffWorks.com. In Latin America and the US, 13 Discovery brands reach 200 million cumulative subscribers in 38 countries with programming customized in three languages. Networks include: Discovery Channel, Discovery Kids, Animal Planet, Liv, Discovery Travel & Living, Discovery Home & Health, Discovery Civilization, Discovery Science, Discovery Turbo, Discovery HD Theater and TLC HD; and two U.S. Hispanic brands for Spanish-speaking audiences in the United States, Discovery en Español and Discovery Familia.

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WESTPORT, Conn. (Sept. 28, 2011) — Save the Children today announced its collaboration with Johnson & Johnson and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), in a new partnership to implement Helping Babies Breathe (HBB), an initiative to help save the lives of the hundreds of thousands of newborns who die from birth asphyxia each year in the developing world.

"Birth asphyxia accounts for more than 26 percent of all newborn deaths in developing countries," said Carolyn Miles, President & CEO of Save the Children. "This is a preventable tragedy. Newborn resuscitation is a cost-effective, proven solution that can save thousands of lives. With this support from Johnson & Johnson, we will be able to train health workers in some of the poorest, most remote communities in Africa to help their babies survive and thrive."

Birth asphyxia, the inability of a baby to breathe in the moments following a live birth, is a leading cause of infant mortality. Those who survive are at higher risk of developmental challenges. This five-year partnership, which builds upon and complements USAID investments in addressing birth asphyxia, will allow HBB to expand into Malawi and Uganda where neonatal mortality rates contribute disproportionately to the overall child mortality rate. In Malawi the neonatal mortality rate is 33 per 1,000 live births. In Uganda, the rate is 29 babies per 1,000 live births.

The announcement of the Helping Babies Breathe partnership was made today at a panel hosted by Women, Inspiration and Enterprise about Solutions for Africa. Sharon D’Agostino, Vice President of Worldwide Contributions and Community Relations at Johnson & Johnson said: "Childbirth is an occasion for celebration for so many families, but a baby’s first breath cannot be taken for granted. Caring for the health of mothers and children has been a pillar of our giving since the company was founded 125 years ago. Our partners have been critical to this work, helping us to reach the mothers and babies who need it most so that they can look forward to safe and happy childbirth."

"We have a long history of addressing birth asphyxia with our resuscitation training program in partnership with Johnson & Johnson. An example of our success is the 53 percent decline in infant mortality in hospitals in China that implemented newborn resuscitation training," said AAP Executive Director Errol Alden, MD, FAAP. "Save the Children has been a strong supporter of Helping Babies Breathe. This new partnership will help spread and leverage our collective learnings to save more newborn lives."

The AAP led the development of Helping Babies Breathe (HBB), which is focused on training health workers in neonatal resuscitation in low resource settings where cost-effective techniques like rubbing the baby dry, keeping the baby warm and using a simple ventilation device to stimulate breathing can prevent a leading cause of neonatal death. In 2010, a Global Development Alliance (GDA) was launched by USAID with the objective of rolling out HBB globally. Each member of the GDA partnership, including Save the Children, plays a unique and complementary role that leverages their resources and expertise to scale-up improved newborn resuscitation practices in the developing world. The Helping Babies Breathe GDA is a partnership led by USAID and the American Academy of Pediatrics, The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and Saving Newborn Lives/Save the Children. The curriculum was developed with input from the World Health Organization (WHO). All this is made possible by an unrestricted educational grant from the Laerdal Foundation for Acute Medicine, and support from Latter-day Saint Charities.

Globally, 41 percent of child deaths occur in the first month of life, most of these in low resource countries. The first week of life poses the highest risk of deaths with half occurring within the first 24 hours of life. Recent worldwide data show that each year approximately 10 million babies do not breathe immediately at birth, of which about 6 million require basic neonatal resuscitation.

This collaboration was developed in response to high neonatal mortality rates in Malawi and Uganda, and the call from the United Nations Secretary General to partner and make progress toward the Millennium Development Goals ahead of the target date in 2015.

About Johnson & Johnson

Caring for the world, one person at a time…inspires and unites the people of Johnson & Johnson. We embrace research and science — bringing innovative ideas, products and services to advance the health and well-being of people. Our 116,000 employees at more than 250 Johnson & Johnson companies work with partners in health care to touch the lives of over a billion people every day, throughout the world.

For more information, visit www.jnj.com.

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit www.aap.org.

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Rural Schools Get Fair Shot at Excellence

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Friday, September 23, 2011) — Today, President Obama announced his plan to give “states more flexibility to meet high standards” in education through No Child Left Behind (also known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act).

“Our kids only get one shot at a decent education,” President Obama said in his speech at the White House to a room of educators and school administers from across the country. Participating in the event were four rural education leaders whose schools benefit from Save the Children’s U.S. education programs.

The President proposed waivers for states that would help eliminate roadblocks in No Child Left Behind, including reforming punitive measures for struggling schools that have proven ineffective, especially in rural communities. The Administration’s waivers will not let schools off the hook, but promote state-specific standards for evaluation of teacher- and principal-effectiveness and turn-around provisions for low-performing schools.

"For too long, the national conversation on education has left rural schools behind," said Mark Shriver, Save the Children Senior Vice President of U.S. Programs. "President Obama"s efforts to rekindle our commitment to rural education will help millions of kids across America."

Save the Children applauds the Administration’s decision to grant states waivers as a welcome interim step to help address the outdated provisions of No Child Left Behind. Without congressional action, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is four years overdue for reauthorization and rural schools need relief from regulations that harm, not help, children’s futures.

We look forward to continuing to work with the US Department of Education, states and our local partners to ensure the needs of students in rural America are met.

About Save the Children’s U.S. Programs

Save the Children works to break the cycle of poverty and improve the lives of children by ensuring they have the resources they need — access to a quality education, healthy foods and opportunities to grow and develop in a nurturing environment. When disasters like hurricanes and wildfires strike, Save the Children is among the first on the ground ensuring the needs of children are being met.

Save the Children’s early childhood education, literacy, physical activity and nutrition, and emergency response programs reached more than 140,000 children and families in the United States last year alone. For more information, visit www.savethechildren.org/usa.

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WESTPORT, Conn. (September 22, 2011) — Six months after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the northeastern coast of Japan, American band Linkin Park visited children affected by the disaster in Ishinomaki, a city ravaged by the disaster. Save the Children responded to children in the city immediately after the earthquake.

After the disaster, Linkin Park launched a fundraising campaign through their non-profit organization, Music for Relief, with all proceeds going to Save the Children’s relief and recovery efforts in Japan.

Linkin Park visited Taizen Elementary School, where band members met students and school officials. At the school, band members Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda and Dave Farrell tried on disaster-preparedness hoods that Save the Children supplied to the school to protect children from falling debris and possible fires during future earthquakes.

Band members also visited a childcare center and Ishinomaki Kita High School, where they were greeted by a group of excited fans. The band toured the campus and joined a music class. In a workshop led by Save the Children partner, Drum Café, teens and band members were given drums and challenged to follow the rhythms of the Drum Café percussionists.

"It was incredible to see firsthand the happiness in the students’ faces, despite the hardships they have endured for the past six months," said Mr. Shinoda. "It was an honor to represent Music for Relief and our supporters worldwide on this visit, bringing their good wishes to the young people still recovering."

Six months after the earthquake, although children’s immediate needs have been met, the longer-term recovery is a process that will take years, says Save the Children.

"Linkin Park’s visit has been so important to us in highlighting the longer-term needs of children in recovering from this disaster," said Save the Children Japan CEO Hironobu Shibuya. "The visit also helps our donors see the impact our response to date."

Music for Relief was created by Linkin Park in 2005 to provide aid for those affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami. It has since raised more than $4 million toward humanitarian relief efforts.

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WESTPORT, Conn. (Sept. 21, 2011) — The lives of 2 million people — over half of them children — are at severe risk from disease as devastating flooding continues in southern Pakistan, Save the Children warns.

As rains continue to fall, the humanitarian organization says children in the flooded areas of Sindh province face an increased risk of malaria, diarrhea and other waterborne diseases.

Save the Children has launched a major emergency response to get lifesaving help to children. The organization has already reached 16,200 people with vital aid supplies and is scaling up its efforts to reach 1 million people in total. Save the Children is distributing mosquito nets, soap and other hygiene items in addition to providing food, emergency healthcare and shelter items to families.

The rains in the Sindh region are the worst in the 300 years, according to local authorities. Some towns are receiving as much rain in a day as they normally do in a year. Many families still recovering from last year’s floods have again lost their homes and possessions.

Families’ homes have been swept away; they are living next main roads, which are elevated and dry. Parents are struggling to find food for their children and the materials for temporary shelters.

"This is a desperately serious situation," said David Wright, Save the Children’s Pakistan country director. "The lives of children in Sindh are at risk from both malaria and new floodwaters contaminated by the sewage from several major towns. At several camps, a hundred people are sharing a single toilet. Many children in Sindh are already weak and malnourished – malaria or waterborne diseases could kill them within days."

The peak of the malaria season in Sindh is October, but the vast expanses of standing floodwater are a breeding ground for mosquitoes, which has Save the Children concerned about high numbers of malaria cases.

In addition, a major sewage canal, known as the LBOD canal, is at risk of bursting its banks. Most of the province’s sewage flows through the canal. If it breaches its banks, tens of thousands of people will have to be evacuated.

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WESTPORT, Conn. (Sept. 13, 2011) — Scottish actor Kevin McKidd (Grey's Anatomy, Brave, Percy Jackson) will soon trade in his doctor scrubs for a classic kilt as he gets down in the mud to raise money for Save the Children’s East Africa relief efforts.

On Sunday, Sept. 18, McKidd will compete in the NorCal Tough Mudder in Squaw Valley, Calif. A 10-mile course designed by British Special Forces, the Tough Mudder — known for its mud pits, cliffs, and electric shock obstacles — is designed to test a participant’s strength, stamina, toughness, mental grit and camaraderie. McKidd will “mud it” alongside fellow actors Shemar Moore, Simon Mirren and the ‘Stray Dogs’ team while raising funds for the children affected by the food crisis in East Africa.

McKidd has been getting savvy with his social networks to raise money for the cause. In just over a month, McKidd has raised over $10,000, promising to don a traditional Scottish kilt during the Tough Mudder once he reached the $10,000 mark. Nicknamed ‘The Tough Giving Challenge’ by his fan site, KevinMcKiddOnline, McKidd continues to entice his nearly 14,000 Twitter fans to donate with just 140 characters.

“Was up at 5:30 back in the gym — dreaded it but was happy that by 7:30 I had done my work for the day- recovery shake, shower and to work!” McKidd tweeted after one of his early morning workouts with the Stray Dogs team.

“Kevin continues to keep the spotlight on the children of the East Africa food crisis with both his social media use and out-of-the-box fundraising methods,” said Save the Children’s President & CEO Carolyn Miles. “First with Save the Children’s 24-hour Fast-A-Thon and now the Tough Mudder, we are looking forward to seeing what extreme stunt Kevin will take on next.”

The money raised by McKidd will go toward Save the Children’s regional Horn of Africa response. Save the children is responding in a range of ways: In Ethiopia, the organization is feeding malnourished children. For example in Kenya, Save the Children is counseling children who arrive at the refugee camp unaccompanied and helping them locate family members in the camp. If no family members are found, Save the Children finds a foster family for the child.

McKidd previously tweeted throughout Save the Children’s “Fast-A-Thon,” where he gave up food for 24-hours to show his support for the children affected by what has been termed as the worst drought in over 60 years. He also starred in a recent public service announcement for Save the Children. The PSA can be viewed here.

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WESTPORT, Conn. (September 12, 2011) — Save the Children has launched an emergency response to get life-saving help to children and their families after torrential flooding in Sindh province, Pakistan.

Hundreds of thousands of people — many of whom had not fully recovered from the catastrophic 2010 floods that destroyed millions of families’ livelihoods — have once again lost their homes. Close to 200 people, including twenty seven children, are known to have died so far and many more have been injured. The numbers are expected to rise. Flood water has risen up to nine feet in some places, leaving children and their families scrambling to find shelter, food and clean water.

Save the Children is working with local partners to deliver shelter material, emergency health kits and household kits including soap, buckets and blankets to families in need. The children’s organization will launch a major emergency response to reach 1 million people in four of the worst affected areas in the coming days.

The heavy rain is expected to continue for another two days. More than 5 million people have so far been affected.

“Children living in Sindh were already very weak and vulnerable following last year’s floods, and rates of malnutrition are high,” said Faris Kasim, spokesperson for Save the Children in Pakistan. “Now thousands of children are again having to survive in the cold, at risk of disease and facing an even tougher struggle to get the food they need.

“It’s crucial we provide life-saving supplies to the affected population as fast as possible to make sure children have shelter and are protected from life-threatening disease. Roads that had not been repaired since the last floods have again been severely damaged, which means conditions are very challenging. But our teams are on the ground, and we are ramping up our emergency response to save children’s lives.”

The flooding has inundated more than 4 million acres of land and destroyed 1.7 million acres of crops, including cotton crops that are a crucial source of income for families in the region. More than 965,232 houses have been damaged or destroyed. A total of 1,800 schools have been damaged and many occupied by people fleeing the floods.

Save the Children has been working in Pakistan for more than 30 years and is already supporting nearly 7 million people in the country.

Donate now to the Pakistan Floods Children's Emergency Fund.

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Ty Warner, President and CEO of Ty Inc. (center, holding Beanie Boo™), visits children at a gakudo, or an after school center, near Sendai, Japan. Mr. Warner hand delivered Beanie Boos™ to children who had been affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

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WESTPORT, Conn. (September 12, 2011) — Ty Warner, CEO of toy manufacturing giant Ty Inc. travelled to Sendai, Japan — a city devastated by the March earthquake and tsunami — on a visit hosted by international humanitarian organization Save the Children, to see how children are coping six months after the disaster.

In April, Mr. Warner donated $1 million to Save the Children’s relief efforts in Japan. Following the earthquake, Save the Children set up child friendly spaces in evacuation centers, providing children a chance to unwind and play with their friends in a safe environment and helping them recover from the stress and anxiety of the disaster. Save the Children also provided school materials to more than 3,000 children and supported school cafeterias that fed some 20,000 children.

Save the Children plans to support 65 centers in Fukushima, Iwate, and Miyagi prefectures, offering day care services and after-school activities with financial, material and technical assistance.

Mr. Warner created special Beanie Babies® to help relief efforts following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.  While in Sendai, Warner visited two gakudos, or after school centers, where he hand delivered HOPE FOR JAPAN™ Beanie Boos™ to children.

"I was deeply moved by the disaster in Japan and plan to visit the Sendai area to meet the children who have endured so much," said Mr. Warner ahead of his visit. "While tremendous progress has been made in the Miyagi Prefecture, there is still so much to be done.  I hope my visits to the area bring ongoing attention to this critical cause and bring joy to the families who have suffered.  I am committed to helping this great nation recover and move forward."

Save the Children has committed to a five-year plan to help children in affected areas return to normal life, support educational opportunities, restore community ties and promote the participation of children in the reconstruction process.  "Ty’s continued support for children affected by Japan’s earthquake is tremendous," said Carolyn Miles, President & CEO of Save the Children. "Ty was incredibly generous when he donated to our relief and recovery efforts in Japan. But his visit to Sendai and the time he spent giving out Beanie Boos™ to children shows his personal commitment to them."

Ty, Inc. is an American toy manufacturer and owner of luxury hotels worldwide. Ty Warner is Chairman, CEO, sole owner and founder of Ty Inc., the largest manufacturer of plush in the world.

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WASHINGTON, DC (September 8, 2011) – Save the Children hailed draft legislation released today as another important step taken over the past year to bring U.S. foreign assistance into the 21st Century.  The “Global Partnership Act of 2011,” proposed by Representative Howard Berman (D-CA), would modernize and streamline United States foreign assistance programs, strengthen U.S. efforts to reduce poverty and improve health and critical conditions for children and their families in developing countries, Save the Children said.

“The Foreign Assistance Act  was written in another era.  If we want our U.S. dollars to go as far as they can in alleviating poverty, feeding the hungry, improving health and educating children around the world, we desperately need to modernize the law that governs this assistance,” said Carolyn Miles, President & CEO of Save the Children. 

“We urge Congress to get behind the main ideas in this draft bill and make sure foreign aid has the greatest impact possible,” Miles added.  “Especially in this tight budget environment, we applaud Representative Berman’s work to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of international development and humanitarian programs, which are vital for children and their families.”

The Global Partnership Act of 2011 builds on Representative Berman’s previous work to reform the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.  Advancing such legislation is critical to ensuring U.S. foreign assistance has maximum impact by improving coordination across U.S. government agencies, supporting local ownership and long-term sustainability of U.S. relief and development initiatives, and increasing planning and external coordination to make the most of scarce resources together with partner governments, donors and development partners, Save the Children said.

“We look forward to working with Congress, the administration and partner organizations to move these reforms forward,” said Miles. “A strong commitment from Congress and the administration to strengthen foreign assistance is necessary to fulfill U.S. commitments to global partners and U.S. taxpayers, reduce poverty, and create lasting change for children around the world.”

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Washington, D.C., (September 8, 2011) — Save the Children’s U.S. Programs is raising funds to support the immediate and long-term needs of children affected by the devastating Texas wildfires that have forced thousands to flee their homes.

We know in the wake of a disaster such as this, children — the most vulnerable in times of crisis — will need emotional support through programs like Save the Children’s signature Journey of Hope, a psychosocial recovery program for children and child care providers. We also anticipate that it may be necessary to assist child care center recovery, should the wildfires damage facilities and leave parents without child care options.

Members of the public who want to help can donate now to the Texas Wildfires Children in Emergency Fund to support Save the Children's responses to unique needs of children as a result of these wildfires destroying children’s homes and lives.

Read Save the Children’s Disaster Preparedness Tips for Parents.

About Save the Children’s U.S. Programs

Save the Children is the national leader in protecting children in emergencies. Our efforts have supported children’s safety and recovery following every major domestic disaster since Hurricane Katrina six years ago.

Save the Children’s U.S. Programs works to break the cycle of poverty and improve the lives of children in impoverished rural communities across America. Our early childhood education, literacy, physical activity and nutrition, and emergency response programs reached more than 140,000 children and families in the United States last year alone. For more information, visit www.savethechildren.org/usa.

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Paintings Created by Malawian Schoolchildren in Save the Children's Healing and Education through Arts Program

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Children in Malawi create colorful paintings on August 23, 2011 as part of Save the Children’s HEART program. Photo Credit: Gloria Simoneax

Children in Malawi create colorful paintings on August 23, 2011 as part of Save the Children’s HEART program. Photo Credit: Gloria Simoneax

WESTPORT, Conn. (September 7, 2011) — Thirteen-year-old Justin is a boy in love. When asked to illustrate love on canvas, he painted himself with a few strokes of indigo blue and emerald green giving a flower to a girl he cares about. Justin's watercolor painting is one in a series of artworks on display at the "Malawi with Love" exhibit at The Westport Arts Center studio gallery and art studio from Sept. 16 through Nov. 4, 2011. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Sept. 16, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. The reception is free and open to the public.

The special exhibit will feature a collection of watercolor paintings from Malawian children, ages 11 through 14, who participate in Westport-based Save the Children's art therapy and education program known as Healing and Education through the Arts or HEART.

The students' paintings show love through traditional Malawian homes, flowers, a favorite dress and a cherished notebook given by a teacher, among other beloved items. Each work of art on display in the gallery is accompanied by a short explanation of the painting in the artist's own words.

"Westport residents have a deep history and appreciation for art. It seemed only natural that we would hold our first HEART exhibit here," said Save the Children's Carolyn Miles, president & CEO. We are grateful to the Westport Arts Center for allowing us to share the children's heartfelt creations with our community."

Miles added, "Our Healing and Education through the Arts program introduced art to children and teachers in rural Malawi for the first time. Most had never held a paintbrush before. But with guidance and encouragement, art can help transform children's lives."

Helen Klisser During is the director of Visual Arts at the Westport Arts Center and is the curator of “Malawi with Love.” She said, “I am interested in balancing the hyperlocal and global when curating a show. The art has to carry some weight with it, bringing inspiration and awareness to the viewer.”

During added, “The exhibit is a gem with a great punch. We want the art to help bring awareness to the HEART program and to show how incredibly wise these kids are. We get to see that with love there are universal human concerns.”

Background on HEART

Save the Children's HEART program uses the arts to promote the well-being and development of children by providing them with a creative means of expression. The program is targeted to children living in areas affected by conflict, violence, HIV/AIDS and extreme poverty. The young artists who contributed to the "Malawi with Love" exhibit live in Malawi, a country with one of the world's highest rates of HIV/AIDS. Nearly 1 million Malawian children have lost one or both of their parents due to illness.

HEART uses the arts to help children articulate what they have experienced and are feeling, in order to understand their often misunderstood or ignored emotional needs. In addition to Malawi, the program is carried out through Save the Children's early childhood development and school programs in Haiti, Mozambique and Nepal.

As part of this special exhibit, the Westport Arts Center is partnering with Save the Children to establish an ART PALS program. Through the program, students from Westport and Malawi can create and exchange their works of art.

"Malawi with Love" is on display through November 6. A public lecture by Save the Children president & CEO, Carolyn Miles, will be held on Friday, Nov. 4, at 7:00 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center.

For more information, contact Westport Arts Center at 203.222.7070. There is no cost associated with viewing the “Malawi with Love” exhibit. Gallery hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, Conn.

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New Index Measures the Reach of Health Workers around the World

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WESTPORT, Conn. (September 6, 2011) — A new index by Save the Children has ranked the best and worst countries for a child to fall sick in — with Chad and Somalia at the bottom and Switzerland and Finland at the top.

The new analysis measures the nationwide reach of health workers and shows that children living in the bottom 20 countries on the index are five times more likely to die than those further up the index.

“The global health worker crisis is costing children’s lives every day. All the vaccines, lifesaving drugs and preventive care mean nothing when there are no skilled health workers to deliver them to the children who need them most,” said Mary Beth Powers, chief of Save the Children’s newborn and child survival campaign.

The bottom-ranked countries on the new index have extreme health worker shortages – with only an average of 7 doctors, nurses and midwives per 10,000 people. The World Health Organization says a minimum threshold of 23 such health workers are needed for every 10,000 people in order to deliver essential maternal and child health services. The United States has about 125 health workers per 10,000 people and ranks 15th out of 161 countries evaluated on the index.

What does the health worker index measure?

The index measures not only how many health workers there are but also their reach and impact. It factors in the proportion of children who receive regular vaccinations and mothers who have access to life-saving emergency care at birth. In developed countries, almost all children and mothers are reached with these basic services.

The World Health Organization has estimated the global health worker shortage at more than 3.5 million. In many developing countries, there is not only a shortage of health workers, these workers are often concentrated in urban areas and fail to reach vulnerable mothers and children in rural areas. An additional challenge is that many existing health workers in poorer countries lack sufficient training or support to provide basic lifesaving services.

Save the Children released the new index ahead of the United Nations General Assembly in New York later this month. There, world leaders will review and announce new commitments on the “Every Woman Every Child” strategy they signed onto last year in order to reduce the 8.1 million child deaths and 358,000 maternal deaths that still occur annually.

“If world leaders truly want a more stable and prosperous world where diseases like pneumonia and diarrhea don’t unnecessarily kill millions of children and where women don’t needlessly die in childbirth, they must act on health workers now,” Powers said. “Working together with developing nations to put more trained health workers on the front lines is the most cost-effective and sustainable investment wealthier nations can make.”

More about the Health Worker Index

The health worker index includes three indicators:

  1. a measure of health worker density
  2. the percentage of children receiving three doses of the vaccine for diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus
  3. skilled birth attendance rate

161 countries, those with accurate data available, are included in the index. Countries with a population of less than 500,000 were not included.

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Calls for Concerted Effort by Governments, NGOs and Private Sector to Save Millions of Children Suffering from Famine, Disease in Horn of Africa

WESTPORT, Conn. (September 1, 2011) — Carolyn Miles, the long-time Chief Operating Officer of Save the Children, became the leading global organization for children’s first female CEO today, and immediately called for a concerted effort by the public, private, and volunteer sectors to address the continuing humanitarian crisis in Africa.

Miles, who recently returned from a trip to the refugee camps in Kenya, said, "I witnessed human suffering on an unimaginable scale, with thousands more people arriving at these camps every day. But it is also about the pain of individual children like Abdi, whom I met shortly after he arrived at the camp all alone, his father dead and mother missing. We can’t — and won’t — stand by and let children like Abdi suffer."

Miles takes over the organization in a planned succession from Charles MacCormack, who is retiring from the organization. She combines a background in the business sector with a long career at Save the Children, where for the last seven years she has been Chief Operating Officer. During that time, Save the Children implemented a plan to double the number of children it reaches with life-saving health, education, protection and other programs, and helped grow the organization’s budget — 90 percent of which goes directly to programs serving children — from $140 million to more than $550 million.

As COO, Miles traveled to Save the Children’s field operations in nearly 50 countries, ranging from Pakistan to Nepal, from the Horn of Africa to Haiti, and the United States as well, giving her a first-hand understanding both of the challenges that humanitarian organizations face and of the most effective ways to meet them.

Describing her vision for the Save the Children, Miles noted the sheer scale of need around the world, both for emergency relief and for longer-term assistance with food, housing, education, and social stability:

"Our challenge in meeting that need will be to harness new technology, as well as the energy and resources of all our partners, including those in the private sector, who can bring not only financial resources but know-how and logistical capabilities that are desperately needed," Miles said.

Noting that she just launched her own blog, "Logging Miles," the new CEO cited the potential power of social media to bring people and organizations together for the benefit of the world’s children. Recently, she pointed out, a Save the Children fundraising and awareness campaign for the Horn of Africa built on celebrity Twitter messages reached more than 900 million people.

In the "I’m Gonna Be Your Friend" campaign that kicked off last month, dozens of global stars including Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Rihanna, and others agreed to tweet their followers to view a short film on the crisis in East Africa created by award-winning director Kevin McDonald and set to the music of Bob Marley. That campaign, Miles said, is but one example of how she intends to use social media to engage with people around the world in support of children.

In addition to her blog, Miles can also be found on Twitter @carolynsave.

Merging an Entrepreneurial Spirit with a Commitment to Children

Initially, Miles worked in the private sector after earning her M.B.A. from the University of Virginia’s Darden School, on whose board she now sits. She worked for American Express in Hong Kong, and subsequently partnered to start a successful chain of coffee shops as an entrepreneur.

During her years in Asia, she came face-to-face with the deprivation facing millions of children. Moved by the dramatic juxtaposition of this poverty with the opportunities available to her own children, she dedicated herself to helping the world’s children not only survive, but gain the opportunity to thrive.

Consequently, she brought her management skills to fundraising efforts at Save the Children in 1998, and after several positions of increasing responsibility was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2004. On June 16, 2011, she was named CEO-Elect by the organization’s board.

Save the Children’s Board Chair and former Xerox CEO Anne Mulcahy said, "We are thrilled to have Carolyn at the helm of Save the Children. I’ve been able to work with Carolyn for close to two years and it’s clear she brings passion, leadership and the right set of skills to help make a better world for children in the U.S. and around the world. The Board and I look forward to continuing to work with such a dynamic leader to create a new vision for the future and make a significant difference for the children who need our help."

Read Carolyn's bio

About Save the Children

Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and 120 countries around the world. Save the Children/US is affiliated with 29 Save the Children member organizations worldwide. Recognized for our commitment to accountability, innovation and collaboration, our work takes us into the heart of communities, where we help children and families help themselves. Assistance extends to life-saving health care, education and income-earning opportunities for out-of-school youth and families. We work with other organizations, governments, non-profits and a variety of local partners while maintaining our own independence without political agenda or religious orientation.

With 90 percent of expenditures going directly to program services, Save the Children has been recognized with an "A" ranking from the American Institute of Philanthropy, a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, and "Meets All of the Standards for Charity Accountability" from the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.

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Save the Children and the World Health Organization Release Most Comprehensive Newborn Death Estimates to Date, Call for More Action to Reduce Newborn Mortality

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Washington, D.C. (August 30, 2011) — Increased global focus on maternal and child health too often overlooks newborns, who now account for 41 percent of child deaths, according to a new study published in the medical journal PLoS Medicine today.

“Newborns are barely on the global health agenda and this study lays out the tragic results of that neglect. Each year 3.3 million babies still die in the first four weeks of life — despite the existence of proven, cost-effective interventions that could save these newborn lives,” said coauthor Dr. Joy Lawn of Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives program.

While the United Nations reports annually on deaths of children under ages 5 and 1, estimates for newborn deaths are released only sporadically. This new study – conducted by researchers at the World Health Organization, Save the Children and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – provides the most comprehensive set of estimates to date, covering all 193 WHO member countries and spanning 20 years.

The new study finds that newborn deaths dropped from 4.6 million to 3.3 million between 1990 and 2009. But while the newborn mortality rate dropped 28 percent during that time, it lagged progress on maternal mortality (34 percent reduction) and mortality of older children (37 percent reduction for children ages 1 month to 5 years). As a result the share of child deaths that occur in the newborn period (the first four weeks of life) rose from an already high 37 percent to 41 percent and will likely continue growing, the authors said.

U.S. Newborns Now Face Greater Risks than Babies in Malaysia, Cuba, Poland

In 20 years, the United States reduced its newborn mortality rate 26 percent, slower than the global average. More than 19,000 newborns still die each year. The United States now trails 40 other countries when it comes to risk of newborn death. In 1990 the United States had the 28th lowest risk. It is now tied for 41st place with Qatar, Croatia and United Arab Emirates. All have a newborn death rate of 4.3 per 1,000 live births.

But many countries do far worse. Afghan babies face the greatest risk of newborn death, but India has the greatest number of newborn deaths – more than 900,000 a year. Just five countries now account for more than half of the world’s 3.3 million newborn deaths – India, Nigeria, Pakistan, China and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Nigeria rose from 5th to 2nd-ranked in number of newborn deaths, reflecting the trend that African newborns especially are being left further behind. At the current rate of progress it will take 155 years for African babies to have the same chance of survival as babies in high-income countries have today. In contrast, it will take babies in Latin America only 30 years to catch up, the study found.

More and Better Trained Health Workers Needed to Save Newborn Lives

The three leading causes of newborn death – preterm delivery, asphyxia and severe infections – are highly preventable with proper care.

“We know that solutions as simple as keeping newborns warm, clean and properly breastfed can keep them alive, but many countries are in desperate need of more and better trained frontline health workers to teach these basic lifesaving practices,” said Lawn. “The global health worker crisis is the biggest factor in the deaths of mothers and children, and particularly the 3.3 million newborns dying needlessly each year. Training more midwives and more community health workers will allow many more lives to be saved.”

The new study is available here.

Learn more about Save the Children’s newborn and child survival campaign and See where the good goes at www.GoodGoes.org.

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New Report Finds Millions of Children Vulnerable in Emergency Situations

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Washington, D.C. (August 29, 2011) — Hurricane Irene put disaster preparedness in the nation’s spotlight this weekend, and the upcoming 10th anniversary of 9/11 will do the same. In both cases, there is one constant in the chaos: Most states still fail to plan ahead for the safety of children in the event of a disaster.

Save the Children’s U.S. Programs has released its fourth annual National Report Card on Protecting Children During Disasters. Ninety percent of U.S. children live in an area at risk of natural disaster and terrorists can strike anywhere.

The report found that ten years after 9/11, more than two-thirds of the country still does not require the four basic preparedness and safety standards for children in schools and child care facilities during a disaster. Only 17 states meet all four standards; Connecticut, Kentucky, New York, Tennessee and West Virginia are 2011 additions.

"If we’re not prepared to protect kids during disasters, we’re not prepared to protect America," said Mark Shriver, Senior Vice President for Save the Children's U.S. Programs. "Parents assume that their children are taken care of when they drop them off at school or child care. Many schools and child care facilities are not required to meet basic standards to protect kids should a disaster strike. For the 67 million kids separated from their families on any given day, this is unacceptable.”

For child care, the basic standards are: written plans for evacuation and relocation, written plans for family reunification, and plans for supporting children with special needs. For K-12 schools, the standard is a written multi-hazard plan.

The report graded all 50 states and the District of Columbia on four criteria of preparedness. The results are:

  • Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia failed to meet all four basic preparedness standards.
  • Twenty-one states still do not require all licensed child care facilities to have an evacuation and relocation plan.
  • Twenty-two states still do not require all licensed child care facilities to have a plan to reunite families.
  • Nine states still do not require K–12 schools to have a disaster plan that accounts for multiple types of disasters.
  • More than half of all states still do not require all licensed child care facilities to have a plan that accounts for kids with special needs.
  • Six states do not require any of the four basic disaster safety and preparedness standards for licensed child care facilities or schools.

To see how each state stacks up on protecting kids, and to read the full report, visit www.savethechildren.org/us-disaster-report-2011.

About Save the Children’s U.S. Programs

Save the Children works to break the cycle of poverty and improve the lives of children by ensuring they have the resources they need—access to a quality education, healthy foods and opportunities to grow and develop in a nurturing environment. When disasters like hurricanes and wildfires strike, Save the Children is among the first on the ground ensuring the needs of children are being met.

Save the Children’s early childhood education, literacy, physical activity and nutrition, and emergency response programs reached more than 140,000 children and families in the United States last year alone. For more information, visit www.savethechildren.org/usa

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Washington, D.C., (August 26, 2011) — More than 16 million children in America live in the path of Hurricane Irene. As this serious storm bears down on the East Coast, Save the Children’s disaster readiness and response experts are standing by to deploy to affected states. With staff pre-positioned in the mid-Atlantic and New England, we are closely monitoring the situation, particularly for the potential impact of the storm on schools, child care facilities and other services on which families and children rely.

Save the Children has offered its support to the coastal states in the path of the storm, and is coordinating with our national partners FEMA and the Red Cross should they need assistance ensuring the needs of children are met.

This year, Save the Children responded to several U.S. natural disasters, most significantly in the aftermath of the Tuscaloosa tornadoes that ravaged Alabama in late April. Hurricane Irene is very powerful and the largest storm many regions have seen in decades. Save the Children urges East Coast residents to take the dangers this storm may pose seriously and prepare accordingly.

Prepare yourself in advance of an emergency. Read Save the Children’s Disaster Preparedness Tips for Parents. To help make it possible for Save the Children to respond quickly in times of disaster in America, please consider supporting our U.S. Emergencies Fund.

About Save the Children’s U.S. Programs

Save the Children is the national leader in protecting children in emergencies. Our efforts have supported children’s safety and recovery following every major domestic disaster since Hurricane Katrina six years ago.

Save the Children also works to break the cycle of poverty and improve the lives of children in impoverished rural communities across America. Our early childhood education, literacy, physical activity and nutrition, and emergency response programs reached more than 140,000 children and families in the United States last year alone. For more information, visit www.savethechildren.org/usa.

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WESTPORT, Conn. (August 9, 2011) — Today sees the launch of a ground-breaking social media campaign, ‘I’m Gonna Be Your Friend’ supported by many of the world’s most famous names in entertainment and their fans. A global audience close to 600 million* Facebook and Twitter fans will be able to view a short film of the crisis in East Africa created by award-winning director Kevin MacDonald from footage of East Africa. The film is set to the 1973 Bob Marley & The Wailers song ‘High Tide or Low Tide’ and will reach over a billion people.

The campaign was developed to support Save the Children’s fundraising for the devastating food crisis affecting millions of children and their families across East Africa.

It brings together the combined resources of Universal Music Group, iTunes, Yahoo!, Facebook, AOL, MSN, YouTube, Twitter and others to give a potential global online reach in excess of a billion people. Many of these partners are showing the film and providing global editorial coverage, which will accompany the release of the downloadable track on the day of the launch.

From today, many icons, celebrities and artists across the world including Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Eminem, Rihanna, Britney Spears, David Beckham, U2, Kanye West, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Muhammad Ali, Muse, Coldplay, Elton John, Lewis Hamilton, Bruno Mars, Robert Plant, Cristiano Ronaldo, Brian May, Sting, and many others are launching the campaign via their huge networks of friends and fans on Facebook and Twitter (#beafriend).

With over 50 global stars already signed up and more joining by the hour, the combined total of their fans and followers on the social networks is almost 600 hundred million people. This huge number will not only help raise awareness of the scale of the crisis but also vital funds for those suffering in the region.

The food crisis in Somalia and across East Africa is the worst in decades. Ten million people are affected — many have no food, no water and have lost all their livestock. One million children in Somalia alone face starvation if help is not delivered now. Save the Children and other aid agencies have launched a huge emergency response across the region and are on the ground delivering life-saving aid.

Helping raise funds for food, water and medicine for those in East Africa, the song and film can be downloaded through ITunes here or via Bob Marley’s Facebook page for 99p/$1.29. The Facebook page will also feature click-through links for direct donations to Save the Children’s East Africa fundraising appeal.

The single, ‘High Tide or Low Tide’ was specially chosen by the Marley family for the resonance of the single’s lyrics, “I’m Gonna Be Your Friend”, which form the title of the campaign and a message to be shared by friends across their social networks.

Rita Marley said, “Not one child should be denied food nor water. Not one child should suffer. Along with Save the Children, we must stand up together as friends to put a stop to this, to feed our children and to save their lives."

Carolyn Miles, President and CEO Elect of Save the Children said, “Save the Children, along with other aid agencies, is already supporting families with food, water and medicines. But the crisis is getting worse by the day and millions of children are facing starvation. We can stop this happening. But we need to act now. Every day counts. Please help us by downloading this powerful single and let’s stop this catastrophe getting any worse.”

*575 million is a cumulative total of the involved entertainers' numbers of Facebook and Twitter fans and followers. Full list is available upon request.

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Others Should Follow and Quickly Turn Promises into Action, Agency Says

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WESTPORT, Conn. (August 8, 2011) — Save the Children welcomed the Obama administration’s Monday announcement of $105 million in additional U.S. assistance to the victims of the harrowing East Africa drought.

“The United States continues to show great leadership in making this additional pledge to millions of hungry and desperate people in the Horn of Africa. With this help, many children who would have died will now live,” said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO elect of Save the Children.

However, Save the Children warned that even with the generous U.S. contribution, a huge gap remains between the estimated needs and the money that has already been pledged by donor governments.

Such pledges slowed last week, even as the crisis worsened, Save the Children noted. The international humanitarian agency called upon more of the world’s governments – including those wealthier countries that have not traditionally donated to such global crises – to step up and help meet the enormous scale of current need in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya.

“The next big challenge will come from quickly turning this new American commitment and additional pledges into action on the ground. Any delay will cost lives,” Miles said.

Save the Children also noted that the United States government is able to make today’s lifesaving pledge because there is money in the budget to do so. Proposed cuts to the foreign operations budget could make such actions impossible.

“We call on Congress to protect the development and humanitarian funding that make both saving lives and U.S. global leadership possible,” Miles said.

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Artist Ambassador Kevin McKidd participates in Save the Children’s Fast-A-Thon on Monday, August 8, 2011 to raise awareness and funds for the East Africa Hunger Crisis Fund. Photo credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Bvlgari.

Artist Ambassador Kevin McKidd participates in Save the Children’s Fast-A-Thon on Monday, August 8, 2011 to raise awareness and funds for the East Africa Hunger Crisis Fund. Photo credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Bvlgari.

WESTPORT, Conn. (August 8, 2011) — Supermodel Iman and actor Kevin McKidd are backing a Save the Children sponsored 24-hour “Fast-A-Thon” on August 8 to raise awareness and funds for children suffering from the East Africa food crisis.

Participants in the Fast-a-Thon will skip a snack, meal or a day’s worth of food. The fast will launch today, August 8 at 9:00am ET and end on August 9 at 9:00am ET. For more details on Save the Children’s Fast-A-Thon, go here.

Iman will support the Fast-A-Thon through her own social networks.

Kevin McKidd will join Save the Children staff, volunteers and supporters in fasting while on the Grey’s Anatomy set, and will break the fast on August 9, his birthday. He will tweet updates on his fan site and at Save the Children's Twitter site. Last week, Kevin McKidd and Save the Children released a PSA to generate more awareness of the emergency situation in East Africa. View the PSA .

A severe food shortage from the worst drought in 60 years is threatening the lives of close to 3 million children in East Africa. Save the Children is delivering life-saving food, water, medicines and care to children and families affected by child hunger crisis in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. Given the scale of the East Africa food crisis, Save the Children globally is seeking to raise $100 million for its humanitarian response.

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WESTPORT, Conn. (July 29, 2011) — Save the Children commended new legislation introduced today that would help reduce the number of out-of-school children, predominantly in war-torn countries, and would boost early learning opportunities for young children in developing countries.

The House bill, called the Education for All Act of 2011, was introduced by Representatives Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Dave Reichert (R-WA).

“Some 67 million children across the globe are missing out on school today, and nearly half of these children live in areas of conflict,” said Dan Stoner, Associate Vice President of Education and Child Development for Save the Children. “This legislation, if passed, would give these children the chance to learn, grow and rewrite their futures by getting an education.”

But access to education alone is not enough. The bi-partisan Education for All Act calls for U.S. leadership to ensure quality education for the most marginalized and vulnerable children, including girls, children orphaned and affected by AIDS, and children living in countries affected by conflict and natural disasters. The bill promotes education, including early education, as the cornerstone for creating change at the community level, and supports helping developing countries build capacity to create and implement their own quality education programs.

If passed, this legislation would help millions more children in developing countries realize their dreams of getting an education, starting in their early years, and create a positive ripple effect on families, communities and nations overall.

“We applaud Representatives Lowey and Reichert for including a focus on early education in the bill,” said Stoner. “In the first six years of life, education has a major impact on the development of young children’s brains and bodies.   Save the Children’s experience in more than 30 countries shows that early childhood development not only helps children grow and develop, it also helps prepare children for school and lays the foundation for a lifetime of learning.”

Key provisions of the bill include integrating access to quality education for all children into a comprehensive U.S. global development strategy, submitting an annual progress report to Congress and authorizing funding for education programs where it’s needed most, particularly in conflict-affected countries.

While Save the Children is heartened by the introduction of this bill, the organization is still deeply concerned about the recent cuts to global education funding in the most recent foreign assistance appropriations bill. Released earlier this week, the proposed funding would slash global education by 13 percent, diminishing the chances of countless boys and girls around the world getting a quality education.

“The policies in the Education for All Act are very positive, but only so much can be done without adequate funding,” said Stoner. “U.S. government investments in global education programs are one of the most effective ways to make a positive difference in the lives of children in need. We look forward to working together with Congress to make this bill a reality.”

The Education for All Act of 2011 is supported by many organizations and coalitions, including the Basic Education Coalition and the Global Campaign for Education.

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WESTPORT, Conn. (July 28, 2011) — Save the Children is deeply concerned about the depth and breadth of cuts to poverty-focused foreign assistance moving forward in the House of Representatives. The foreign assistance funding in question amounts to only about one percent of the total federal budget. These cuts would have virtually no impact on the deficit, but would have a devastating impact on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable children.

“Especially with a food crisis ravaging the Horn of Africa, now is not the time for deep, disproportionate cuts to humanitarian and development programs — the costs of which can be measured in children’s lives,” said Carolyn Miles, President and CEO Elect of Save the Children.

“The United States has a long history as a global leader delivering lifesaving programs for mothers, infants and children, but these cuts threaten the lives and livelihoods of millions,” Miles added.

Save the Children understands the pressing need for the United States to reduce the national debt, but these cuts are short-sighted and will not make a meaningful impact on the debt or deficit, the agency said.

“In poll after poll, Americans continue to say that they care deeply about children in poor countries going to bed hungry, not going to school, and dealing with the effects of AIDS and other health issues,” said Miles.

Rather than address these concerns, the proposed cuts would increase childhood malnutrition, reduce the number of girls receiving a quality education, and decrease the number of community health workers providing lifesaving care to mothers, newborns and children.

Save the Children is particularly concerned about the proposed 13 percent cut to global education funding, 12 percent cut to international disaster assistance, 20 percent cut to development assistance, 36 percent cut to emergency refugee and migration assistance,31 percent cut to the Food for Peace program; and the 9 percent cut to global health. On top of this, the 27 percent proposed cut to operating expenses for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) would roll back recent progress to increase the effectiveness of all U.S. development. It would also hurt efforts to ensure the accountability and transparency of our foreign aid dollars.

Next week the full House of Representatives Appropriations Committee is scheduled to vote on the cuts passed this week by the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee. Save the Children urges the full committee to restore funding to these vital programs.

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WESTPORT, Conn. (July 25, 2011) — As G20 leaders meet in Rome for an emergency summit to address the East Africa food crisis, Save the Children is warning that the number of malnourished children in 14 of its feeding centers in camps in Puntland, northern Somalia has doubled from 3,500 to 6,000 in just two weeks.
 
The number of acutely malnourished children — and those who will die without emergency assistance — has also doubled, rising from 300 children to 600 in the last two weeks at the charity's clinics in Puntland.
 
Save the Children and other aid agencies have launched a massive emergency response to help ten million people affected by what the UN has declared East Africa's worst drought in 60 years. But the charity is warning that if world leaders at today's emergency meeting fail to plug a one billion dollar funding shortfall for the East Africa aid effort, over a million children could die in Somalia alone.
 
The emergency summit, called at the request of the French Presidency, is designed to mobilize international support for the life-saving response across Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. However despite organizing the meeting the French government has donated just $2.6 million to the aid effort, lagging far behind the UK Government's recent $85 million donation. Italy — the host of today's summit and Europe's fourth largest economy — has contributed a mere $900,000.
 
Sonia Zambakides, Save the Children’s Emergency Program Manager for Somalia says: “Children across East Africa are dying every day, and the world cannot stand by and watch. We know that with enough funds and political will we can turn that crisis around. Today's meeting cannot simply be about talking — we need concerted action. World leaders must urgently step up and pledge their cash so we can save more children's lives.”
 
In the past two weeks, Save the Children's Puntland based feeding centers have been overwhelmed as families flee the effects of the drought in South Central Somalia region in search of food and water.
 
Sonia Zambakides continued: “Outside the camps in Puntland there is no water, no food and animals have already died. We need to scale up and send teams out to get life-saving help to children in remote, rural areas but we need more funding to do so. Without it we can only provide help in the camps.”
 
Despite a very generous response from the public — donating $57 million to the charities appeal — the aid effort in East Africa is massively underfunded. Just 9% of emergency health work is funded in Kenya whilst nutrition has received just 12% of the money it needs to save lives. In Somalia just 37% of nutrition work has been funded.
 
Throughout the disaster Save the Children has been delivering life-saving support across Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia and has scaled up its program to provide food, water, medicine and child protection. It’s appealing for $100 million for its work across the region.
 
Members of the public who want to help can donate to East Africa Food Crisis relief through the Child Hunger Crisis Fund to support Save the Children's response to ongoing and urgent needs.

Donate $10 by texting "SURVIVE" to 20222 (U.S. Only, standard messaging rates apply).

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WESTPORT, Conn. (July 20, 2011) — Hundreds of thousands of Somali children are severely and acutely malnourished inside Somalia and are in dire need of help, Save the Children warned after the UN declared a famine in parts of the drought-afflicted nation.

Figures released by the United Nations today show that famine is gripping two areas of south-central Somalia — Lower Shabelle and Bakool. Up to half of children in the worst affected areas suffer from acute malnutrition. In some areas of Somalia, death rates are 10 times higher than the threshold for declaring a famine (2 people per 10,000).

Some 2.85 million Somalis face a food crisis, according to analysis by the Nairobi-based Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit for Somalia. That’s up from 2.4 million reported in January. The majority of those people are in the south. In a country where the majority of the population is farmers, in some places, 85 percent of livestock has died and those remaining are emaciated.
 
Save the Children believes that without urgent action, the famine may spread into parts of Puntland, a region in northern Somalia, with devastating impact on children and their families. Save the Children is scaling up its feeding of malnourished children in south central Somalia and Puntland. In Puntland, the number of malnourished children visiting Save the Children’s clinics has almost doubled in the past six months.
 
The crisis has been sparked by a combination of conflict, escalating food prices and failed rains. For weeks, thousands of Somalis have been flooding across the border into Kenya and Ethiopia. Many Somalis arrive exhausted and accompanied by severely malnourished children.

Duncan Harvey, Save the Children’s country director in Ethiopia, says that children fleeing the drought in Somalia who arrive in Ethiopia are deeply affected by what they’ve seen.

“Children who have experienced harrowing loss, hunger and thirst — not to mention, in some cases, violence and separation — now sit forlornly, contemplating their surroundings in silence,” he said. “These may be the lucky ones. We are alarmed by the appallingly high levels of malnutrition in Somalia being reported today. Only an immediate and dramatic increase in international aid can now avert a catastrophe in many parts of Somalia. Quite simply, many thousands will die if we do not act immediately.”    

Ben Foot, Save the Children’s Somalia country director says: “This declaration of famine has to be a wake-up call for the international community. At the moment, we simply don’t have enough funds to meet the scale of the needs in Somalia. If we are to save children’s lives over the coming weeks, then we simply have to step up humanitarian activities on a massive scale.” 

Save the Children is aiming to reach half a million of the most vulnerable children and their families with vital help, including food aid, nutritional support, water and health care. 

 

Ben Foot continued: “In 1992, famine hit Somalia and 200,000 people died. We are not yet at that crisis point, but unless we act rapidly, many children could lose their lives over the coming months.”

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WESTPORT, Conn. (July 20, 2011) — More than 250 organizations including Save the Children, ONE, and health associations from around the world have joined to urge world leaders to address a devastating capacity gap in the global health work force.

The World Health Organization has recently estimated a shortfall of 3.5 million health workers, which leaves hundreds of millions of people at risk of needless suffering, disability and death. 

The growing coalition of groups, listed at www.healthworkerscount.org, is urging action to fill the gaps in the health workforce and to better equip and support existing health workers. Attention to health workers for the most underserved communities is particularly urgent to more quickly eliminate the preventable deaths of millions of women and children.  

“World leaders must decide that the health and survival of many millions is worth their attention,” said Mary Beth Powers, who leads Save the Children’s newborn and child survival campaign. “Right now, millions of young children die every year from diseases like pneumonia and diarrhea simply because they don’t receive the most basic care from a trained health worker. As a mother myself, the thought of being without health care for my children is unimaginable.”

“In most cases this care need not come from a doctor,” Powers added. “Training a million additional community health workers and midwives, and adding new skills and better support to those already in place in developing countries would dramatically decrease deaths to mothers and children. It’s a great return on investment — for as little as $300, a local community member can be trained as a health worker to deliver simple lifesaving solutions to children in need.”

Adventurer Takes Rubik’s Cube up Mt. Everest to Press for Solutions

Unusual partners are getting involved in this effort. American adventurer Charlie Wittmack whose creation and pursuit of the “world’s toughest triathlon” landed him extensive coverage on ESPN over the past week has joined with Save the Children to help close the health worker gap in Nepal.

To complete The World Tri, Wittmack swam 250 miles down the Thames River and across the English Channel, biked and ran across Europe and Asia, and then climbed Mount Everest. At the summit, he attempted one final challenge before announcing his support for Save the Children’s newborn and child survival campaign. See if he succeeded in the video above.

To complete The World Tri, Wittmack swam 250 miles down the Thames River and across the English Channel, biked and ran across Europe and Asia, and then climbed Mount Everest. At the summit, he attempted one final challenge before announcing his support for Save the Children’s newborn and child survival campaign. 

“I’m joining the race to save mothers’ and children’s lives, because I believe no woman should die in childbirth and no child should die just because of where they were born,” Wittmack said. “Nepal has given me some of the most thrilling experiences of my life, so I’m focusing my fundraising efforts there.  I really want to be part of making sure all mothers and children are in reach of a trained health worker.”

Although very poor, Nepal has shown how a country can dramatically reduce child mortality by bringing basic health services closer to communities, often by training local women as health volunteers in rural areas where there were few doctors. But many communities in Nepal have not yet been reached. In partnership with the country’s ministry of health, Save the Children and other partners are working to expand the reach of this successful and sustainable model for improving access to health care and saving lives.

To learn more about Charlie Wittmack and to “See where the good goes” when a community health worker is trained, check out Save the Children’s newborn and child survival campaign at www.GoodGoes.org.

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Education Project Honors Oprah’s All-Time Favorite Guest, Tererai Trent

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Local officials break ground for the Matau Primary School project on July 15, 2011. Photo Credit: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi
Local officials break ground for the Matau Primary School project on July 15, 2011. Photo Credit: Tsvangy/AP for Save the Children
WESTPORT, Conn. (July 18, 2011) — Save the Children staff, local officials, teachers, parents and children broke ground this past Friday for construction of the new Matau Primay School buildings in Zvipani, Zimbabwe. Construction will begin this month and is expected to be completed by September 2012.

The Matau Primary School project is funded through the Oprah Winfrey Foundation in honor of Oprah’s all-time favorite guest, Tererai Trent, who grew up in the rural village of Matau, longing to go to school. Through extraordinary determination, Tererai’s dream of getting an education was realized years later, but she never forgot the children in her own village, wanting them to have the same opportunity to follow their dreams and realize their potential.  The donation to the Matau Primary School project was announced on May 20, 2011, during one of the final "Oprah" show episodes.

The new school will have 850 students, and will include new latrines, new classrooms, new homes for teachers, a preschool playground and a school administration building. In addition, some 4,000 preschoolers and school-age children from Matau and neighboring villages will be reached through early education programs and a community-wide literacy program.

More than 2,000 people gathered on the school campus to hear remarks from a Save the Children representative, local government officials and education officials. Many families walked for miles under the morning sun and along dirt roads to attend the ceremonial groundbreaking and show their support for the education project.

“This is a special day. A day for us to celebrate, for education is the light that will lead our children into a brighter tomorrow,” said Sharon Hauser, Save the Children’s acting country director in Zimbabwe. “This project is important not only for the rehabilitation of the school buildings here, but also for the improvements we will make together in increasing children’s ability to read, and in nurturing preschool children to grow and develop into successful students and citizens.”

Tererai Trent, who could not attend the groundbreaking, sent a special message to the children, which was read at the ceremony, “My heart is filled with joy when I imagine thousands of you sitting in these classrooms, starting your journey to becoming the finest women and men you aspire to be,” said Tererai Trent. “Make the world proud. Show the world it is achievable, Tinogona.” Read Tererai’s full remarks.

The education project has $1.5 million in funding from the Oprah Winfrey Foundation. In addition, Oprah viewers across the United States, inspired by Tererai’s incredible story of achievement against all odds, have contributed nearly $60,000 to date through the purchase of “Tinogona” t-shirts. Tinogona means “It is Achievable” in the local Shona language. T-shirts are available here.

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WESTPORT, Conn. (July 15, 2011) — Save the Children has started feeding malnourished Somali refugee children in a preregistration site and a transit center during their wait to be registered in refugee camps in southern Ethiopia. With more than 2,000 Somalis crossing into Ethiopia every day at the Dolo Ado border crossing, the two sites have grown to more than 20,000 people. Once they complete their registration at these two sites, they will join the refugees in the nearby camps whose numbers have swollen to more than 100,000 in the last few weeks.

Because of the overwhelming numbers of new arrivals, many Somalis wait days or weeks in the preregistration site and transit centers before they are registered. Save the Children is feeding thousands of the newly arrived children waiting to be registered with a simple porridge made from corn soy blend. This nutritious meal is crucial for children and their parents who have little access to food while waiting to be registered.

The number of Somalis in need of emergency humanitarian assistance is now 2.85 million, or about 1 in 3 Somalis. In Dolo Ado, more than 23,000 new refugees arrived in the month of June alone.

“The refugee influx into Dolo Ado is the most acute humanitarian crisis in the country today,” said Duncan Harvey, the acting country director for Save the Children in Ethiopia. “In terms of the sheer numbers of people affected, this is one of the worst droughts the world has seen in a long time.”

Dero Mohamad Yusuf, a mother of four, traveled for five days on a truck from southern Somalia with her children and husband. She spent six days waiting at the refugee camp before being registered. She and her family then spent another two weeks at a transit center before being able to enter the camp itself.

“We have been here for 14 days now and received food only for the first six days,” she said. “Although the solidarity of the community of Dolo and our fellow refugees has been very important, the conditions stay difficult for my children, husband and me.”

The drought in the Horn of Africa has affected some 10 million people. In Ethiopia alone, the number of refugees could easily surpass 200,000 in just months. Tens of thousands of Somalis are believed to be traveling to both Kenya and Ethiopia.

Duncan Harvey continued: “As no rains are expected in the region until September or October, this crisis is set to continue for many months. The tens of thousands of Somalis who have already left Somalia, and who are planning to leave now, will find it impossible to return home any time soon.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 12, 2011) — In an effort to close a formulaic loophole in education funding that discriminates against small, rural school districts, today, Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-Pa.) and Representative G. K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) introduced the All Children are Equal (ACE) Act.

The ACE Act would reform Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which provides funds to local school districts to improve the education of disadvantaged students. Currently, the “number weighting” formula used to determine greatest need has the unintended effect of diverting funding away from higher-poverty school districts to lower-poverty school districts, regardless of the actual poverty rate.

“On paper, this might be nothing more than a technical mistake,” says Mark Shriver, Senior Vice President of Save the Children’s U.S. Programs. “But the victims, however unintentional, are our most disadvantaged, underserved children whose educational opportunities are already at risk.”

In this case, the devil is in the details. The need of school districts is rated on an optional one of two scales: percentage of disadvantaged students or total number of disadvantaged students. The total number formula (number weighting) is given the greater value in determining need. Thus, in a twist of mathematic inevitability, more than $50 million in Title 1-funding is unfairly directed away from small, rural schools to larger, more populous districts.

Many of these rural schools, including ones where Save the Children works, have much higher poverty rates compared to the larger schools receiving these funds. Nationally, more than 10,000 school districts lose funding because of number weighting; 281 of the 340 highest poverty districts are hurt by number weighting. The proposed reformation would be a gradually decrease number weighting over a four- year period to create a level playing field for all children, as originally intended.

“Rural communities already have fewer resources than their urban counterparts, and losing this crucial funding is not only wrong, but also a clear contradiction of the program’s intent,” says Shriver.

In rural America, one in four children lives in poverty. These children are both educationally and financially disadvantaged compared to their urban and suburban peers. Save the Children’s U.S. Programs works in more than 150 low-income, rural communities, providing key services including early childhood education, literacy, and health and wellness programs with the goal of ensuring that children have the skills they need to succeed academically.

About Formula Fairness Campaign

Save the Children is a co-sponsor of the Formula Fairness Campaign which seeks to end discrimination against small rural and urban school districts in the distribution of federal funds for the education of disadvantaged students under Title 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Other co-sponsors include a diverse range of organizations: American Association of School Administrators,  National Alliance of Black School Educators, Arkansas Rural Education Association,  California Small School Districts’ Association, Center for Rural Affairs, Challenge West Virginia, National Rural Education Advocacy Coalition, Rural Community Alliance (AR), The Rural School and Community Trust, Save Alabama’s Small schools, South Carolina Rural Education Grassroots Group, Tennessee School Systems for Equity, YouthBuild, USA.

To view full bill text, click here. To view a bill summary, click here.

About Save the Children’s U.S. Programs

Save the Children’s U.S. Programs works to break the cycle of poverty and improve the lives of children by ensuring they have the resources they need – like access to a quality education, healthy foods and opportunities to grow and develop in a nurturing environment. When disasters strike, like hurricanes and wildfires, Save the Children is among the first on the ground ensuring the needs of children are being met. Save the Children’s early childhood education, literacy, physical activity and nutrition, and emergency response programs reached more than 75,000 children in the United States last year alone. For more information visit www.savethechildren.org/usa.

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Somali refugee children at Save the Children Child-Friendly Space at the Boqolmayo refugee camp in Ethiopia.
help famine and starvation victims in Africa

WESTPORT, Conn. (July 4, 2011) — Save the Children has made an urgent call to donors to provide life-saving help to thousands of children in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia whose lives are at risk due to severe food shortages. The UN has called this East Africa’s worst drought in 60 years.

“Large numbers of Somali refugees are fleeing conflict and drought in their homeland and walking to the border crossing point at Dollo Ado. From there, they are taken to nearby refugee camps in southern Ethiopia,” reports Duncan Harvey, Save the Children's Deputy Country Director in Ethiopia.

“Eighty percent of the refugees are children and the majority of the remainder are women. Many arrive in Dollo Ado having walked for weeks. They arrive sick and hungry. Many of the children urgently need food. We are still in a position to avert catastrophe if we act now.”

A deadly combination of failed rains and soaring global food prices has left more than nine million people living in remote areas across the region — more than half of them children — without enough food and water and at risk of malnutrition.

More than a quarter of children in the worst-hit parts of Kenya are now dangerously malnourished, and in Somalia malnutrition rates have reached 30 percent in some areas, making the Horn of Africa one of the hungriest places on earth.

Save the Children has already launched a major humanitarian response in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, feeding tens of thousands of underweight children, providing life-saving medical treatment, and getting clean water to remote communities.

But with the situation worsening by the day — and no more rain due till late September — Save the Children urgently needs money to dramatically ramp up its response.

"Thousands of children could starve if we don't get life-saving help to them fast," said Matt Croucher, Save the Children's regional emergency manager for East Africa. "Parents no longer have any way to feed their children; they've lost their animals, their wells have dried up and food is too expensive to afford.

"We can stop this tragedy unfolding, but we only have half the money we need. We urgently need to raise the rest so we can save more children's lives."

Families have resorted to desperate measures to survive. In Somalia, thousands have left their homes in search of food, with malnourished children walking for days on end in searing heat and risking conflict to find help. Meanwhile, in Kenya, Save the Children has received reports of people feeding their animals the thatch from the roof of their huts in a bid to keep them alive, leaving families without adequate shelter.

Many children are eating just a single bowl of porridge a day, missing out on the basic nutrients they need to survive.

How You Can Help Save the Children Save Lives

These are just a few examples of what your donation can help us provide:

  • $8 can pay for enough water purification tablets to provide clean, safe water to a family of six for a month
  • $24 can pay for mosquito nets to keep ten malnourished children safe from disease
  • $128 can help feed a family of six for a month

As well as delivering life-saving help to families across the region, Save the Children is helping communities in the Horn of Africa adapt to more frequent droughts, reducing the number of children at risk in any future food crises.

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WESTPORT, Conn. (June 28, 2011) — Save the Children staff working in Kenya’s largest refugee camp says hundreds of children are arriving daily from Somalia exhausted, malnourished and dehydrated.

According to the United Nations, more than 800 children arrive daily in Dadaab, Kenya’s largest refugee camp, fleeing the drought in neighboring Somalia and other parts of East Africa.

Save the Children has launched an emergency response to help children at risk from East Africa’s drought — the worst that many in the region have experienced in decades. Save the Children is treating malnourished children, providing food and water to vulnerable communities and working to help people cope with more frequent droughts caused by a changing climate.

Combined with soaring global food prices, the drought has left thousands of children in parts of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia malnourished and millions of others in danger.

Some families say the drought and food crisis forced them to walk for more than a month through intense heat in search of food, water and shelter. Many discarded the few possessions they had along the way.

Fatuma, a mother of four, spent six weeks walking hundreds of miles to Dadaab with her family. Her children, the youngest of whom is 3 years old, walked the distance barefoot.

“The weather was very harsh. It was so hot, and there was very little shelter,” Fatuma said. “Water was a problem. We had a well in my village, but it dried up. Then the one in the next village dried up. We knew it was time to go.”

Some 20,000 people have arrived in Dadaab during the last two weeks alone, a sharp rise compared with the average of 4,000 to 6,000 refugees per month last year. Around two thirds of the new arrivals are children, according to official UNHCR figures.

“We are seeing around 1,300 people arriving in Dadaab every day, some in incredibly dire situations,” said Save the Children’s Kenya Program Director Catherine Fitzgibbon. “Children have made long journeys in terrifying conditions, often losing their families along the way and arriving at the camps in desperate need of security, health care and a normal life.”

“Nearly every child or parent we have spoken to says they are not just fleeing fighting in Somalia; the drought and food crisis are equally perilous to them now.”

The influx of refugees is placing further strain on space and resources at Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, which was originally built to house 90,000 people. The camp is now Kenya’s third largest “town”, home to more than 360,000 refugees.

With the camp already stretched to capacity, Save the Children says the number of new people will only make conditions worse for children already living in Dadaab without sufficient food, shelter and protection.

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Carolyn Miles becomes new head of Save the Children

Carolyn Miles, Save the Children's new President and CEO

WESTPORT, Conn. (June 16, 2011) — Save the Children today announced that its Board of Trustees has appointed Carolyn Miles as its new president and CEO.

Miles, who currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for the Westport-based humanitarian agency, will be the first woman to lead the organization in its nearly 80-year history. She will officially assume the post on September 1, when Save the Children’s current CEO, Charles F. MacCormack, steps down after more than 18 years of service.

“Our leadership committee considered many extraordinary candidates for this position during a nationwide search conducted by Spencer Stuart,” said Anne Mulcahy, Save the Children’s Board Chair and former Xerox CEO. “But it soon became very clear to all of us that Carolyn was the right choice to continue our important work on behalf of children in need and to create a new vision for the future. She has an in-depth knowledge of global children’s issues, many years of experience in leading large organizations and is highly results driven.  But most importantly, she has an authentic passion for our mission, to make lasting change in the lives of the children who need us most.”

Miles first came to Save the Children in 1998, as Associate Vice President for Sponsorship and Marketing, and was named Executive Vice President and COO in 2004. Previously, she worked for American Express in New York and Hong Kong and was a successful private entrepreneur. She received an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, where she now serves on the Board, and has a B.A. from Bucknell University. Miles is also on the Board of Directors of the Blackbaud Corporation.

“I am thrilled with the Board’s decision and honored to be asked to head the organization I believe is making the greatest difference for children and families around the world,” said Miles. “And I am grateful to Charlie for his mentorship, which has prepared me to take Save the Children forward and to meet the challenges ahead. I know one of my key priorities will be to continue to build strong public and private partnerships so that we have the resources we need to reach even more children.”

“With Carolyn at the helm, I am completely confident that Save the Children will continue to play a pivotal role in ending global poverty for the world’s children,” said MacCormack, who became President and CEO in 1993. “She is a compelling leader and has an uncompromising commitment to getting this job done.”

Save the Children US operates with a budget of more than $550 million, which supports programs in health, education, child protection, economic opportunities and emergency assistance during natural disasters, war and conflict. In 2010, the organization served more than 73 million children and their families.

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WESTPORT, Conn. (June 10, 2011)Last week, the USDA launched its replacement to the iconic food pyramid with ChooseMyPlate.gov—an easy-to-understand guide for how your plate should look with the balanced portions of fresh, healthy protein, grains, fruit, vegetables and dairy. It notes that “half your plate” should be filled with fruits and vegetables.

At Save the Children, where our U.S. Programs serve some of the most vulnerable kids in America, we couldn’t agree more. But we also know, first-hand, that in the rural, low-income communities where we work, “half your plate” is taken up with unhealthy, cheaper and easily accessible junk foods. Across the country, 3.6-million kids are stuck with a plate that looks nothing like the USDA’s recommendation.

In Cibola, New Mexico, where we offer programs including physical activity and nutrition, 98.5 percent of the population is low-income and lives without access to healthy, fresh food. They live in what the USDA calls a “food desert.

In food deserts*—swaths of the country where low-income families live too far from supermarkets or grocery stores to access fresh, healthy food—choosing your plate leaves you no choice at all.  To make matters worse, standing in for supermarkets in low-income communities are convenience stores that offer processed, packaged food rich in fat, sugar, salt and preservatives…and little else.

Save the Children’s U.S. Programs works in schools giving kids healthy snacks, introducing them to fruits and vegetables they may be unable to access in their homes. The children in our CHANGE program learn the value—and fun—of eating well and being physically active. In our Early Steps to School Success, our program educates parents on the tremendous developmental importance of a healthy diet for their infants and toddlers. And across the country, we are asking legislators to change and improve policies to give kids the quality food they need to thrive.

Learn more about our nutrition program here, as well our Robert Wood Johnson Foundation partnership, Campaign for Healthy Kids, at  www.campaignforhealthykids.org.

In the food deserts of America, the plate kids should have is not the plate kids can get:

  • Nationally, 3.6 million kids live in areas affected by low access to fresh, healthy food.
  • In the just the communities Save the Children’s U.S. Programs serves, there are nearly 200,000 children who do not have adequate access to fresh, healthy food.
  • Roughly a third of the U.S. communities Save the Children serves are classified as food deserts. And in those communities, on average, 59 percent of the population does not have access to fresh, healthy foods. In some communities, it’s as much as 98 percent.

* A 2011 USDA study defines a food desert as a “low-income census tract” where at least 33 percent of the population lives more than 1 (urban) or 10 (rural) miles away from a supermarket or large grocery store.

About Save the Children’s U.S. Programs

Save the Children works to break the cycle of poverty and improve the lives of children by ensuring they have the resources they need—access to a quality education, healthy foods and opportunities to grow and develop in a nurturing environment. When disasters like hurricanes and wildfires strike, Save the Children is among the first on the ground ensuring the needs of children are being met.
Save the Children’s early childhood education, literacy, physical activity and nutrition, and emergency response programs reached more than 78,000 children in the United States last year alone. For more information visit www.savethechildren.org/usa.
 

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Bulgari’s winning campaign featured photos of celebrities like Ben Stiller wearing a Save the Children Bulgari ring. Photo credit: Fabrizio Ferri

Bulgari’s winning campaign featured photos of celebrities like Ben Stiller wearing a Save the Children Bulgari ring. Photo credit: Fabrizio Ferri

WESTPORT, Conn. (June 2, 2011) ─ Bulgari’s global education campaign for Save the Children was honored today with a Cause Marketing Halo Award in the Best Print Campaign Category at the Annual Cause Marketing Forum Conference in Chicago. A total of 18 awards were given out to programs judged the best cause marketing campaigns of 2010.

A record number of programs were entered this year in the Cause Marketing Halo Award competition. "The winners of this year's Cause Marketing Halo Awards demonstrated creativity, innovation and excellence in campaign execution and results for companies and causes," said David Hessekiel, president of the Cause Related Marketing Forum.

“We are honored to share this award with Bulgari,” said Charles MacCormack, president and CEO of Save the Children. “This campaign made more people aware that millions of children are not in school, and also gave them a way to do something about it. More than 10 million children in conflict-affected countries are now in school today, many of whom are attending school for the first time.”

Winning Print Campaign Features Celebrities Wearing Bulgari Ring

For its 125th anniversary in 2009, Bulgari launched a cause marketing program to support Save the Children’s Rewrite the Future initiative, an effort to improve the quality of education for the neediest children worldwide, especially those in conflict-affected countries. The Italian jeweler created a silver ring and pendant for the partnership with a portion of the proceeds of each jewelry piece donated to Save the Children.

Bulgari’s cause marketing campaign featured international celebrities to bring awareness and resources to one of the world’s most pressing issues. Bulgari recruited world-renowned photographer Fabrizio Ferri, who developed a photo essay and print material of celebrities wearing the ring, including Jessica Biel, Willem Dafoe, Terence Howard, Jason Lewis, Ricky Martin, Leighton Meester, Debra Messing, Ronaldinho, Isabella Rossellini, Sting, Ben Stiller and Olivia Wilde.

In its first year, Bulgari raised over $9 million to support education programs and teacher trainings in 10 conflict-affected areas around the world. Building on the success of the 125th anniversary jewelry, a new silver and ceramic ring was designed to celebrate the continued partnership with Save the Children. The ring debuted in October 2010 and supports Bulgari’s commitment for 2010-2011 of an additional $7.4 million to support classroom education, art education and therapy (Healing and Education through Arts or HEART), teacher training, and other related programs in 12 countries, including the United States.

Now in their ninth year, the Cause Marketing Halo Awards are North America's highest honor in the field of cause marketing, awarded by the Cause Marketing Forum, a company dedicated to providing business and nonprofit executives with the practical information and connections they need to succeed.

Bulgari and Save the Children’s award for Best Print Campaign reinforces Bulgari’s commitment to helping Save the Children bring education to children around the world.

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WESTPORT, Conn. (May 27, 2011) — G8 leaders have to stick to pledges for the world’s poor, even as they act to help countries in the Middle East, Save the Children warned today.

The global humanitarian organization — which works in Egypt and in Libya — said the package of help announced at Deauville was timely, but key pledges to the developing world still had to be delivered. As the summit’s final communiqué makes plain, rich countries are $19 billion short of aid promised to the poorest.

Save the Children’s President and CEO Charles MacCormack said, “The last thing we want is the Arab Spring to be followed by a desolate African summer. The G8’s $19 billion shortfall of support can be measured in children’s lives. It could fund basic lifesaving health care for the world’s poorest children and their mothers.”

But the international children’s agency welcomed progress on two fronts. G8 leaders strongly endorsed a successful outcome of the global immunization summit in London in June. If fully funded, this could help save four million children’s lives through expanding the delivery of new and existing vaccines for major child killers such as pneumonia and diarrhea.

Leaders also pledged support for mothers’ and children’s health but the agency said that pledge now needs to be matched by action at the UN Assembly in September, where the leaders must make specific commitments to tackle the shortfall of 3.5 million health workers in poorest countries.

MacCormack said, “When training one health worker can mean reaching hundreds or even thousands of vulnerable children, it’s well worth the investment. Development assistance spending is under scrutiny across the G8 nations, but we know that the public remains supportive of helping women and children in need. The 8 million people who have already signed on to our global campaign to save lives prove that.”

Save the Children which has been working to protect children in Egypt and Libya, also called for the plight of children in the region to be recognized. The agency said that many children had witnessed or experienced appalling violence, while others had been prevented from going to school or were struggling in increased poverty. Save the Children said the new help announced at the G8 had to prioritize the pressing needs of children.

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Girls share a book and smiles outside of their classroom at Matau Primary School in Zimbabwe. May 4, 2011. Photo Credit: Eileen Burke/Save the Children

Girls share a book and smiles outside of their classroom at Matau Primary School in Zimbabwe. May 4, 2011. Photo Credit: Eileen Burke/Save the Children

WESTPORT, Conn. (May 23, 2011)As “The Oprah Winfrey Show” nears the end of its 25th and final season, the Friday, May 20 episode of the program featured an hour titled “Oprah’s All-Time Favorite Guest Revealed!” updating viewers on the lives of some of the program's most memorable guests. During the show, Oprah also revealed that her favorite guest of all-time is Tererai Trent, a woman from the village of Zvipani in Zimbabwe. 

Tererai touched the lives of millions when she first appeared on the program in 2009, sharing her passion for an education, and a lifelong dream to go to school. Never giving up, Tererai made her way to the United States in 1998 with the help and support from many of the people in her village. Three years after arriving in the US, she received her Bachelors Degree in Agricultural Education, and today holds both a Masters and Doctorate degree. After achieving her dream of an education, Tererai never forgot about the people who helped her along the way, and felt that she had to give back to the community by somehow bringing better education options to the children in her village.  Her new dream was to re-build the Matau Primary School in her home village in Zimbabwe.

Tererai Gets the Surprise of a Lifetime

Knowing that this was Tererai’s life mission, Oprah wanted to give Tererai the surprise of a lifetime, and during her appearance on the program, it was announced that The Oprah Winfrey Foundation would donate a $1.5 million grant to Save the Children to re-build the Matau Primary School, fulfilling Tererai's dream of quality education for thousands of children in her village.

“What Oprah did is beyond my wildest expectations,” said Tererai Trent. “She has given dignity to the girls, and women of this world, by saying education is important.  She has given dignity to the teachers because they are now able to teach in an infrastructure where they are able to motivate the kids to perform better. She has given men a different way of thinking about girls going to school. When they see this, it will encourage everyone to see the importance of education. There was a fire in me that wanted to achieve it. I never dreamed that it would be at this level” she added.

Construction to Begin in Next Few Months

With the $1.5 million grant, Save the Children will begin construction on new classrooms, latrines, a preschool playground, a school administration building and teachers’ houses in the next few months at Matau Primary School in Tererai’s home village. Save the Children also will supply locally-made desks, chairs, books, toys and other learning materials for students and preschoolers.

Beyond infrastructure updates, the education project will improve learning and help youngsters get on track for school, reaching nearly 4,000 children at Matau Primary School and in neighboring communities. School figures from the Matau Primary School alone show a pressing need to enhance the quality of education. Last year, only 14% of 7th grade students at Matau Primary School passed the national completion exam, and five percent of first and second graders dropped out of school.

Save the Children will also spend three years training teachers, carrying out a community-wide literacy program, and helping instructors plan and prepare activities for preschoolers to help them succeed in school.

“Tererai is an inspiration to all of us. She is proof that you can come from a small village and still dream big because education has the power to transform lives,” said Charles MacCormack, president and CEO of Save the Children. “Save the Children is grateful to Oprah for this contribution which will allow thousands of Zimbabwean children who aspire to be the next Tererai to learn, grow and succeed in school and life.”

In addition to The Oprah Winfrey Foundation donation, people can help support the Matau Primary School Project by visiting SavetheChildren.org.

About Save the Children: 

Save the Children is the leading, independent organization that creates lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. Save the Children has worked in Zimbabwe for nearly 25 years. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About The Oprah Winfrey Foundation: 

Established in 1987, The Oprah Winfrey Foundation supports the inspiration, empowerment and education of women, children and families around the world. Through this private charity, Oprah Winfrey has awarded hundreds of grants to organizations that carry out this vision and has contributed tens of millions of dollars towards providing a better education for underserved learners.



Afghanistan Ranks Worst, Norway Ranks Best, U.S Drops Three Slots

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Tanya Weinberg 202.640.6647 (W), 202.247.6610 (M)

WESTPORT, Conn. (May 3, 2011) — This Mother’s Day, what moms have to celebrate varies dramatically depending on where they live, according to Save the Children’s State of the World’s Mothers report, which ranks 164 countries on women’s access to health care, education and opportunities.

Norway is the world’s best place to be a mother, and eight of the 10 top-ranked countries are in Western Europe. The remaining two are in the southern hemisphere, with Australia ranking second and New Zealand eighth. This year, the United States ranks 31st of 44 developed countries, dropping three spots from last year’s rankings.

Meanwhile, eight of the world’s 10 worst countries to be a mother are in Sub-Saharan Africa.

However, the worst place in the world to be a mother is Afghanistan. Despite ongoing conflict and rising civilian casualties, expecting mothers in Afghanistan are at least 200 times more likely to die during childbirth than from bombs or bullets. One in 11 Afghan women will die from pregnancy or childbirth complications in her lifetime and only 14 percent of mothers in the country give birth with help from any kind of skilled health worker. In Norway, by comparison, the risk of maternal mortality is only 1 in 7,600 and nearly all births are attended by skilled help.

Afghanistan is also the most dangerous place to be born.  One in five children will die before their fifth birthday. Afghan girls attend school for an average of only five years and female life expectancy is only 45. Compare that to Norway, where 1 in 333 children die before age 5 and women typically complete 18 years of school and live to age 83.

“In many countries, vaccines, antibiotics, and care during pregnancy are hard to reach and as a result child and maternal death rates are very high,” said Mary Beth Powers, chief of Save the Children’s newborn and child survival campaign. “This Mother’s Day, world leaders should honor mothers everywhere by ensuring they can celebrate what they want most — healthy children. That means helping all families, moms and babies be within reach of a trained health worker.”

The full 2011 State of the World’s Mothers report, titled “Champions for Children: Why Investing in Maternal and Child Health in Developing Countries is Good for America” can be found at www.savethechildren.org/world-mothers. It includes the rankings and essays from former Senators Bill Frist and John Corzine, best-selling authors Rick and Kay Warren, former Xerox Chair Anne Mulcahy and actress Jennifer Garner.

The site will also feature an embeddable documentary from Link TV’s ViewChange.org that takes a global tour of what’s working in the fight to improve and save the lives of at-risk mothers and children.  Visit http://www.goodgoes.org/ for information about Save the Children’s newborn and child survival campaign.

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U.S. Spends ½ Percent of Federal Budget Fighting Global Poverty; Reaps Big Rewards, Prominent Contributors to Report Say

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WESTPORT, Conn. (May 3, 2011) — Budget-conscious America should not risk global advances in reducing child and maternal mortality or related U.S. interests, prominent experts argue in Save the Children’s State of the World’s Mothers report, released today.

Currently, the United States spends only one half of 1 percent of the federal budget on poverty-focused development and humanitarian programs. Yet the report finds that these cost-effective programs have saved the lives of millions of children, make a critical difference in the lives of vulnerable families around the world and help America.

Save the Children’s report features notable “Champions for Children” and evidence including:

  • Bipartisan U.S. global leadership has been critical to reducing child deaths from 12 million to 8 million in the last 20 years and must continue, according to former Republican Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and former U.S. senator and governor from New Jersey, Democrat John Corzine.
  • Of the 15 countries who receive the most U.S. development assistance, 14 have achieved reductions in child mortality ranging from 20 to 77 percent since 1990.
  • Former Xerox CEO Anne Mulcahy argues U.S. development investments are critical to the future of the U.S. economy. She states: “Most new-income growth will come from developing countries and U.S. corporations are increasingly dependant on that fact.”
  • Today, 10 of the world’s 15 biggest importers of U.S. goods and services are countries that formerly received aid from U.S. assistance programs.
  • Actress Jennifer Garner advocates that all the world’s mothers should have access to basic health services that could prevent the vast majority of 350,000 maternal deaths each year.
  • U.S. Army Col. John Agoglia, who recently retired from leading counterinsurgency training in Afghanistan, says “Our policymakers must remember: an investment in people that improves their chances to survive and progress is an investment in our national security… We need not wait for war to act.”
  • Best-selling authors Rick and Kay Warren (The Purpose-Driven Life), urge people of faith to join the effort to save mothers’ and children’s lives.
  • Leading experts from Johns Hopkins University explain how a cadre of community health workers, with only six weeks training and a few basic tools, can reduce child mortality by 24 percent or more.
  • Although the United States puts more total dollars toward overseas development assistance than any nation, it gives only 0.2 percent of its gross national income. That’s a smaller share than 18 other wealthy donor nations.
  • The President of Malawi discusses how his country — one of the world’s poorest — has succeeded in cutting the child morality rate in half since 1990.
  • Princeton University Bioethics Professor, Peter Singer says individual Americans have the power to save children’s lives now and they need to take action.
  • U.S. Representative Donald Payne notes in sub-Saharan Africa, two decades of improvements in health, education and incomes have saved the lives of an estimated 7 million children since 2005.
  • A Texas mom shares the inspiring story of her own daughter’s survival, using the proven “Kangaroo Mother” technique that is saving thousands of premature babies in the developing world.

Save the Children’s 2011 State of the World’s Mothers report also includes annual rankings of the world’s best and worst places to be a mother. Norway ranks 1st and Afghanistan last in the new report. Eight of the 10 worst countries to be a mother are in sub-Saharan Africa. In Afghanistan, expecting mothers are at least 200 times more likely to die in childbirth than from bombs or bullets.

The U.S. ranks #31 out of 43 developed countries — down three spots from last year’s report.

To explore the full report, visit: www.savethechildren.org/world-mothers.

For a deeper look into the lives of the mothers around the globe, Save the Children has partnered with independent non-profit broadcaster LinkTV on a new half-hour documentary that draws from the State of the World’s Mothers report. ViewChange: The Mothers Index can be viewed at www.savethechildren.org/world-mothers and www.viewchange.org/ and will be broadcast on Link TV on Friday, May 6 (7pm ET, 4pm PT) and Tuesday, May 10th (11pm ET, 8pm PT). Link TV is available nationally on DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH channel 9410.

To learn more about Save the Children’s newborn and child survival campaign and how to get involved, visit www.GoodGoes.org.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 29, 2011) — When children have to run for their lives, they don’t have time to put on their shoes, grab a favorite toy, or say goodbye to the place they called home. So as part of the Southeast tornado response, Save the Children has distributed truckloads of shoes, diapers, portable cribs, toys and other child-specific essentials to more than 1,100 children in hardest-hit Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Smithville, Miss.

“If a child’s security is one of the most fragile things in humanity, then our recovery efforts must restore that sense of security,” said Mark Shriver, Senior Vice President of Save the Children.

Additionally, Save the Children is working with the Gilmore Foundation to set up a Child-Friendly Spaces/emergency child care program for nearly 200 children in Smithville, Miss., where an EF-5 tornado — the highest severity-rating for tornadoes — demolished the entire community, leaving untold families homeless. Staff from Mississippi State University’s Early Childhood Institute who were previously trained in Save the Children’s Child-Friendly Spaces Program are staffing the program.

The Child-Friendly Spaces Program is one of Save the Children’s key emergency response programs. Save the Children provides indoor and outdoor play materials and a supervised area with structured activities where children can socialize, play and begin the recovery process with their peers. Child-Friendly Spaces allows parents an opportunity to rest or register for aid, and take care of their family business, knowing their children are protected.

Save the Children has deployed its disaster emergency unit to the hardest hit areas of northern Alabama and Mississippi to address the unmet needs of children following a disaster. The organization has requested a meeting with state officials and child care leaders to discuss emergency provisions that ensure children's safety, enable families to access child care, and help child care workers get back to work providing safe, secure places for children.

Members of the public who want to help can donate now to the Southern U.S. Tornado Children in Emergency Fund to support Save the Children's responses to ongoing and urgent needs as a result of the devastating tornadoes.

Donate $10 by texting "4TORNADO" to 20222 (U.S. Only, standard message rates apply).

You can help us prepare and respond immediately to emergencies and disasters around the world by contributing to our Children's Emergency Fund. Donate to the Children’s Emergency Fund

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 2, 2011) — The Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund today announced a $200,000 donation to Save the Children to support relief and rebuilding efforts in the Southeast United States following last week’s widespread destruction in the wake of severe storms and tornadoes.

Save the Children has deployed its disaster emergency unit to the hardest hit areas of northern Alabama and Mississippi to address the unmet needs of children following a disaster. The organization has requested a meeting with state officials and child care leaders to discuss emergency provisions that ensure children's safety, enable families to access child care, and help child care workers get back to work providing safe, secure places for children.

Toys“R”Us, Inc. has thousands of employees and numerous stores across the Southeast. To provide further assistance, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employees around the country who wish to help are being encouraged to donate to Save the Children.

In the Southeast, employees are volunteering their time to help in local communities. Toys“R”Us, Inc. and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund have an ongoing partnership with Save the Children to provide children and families with needed assistance in times of crisis, including in the wake of large-scale disasters in the U.S. and around the world.

The core mission of the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund is to keep children safe and help them in times of need.

About the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund

The Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund is a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., a company that unabashedly declares “We love kids!” The core mission of the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund is to keep children safe and help them in times of need. Since it was founded in 1992, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund has contributed millions of dollars to qualified organizations that support that mission, including those providing disaster relief to children and families who are victims of large-scale crises.

The Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund also provides grants to leading organizations that support children with special needs. Primary fundraising activities include the annual Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund Gala, a private, invitation-only event that showcases the work of the Fund and raises money to support its many beneficiaries. This annual benefit has raised more than $90 million since its inception in 1985 and is one of the largest single-night fundraising events held in New York City.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and juvenile products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 868 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, and in more than 520 international stores and over 200 licensed stores in 33 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys in the brand’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com, Babiesrus.com, eToys.com, FAO.com and babyuniverse.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products.

Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 70,000 associates worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need.

About Save the Children’s U.S. Programs

Save the Children works to break the cycle of poverty and improve the lives of children by ensuring they have the resources they need—access to a quality education, healthy foods and opportunities to grow and develop in a nurturing environment. When disasters like hurricanes and wildfires strike, Save the Children is among the first on the ground ensuring the needs of children are being met. Save the Children’s early childhood education, literacy, physical activity and nutrition, and emergency response programs reached more than 78,000 children in the United States last year alone. For more information visit www.savethechildren.org/usa

Members of the public who want to help can donate now to the Southern U.S. Tornado Children in Emergency Fund to support Save the Children's responses to ongoing and urgent needs as a result of the devastating tornadoes.

Donate $10 by texting "4TORNADO" to 20222 (U.S. Only, standard message rates apply).

You can help us prepare and respond immediately to emergencies and disasters around the world by contributing to our Children's Emergency Fund. Donate to the Children’s Emergency Fund

You can help make a difference by supporting all the work that Save the Children does to help children in need in the U.S. and around the world. Donate Now to Support our Mission

Save the Children is the leading, independent organization that creates lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.



“History shows that the tornadoes’ longest and deepest impact will be on the region’s children,” said Mark Shriver, Senior Vice President

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 29, 2011) — As tornadoes turn towns across the Southeast into trash heaps and force thousands of children and families into crowded shelters, Save the Children’s U.S. Programs is sending an emergency response team to the Tuscaloosa-Alabama region to respond to the situation.

“History shows that the tornadoes’ longest and deepest impact will be on the region’s children,” said Mark Shriver, Senior Vice President of Save the Children. “It’s crucial we move fast to uncover the situation for children and protect them today and in the weeks and months ahead.”

The response team will assess the needs of children, and partner with local communities to ensure children and families are able to access child care, and that damaged child care centers will get the support needed to recover and reopen.

Save the Children will focus the majority of its assistance in the most gravely affected states of Alabama and Mississippi where a reported 243 people were killed in the tornados that cut a swath of destruction through the region. Across Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee, the current loss of life is more than 300; nearly 900 people across the five affected states have sought refuge in Red Cross shelters since the storms hit.

Over the past decade of unprecedented and unrelenting disasters, the devastating aftermaths revealed that the critical needs of children have been largely unmet. Shelters were missing key supplies like diapers and portable cribs, and there has been a failure to focus on rebuilding child care centers so that parents can get back to work and help restore the local economy.

Save the Children’s U.S. Programs is the leading national responder on child care recovery, devoted to supporting the unique and unmet needs of children following a disaster.

Members of the public who want to help can donate now to the Southern U.S. Tornado Children in Emergency Fund to support Save the Children's responses to ongoing and urgent needs as a result of the devastating tornadoes.

Donate $10 by texting "4TORNADO" to 20222 (U.S. Only, standard message rates apply).

You can help us prepare and respond immediately to emergencies and disasters around the world by contributing to our Children's Emergency Fund. Donate to the Children’s Emergency Fund

You can help make a difference by supporting all the work that Save the Children does to help children in need in the U.S. and around the world. Donate Now to Support our Mission

Save the Children is the leading, independent organization that creates lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.



Program Boosts Reading and Writing Skills Inside and Outside the Classroom

Save the Children’s Literacy Boost program helps children like Bajura, age 8, improve their reading skills.

Save the Children’s Literacy Boost program helps children like Himal, age 8, improve their reading skills. April 16, 2011. Photo Credit: Deergha Shrestha

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WESTPORT, Conn. (April 21, 2011) — Save the Children has been chosen as one of the Devex Top 40 Development Innovators for its Literacy Boost program, an effort to improve language and reading skills among young school-age children in developing countries.

The Devex Top 40 Development Innovators were selected through a poll of more than 2,000 humanitarian and development workers who completed the online survey last month.

“We are honored be recognized by our peers for our achievements in improving children’s reading and writing skills through our Literacy Boost program,” said Heather Simpson, senior director of global education and child development.

“More children are in school today than ever before, but our research showed that they were not learning how to read once they got there. We were alarmed by our findings, and we knew we had to try a new, creative approach to help them succeed, one that extended beyond the classroom walls and into children’s daily lives.”

Save the Children’s Literacy Boost program is aimed at supporting young readers — children in grades one to four --- through reading assessments, teacher training and community engagement through fun activities like reading camps and reading buddies. The program is underway in more than 10 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and early results are showing improvements in children’s literacy skills.

“To reach the Millennium Development Goals, we can’t be satisfied with doing things the way they used to be done,” said Raj Juma, President of Devex, the world’s leading online community for more than half a million aid workers and international development professionals. “The organizations we are honoring as Development Innovators are those leading the way to a better world through innovation.”

The top 40 Development Innovators list includes the leading organizations in four types of international development organizations: donor agencies and foundations, development consulting companies, implementing non-governmental organizations and advocacy groups. Among the award recipients in these categories include BRAC, the William J. Clinton Foundation, PLAN and UNICEF. The awards will be presented at a high-level forum in Washington, DC tonight. Chris S. Thomas, Chief Strategist with Intel and Sonal Shah, the White House Director of Social Innovation will speak at the event.

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Save the Children Urges Congress to Support Children in US, Globally

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WESTPORT, Conn. (April 20, 2011) — Save the Children thanks our champions who fought back many of the deep cuts to education programs that would have caused irreparable damage to American children by decimating proven programs such as Head Start and 21st Century Community Learning Centers.

We also express our deep appreciation for those who stood up for the most vulnerable children around the world — children whose lives are saved everyday by simple treatments for pneumonia and diarrhea that cost almost nothing. Without America’s help, they don’t have a chance.

While international assistance is an easy political target to cut, an 11 percent reduction in the international affairs budget, which amounts to less than 1 percent of the entire federal budget, does virtually nothing to impact our debt. Its main impact is to reduce the effectiveness of programs that promote security, stability, and economic development aboard.

Save the Children knows that the US faces critical budget decisions as it moves toward reducing its debt and spending money in the most cost effective way to keep America safe and grow our economy. Being responsible for our future generations means not just reducing the deficit, but also making critical investments in children at home and abroad that give them a better chance in life today and create a better world for them tomorrow.

As Congress begins to craft a FY2012 budget, we urge them to do what’s right for children. Disproportionate cuts not only hurt children today, they put our future at risk and move America further away from its values.

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WESTPORT, Conn. (April 19, 2011)As medicine runs low in Ivory Coast, Save the Children has chartered a plane to deliver six tons of life-saving medical supplies and equipment to the city of Man in the west of the country.

The medicine and medical supplies — enough for 40,000 people — will treat diseases such as malaria and other illnesses. Pregnant women and new mothers especially need the assistance. The shipment also contains post exposure prophylaxis for HIV, a drug that prevents HIV infection. Survivors of sexual violence can take the drug up to three days after possible exposure.

We know that sexual violence has been an issue in Ivory Coast in the past, and that women fleeing violence are at high risk,” said Guy Cave, Save the Children’s Country Director in Ivory Coast.

“We need to have drugs in place to help women and girls who have survived this and provide counseling to limit the long-term damage to those affected.”

The supplies, which will arrive on today, will replenish health centers and pharmacies that are still open. Many have been looted and are currently closed. Save the Children is supporting functioning health centers and refurbishing those that have been looted.

A pharmacist, whose pharmacy was looted, spoke to Save the Children staff on the outskirts of Duékoué earlier this week.

“We urgently need to restart our activities and get stock so that we can work properly. If we don’t have any medicine, the most vulnerable people won’t get treated. It’s dangerous.”

Save the Children is particularly concerned about the health of pregnant women and is flying in “safe delivery kits” including soap and gloves, which will reduce the chance of infection after birth.

Save the Children has launched an emergency appeal for $40 million. Money raised will be used to scale up work training midwives and providing care and support to survivors of sexual violence. It will also increase the number of health and education projects and aid Ivorians who need emotional and psychological support.

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WESTPORT, Conn. (April 15, 2011) — Save the Children today announced that it has received $400,000 from employees of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. to provide relief to children and families affected by the disaster in Japan and earthquake in New Zealand.

“The generosity of the Dream Works Animation employees is much appreciated,” said Charles MacCormack, the President and CEO of Save the Children. “This money is going to help thousands of Japanese children return to school and their families rebuild their lives in the months and years to come.”

“On behalf of everyone in the DreamWorks Animation family, our hearts go out to the people of Japan and New Zealand. DreamWorkers from across the studio came together in a meaningful show of support the moment we put the word out about our Company-wide fundraising efforts to aid these two countries,” said Dan Satterthwaite, Head of Human Resources for DreamWorks Animation. “We truly hope that our monetary gift is able to make the dire situation a little bit better as individuals and organizations around the world continue to lend aid to these recovery efforts.”

Save the Children has worked in Japan for 25 years. An estimated 74,000 children remain displaced as a result of the disaster in Japan. Many children and families are staying in over 2,000 evacuation centers, some of which have no electricity or running water.

Save the Children has set up “child-friendly spaces” in evacuation centers. The organization is also planning to distribute 500 kits to families so that they can attend to hygiene needs, as well as 5,500 education kits to provide to children who lost all of their possessions, including school supplies.

Save the Children is also helping children and their caregivers in New Zealand recover emotionally from the February earthquake. The organization’s programs help New Zealanders reestablish a sense of trust, security and self-esteem, all factors in reducing or eliminating anxiety and the development of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms.

For more information on Save the Children’s work in Japan and New Zealand, visit our website: www.savethechildren.org.

DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including computer generated animated feature films, television specials and series, live entertainment properties and online virtual worlds, meant for audiences around the world. The Company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by FORTUNE® Magazine for three consecutive years. In 2011, DreamWorks Animation ranks No. 10 on the list.

All of DreamWorks Animation’s feature films are now being produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 21 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon.

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WESTPORT, Conn. (April 14, 2011) — More than 2.6 million women experience stillbirth every year, according to the most systematic review to date of stillbirth around the world, published today in a special issue of The Lancet medical journal. Save the Children led the new estimates for the special series, which drew on the efforts of 69 authors from 18 countries and more than 50 organizations.

The Lancet Series on Stillbirths includes groundbreaking analysis of this invisible and undercounted tragedy affecting women and families around the world. Save the Children, which authored the only previously published estimates of stillbirths, this time collaborated with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other researchers to develop a comprehensive set of stillbirth estimates for 193 countries, including time trends for 2005-2009. The numbers will for the first time be included in WHO’s annual World Health Statistics report due to be released in May 2011.

“Almost no burden affecting families is so big and yet so invisible in society and on the global public health agenda. Yet this invisible loss deeply affects women all over the world. The new information published today documents their hidden grief as well as the social stigma these women often endure,” said Joy Lawn, Director of Global Evidence and Policy for Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives program, coordinator of the new stillbirth estimates and a lead author of The Lancet’s Series on Stillbirths.

The new stillbirth estimates would be even higher than 2.6 million under broader definitions used in most high-income countries. The Lancet authors used the WHO international definition, which classifies stillbirth as the loss of pregnancy after the 28th week. In the United States, for instance, stillbirth is defined as loss of pregnancy after 20 weeks.

The new findings in The Lancet Series on Stillbirths include:

  • 98 percent of stillbirths occur in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Half of all stillbirths occur in just 5 countries — India, Pakistan, Nigeria, China and Bangladesh.
  • Pakistan has the highest rate of stillbirths — nearly 47 per 1,000 births.
  • Two-thirds of stillbirths occur in rural areas, where trained and skilled midwives are scarce.
  • Worldwide, the rate of stillbirths has dropped by only 1.1 percent each year since 1995 — much slower progress than for maternal and child deaths.
  • Finland and Singapore have the lowest stillbirth rate — 2 stillbirths per 1,000 births.
  • The U.S. has a rate of 3 stillbirths per 1,000 births using the WHO definition, or 5 per 1,000 using the US definition. This is higher than 16 other developed countries.
  • In high-income countries, the rate of decline in stillbirths has stagnated and 1 in 320 pregnancies end in stillbirth.

The Lancet special series highlights the major causes of stillbirths as: childbirth complications, maternal infections in pregnancy, maternal disorders, fetal growth restriction and congenital abnormalities. Almost half of all stillbirths (1.2 million a year) occur during labor and delivery.

Globally, 3.6 million newborn deaths and 350,000 maternal deaths occur each year. Public health interventions such as emergency obstetric care and treatment of maternal infections and conditions prevent most of these deaths, and also could avert 1.1 million stillbirths if made universally (99 percent) available in countries with the highest burden of stillbirths, according to the new analysis in The Lancet. In total 2.7 million deaths of mothers and newborns and stillbirths could be prevented, at only an additional cost of US$2.32 per person.

Said Lawn: “Now that we have reliable data on stillbirths and consensus on how to prevent them, we must act. The positive news is that the same basic services proven to reduce maternal and newborn deaths could prevent over a million stillbirths worldwide each year. It is now clearer than ever that these services — especially care at birth — have a triple return on investment. Counting the stillbirths is added value for families and for health programs.”

Save the Children joins more than 50 other organizations, including the World Health Organization, and the International Stillbirth Alliance in a global call to action to reach all families with basic maternal and newborn care, to reduce stillbirth rates to less than 5 per 1000 births in low and middle income countries, and to eliminate all preventable stillbirths in high-income countries, by 2020.

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WESTPORT, Conn. (April 13, 2011)Save the Children announced today it will receive a $1 million donation from Ty Warner, CEO of toy manufacturing giant Ty Inc., to help children and families affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. 

The company also created an exclusive HOPE FOR JAPAN™ Beanie Boo®, which will be sold at retailers worldwide and can be ordered on Ty.com.

“I am deeply moved by the disaster in Japan,” said Mr. Warner. “I have visited the beautiful nation of Japan many times. As I kept hearing more and more devastating news about the children, I reached out to Save the Children, which is exactly aligned with my corporate mission, and have guaranteed a $1 million donation to help their relief efforts.”

Save the Children has worked in Japan for 25 years. An estimated 74,000 children remain displaced as a result of the disaster in Japan. Save the Children has set up child-friendly spaces in evacuation centers. The organization is also planning to distribute 500 kits to families so that they can attend to hygiene needs, as well as 5,500 education kits to provide to children who lost all of their possessions, including school supplies.

“Ty’s partnership with Save the Children to benefit children in Japan who’ve experienced events that no child should ever endure is a tremendous opportunity for us to bring comfort and hope to their lives,” said Charles MacCormack, President and CEO of Save the Children.

“For years, Ty and its universally recognized products and red heart logo have made a great difference in helping agencies like ours assist those in need, and I speak for our staff working nonstop in Japan in expressing our gratitude to Ty Warner and his team for joining Save the Children. At a time when children’s recovery from these disasters is only just beginning, Ty and Save the Children will be there to lend the hand they need.”

Ty, Inc. is an American toy manufacturer and owner of luxury hotels worldwide. Ty Warner is Chairman, CEO, sole owner and founder of Ty Inc., the largest manufacturer of plush in the world.

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WESTPORT, Conn. (April 6, 2011) — Looking for a gift for mom that will last a lifetime? This Mother’s Day, give her a gift she’ll love while helping moms in need around the world. The array of creative gift ideas from the global humanitarian organization Save the Children helps empower mothers across the globe to celebrate what they want most — healthy children.

Visit Save the Children’s gift catalog to order Mother’s Day gifts that make a world of difference:

Acholi Beads Bracelet from Uganda ($50)

Mom will be forever in style with this fair-trade bracelet handmade by displaced Ugandan women. These women are now propelling themselves towards independent success to provide a better future for themselves and their children.

Newborn Care Packages ($30)

Celebrate new mothers by giving babies everywhere a chance for a bright beginning. Every year, more than 3 million newborns die within the first month of life — mostly from preventable and treatable causes. This gift helps provide three Newborn Care Packages which may contain soap, a clean cloth to wrap the baby, a knit baby cap, guidance on breastfeeding, and other counseling to ensure a healthy start for the newborn.

Educate a Young Girl ($65)

Honor the mom who is always giving. This gift provides the essentials, including books and teacher training, to help a girl in the developing world attend — and stay — in school for an entire year. Statistics show that educated girls delay premature marriage and childbirth and provide better nutrition and education for themselves and their children later on.

Stock a Library ($100)

This makes a great gift for the mom who enjoys sharing her love of reading. Within many impoverished U.S. communities, libraries contain a limited and weathered selection of books. This gift will help ensure children have access to brand-new books selected for maximum learning potential.
From Save the Children’s partners:

Bulgari Ring ($370)

Light up mom’s face with some bling. A specially-designed silver and ceramic ring by Bulgari supports Save the Children’s education programs for the world’s neediest children.

More fun ways to honor your mom while helping moms worldwide are in the works. Stay tuned!

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Company’s Relief and Recovery Assistance Includes $1 Million Donation to Save the Children From the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund and Infant Product Donations fom Toys“R”Us, Japan

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WESTPORT, Conn. (April 6, 2011) — Save the Children has received a total of $1 million from the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., to provide relief to children and families affected by this crisis in Japan.

In addition to the financial assistance, Toys“R”Us has also donated urgently needed baby products to families living in evacuation centers, including tens of thousands of diapers, as well as blankets, pajamas, washcloths, towels, hats and legwarmers.

“We are grateful to Toys“R”Us for providing vital funds and urgent necessities in the aftermath of this disaster, demonstrating tremendous dedication to the needs of children and offering help and hope to those affected by this crisis,” said Charles MacCormack, President and CEO of Save the Children. “With needs so great, we have already committed to a three-year recovery program in Japan, which we can do based in part on the swift and strong support from Toys“R”Us.”

“From the moment this disaster occurred, our dedicated employees at our Japan headquarters in Kawasaki and at our stores throughout the country have been working around the clock to determine the best ways to help those affected,” said Monika Merz, President and CEO, Toys“R”Us Japan. “We are a company that cares deeply for little ones, and Toys“R”Us is proud to support Save the Children in its efforts to address the specific physical and emotional needs of the children affected by this crisis. At the same time, we are coordinating with our Toys“R”Us teams around the world to bring urgently needed supplies, such as diapers, water and batteries, to stock our stores in Japan for families who need them.”

Save the Children has worked in Japan for 25 years. An estimated 74,000 children remain displaced as a result of the disaster in Japan.  Many children and families are staying in over 2,000 evacuation centers, some of which have no electricity or running water. Save the Children has set up 19 “child-friendly” spaces in evacuation centers. The organization is also planning to distribute 500 kits to families so that they can attend to hygiene needs, as well as 5,500 education kits to provide to children who lost all of their possessions, including school supplies.

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WESTPORT, Conn. (April 4, 2011) — As fighting continues in Ivory Coast’s main city of Abidjan, Save the Children has launched a major appeal to assist hundreds of thousands of needy children and their families across the country.

As the humanitarian crisis grows, Save the Children’s $40 million appeal will support its response in Ivory Coast and Liberia to meet the needs of 650,000 people affected by the crisis. The latest figures suggest around 130,000 Ivoirians have fled to Liberia. Some 60 percent of the refugees are thought to be children.

“Children are being exposed to this violence; they have been hearing gunshots for days, explosions as well,” said a Save the Children worker in Abidjan. “It’s an extremely stressful and frightening situation for them.”

The violence is preventing families across the city from buying food. “Families need food, the markets are closed, peoples’ household stocks are being used up, and nobody is leaving their houses,” said the Save the Children employee.

As tensions mount, Save the Children is concerned about children potentially being targeted because of their parents’ perceived political views or their families’ ethnicity. As reports of intercommunal violence in the town of Duékoué emerge, we are increasingly concerned about children suffering as a result of these clashes.

In Duékoué, where food and water are in short supply, Save the Children was the first organization to provide food to the displaced. On April 3rd, we distributed rice, oil and tuna, which was enough food for 20,000 people for one day. Save the Children is working closely with partners on the ground in western Ivory Coast to coordinate aid distributions.

Hundreds of thousands of children have fled their homes in Ivory Coast for neighboring Liberia. During their trek, some have become separated from their parents and family members. Save the Children has begun distributing clothes and other basic items to refugee children and their families in eastern Liberia.

“I was at school when we heard gunshots,” said a 14-year-old Ivorian now in Liberia. “Everyone left the school and ran home quickly. I picked up my two little sisters and brother and decided to go to the farm to look for my parents, but everybody was running around everywhere, and we got lost. I couldn’t find our parents. We followed some people we didn’t know. We spent that night sleeping in the forest; there were lots of children crying. I still don’t know what happened to my parents.”

Save the Children has been working in Ivory Coast since 1996 and working in Liberia since 1991.

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WESTPORT, Conn. (March 18, 2011) — Impoverished women in El Salvador whose community was badly damaged by a hurricane in 2009 will have new opportunities to improve theirs and their families’ well-being though a new partnership between Walmart and Save the Children.

Save the Children announced today that it will use a $400,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to provide new economic opportunities to up to 3,000 women in San Pedro Masahuat, which suffered extensive damage during Hurricane Ida.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to empower women in an impoverished community that was dealt a great setback by the hurricane, and that has struggled ever since to rebound,” said Gersande Chavez, Save the Children’s country director in El Salvador. She noted that the storm destroyed the property and livelihoods of many families who could not afford to lose what little they had.

“When women have access to new skills and economic opportunities, their children are more likely to be healthy and remain in school. This project represents an important investment in women, who are critical to rebuilding and strengthening their community,” Chavez said.

Save the Children plans to use the Walmart Foundation’s grant to work with 3,000 women over the next two years. The project will identify women who are recognized as community leaders and provide them with the economic, marketing and technical skills they need to start small businesses.

The women will then serve as mentors and will help other women start their own income-generating activities. Save the Children anticipates that 10,800 women and their family members will directly benefit from the project.

The Walmart-Save the Children partnership is one of six initiatives the Walmart Foundation is funding through its new Latin America Women’s Initiative, which seeks to empower women throughout Latin America.

Save the Children has worked for more than 30 years in El Salvador. It partners with families, communities, local nongovernmental organizations and the government to improve the lives of children. The organization is a recognized leader in early childhood development–including health, education and protection for children ages 0-8 and their families — in addition to livelihoods and disaster risk reduction programming. Save the Children has responded with immediate support in every large emergency that El Salvador has faced in the last 20 years.

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Charity Widget Simplifies Giving … and Spreading the Word About It

WESTPORT, Conn (April 1, 2011) — Save the Children, today announced a new donation widget powered by Serve, a digital platform for next generation payments from American Express. Save the Children will receive matching contributions for all donations made through the widget, up to $100,000, from Serve.

Save the Children is partnering with Serve, a new payment service, to offer supporters with a different option to drive donations — giving via a widget that can be applied to almost any website, including Facebook. The widget is designed to extend the reach of Save the Children, allowing supporters to promote the cause via email and across social networks. Serve account holders can easily contribute through the widget, and most importantly, can easily let their friends know about the cause too.

“Serve is designed to give consumers a way to safely transact on and offline, with minimal effort and costs yet added flexibility” said Dan Schulman, Group President, Enterprise Growth, American Express. “With this widget, we go a step further by helping charitable organizations reach additional potential donors in a novel way while promising a matching funds for new contributions.”

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Afghan schoolchildren have fun acting out the importance of drinking water from safe water sources in a school play on World Water Day on March 22. Photo Credit: Shakirullah Akhtar

Afghan schoolchildren have fun acting out the importance of drinking water from safe water sources in a school play on World Water Day on March 22. Photo Credit: Shakirullah Akhtar

KABUL, Afghanistan (March 23, 2011) — Save the Children joined local officials, teachers, and students to celebrate World Water Day on March 22 to promote good health and hygiene at a high school in Mirbachakot District in Kabul Province.

The World Water Day promotion is part of Save the Children’s school health and nutrition programs to help children stay healthy so they can stay in school and learn. The programs provide children with access to safe and child-friendly water, sanitation and hygiene facilities and education on subjects like proper hand-washing with soap to prevent diarrhea.

Proper Hygiene, Access to Clean Drinking Water Reduce Diarrhea-Related Illnesses 

Speakers at the school event emphasized the importance of clean drinking water, and how access to potable water is linked to declining levels of sickness among children through the elimination of water-borne diseases.

According to the Afghan Ministry of Public Health, about 14,000 children under age 5 die every year within the country from diarrhea. Official statistics confirm that only 43% of urban communities and 18% of rural villages within Afghanistan currently have access to clean drinking water.

All speakers expressed gratitude to the Khalifa Bin Zayed al Nahyan Foundation for supporting the school. Since 2009, the foundation has funded the construction of a water well, water pump, and hand-washing station, and the renovation of the school latrine.

“Without continuing support from the Khalifa Foundation, the construction of these water and sanitation facilities at the school would not have been possible,” said School Headmaster Asadullah Khan.

Speaker Mullah Esa Khan said that district health authorities had noticed a marked decline in the number of cases of diarrhea and intestinal infections among local schoolchildren since the installation of the water well and the upgrading of the latrine at the school.

In neighbouring Shamali District, Save the Children through the support of the Khalifa Foundation has also built 17 Eco-San latrines, 19 wells and 43 hand-washing stations.

School Play Emphasizes Safe Sources of Drinking Water

During the celebration, several schoolchildren performed a play in which they encouraged parents only to let their children drink water from safe and trusted water sources. The play also highlighted the role of parental responsibility and in ensuring good hygiene and sound health for their children.

World Water Day messages also were promoted through banners and posters illustrating the importance of clean drinking water and good hygiene, supported by a water and sanitation infrastructure that can be accessed by all members of the community.

Events were also held in Balkh, Jawzjan, Faryab, and Nangarhar Provinces, where Save the Children through the support of the Khalifa Foundation has water and sanitation programs. Messages about health and hygiene were widely disseminated, reaching thousands of parents and children.

Save the Children is the leading independent organization that creates lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. Since 2002, Save the Children has worked to improve the health and well-being of Afghani children and their families. The organization has reached more than 1 million children and adults through its health and education programs.

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Westport, Conn., (March 23, 2011) — Artists such as Linkin Park, Enrique Iglesias and Counting Crows have contributed new songs to the nonprofit group Music for Relief to support Save the Children’s emergency response efforts in Japan. The exclusive and growing catalog of songs can be downloaded at www.downloadtodonate.org for a donation of $10 or more. All contributions will go to Save the Children for the duration of the campaign, which runs through May 11.

“Children are always the most vulnerable in any disaster,” said Charles MacCormack, president and CEO of Save the Children. “We are grateful this partnership with Music for Relief will help address the immediate and ongoing needs of children and families impacted by this tragedy.”

Save the Children has been working in Japan for 25 years. In the immediate aftermath of the disaster, Save the Children deployed emergency response teams to assess the needs of children and their families. In addition, the organization has set up multiple child-friendly spaces that service evacuation centers in Sendai City where displaced families are staying.  Child-friendly spaces provide children with an opportunity to play with other children while freeing up parents to work on the recovery. More child-friendly spaces will be set up in the coming days.

“The people of Japan — especially the children — will need our help for many weeks and months to come,” said Mike Shinoda, the co-lead vocalist of the band Linkin Park, which founded Music for Relief. “We are proud to partner with Save the Children, which has decades of experience in helping children and families impacted by disaster.”

Music fans and people who want to help Japanese in need are encouraged to share the program through their own social networks to help spread the word.

“We ask that everyone donate, but if all you can afford is to spread the word, share Download to Donate on Facebook, Twitter, whatever, then that is great, too,” said  Mike Shinoda. “It all helps.”

“Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy,” said Enrique Iglesias. “Now is the time for us to stick together and do everything we can to help our friends in need.”

In addition to the songs, Music for Relief is also raising funds for the Download to Donate: Tsunami Relief campaign for Japan through two T-shirt designs created by Shinoda, which are available at the Linkin Park merchandise store.

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WESTPORT, Conn. (March 22, 2011) — Save the Children has launched an online giving program in partnership with Tupperware Brands that will allow Tupperware Brands Associates, businesses that sell Tupperware around the world and customers to make a secure donation to Save the Children’s relief efforts in Japan. The country was struck by a devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 12.

Save the Children is in the process of setting up child-friendly spaces to help children and families cope with the disaster. These are protective play areas that help relieve the anxiety faced by children and allow them to spend time with other children and play while being supervised by responsible adults. The play areas also give parents much needed time to find food, work, and accommodation and locate friends and family.

“At a time when all of us are experiencing an overwhelming feeling of helplessness, we felt compelled to demonstrate our support and offer assistance,” said Tupperware Brands Corporation Chairman and CEO Rick Goings.

Tupperware Brands Corporation is a portfolio of global direct selling companies, selling premium innovative products across multiple brands and categories through an independent sales force of 2.6 million.

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Westport, Conn. (March 18, 2011) — Save the Children announced today it has received a $500,000 donation from Target in support of the organization’s efforts to help meet the needs of children and families affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan last week.

“Children are always the most vulnerable in any crisis situation,” said Charles MacCormack, president and CEO of Save the Children. “We are grateful for this generous donation from Target, which will help us address the immediate and ongoing needs of children and families whose lives were unraveled by this tragedy."

In the immediate aftermath of the disaster, Save the Children, which has worked in Japan for 25 years, deployed  emergency response teams to assess the needs of children and their families in the hardest hit areas of the country.  In addition, the organization has already set up a child-friendly space and plans to start more in the coming days. These areas help alleviate anxiety faced by children coping with an emergency by allowing children to play with other children in a safe and adult-supervised setting.

“When disaster strikes, Target listens and acts quickly to provide meaningful support to people in need,” said Gregg Steinhafel, Chairman, president and CEO, Target. “Our thoughts are with all those affected by the earthquake and tsunami and we hope our donation will aid in the country’s recovery.”

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,755 stores in 49 states nationwide and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $3 million a week.

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WESTPORT, Conn. (March 18, 2011) — Save the Children received a $500,000 donation from the Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund in support of the organization’s efforts to provide relief to children and families affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck the northeast coast of Japan March 12.

According to Save the Children, a global humanitarian organization that has worked in Japan for 25 years, an estimated 100,000 children are displaced as a result of the disaster. Many children are staying in evacuation centers, some of which have no electricity or running water.  In response, Save the Children is setting up child-friendly spaces. These are protective play areas that help relieve the anxiety faced by children and allow them to spend time with other children and play while being supervised by responsible adults.

In addition, Save the Children is working with a Toys “R” Us team in Japan to provide immediate deliveries of urgently needed baby products to hard-hit areas, including 64,800 cases of diapers, as well as blankets, pajamas, washcloths, towels, hats, legwarmers.

Save the Children has an ongoing partnership with Toys “R” Us, Inc. and the Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund to provide children and families with needed assistance in times of crisis, including in the wake of large-scale disasters in the U.S. and around the world.

The core mission of the Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund is to keep children safe and help them in times of need. Toys “R” Us, Inc. sells merchandise in approximately 1,600 stores, including 866 Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores in the United States, and more than 520 international stores and over 200 licensed stores in 33 countries and jurisdictions.

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SENDAI, Japan (March 17, 2011) — As relief efforts in Japan continue to be hampered by the ongoing nuclear crisis, shortages of essential goods, including food, water, cooking fuel and clothing could put thousands of children displaced by last week’s devastating earthquake at risk.

Stephen McDonald, Save the Children’s team leader in Sendai, said: “We are seeing children living in extremely difficult circumstances as a result of the earthquake and its associated problems. Fuel is in short supply, making it difficult to move goods around the country, and we fear there are still communities where basic items are not getting through.”

On Wednesday, Save the Children carried out an exploratory mission to Ishinomaki, Nobiru and Onagawa north of Sendai and found children living in desperate conditions.

“We travelled for ten hours in snow, sleet, rain and sludge,” said Ian Woolverton, who led the mission. “There were some terrible scenes. In some places like Onagawa, there was nothing left. In other places like Ishinomaki, we found children in evacuation centers huddled around kerosene lamps.”

In Tokyo, lines have developed outside fuel stations where a 2.5 gallon limit per person has been introduced. The fuel shortages are being compounded by the ongoing uncertainty over safety at the Fukushima nuclear power station, where several explosions have occurred, sending radioactive material into the atmosphere.

McDonald said: “The situation in Fukushima is certainly having an impact on relief efforts further north. The evacuation around the plant has created a new wave of displaced people, and concerns over safety are making it difficult to deploy staff to the affected area.”

Save the Children has spoken to children displaced by the earthquake who are terrified of what might happen if the situation at Fukushima deteriorates.

At an evacuation center not far from Sendai, 8-year-old Kazuki Seto told staff: “We are really worried about the nuclear power plants. We are very afraid of nuclear radiation. That's why we don't play outside."

Yasu Hiro, 10, said: “We know about the bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and we are very scared. It makes us really worry. If it explodes it is going to be a tremendous ordeal."

Save the Children teams are in Sendai to help children affected by the earthquake and tsunami, and are in the process of setting up child-friendly spaces.

These are protective play areas that help relieve the anxiety faced by children and allow them to spend time with other children and play while being supervised by responsible adults.

The play areas also give parents much needed time that they can dedicate to finding food sources, work, accommodation and locating other friends and family.

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WESTPORT, Conn. (March 13, 2011) — Save the Children warns that as many as 100,000 children may have been displaced because of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

“We are concerned for as many as 100,000 children who may have been displaced because of last Friday’s earthquake and tsunami. Many of them will have lost their homes and been forced to take refuge in unfamiliar places like evacuation centers that might cause them to be afraid and anxious,” said Stephen McDonald, who is leading Save the Children’s relief efforts in Japan.

“There is also a risk that some of them will have become separated from their parents and family members because of the disaster. It is important we provide support to parents and children who are struggling to cope in the aftermath of the disaster,” said McDonald.

Save the Children has a team in Sendai, one of the worst-affected areas, establishing an operations base to help the most vulnerable children and their families.

Teams from Tokyo arrived in Sendai today to set up a network of child-friendly spaces aimed to provide children in shelters with a safe place to play, and to give parents a break from watching their children while they register for emergency assistance.

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How to Help and Donate to Japan Earthquake Tsunami Relief Fund: Save the Children is mounting disaster relief efforts for Japanese survivors. Support us and learn about our response.

Mariko and her four children, including newborn Amihi pictured above on her mother’s lap, have sought shelter at IIzuka Primary School in Asahi City since being made homeless by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan Friday, March 11. Photo Credit: Ian Woolverton

WESTPORT, Conn. (March 13, 2011) — Save the Children has sent emergency response teams to assess the needs of children and their families in the worst affected tsunami areas between Miyagi Prefecature and Tokyo in Japan.

“We are extremely concerned for children in tsunami-affected areas that are at risk because of a triple whammy of life-threatening incidents including an earthquake, tsunami and now an incident at a nuclear reactor,” Stephen McDonald, Save the Children’s team leader in Japan said.

The Save the Children teams will be within 80 miles of the nuclear reactor at Fukushima where there has been an explosion. In the area around the reactor, the authorities have set up a 12 mile radius exclusion zone, and have reported that up 170,000 people have been evacuated.

Evacuations centers are being established in the area and along the tsunami-affected coast to accommodate people, and it will be important that children’s needs are met while parents register for help and assistance from authorities.

“We’re looking to set up child-friendly spaces in the worst affected areas. These spaces provide children with an opportunity to play safely with other children while freeing up their parents to work on the recovery,” added McDonald.

Save the Children has been operating in Japan for 25 years.

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WESTPORT, CT (March 13, 2011) — Save the Children’s Japan quake and tsunami relief efforts got a boost from a Brookstone matching donation program launched on March 11. Donations will be collected for Save the Children at Brookstone.com, Brookstone Customer Care Center and in retail locations nationwide. Customers can also donate by calling 1.800.926.7000. Accepted in $1, $5 and $10 increments, the matching donation program runs through March 30, 2011.

"Our hearts go out to those affected by this unspeakable tragedy," said Ron Boire, CEO of Brookstone. "We are appealing to our customers to help us rally around this important cause and support Save the Children in its mission."

One hundred percent of contributions from the Brookstone matching donation program will go to Save the Children's current and future emergency relief efforts.

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How to Help and Donate to Japan Earthquake Tsunami Relief Fund: Save the Children is mounting disaster relief efforts for Japanese survivors. Support us and learn about our response.
Photo Credit: REUTERS/YOMIUR courtesy www.alertnet.org

TOKYO (March 12, 2011) — As a massive relief effort gets underway in northeast Japan following yesterday's devastating earthquake and tsunami, Save the Children says Japanese children will need stability and protection in order to safeguard their physical and emotional well-being.

“The impact of a disaster can be incredibly traumatic for some children. Parents must be given information and support in reassuring children of their safety and protection," said Stephen McDonald, Save the Children's humanitarian response team leader in Japan.

Commons signs that children are under stress include sleeping and eating problems, defiance, separation anxiety, aggression and fighting, extreme mood shifts, risk-taking behaviors, complaining of physical problems, and withdrawing from friends and family.

"Our first priority in Japan is to ensure that the most vulnerable children receive protection and care. It is very important for the affected children to return to normal life as soon as possible,” added McDonald.

Save the Children is sending humanitarian response teams to tsunami-affected areas to conduct an assessment of children’s needs. The global humanitarian organization, which has been operating in Japan for 25 years, is mobilizing its global resources to respond to the needs of children and families affected by the earthquake and its aftermath. All of Save the Children’s Japanese staff have been accounted for and are safe following the quake and tsunami.

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WESTPORT, CT (March 12, 2011) — Save the Children and Zynga, Inc. are teaming up on a fundraising initiative across more than seven games to support the global humanitarian agency’s relief efforts following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Zynga is giving its 250 million players a chance to donate 100 percent of the purchase price of newly created virtual items to Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children Emergency Fund. The fund will support the urgent and ongoing needs of quake- and tsunami-affected Japanese children and families. Facebook is donating all of its Facebook Credits generated through the purchases to support the fundraising efforts.

"It's inspiring to see the Zynga teams spontaneously take action to partner with our game players worldwide to help Japan," said Mark Pincus, CEO and Founder of Zynga. "We hope that the millions of people who connect through our games every day will also take action to connect with Japan as we saw them do with our Haiti relief efforts."

Game Promotions

Zynga players have the opportunity to donate in the following games, with 100 percent of the purchase price of these virtual items donated to the fund:

  • Café World: Players cans place Japanese inspired decorations in their Café to benefit the initiative.
  • CityVille: Citizens can plant a limited edition sweet potato crop to feed their population and stock their restaurants.
  • FrontierVille: Players can buy a limited edition Kobe cow to place in their frontier.
  • FarmVille: Farmers can plant a limited edition daikon radish crop that never withers.
  • Words With Friends: Players can donate directly by clicking on a Save the Children button inside the game.
  • YoVille: Players can purchase homes and furniture inspired by Japanese architecture and design.
  • Zynga Poker: Fans going for a royal flush can donate by purchasing access to a VIP table.
  • zBar: Players can donate directly by clicking on a Save the Children button inside the bar that sits across the top of their game on Facebook.

Zynga Inc. is the world’s largest social game developer with more than 250 million monthly active users playing their games which include FarmVille, FrontierVille, Mafia Wars, Zynga Poker, Café World, Treasure Isle and CityVille. Zynga Inc. games are available on a number of global platforms including Facebook, MySpace, Yahoo, the iPad and iPhone. Through Zynga.org, Zynga players have raised more than $6.8 million for world social causes. Zynga Inc. is headquartered in San Francisco. For more information, visit www.zynga.com or www.zynga.org.

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How to Help and Donate to Japan Earthquake Tsunami Relief Fund: Save the Children is mounting disaster relief efforts for Japanese survivors. Support us and learn about our response.
Photo Credit: REUTERS/YOMIUR courtesy www.alertnet.org

TOKYO (March 12, 2011) — As a massive relief effort gets underway in northeast Japan following yesterday's devastating earthquake and tsunami, Save the Children says Japanese children will need stability and protection in order to safeguard their physical and emotional well-being.

“The impact of a disaster can be incredibly traumatic for some children. Parents must be given information and support in reassuring children of their safety and protection," said Stephen McDonald, Save the Children's humanitarian response team leader in Japan.

Commons signs that children are under stress include sleeping and eating problems, defiance, separation anxiety, aggression and fighting, extreme mood shifts, risk-taking behaviors, complaining of physical problems, and withdrawing from friends and family.

"Our first priority in Japan is to ensure that the most vulnerable children receive protection and care. It is very important for the affected children to return to normal life as soon as possible,” added McDonald.

Save the Children is sending humanitarian response teams to tsunami-affected areas to conduct an assessment of children’s needs. The global humanitarian organization, which has been operating in Japan for 25 years, is mobilizing its global resources to respond to the needs of children and families affected by the earthquake and its aftermath. All of Save the Children’s Japanese staff have been accounted for and are safe following the quake and tsunami.

You can also help us prepare and respond immediately to emergencies and disasters around the world by contributing to our Children's Emergency Fund. Donate to the Children’s Emergency Fund

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TOKYO (March 11, 2011) — A massive earthquake has hit Japan triggering a deadly tsunami and raising warnings of more tsunamis across the Pacific basin. Japanese media report that the death toll is rising and hundreds are missing in the aftermath of the disaster. It is the worst earthquake to hit Japan in at least a century and has sparked dozens of fires, including in more than 30 buildings in Tokyo and an oil refinery near the city.

Save the Children's Eiichi Sadamatsu in central Toyko said, "This is a major natural disaster that has caused large scale damage along Japan's east coast. We are extremely concerned for the welfare of children and their families who have been affected by the disaster. We stand ready to meet the needs of children who are always the most vulnerable in a disaster.”

In Japan, flooding has caused people to scramble for higher ground on the island archipelago nation as houses and cars have been swept away. Tsunami warnings have been issued across the Pacific, including for Hawaii, California and Canada.

Save the Children is mobilizing its global resources to respond to the needs of children and families affected by the earthquake and its aftermath, and an international emergency team has been dispatched to assist staff in Japan. The humanitarian agency has been in Japan for 25 years, is in many of the other Pacific nations that could soon be hit by tsunamis, and was a major responder to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed 225,000 people.

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Save the Children’s newborn and child survival campaign is calling on governments to bridge the critical shortage of 3.5 million health workers worldwide.

Save the Children’s newborn and child survival campaign is calling on governments to bridge the critical shortage of 3.5 million health workers worldwide.

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WESTPORT, CT (March 8, 2011) — On International Women’s Day, Save the Children is calling for greater investment in female health workers as essential to saving mothers’ and children’s lives.

Every year, nearly 350,000 women die during pregnancy or childbirth, and over 8 million children die before reaching their fifth birthday — but investment in women as community health workers can play a major role in dramatically reducing these figures.

As part of a wider health system, women with just a few years schooling can be trained and supported to provide advice and help during pregnancy and diagnose and treat some of the most common childhood illnesses, and refer more complicated cases to professionally trained nurses and doctors.

In one study in Bangladesh, female community health workers with some schooling and six weeks of hands-on training contributed to a fall by one third of the number of newborn babies dying. Nepal, which is now on track to reach Millennium Development Goal 4, has dramatically reduced maternal and child deaths by training over 50,000 female community health volunteers to serve rural areas.

“Women community health workers can be the heroes of their communities. A community health worker can take her knowledge, vital medicines and care where they are needed most — her own village. She is able to support her friends and neighbours, even in hard-to-reach rural areas. What’s more she becomes an empowered woman within her community, becoming a wiser advocate for health,” says Jasmine Whitbread, Save the Children International Chief Executive.

World leaders committed in 2000 to dramatically reduce maternal and infant mortality by 2015, but progress needs to be dramatically accelerated for those promises to be fulfilled and millions of avoidable deaths prevented. Increased investment in health is urgently needed, and yet as a result of the economic crisis, investment in a number of countries in health is being stalled or cut — and it is women and girls who are the hardest hit.

To learn more about Save the Children’s Newborn and Child Survival Campaign, go to GoodGoes.org.

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Save the Children celebrates the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day with videos of success stories of brave women and girls.

You can download some case studies and images here.

On March 8, www.every1.asia will be running blogs from health workers across Asia. The blogs will run until Mothers Day.

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WESTPORT, Conn. (March 2, 2011) — More than a million children in western Libya are in serious danger as government forces vie with protesters for control of key towns and cities, including the country's capital Tripoli, Save the Children has warned.

Save the Children staff has gathered testimony over the past few days from families and children in Tripoli and nearby towns while conducting on-the-ground assessments.

Parents and children have spoken of their fears of death, injury and arrest as Libyan security forces continue to crack down on opposition protesters. It is estimated that over a million children live in the area.

"The danger posed to children in Libya by the current unrest and its consequences, such as the potential shortage of essential goods, could affect children’s health and well-being,” said Annie Foster, Save the Children's associate vice president of the Division of Humanitarian Response.

"The situation could quickly spiral out of control, and that would be a disaster for hundreds of thousands of children, who could be forced to flee their homes, or worse, get caught up in serious violence."

A thirteen year-old boy from Tripoli interviewed by Save the Children described the climate of fear in the city. "I'm terrified, scared, not feeling safe, and I'm afraid I'll be an orphan," he said. "I've heard that fathers of my friends are being taken and 'disappeared.'"

700,000 children are believed to live in Tripoli, where the humanitarian situation remains unclear due to difficulties in gaining independent access to the civilian population.

Reports from the city suggest that schools are closed, with many people staying at home rather than risking attracting the attention of security forces patrolling the streets.

Meanwhile, in the opposition-controlled town of Zawiya, Save the Children spoke to a mother who described fears of her family being caught in violence if government forces, currently surrounding the town, tried to retake control.

"I have heard that mercenaries are surrounding the area and preventing any supplies coming in," she said. "I am worried that there is going to be a shortage of food as a result of this siege. When I hear a bang, I think that the house has been hit."

The fears of families living in the west of the country reflect a deeply volatile situation that has already caused more than 100,000 people, mainly migrant workers, to flee Libya to Egypt and Tunisia.

There are reports that Libyan families trying to leave the country are being harassed by security forces on their side of the border.

Background on Save the Children in the Middle East and North Africa

The wave of political protest continues beyond Libya, Tunisia and Egypt. Situations in Yemen, Bahrain and beyond are escalating. Save the Children is calling on all parties to ensure children are protected from increased riskLearn more and find out how to help.

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Proposed Global Health Cuts Enough to Strip up to 32 Million Children of Lifesaving Treatments, Agency Says

Young participants in Save the Children's advocacy day send a message to Congress Wednesday: 'Don't cut our future, invest in kids everywhere!' Photo Credit: Susan Warner/Save the Children

Young participants in Save the Children's advocacy day send a message to Congress Wednesday: 'Don't cut our future, invest in kids everywhere!' Photo Credit: Susan Warner/Save the Children

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WASHINGTON, DC (March 2, 2011) — As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before Senate committees Wednesday, hundreds of children’s advocates — a third of them children themselves — are visiting congressional offices with a similar message: don’t slash foreign aid.

“I think Congress should know kids are the future. They should be healthy everywhere,” said Lexie Viklund, 14.

The Long Island, NY 9th grader was among participants from 19 states around the country attending Save the Children’s annual advocacy day, Wednesday. The event coincided with a heated budget debate on the Hill and Secretary Clinton’s testimony in the Senate about foreign affairs funding.

“This is a truly scary time when you think of how many children around the world could lose access to lifesaving care brought about through U.S. programs,” said Charles MacCormack, Save the Children president and CEO.

Kids are among Save the Children supporters from around the country telling Congress Wednesday not to cut livesaving programs for poor children abroad. (Susan Warner/Save the Children

Kids are among Save the Children supporters from around the country telling Congress Wednesday not to cut livesaving programs for poor children abroad. (Susan Warner/Save the Children

“Make no mistake, Americans will lose too with drastic cuts,” MacCormack added. “Investing in global development that reduces suffering of the world’s poorest children is an investment in our common future. It’s an investment in global stability and economic growth that benefits us all.”

“We hope the Senate listens to Secretary Clinton today and we hope all of Congress listens to American children here today to advocate for less fortunate children around the world,” he said.

Save the Children supporters told members of Congress Wednesday that a potential cuts to maternal and child health funding would be equivalent to eliminating vaccines and treatments that could reach up to 32 million poor children around the world.

Annually, 8 million children die of largely preventable and treatable causes. Over 40 percent die in the first month of life — most in the absence of very basic health care. House leaders continue talking about rolling back “non-security” funding back to FY08 levels. Applied to the maternal and child health account, that would represent a $453 million cut to President Obama’s FY11 budget request.

Save the Children said that sum could provide all of these:

  • 8 million children with antibiotics to treat pneumonia, the biggest killer of children under 5
  • 12.5 million children with oral rehydration salts to treat diarrhea, the 2nd biggest killer
  • 7 million children with vaccines against seven childhood diseases
  • Midwifery training for thousands of health workers to help ensure a safe delivery and lifesaving care for their newborn

At this week’s events, Save the Children also named its 2011 Congressional Champions for Children honorees. Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA), Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Sen. Roger Wicker, (R-MS) were recognized for their work on behalf of children in the United States and worldwide.

To get involved in Save the Children’s newborn and survival campaign, visit www.GoodGoes.org.

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Funding Would Help Educate 28 Million Children in War-Torn Countries Alone

WESTPORT, Conn. (March 1, 2011) — If rich countries were to transfer just six days’ worth of military spending to development assistance for basic education, we could close the US$16 billion external financing gap for global education and achieve Education for All goals, putting all children into school by 2015, says Save the Children.

UNESCO’s The hidden crisis: Armed conflict and Education report released today, cautions that the world is not on track to achieve, by 2015, the six Education for All goals that over 160 countries signed up to in 2000. As a key contributor to the report, Save the Children warns that if the international community does not act now, there could be more children out of school in 2015 than there are today. Read the report

“Save the Children has repeatedly called on the international community to increase funding for education in conflict-affected fragile states. Children have the right to attend school and we must not forget that the right kind of education is a powerful tool to build peace and tolerance,” says Desmond Bermingham, director of Save the Children’s Education Global Initiative.

"Recent events in the Middle East and North Africa show the results of failing to support young people’s education: increased conflicts, higher youth unemployment, weak economic growth and increasing social disparities as well as a reversal in the progress made on education so far. We must invest in the future of all children and young people in conflict-affected countries - and we must do it now.

“Donors have a critical role in ensuring that the right to education of children in conflict-affected fragile states - almost half of all out-of-school children or 28 million children - is delivered upon and made a reality for all. Sadly, some of the world’s poorest and most fragile countries are neglected in major donor agendas, while a select number of conflict-affected countries receive the majority of education funding in line with donor’s national security priorities.

“It is also imperative that countries affected by conflict, uphold their responsibility to ensuring education for all and commit to allocate at least 20 percent of their national budgets to education, therefore removing all financial barriers that prevent the most marginalized children from accessing school.

“Save the Children has shown that delivering education to children living amid conflict is possible; however, key support is needed in order to ensure that the poorest and the hardest to reach children do go to school. This can only be accomplished if the international community invests in educational systems, teachers, and innovative approaches to deliver education with quality and equity.

“Save the Children has been supporting the delivery of quality education programs in war-torn countries for decades. Through our combined efforts with partners, 1.7 million children now have access to education in conflict-affected countries. We urge the international community to act now for the millions more children who currently do not enjoy their right to education in conflict-affected fragile states.

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WESTPORT, Conn. (Feb. 25, 2011) — Save the Children has dispatched an emergency response team to the Egyptian/Libya border to prepare to respond to a potential humanitarian crisis both within Libya and across the border into Egypt. The team will arrive at the border tomorrow.

“The country’s escalating instability could affect children the most,” said Geof Giacomini, Save the Children US’s country director in Egypt. “We know that tens of thousands have already crossed the border, and we are now hearing reports of shortages of medical supplies and other essential items inside Libya itself. We want to make sure that children caught up in this crisis are cared for and protected.”

The global humanitarian aid organization is warning that if the violence continues, the effect on children could be severe. Displaced children face serious risks, including being separated from their families, exploited for labor, and dropping out of school. They are also vulnerable to emotional distress from being uprooted from their homes, schools and all that is familiar to them.

Get more news about unrest in the Middle East and North Africa

Background on Save the Children in Egypt

Save the Children has been helping to improve the health and well-being of Egyptian children for nearly 30 years. The global humanitarian organization works with communities and local partners to provide early learning opportunities for preschoolers, primary school education for marginalized children living in remote, rural areas of the country, and life-skills training and literacy classes for out-of-school adolescent girls. As Egyptian workers return home from Libya, Save the Children is also assessing needs regarding their sudden cut loss of income.

Read more about Save the Children’s work in Egypt

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National Standards Promote Strengthening Emergency Preparedness in Child Care

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 23, 2011) — The National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) and Save the Children’s U.S. Programs released today National Standards for emergency planning in child care. Protecting Children in Child Care During Emergencies makes specific recommendations and establishes guidelines for incorporating disaster preparedness in state child care regulations.

There are more than 300,000 licensed child care facilities in the United States. While most states’ regulations for child care centers and family child care homes address fire drills, many state regulations fall short in protecting children during tornados, earthquakes, industrial accidents and other disasters that may require evacuation, lockdowns, sheltering in place or reunification of children with their parents following a disaster.

"Our nation's children spend, on average, 36 hours per week in some form of child care and most of the child care workforce has not received basic disaster preparedness training," said Linda K. Smith, Executive Director of NACCRRA. “A comprehensive and viable emergency plan must be a core component of state child care regulations to ensure that all children are protected in times of crisis."

The recommended National Standards address issues uncovered in a 2010 Save the Children study which found that 36 states are missing key child care regulations that would better protect children in child care before, during and after disasters. As a result, NACCRRA and Save the Children developed detailed child care emergency preparedness standards to implement Save the Children's policy recommendations and serve as a model for states.

"The most vulnerable Americans in the most vulnerable settings are made more vulnerable because of government inaction," said Mark Shriver, Senior Vice President for Save the Children’s U.S. Programs. "We are thrilled to partner with NACCRRA to help fight to make sure that every state and every child in America is protected when disaster strikes."

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NACCRRA, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, is our nation’s leading voice for child care. We work with more than 600 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies nationwide. These agencies help ensure that families in 99 percent of all populated ZIP codes in the United States have access to quality, affordable child care. To achieve our mission, we lead projects that increase the quality and availability of child care professionals, undertake research, and advocate child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families. To learn more about NACCRRA and how you can join us in ensuring access to quality child care for all families, visit us at www.naccrra.org.

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Humanitarian Organization Urges Congress to Fully Fund Request for the Sake of Prosperity and Global Stability

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WASHINGTON, D.C (Feb. 14, 2011)
Save the Children commended President Obama for proposing a budget that maintains his commitment to lifesaving humanitarian and development assistance and wisely invests in the future by investing in children, here and abroad.

“When times are tough, some say we should cut back on overseas initiatives and focus instead at home. In fact, when the United States invests in helping vulnerable children in poor countries grow up healthy and educated, it’s helping build a better and more secure world for American children as well,” said Charles MacCormack, President and CEO of Save the Children.

“At the same time, the president’s budget makes critical investments in our nation’s long-term future by supporting programs that help all American children have access to quality education, including those children in rural communities whose needs have been overlooked,” MacCormack said.

Analysis: Foreign Aid

The budget clearly recognizes the important role that aid to poorer countries plays in advancing U.S. national security, noting the direct link between providing opportunities for people around the world and building stable societies. It also makes the connection between U.S. economic interests and economic growth around the world, noting that investments in developing countries’ economies are critical to creating markets for U.S. exports, Save the Children noted.

“Is there any doubt that America’s fate is tied to global stability and economic growth? No, so we must help ensure opportunities for children and families abroad that create these. We’re not only saving lives, we’re making a down payment on our own future,” MacCormack said.

In September 2010, the President released the first-ever U.S. Global Development Policy, which elevated development within U.S. foreign policy and set forth a series of reforms to make U.S. development more effective, efficient and accountable — including partnering more effectively with countries receiving aid and building their local capacity.

Obama’s 2012 budget request for international affairs — which accounts for 1.7 percent of the entire budget — has a strong focus on increasing the impact of our aid and highlights key initiatives, including global health and food security, that would lead the way in these reforms, Save the Children said.

Specifically, the President’s budget request calls for continued investment in the Global Health Initiative (GHI). The initiative builds on President George W. Bush’s President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) by adding an integrated approach to advancing health, with a focus on building local capacity and investing in improving health for women and children. It highlights the need to invest in proven maternal, newborn and child health programs, which deliver life-saving services that foster hope and opportunity for millions, from training community health-workers to treat simple — but deadly — illnesses such as pneumonia and diarrhea, to supporting the Global Alliance for Vaccinations Initiative (GAVI) and child nutrition programs.  Nearly 20,000 children under-five die every day — yet most of these deaths are entirely preventable. Investments for these programs directly impact the most vulnerable victims of poverty and instability.

The budget also calls for continued investment in another signature initiative, Feed the Future, which takes an integrated approach to addressing root causes of hunger and incorporates many of the best practices of development, including country-led, consultative plans coordinated with other governments. Ensuring that both the agriculture and nutrition elements are funded will be essential if this program is to help the millions of vulnerable children who suffer from malnutrition globally, Save the Children said.

Analysis: U.S. Education

President Obama's budget demonstrates a powerful commitment to building a bright future for American children. In his domestic budget, the president is facing our nation's challenges head-on by increasing investment in K-12 education, an essential building block for our collective wealth and prosperity. Specifically, increased funds are dedicated to valuable programs targeting poor children like the Early Learning Challenge Fund, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and Title 1, Save the Children said.

Save the Children also praised Obama for directly acknowledging the need for geographic parity in the award of competitive education grants. By setting aside funds for rural school districts in his proposed “Race to the Top” awards, the president seeks to ensure that the nation’s top rural education innovations are funded. His acknowledgement of unique rural challenges and disparities is the first step in creating a level playing field for poor children regardless where they live in the United States.

Message to Congress

“The president has shown true leadership by recognizing that we can’t afford not to invest today in children at home and abroad if we want stability and prosperity tomorrow. Now it is up to Congress to show they are willing to invest in children and a bright future for this country. We implore Congress to fully fund the president’s budget request,” MacCormack said.

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Auctioned Autographs and Online Donations to Support Save the Children Programs

WESTPORT, Conn. (Feb. 10, 2011) — Going once, Going Twice… Fifteen handmade, one-of-a-kind paper and fabric hearts autographed by Grey’s Anatomy actor Kevin McKidd are being auctioned off on eBay as part of the “Giving Hearts” campaign launched by the actor and Kevin McKidd Online. The campaign aims to provide a fun, easy and rewarding way to make a loved one smile this Valentine’s Day, while encouraging and supporting children in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. Individuals may also make an online donation. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the campaign will benefit Save the Children’s efforts to provide health care, education and job opportunities to the people of Haiti.

“The Giving Hearts campaign is a creative away for individuals to celebrate their loved ones, while helping to create a better tomorrow for the children of Haiti,” said Charles MacCormack, president and CEO of Save the Children. “Kevin McKidd has been a dedicated partner ever since the earthquake hit and we are grateful to him for his ongoing commitment to the children of Haiti.”

In the past year, Save the Children has reached more than 870,000 Haitians — including half a million children — through health, nutrition, education, shelter, water and sanitation, emergency relief and protection programs. The humanitarian organization has worked on-the-ground in Haiti for more than 30 years.

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Violent Clashes Put Thousands at Risk of Death, Injury and Psychological Trauma

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WESTPORT, Conn. (Feb. 3, 2011) — Save the Children is deeply concerned at reports that children have been drawn into violent clashes at political protests in recent days.

Eyewitness accounts suggest that some of those involved in the protests are children, and with tensions running high in the Egyptian capital, they are at serious risk of becoming victims of violence. 

More than 300 people have been killed and thousands injured across Egypt in the recent unrest, and with continuing protests planned by both camps over coming days, there are fears that the death toll could rise.

“The combination of a highly charged atmosphere, rival political protestors, and weapons on the streets puts children in grave danger,” said Jane Gibreel, Save the Children’s country director in Egypt. “We want to send a clear message to all Egyptians that they have a responsibility to protect their children.”

In the absence of regular security patrols, local popular committees have set up checkpoints to protect their communities. Save the Children is concerned about the safety of children helping to defend their neighborhoods from criminal gangs.

Boys as young as twelve have been joining their fathers, brothers and neighbors on overnight vigils to stop looting and other criminal activity, but risk becoming victims of violence themselves.

“The effects on children caught up in this unrest could be devastating, both in terms of their immediate safety, and their long-term psychological well-being,” Gibreel said. ”Every Egyptian must ensure that the children are kept as safe as possible during these turbulent times.”

Save the Children is calling on all parties in Egypt to ensure that children are protected from the increased risks associated with the current political unrest, while continuing to lead education and newborn child survival programs in the most impoverished communities across the nation.

Read more about Save the Children’s work in Egypt

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WESTPORT, Conn. (Feb. 2, 2011) — Save the Children has put its emergency team on standby as well as pre-positioned “Child Friendly Space” teams and equipment in Queensland as communities in far-north Queensland prepare for the devastating impact of Cyclone Yasi, which is expected to make landfall late this evening.

Save the Children’s Child-Friendly-Spaces Program is a critical component in providing support to children and families in evacuation centres and other temporary locations following a disaster.

Save the Children’s Director of Emergency Response Mike Penrose explains, “A Child-Friendly Space is a special area where children can play, socialize, and begin to recover during emergencies. Child Friendly Spaces protect children from harm and provide them with a sense of normality and community when their lives are disrupted by disasters. At the same time, Child-Friendly Spaces enable parents to have time to register for emergency assistance and start to re-establish their lives.”

With over 90 years of experience in emergency response, including the 2010 Pakistan floods, Save the Children Australia is planning a response to Cyclone Yasi through support to Australian Red Cross and the State Evacuation Centres.

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Initiative Marks Groundbreaking Shift in Disaster Preparedness Support Efforts

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WESTPORT, Conn. (Jan. 28, 2011)Save the Children, one of the leading global humanitarian and relief agencies, has partnered with Mattel [NASDAQ: MAT], the world’s largest toy company, and the Mattel Children’s Foundation to create a multi-year disaster response strategy, which includes a $500,000 cash donation and toy donation program for Save the Children. The initiative represents a strategic focus and groundbreaking shift toward corporate support of proactive preparedness planning with first responder organizations for immediate disaster relief globally when needs arise.

“We are particularly gratified to support the worthwhile efforts of those who immediately step in when disasters strike. The aftermath of displacement, stress and loss that happen in disaster situations can be particularly difficult for children,” said Deidre Lind, executive director of Mattel’s charitable programs. “Sometimes just having a safe place to play or a toy to play with can make all the difference for a child who is experiencing a very difficult and uncertain circumstance.”

“Children are always the most vulnerable in a crisis situation,” said Charlie MacCormack, president and CEO of Save the Children. “When disaster strikes around the world, our response teams are there to ensure children are safe and secure, and that their immediate needs are met. With the support of partners like Mattel and the Mattel Children’s Foundation, we can expand our disaster preparedness programs in high-risk areas so that emergency supplies and relief teams are positioned for a rapid response to the specific needs of children and families.”

Mattel’s toy donation program also is a crucial component of its disaster preparedness planning initiative, which will pre-position toys around the world to allow for immediate distribution to local disaster relief efforts.

Mattel has a long and rich history of actively supporting communities around the world with a global commitment to serve children and families in need. Mattel believes that play matters, and that the company has a responsibility to lead the way in making a meaningful difference in the lives of children through a variety of philanthropic programs, from grant making and partnerships with organizations that directly serve children to toy donations and employee volunteerism.

About Mattel:
Mattel, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. The Mattel family is comprised of such best-selling brands as Barbie®, the most popular fashion doll ever introduced, Hot Wheels®, Matchbox®, American Girl®, Radica® and Tyco® R/C, as well as Fisher-Price® brands, including Little People®, Power Wheels® and a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. In 2011, Mattel was named as one of FORTUNE Magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" for the fourth year in a row. Mattel also is ranked among Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s "100 Best Corporate Citizens" and the "World's Most Ethical Companies." With worldwide headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., Mattel employs approximately 31,000 people in 43 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 nations. Mattel donates more than 2 percent of its pre-tax profit toward philanthropic activities. At Mattel, we are "Creating the Future of Play." Follow Mattel on Facebook

About the Mattel Children’s Foundation:
The Mattel Children's Foundation was established in 1978. With a vision of "making a meaningful difference, one child at a time," the Foundation provides cash grants through domestic and international grantmaking programs, as well as international scholarships to children of employees, matching gifts and volunteer grants for Mattel employees.  The Foundation also continues its tradition of partnering with exemplary nonprofit partners. Mattel has partnered with Special Olympics, Save the Children, the Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA, the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI), the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation (CAAF) and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. The Mattel Children's Foundation is funded exclusively by cash donations from Mattel, Inc.

About Save the Children
Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change for children in need in the United States and more than 120 countries around the world. For more than 75 years, Save the Children has been helping children survive and thrive by improving their health, education and economic opportunities and, in times of acute crisis, mobilizing rapid life-saving assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. For more information, please visit Save the Children. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.



Save the Children’s Six Month Progress Report Highlights Emotional Needs

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Pakistan Floods 2010 Report: Six Months On

  Read the Pakistan Floods 2010 Report: Six Months On

WESTPORT, Conn. (Jan. 28, 2011) — Children in flood-ravaged regions of Pakistan remain traumatized six months since the world’s worst disaster this century unravelled the lives of nearly 21 million people, according to a psychological assessment conducted by the leading humanitarian organization Save the Children. The organization found many of the 120 children ages 5 to 15 who participated in the analysis experienced four major psychological issues during and after the flood including aggression, shyness and lack of expression; adjustment issues; feelings of insecurities; and fear of water, people, open places, and darkness. Save the Children has established 174 Child Friendly Spaces across the country to help children cope with the disaster.

Read the Psychological Assessment Report: Psychosocial Problems and Needs of Children in Flood Affected Areas in Pakistan

“Many children still struggle in the aftermath of the flood,” said David Wright, Save the Children’s Country Director. “Many have nightmares and they have not come to terms with the disaster. They do not have proper clothes; they have lost their toys; and their schools remain closed. These losses are just too much for a child to deal with. If these children do not get sufficient assistance to deal with emotional problems, they could suffer from poor self esteem and lack of confidence later in life.”

Children in the hard-hit regions of Muzaffargarh and Rajanpur in the Punjab province and in the Swat district of Khyber Pakthunkhwa bore the brunt of the floods. Houses have been completely destroyed and families reported sleeping in the open air or living in tents. The majority of schools have been damaged or ruined. Many children have little or no access to food, clean water, or health and education services. In Muzaffargarh, for instance, children are walking long distances to collect water while access to toilets and hand washing facilities is severely limited.

Save the Children has set up Child Friendly Spaces designed to provide children a sense of normalcy and security as well as tools on how to cope with daily life while living in the camps. Activities offered in these safe areas include art therapy, group counselling and play. To date, at least 130,308 children have benefited from this critical emotional support.

“We must help children not only recover, but also thrive, so that one day, they see that the devastating 2010 floods did have a silver lining,” added Wright. “With continued support from the international community, we can transform this disaster into a catalyst for change by helping children become safer, healthier, happier, and more educated than they were before.”

Save the Children’s response to the Pakistan floods is the largest in the organization’s 91-year history. Since the floods, Save the Children has reached more than 2.6 million flood-affected people through emergency medical care, distribution of shelter materials, food, child protection, education, and livelihood support.

Save the Children has worked in Pakistan for more than 30 years.

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$3 Million (USD) Dedicated to Health Initiatives with Save the Children in China, Kenya, the Philippines, Tajikistan, Vietnam and Indonesia

Some 30,000 school-age children in Tajikistan will learn how to stay healthy through better hygiene, sanitation and oral health. Photo Credit: Chris Martin

Some 30,000 school-age children in Tajikistan will learn how to stay healthy through better hygiene, sanitation and oral health. Photo Credit: Chris Martin

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WESTPORT, Conn. ( Jan. 25, 2011) — Save the Children announced today that it has received a $3 million (USD) grant from The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company Foundation to launch a two-year school health partnership. The initiative will be activated in six countries across the world, aimed at improving the health and nutrition of more than 273,000 school-age children in disadvantaged communities.

The school-based programs will be implemented in China, Kenya, the Philippines, Tajikistan, Vietnam and Indonesia at a grass-roots level.

The programs, announced today in Nairobi, Kenya by Dushan Petrovich, Wrigley President and President of the Wrigley Company Foundation, will address the needs of school-age children holistically, including physical health, oral health, and nutrition. Health interventions will focus on increasing access to safe water and sanitation in targeted schools and promotion of healthy behaviors, including keeping a clean school environment, hand washing with soap, and practicing oral care, among schoolchildren, teachers and parents.

“Providing access to health services and education, including oral health, is critical to building a positive and sustainable impact on our local communities. We are proud to be working with Save the Children on this program, which is vital to the social and economic productivity of communities,” said Petrovich. “These programs will also provide our associates an opportunity to get involved in their communities, and by interacting with young children in schools, we will be boosting awareness across future generations.”

“We are pleased to receive this donation from the Wrigley Company Foundation which will allow us to expand our school health programs to reach even more children in Africa, Asia and Central Asia. Diseases like diarrhea, worms and anemia, which are easily preventable and treatable in the United States, keep millions of children in low-income countries out of school. Even more children go to school sick, which affects their learning ability,” said Charles MacCormack, president and CEO of Save the Children. “By teaching school-age children about healthy practices, such as hand washing, good oral hygiene, and eating nutritious foods, and making some changes to the school environment, we can help children learn to be healthy and ensure they are healthy to learn.”

School Health Programs Benefiting from Grant

China: The program will provide 15 migrant school health clinics with basic supplies, create individual health records, promote physical exams, review the nutritional value of school meals, and train teachers to deliver health education classes on topics related to health, hygiene and oral health. The program will also mobilize 4,500 migrant parents to support these health and hygiene practices through events and trainings. It will impact more than 23,000 school children, age 6 to 13 in Shanghai and Guangzhou.

Kenya: In collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation and the Ministry of Education, the program will conduct biannual mass de-worming campaigns and provide vitamin A and iron supplements as necessary. The program also will provide clean toilets, water tanks and washing/tooth brushing facilities, first aid interventions, educate and train teachers on healthy behaviors, and initiate school health clubs. The program will impact 17,200 school children, age 6 to 14 in Nairobi and Kiambu.

Philippines: The program will equip school clinics, establish better recording systems for managing health and assessments, improve facilities through provision of safe water supply, clean toilets, hand washing/tooth brushing facilities, and educate children and teachers on health and nutrition. It will impact about 130,000 school children, age 6 to 12 in more than 80 schools in Manila, Luzon and South Central Mindanao.

Vietnam: The program will help develop guidelines and protocols for school health staff, train teachers to deliver health classes, improve bathrooms and hand washing/tooth brushing facilities and supplies according to identified needs, and mobilize local resources for hygiene supplies. The program will impact about 50,000 school children age 6 to 14, in 30 schools in Hanoi, Hai Phong and Ho Chi Minh City.

Tajikistan: The program will identify and address key hygiene and sanitation problems in schools, and educate students about hygiene, sanitation and oral health. The program will impact about 30,000 school children, age 6 to 10 in 100 schools in Rasht district and Khatlon province. Indonesia: Save the Children will expand its existing school health programs to deliver integrated services including hygiene, sanitation and oral health components, reaching an additional 22,500 school children, age 6 to 11 in the Manokwari, Belu and Soppeng Districts.

Background on Save the Children’s School Health Programs

Save the Children's School Health programs address the critical factors that keep children from attending school or being fully present when they do attend. These programs, in some 20 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, include providing children with access to safe and child-friendly water, sanitation and hygiene facilities and education on health and hygiene.

About the Wrigley Foundation
The mission of the Wrigley Foundation is to improve the health of people and our planet through sustainable initiatives focused in oral health and environmental stewardship as well as local needs that ensure a healthy community. Since its founding in 1987, the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company Foundation has donated more than $50 million to charitable organizations improving lives around the world.

About Wrigley
Wrigley is a recognized leader in confections with a wide range of product offerings including gum, mints, hard and chewy candies, and lollipops. The company has operations in more than 40 countries and distributes its world-famous brands in more than 180 countries. Three of these brands — Wrigley's Spearmint®, Juicy Fruit®, and Altoids® — have heritages stretching back more than a century. Other well-loved brands include Doublemint®, Life Savers®, Skittles®, Big Red®, Winterfresh®, Extra®, Starburst®, Orbit®, Airwaves®, P.K.®, Cool Air® and 5™. Wrigley is headquartered in Chicago, IL and operates as a subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated, based in McLean, VA. Mars is a $30 billion, family-owned company that produces some of the world's leading confectionery, food and pet-care products and has growing beverage and health and nutrition businesses.

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Funds Raised by IKEA’s Annual Soft Toy Campaign

The $15 million IKEA donation will benefit schoolchildren like Farzana, age 6, in Bangladesh and other countries. Photo Credit: Jeff Holt

The $15 million IKEA donation will benefit schoolchildren like Farzana, age 6, in Bangladesh and other countries. Photo Credit: Jeff Holt

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WESTPORT, Conn. (Jan. 24, 2011) — Thanks to great global IKEA customer support and purchases, the IKEA Foundation has raised and donated over $15 million dollars to UNICEF and Save the Children projects to extend and start new children’s educational programs in developing countries.

The IKEA Foundation, the charitable function of IKEA, is donating 1 euro (approximately $1.34 US) for each of the record 8.6 million soft toys and children’s books sold in over 300 IKEA stores worldwide from November 1, 2010 to December 24, 2010, as well as 1 euro ($1.34) for every Children’s IKEA product and a special Soft Toy Kids’ Meal sold during the final week of the 2010 campaign. Since 2003, the annual Soft Toy campaign has enabled donations of 35.2 million euro, helping 8 million children in close to 40 countries.

The IKEA Foundation believes all children should have access to a quality education. Thanks to this donation, UNICEF and Save the Children can extend current education projects and start new ones in 22 countries including Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia. The projects contribute to better water and toilet facilities in schools, improve access to education for minority children, provide educational supplies and train teachers in child-friendly teaching techniques.

“We would like to thank all the IKEA customers who joined the campaign. Thanks to them and the efforts of IKEA co-workers all over the world, many children will be able to go to school and get an education. We are deeply grateful to them for joining us and the IKEA Foundation in the fight for the actualization of children’s rights to a healthy, secure childhood and a quality education,” says Elisabeth Dahlin, Chairman of the Save the Children — the IKEA Foundation Collaboration Steering Committee and Secretary General, Save the Children Sweden.

“We are very grateful for the support that IKEA customers continue to give to raise funds that will help children worldwide realize their fundamental right to an education,” said Leila Pakkala, UNICEF director of Private Fundraising and Partnerships.

In addition to these UNICEF and Save the Children projects, several local charitable causes were supported. Over 10 IKEA retail countries, which included the US, organized local “give twice” activities, where customers gave away nearly 40,000 purchased soft toys to local children hospitals, children crisis centres and institutions.

About the IKEA Foundation
The IKEA Foundation aims to improve the opportunities for children and youth by funding holistic, long-term programmes that can create substantial, lasting change, and enable them to take charge of their own future. We work with strong strategic partners applying innovative approaches to achieve large-scale results in four fundamental areas of a child’s life. Currently funded programmes benefit an estimated 100 million children.

About IKEA
IKEA is a home furnishings company with Swedish origins founded in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad. The IKEA vision is to ‘create a better everyday life for the many people.’ The business idea is to offer a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishings at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. IKEA has a total of 320 stores in 38 countries/territories, of which 37 stores are owned and run by franchisees outside the IKEA Group. The IKEA Group stores welcomed a total of 626 million visitors last year. For more information, please visit IKEA.

About UNICEF
UNICEF, the United Nation’s Children Fund, is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information, please visit UNICEF.

About Save the Children
Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change for children in need in the United States and more than 120 countries around the world. For more than 75 years, Save the Children has been helping children survive and thrive by improving their health, education and economic opportunities and, in times of acute crisis, mobilizing rapid life-saving assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. For more information, please visit Save the Children. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.



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Erika Viltz 202.640.6709 (W), 202.262.7171 (M)

WASHINGTON (Jan. 24, 2011) — The Noerr Programs, a digital event imaging company, announced that they have collected $117,238 for Save the Children’s U.S. Programs through their Santa Photo Experience booths. The Noerr Programs operates the booths at over 180 locations nationwide during the holiday season, deploying more than 250 naturally-bearded men to take on the role of Santa Claus and pose for photos with children.

“We wanted to find a way to perpetuate the heart and generosity of Santa, by encouraging our guests at regional shopping centers throughout the country to support Save the Children,” said Judy Noerr, president of The Noerr Programs. “We were deeply moved by the thousands of families that contributed to this cause during challenging times, helping us surpass our goal.”

Donations were accepted at the register for Save the Children’s U.S. Programs, which works in some of the most remote, struggling communities in America offering proven early education, literacy, physical activity and nutrition programs to children. Save the Children’s U.S. Programs reached more than 75,000 children in the United States in 2010.

“Children living in poverty fall behind because they aren’t given the same opportunities to succeed as other children,” said Mark Shriver, senior vice president of Save the Children’s U.S. Programs.” Our programs work to close that gap and this generous support from The Noerr Programs will help us continue to put children on a pathway to a lifetime of success.”

“In uncertain times, Santa continues to provide a sense of hope and goodwill that our guests gravitate to,” said Judy Noerr. “Staying true to the heart, soul and tradition of Santa by reinforcing his spirit of generosity through Save the Children gives us another way to create holiday magic for families in every corner of the country.”

About Save the Children’s U.S. Programs

Save the Children’s U.S. Programs works to break the cycle of poverty and improve the lives of children by ensuring they have the resources they need – like access to a quality education, healthy foods and opportunities to grow and develop in a nurturing environment. When disasters strike, like hurricanes and wildfires, Save the Children is among the first on the ground ensuring the needs of children are being met.

Save the Children’s early childhood education, literacy, physical activity and nutrition, and emergency response programs reached more than 75,000 children in the United States last year alone. For more information visit www.savethechildren.org/usa.

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Project Spearheaded by Julianne Moore Includes Cards from Jordin Sparks, Greyson Chance and 8-year-old Art Contest Winner from Rural Kentucky

Save the Children's Valentine's Day Card for Charity

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WASHINGTON (Jan. 20, 2011) — Limited-edition Valentine’s Day cards designed by children across the country and some of today’s hottest teen celebrities are available now. The Valentine’s Day cards are part of a project spearheaded by actor and Save the Children Artist Ambassador Julianne Moore to raise awareness about the childhood poverty crisis in U.S. and empower kids to help end it.

Cards are available now at http://savethechildren.org/valentines as well as at k2kUSA.org, Save the Children’s new youth advocacy campaign.

The winning cards were selected through an art contest where students in pre-K through 12th grade designed Valentine’s Day cards and submitted them to Save the Children. Select cards were posted online where kids voted for their favorites. The five winning designs are available now in a 24-card-set for a $25 donation to Save the Children’s U.S. Programs.

Celebrity teen artists, including Jordin Sparks, Joey King, Greyson Chance, Corbin Bleu, Jennette McCurdy and Nat and Alex Wolff of the Naked Brothers Band also designed cards that are included in the set. All the youth artists were recruited by Moore.

Moore has acted as the spokesperson for the campaign since it began four years ago.

"There are no better or more credible advocates for kids than kids themselves," said Moore.

Funds from the cards will help the 1 in 5 kids living in poverty in the U.S. through Save the Children’s proven early education, literacy, physical activity and nutrition and disaster response programs, which altogether helped more than 75,000 children last year alone.

The art contest was themed “Uniting a Generation” and was supported by the American Federation of Teachers, which created a set of lesson plans for teachers to help students learn about childhood poverty in the U.S. and values such as loyalty and compassion. http://www.aft.org/yourwork/tools4teachers/vday/contest.cfm

The winning artists represent a diverse range of ages and geography: Trevor C., age 8, of Kentucky; Jonathan P., age 11, of Kentucky; Donlaisa G., age 6, of Mississippi; Tyreek H., age 10, of South Carolina; and Rodolfo A., age 11, of Tennessee. Trevor C., who received the most number of votes, will have an opportunity to meet Julianne Moore in early February. All five winners will receive a $500 U.S. Savings Bond.

About Save the Children’s U.S. Programs

Save the Children’s U.S. Programs works to break the cycle of poverty and improve the lives of children by ensuring they have the resources they need – like access to a quality education, healthy foods and opportunities to grow and develop in a nurturing environment. When disasters strike, like hurricanes and wildfires, Save the Children is among the first on the ground ensuring the needs of children are being met.

Save the Children’s early childhood education, literacy, physical activity and nutrition, and emergency response programs reached more than 75,000 children in the United States last year alone. For more information visit www.savethechildren.org/usa.

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Her Majesty Promotes Creating a Regional Middle East Strategy for Early Learning

A boy pretends to be a doctor with Queen Rania.  Role-playing is an important part of a child’s learning and development.  January 9, 2011.  Photo Credit:  Office of HRM Queen Rania

A boy pretends to be a doctor with Queen Rania. Role-playing is an important part of a child’s learning and development. January 9, 2011. Photo Credit: Office of HRM Queen Rania

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WESTPORT, Conn. (January 19, 2011) — Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah visited Save the Children’s early childhood development program “Khatawat” or “Steps” on January 9 in Amman, as part of her continuous efforts to bring attention to the need for early learning opportunities for children in Jordan and the Middle East region.

“We are honored to have had Queen Rania as our guest at our Khatawat early childhood development program,” said Paulette Hassell, co-country director of Save the Children in Jordan. “Her Majesty is an extraordinary champion of early childhood development, and her advocacy for investing in children’s early years is critical for the success of these efforts.”

Hassell said, “Eighty-five percent of a child’s brain growth and development occurs by age 3. That is why access to early child care and development services matter. Research shows that comprehensive early childhood development programs — whether in informal home settings or in formal early childhood settings — are the key to school and life success.”

While at the Parent Child Center, Her Majesty Queen Rania joined a group of mothers for a story-writing workshop, where mothers were taught how to write stories that help children learn. Through the program, mothers are also shown how to make interactive learning tools for their children using recycled materials from home.

Later, Her Majesty joined in the fun at the center’s play area. Creative play is an important part of a young child’s learning and development.  In the play area, children ages 3 to 5 were painting, holding puppet shows and role-playing. The play area is a key component of the Parent Child Center model. While mothers are enjoying learning, children can interact with other children their age. The play area provides access to a protective, age-appropriate, interactive and child-friendly space.

Early Learning for Iraqi Refugee Children and Jordanian Children

Khatawat, launched in 2008, helps provide vulnerable Iraqi refugee children and Jordanian children with increased access to safe, child-centered learning environments at Parent Child Centers and kindergartens.  It is an initiative of Save the Children, the Jordanian Ministry of Education, the Jordanian Ministry of Social Development and community-based organizations. 

Mothers show Queen Rania some of the fun, colorful learning materials they made from recycled items in their home.  January 9, 2011.  Photo Credit:  Office of HRM Queen Rania

Mothers show Queen Rania some of the fun, colorful learning materials they made from recycled items in their home. January 9, 2011. Photo Credit: Office of HRM Queen Rania

Since Khatawat began, more than 120 kindergarten teachers and Parent Child Center staff, and 750 mothers were trained in basic early childhood development techniques, including how to engage children as active learners.  In addition, a training hall at the Ministry of Education was renovated, 24 kindergarten classrooms were renovated and provided with learning materials and equipment, and an additional five Parent Child Centers were renovated, equipped and furnished.

Funding for the program, provided by the World Bank, will end in June 2011, at which time the government and community-based organizations will take over and continue with the Parent Child Center model that was developed as part of the Khatawat project.

Save the Children works closely with the Jordanian government and partners to design projects that meet national priorities. Close coordination in the early stages guarantees that local partners develop the skills needed to carry on the work after Save the Children’s role in the project and project funding has ended. In addition, Save the Children works closely with the government to take proven models to national scale.

Background on Save the Children’s Work in Jordan

Save the Children has been working in the Middle East since 1953 and in Jordan since 1985 and has a long history of initiating and sustaining effective development programs that benefit children and youth.

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Jennifer Garner and Frigidaire Launch Online Cooking Site with Funds Raised Supporting Save the Children’s Work in the U.S.

Jennifer Garner and Frigidaire Make Time for Change

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WASHINGTON, DC (January 18, 2011) — Starting today, parents and kids can join in the fun of making good-for-you meals and snacks together while at the same time supporting Save the Children’s work in the U.S.

At Frigidaire’s Kid’s Cooking Academy, www.frigidaire.com, visitors can take part in a series of web cooking classes hosted by Chef Sue Milliken. When parents enroll in the Cooking Academy, Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children’s U.S. Programs up to $45,000. The academy also features daily tips and fun recipes.

Save the Children’s Artist Ambassador Jennifer Garner helped launch the campaign at an event in Los Angeles today. The launch was accompanied by Frigidaire’s announcement of an additional donation to Save the Children’s U.S. Programs, bringing the company’s total commitment to $500,000 to help children living in poverty in the U.S.

“We are so pleased to extend our partnership with Save the Children,” said Marty O'Gorman, general manager of Frigidaire. “Together, we’re committed to supporting healthy eating for all American families.”

Funding from the Kid’s Cooking Academy will support Save the Children’s work to provide nutritious snacks and promote healthier lifestyles for children living in poverty in the United States, among other programs.

“It’s so important to teach kids how to feed their bodies,” said Garner. “You can’t learn, you can’t pay attention in school, and you can’t be active if your brain isn’t well-fed and if your body isn’t healthy. The Frigidaire Kids’ Cooking Academy is a great way to start involving your kids in the kitchen.”

Save the Children’s Senior Vice President of U.S. Programs, Mark Shriver praised the campaign for helping to give every child a chance at a healthy start.

“Through Save the Children’s CHANGE program, we are ensuring children living in poverty in rural America have access to nutritious snacks, like fresh fruits and whole grains, and opportunities to get some healthy exercise. With continued support from Frigidaire and Jennifer Garner, we’re helping give children the foundation they need for a lifetime of good health.”

Jennifer Garner, we’re helping give children the foundation they need for a lifetime of good health.”

About Save the Children

Save the Children is the leading, independent organization that creates lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. In the U.S., Save the Children works to break the cycle of poverty and improve the lives of children by ensuring they have the resources they need – like access to a quality education, healthy foods and opportunities to grow and develop in a nurturing environment. When disasters strike, like hurricanes and wildfires, Save the Children is among the first on the ground ensuring the needs of children are being met.

Save the Children’s early childhood education, literacy, physical activity and nutrition, and emergency response programs reached more than 75,000 children in the United States last year alone. For more information visit www.savethechildren.org/usa.

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Training Existing Health Workers Could Save 100,000 Newborns a Year in Pakistan Alone

A new study of training Pakistan’s “lady health workers” offers great hope for saving newborn lives. Photo credit: Alixandra Fazzina/Save the Children

A new study of training Pakistan’s “lady health workers” offers great hope for saving newborn lives. Photo credit: Alixandra Fazzina/Save the Children

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WESTPORT, Conn. (January 14, 2011) — A Pakistan-based study to be published Saturday in the Lancet medical journal achieved a significant drop in newborn deaths and could be widely applicable in high-mortality countries around the world, its authors said.

More than 3 million newborns die each year from largely preventable causes. Well-known lifesaving interventions continue to be out of reach for the majority of mothers and newborns in the developing world.

The research trial required no new technology and relied solely on introducing counseling and educational outreach on proven newborn health practices into Pakistan’s public health system in the rural district of Hala. As a result, newborn mortality and stillbirths there dropped 15-20 percent, more mothers gave birth in facilities and newborn care practices improved substantially. The 2-year research trial ran from 2006-08 and differed from previous newborn care studies because researchers worked through a large public sector program and hired no new health workers.

Training Existing Health Workers Reduces Newborn Mortality, is Sustainable

“This study shows, for the first time, how proven newborn health interventions can be integrated effectively into an existing public health system. That means these kind of lifesaving results are feasible and sustainable.” said Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, lead author of the Lancet article and professor and chair of women and child health at Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan.

The Hala study tested the introduction of newborn care practices by giving additional training to members of Pakistan’s corps of community health workers. These “lady health workers” of the National Program for Family Planning and Primary Care often have no more than a 10th grade education. The government trains them to focus primarily on family planning and general health care, although they are also trained to visit pregnant women at home to promote postnatal care and some aspects of immediate newborn care.

Researchers in the Hala study trained lady health workers to also provide group counseling on maternal and newborn care practices, to partner with traditional birth attendants, and to make home visits to teach simple newborn care practices to new mothers. These included early and exclusive breastfeeding, delayed bathing and early recognition of signs of serious newborn illness.

Simple Measures Could Save 100,000 Pakistani Newborns a Year

“In Pakistan alone, nationalizing these simple measures could save 100,000 lives a year — and potentially more with wider coverage than what was achieved in the study area,” Dr. Bhutta said.  “Far greater numbers of babies could be saved globally. Large countries with high newborn mortality — such as India and Ethiopia —have similar cadres of community health workers that could adopt these methods.”

While under-5 mortality has declined substantially in recent decades, reductions in newborn mortality have been slow. Newborn deaths now constitute more than 40 percent percent of the 8.1 million child deaths annually.

Groundbreaking Results Mean Major Advances Possible Quickly

Charles MacCormack, President and CEO of Save the Children called the Hala study results “groundbreaking.”

“A growing proportion of child deaths occur in the first month of life. This study’s remarkably hopeful finding shows it doesn’t have to be this way,” MacCormack said. “We urge governments and their partners to adopt this low-tech, high-impact strategy. It can save large numbers of newborn lives, and do so quickly.”

In the Hala trial, lifesaving newborn care practices improved significantly when families received the strengthened package of newborn care. Sixty percent more mothers breastfed their newborns within one hour of birth, and 36 percent more mothers gave the antibody-rich first breast milk, called colostrum, which is often traditionally discarded.

Although the number of mothers and their newborns receiving a postnatal visit from a lady health worker at the end of the study was relatively small (28 percent), it represented a nearly three-fold increase from the start of the study (8 percent).

WHO Recommends Broad Application of Study Methods

"This trial proves that trained community health workers can effectively deliver essential newborn care. This type of training can and should be scaled up within public sector programs to save newborn lives," said Dr Elizabeth Mason, Director of the World Health Organization’s Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health.

The Hala trial was funded by grants from the World Health Organization and Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives program, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Nigeria Situation Analysis Report

Saving Newborn Lives Key to Achieving Child Survival Goal, Says New Report

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ABUJA, Nigeria (Jan. 13, 2011) — New data shows that as the death toll in Nigeria is falling, the percentage of deaths that happen in the first month of life is increasing. Newborn deaths now make up 28% of all deaths under five years compared to 24% two years ago. Six out of 10 mothers give birth at home without access to skilled care during childbirth and it is in the first few days of life when both women and newborns are most at risk.

Every year 241,000 babies die in the first month of life in Nigeria making it the African country with the highest newborn death toll, a new Ministry of Health report, Saving Newborn Lives in Nigeria, revealed today.

The report calls for an increased focus on reducing newborn deaths, the vast majority of which are avoidable. It says thousands of newborn lives can be saved via simple methods, such as teaching mothers about danger signs, encouraging them to seek help early and making sure there is enough medicine and enough healthcare workers at community health centres. The policies are mostly in place and the cost is affordable so now priority must be given to implementing these policies and making sure all families receive essential care.

“The loss of a baby at birth or soon after is a very traumatic experience, especially when the majority of these deaths can be prevented with well known interventions. Such loss affects the family, and also carries social and economic ramifications for the nation, creating a vicious cycle that keeps families in poverty,” said Save the Children in Nigeria’s Country Director, Susan Grant. “The health and survival of Nigeria’s newborns has gone unnoticed for too long.”

The report reveals that there is wide variation in mortality across Nigeria. Nearly 3,000 mothers, newborns and children die every day but there is a big difference between states, between urban and rural areas and between the poorest and the richest. This is partly due to the fact that, although the Nigerian health system is rich in human resources compared to many other African countries, there is inequitable distribution of maternal, newborn and child health staff across the country. For example, while over 90% of women in two states — Anambra and Imo — give birth with a skilled attendant present, in 6 states  - Katsina, Jigawa, Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, and Yobe, fewer than one in ten women have access to skilled care at birth.

The report, which will be unveiled on 13 January at the 42nd annual Paediatric Association of Nigeria Conference, includes up-to-date child and maternal health profiles for each of the 36 states in Nigeria, as well as national data in order to make local decision making more effective. Mickey Chopra, UNICEF Chief of Health and the global Countdown to 2015 for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health co-chair says from New York, “We applaud Nigeria for this report focusing on state level data and critical coverage, equity and quality gaps. We call on the technical and political leaders in Nigeria to use this data to set evidence-based priorities, invest in implementation and be accountable for change, especially for the poorest families.”

Every state is different and so the key to success is the use the local data contained in the report so State and Federal Ministries of Health can develop and implement an effective, comprehensive health system that reaches all mothers and their newborns.

Nigeria is one of the first African countries with an integrated plan to look after mothers, newborns and children right through from conception to the child’s fifth birthday. The Federal Ministry of Health’s Integrated Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Strategy, is to be commended but implementation has been slow and coverage remains low and inequitable. “We need more funding for maternal, newborn and child health, and specifically a budget line for newborn health in national and state budgets,” says Dr Nkeiru Oneukwusi, Head of the Child Health Division at the Federal Ministry of Health. “We must re-double our efforts to make progress and save children’s lives in line with the United Nations Secretary General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health.” 

Recommendations for the Report

The Saving Newborn Lives in Nigeria report calls on healthcare decision makers to:

  • Ensure leadership, appropriate funding and accountability by meeting the target set in the Abuja Declaration of 2001 to allocate 15% of the national government’s annual budget to health. The 2007 allocation for health of 6.5% of national government spending is still far below this target.
  • Prioritize tackling malnutrition. More than a third of children’s deaths are attributed to maternal and child under nutrition, so it must be addressed to attain the Millennium Development Goals on eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality and improving maternal health.
  • Orient policies, guidelines and services to include newborn care including advocacy for the passage of the National Health Bill into federal law and ensure its prompt implementation, while continuing roll-out of the IMNCH strategy in all state and support the development, review, dissemination and implementation of newborn care standards, to be adapted and used at state level.  In addition, to review, adapt and disseminate newborn care standards and ensure accelerated implementation at state and LGA levels. Saving more newborn lives requires free and equitable access to a comprehensive package of health services for all mothers, newborns, and children under five years of age.
  • Effectively plan for and implement policies related to human resources, equipment and supplies and accelerate implementation of the highest-impact and most feasible interventions using a clear, data-based process. Priorities and phasing of implementation will differ by state and can be linked to the IMNCH strategy planning process in each state in the context of the State Strategic Health Development Plan.

For more information on the Saving Newborn Lives in Nigeria report or to speak with newborn health experts, contact Hadiza Aminu at +234.803.388.1288. The report is also posted at www.healthynewbornnetwork.org.

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Elysia Nisan +509.3701.4238 (in Port-au-Prince)
Wendy Christian 203.221.3767 (W)

Thirty-three year-old Elmita with her 1-1/2 year-old son Louencie. Elmita lives beside the Save the Children health clinic at the Gaston Margrrom camp. Her son is enrolled in the nutrition program. Photo credit: Susan Warner.

Thirty-three year-old Elmita with her 1-1/2 year-old son Louencie. Elmita lives beside the Save the Children health clinic at the Gaston Margrrom camp. Her son is enrolled in the nutrition program. Photo credit: Susan Warner.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (January 7, 2011) — One year after the historic Haitian earthquake, Save the Children says the only way to ensure Haitian children and families face a brighter future is for Haitians and the international community to keep building on large-scale efforts to deliver that goal.

“This anniversary, we’re all confronted with big questions: has enough been done for Haiti, its people, and particularly its children? The answer is twofold: no, not yet — and, we must ramp up our work now,” says Gary Shaye, Save the Children’s country director in Haiti.

He adds: “Responding to a disaster of this magnitude that devastated the capital city of the hemisphere’s poorest nation has presented massive challenges both to Haitians and the international community. And yet Save the Children and others have worked to help millions meet essential needs such as health, sanitation, education and shelter.”

In the past year, Save the Children has reached more than 870,000 Haitians — including half a million children — through health, nutrition, education, shelter, water and sanitation, emergency relief and protection programs. But this is just the start of the international humanitarian organization’s five-year strategy to work with Haitians to help them build a safer, healthier, and more hopeful future for their children.

“Today, many earthquake survivors have better access to clean water and health services than before this disaster, and an ever-growing number of children are back in school. Yet more than a million children and families continue living in camps, and that is an unacceptable way of life going forward,” Shaye says. “All of us on the ground know that we are years away from securing the brighter future for all Haitian children and families that we need to achieve.”

In order to rebuild and progress, Haiti faces many layers of challenges — including large ones that predate the earthquake. These include: the need to restore and expand Haitian national capacity, complex issues of land tenure, historically low rates of school enrollment, high child mortality, lack of health and sanitation infrastructure and the hemisphere’s highest rate of poverty.

At the same time, says Save the Children, a new Haitian government reinforced by the resilience of the Haitian people and bolstered by sustained international support and resources will have a unique opportunity: to build better health, education and other systems from the ground up. That would allow the nation to seize its own future, create better opportunities for its children and be more resilient in the face of future disaster.

“What Haiti doesn’t need now is what would amount to another level of tragedy — the international community withdrawing or reducing its support because of the great challenges being faced and need for  time and continued efforts to address these issues,” Shaye said. “We all must partner with the next Haitian government and civil society to deliver both reconstruction and transformative development. Our goal is to help Haitians help themselves to build their own future.”

In the shorter term, issues such as camp security and cholera outbreaks present urgent needs that must continue to be addressed.

Camps are not safe places for children, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Save the Children has been working to increase children’s access to schools so that they can be in a supervised environment and learn about their rights while also building the skills they need to lead their nation forward. Save the Children will work to ensure children’s long term safety and well-being through support for children’s clubs and community-based child protection committees and networks.

The cholera emergency has required that additional resources be pulled away from earthquake relief to save lives from an epidemic that, while new to Haiti, is common among countries that have poor access to clean water and sanitation facilities. This epidemic originated in a community miles from where the earthquake struck, making it clear that all of Haiti is vulnerable to poverty-related emergencies.

Save the Children is treating cholera victims and has launched a campaign to reach 600,000 Haitians in six months through education outreach, prevention activities and supplies to help stem the current cholera epidemic and prevent future ones.

In the past year, supporters of Save the Children have already made significant progress possible by helping the agency reach 870,000 Haitians through:

  • Health Care:  Save the Children opened 80 clinics and nutrition support facilities in areas most affected by the earthquake.
  • Education: Save the Children has directly supported more than 270 schools, enabling more than 45,000 children to return to their studies. In addition, 2,300 teachers received training in disaster risk reduction to be prepared if another earthquake struck.
  • Child Protection: Save the Children established over 50 child-friendly spaces where children could play and start to regain a sense of normalcy in safe environments. More than 1,135 children have been reunited with their immediate or extended families through the Family Tracing Network which Save the Children leads.
  • Shelter and Supplies: Save the Children provided toolkits to help families improve their living conditions and construct temporary and transitional shelter.
  • Food Security and Livelihoods: Save the Children distributed food to almost 300,000 children and adults. By supporting farmers, fishermen and other small traders, Save the Children is contributing to economic recovery to ultimately support and sustain livelihoods.
  • Water/Sanitation/Hygiene: Save the Children has reached almost 348,000 people with critical water, sanitation and hygiene programs. In the wake of the cholera outbreak, Save the Children has ramped up hygiene promotion activities in its program areas.

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Save the Chidren CEO Charlie MacCormack visited a center for displaced children in Port-au-Prince less than a week after the devastating earthquake struck Haiti in January of 2010. Photo credit: Adriana Zehbrauskas / Polaris

Save the Chidren CEO Charlie MacCormack visited a center for displaced children in Port-au-Prince less than a week after the devastating earthquake struck Haiti in January of 2010. Photo credit: Adriana Zehbrauskas / Polaris.

WESTPORT, Conn. (Jan. 5, 2011) — Dr. Charles F. MacCormack today announced his plans to leave his post as President and CEO of Save the Children U.S., the world’s leading independent nonprofit organization serving children in need, after his successor is selected in 2011. MacCormack took the helm of the global humanitarian agency 18 years ago, which now has a budget of more than $550 million and more than 6,000 staff worldwide.

“When I first addressed the Save the Children staff on January 5, 1993, I knew that 33,000 children had died that day, largely from treatable and preventable causes,” said MacCormack. “Ten thousand more children will live today because of the work done by Save the Children and our partners. I have often been known to say that I get out of bed every morning, excited by the thought of helping to provide health care, nutrition, education, safety and hope to tens of millions of children, and I go to bed each night satisfied that the day has been spent furthering an inspiring mission.”

“I join my friends and colleagues around the world in celebrating the many and momentous contributions Charlie has made to the Save the Children mission and to the global fight against poverty,” said Anne Mulcahy, Chair of the Save the Children U.S. Board of Trustees. “And we are all grateful that Charlie will continue to lend his legendary energy and vision as an advisor to the international humanitarian community.”

Mulcahy announced that the succession planning process will be conducted by a leadership transition team of Board members, with the assistance of the executive search firm Spencer Stuart. She said that MacCormack will continue to lead the organization until his successor is in place and to assist in that transition in any way needed. The transition team expects to have identified a new President and CEO by this summer.

In addition to his role at Save the Children, Dr. MacCormack served as Board Chair of InterAction, the national association of over 160 U.S. international humanitarian and development organizations, from 2006 to 2009. He currently serves on the InterAction Board and the Board of World Learning, is Co-Chair of both the Basic Education Coalition and the Campaign for Effective Global Leadership and is a Founding Member of Malaria No More. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Prior to his current position at Save the Children, Dr. MacCormack was President of World Learning (formerly known as the Experiment in International Living) from 1977 to 1992. He first joined Save the Children as Vice President of Programs in the 1970s and for four years he worked as the Director of the Masters Degree Program in International Management at the School for International Training. Before that, he was a research fellow in foreign policy studies at The Brookings Institution and he earlier served as an Assistant to the Dean of the International Fellows Program at Columbia University.

Dr. MacCormack received his doctorate and master’s degrees from Columbia University and his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College. He was a National Science Foundation Fellow at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City and a Fulbright Fellow at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas.

In his internal announcement to staff, MacCormack said “Save the Children is stronger at this moment than it ever has been in our seventy-eight year history. I look forward to our continued work together and thank you for your help and support — past, present and future.”

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Manaika Saintyl, 10, watches as her teacher, Linel Borgelin, corrects papers. Save the Children trained Borgelin, a sixth grade teacher, how to make learning more interactive. He teaches at Ecole Splendeur Mixte, a primary school Save the Children rebuilt this year in Carrefour, a neighborhood near Port-au-Prince. The school is earthquake and hurricane resistant. Borgelin teaches during the day and attends high school at night. He hopes to study teaching at the university some day. Photo credit: Lane Hartill

By Lane Hartill

Shhhh.

Don’t interrupt the students.

The Great Linel is presiding.

He’s the man at the front of the class, the one with the chalk all over his pants, the one bouncing around the room, shouting like an old-time preacher, lighting up the room with his nuclear smile.

He commands attention, even when it comes to diagramming sentences.

“Give me a sentence!” he thunders.

“The hippopotamus is the first animal of the earth,” mumbles a girl.

“What’s the subject?” he booms.

“Hippopotamus,” the class says in unison.

A hand goes up.

“What,” asks a confused boy, “is a hippopotamus?”

The Great Linel can’t help but laugh. There are no hippos in Haiti.

He’s part preacher, a dash of comedian, and pinch of performer. But he’s no side-show circus act. He’s a sixth grade teacher in one of the rougher parts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. To get his students’ attention — especially this bunch of preteens — Linel brings his A game every lesson, every day. If he doesn’t have a healthy dose of entertainment, he loses them. And it’s tough to get them back.

It’s hard not to. Linel is addictive, a drug that kids can’t get enough of. And that’s exactly what Haiti needs more of: Teachers who capture the imagination of students.

Frederick Celner, the dapperly dressed principal of the school, Ecole Splendeur Mixte, agrees. Linel is one of their best.

“A good teacher should have a hard hand in a smooth glove,” he says. “Before you start (a lesson), there are things you should do, You should captivate children’s minds. Once you do that, you have all the students hooked. (The other teachers) don’t have the same passion as Linel,” says Celner.

In Haiti, that’s not always easy to find. Students are often crowded into sweaty, cramped classroom, wedged onto benches, squinting at scarred blackboards hovered over by monotone teachers.

That’s if they’re lucky.

If they’re really lucky, they get someone like Linel. He’s just one of hundreds of teachers Save the Children has trained since the earthquake. Most of the teachers in Haiti desperately need it. The average primary school teacher has completed just one year of secondary education and only 11 percent of primary schools are licensed by the Ministry of Education.

The problem is compounded by a lack of schools. After the 2010 earthquake, Save the Children estimated that 90 percent of schools in Port-au-Prince alone have been damaged, affecting approximately 500,000 children aged 5 to 14.

Save the Children saw the problem and addressed it. So far, we have built more than 38 schools and trained 2,300 teachers. Linel was one of them. Save the Children taught him about interactive lessons, lesson plans and how to present material.

The physical punishment has also stopped. Director Celner sheepishly says, yes, they used to whip the kids. Now Linel punishes students with extra homework. Or old-fashioned copying sentences such as “I will not talk while the teacher is teaching.” A beating was fleeting. But homework stings a lot longer, and Linel says students learn Save the Children’s training is working. Last year, the school sent 53 children to the required state exam after the sixth grade. Fifty of them passed. That ranked Ecole Splendeur third out of 100 schools.

Linel grew up in Baradères, a rural town in southern Haiti. His parents were illiterate farmers, but they understood the importance of education. Linel spent his days in a run-down school house. In the afternoons, he pulled weeds and turned the earth in the corn and bean fields with his parents. At night, he huddled next to a tin can filled with paraffin, a homemade candle, the only source of light in their house. Despite their poverty, his parents always somehow found the money to pay for the school fees for him and his five siblings.

“My parents cut down a lot of trees (to make charcoal) in Nippes for me,” he says, referring to his home province. Charcoal sales funded his education.

Parents’ lack of money is often the dream killer for students here. In Port-au-Prince, school fees vary widely, but can easily exceed $200 a year when you count the tuition, uniforms and supplies. For Linel, his parents always came through.

Linel was a good student, passing the exams and always advancing to the next class. When he was 18 year old, he moved Port-au-Prince to live with his aunt and finish his studies. But he was unable to afford the high school fees, so he dropped out as a junior, swallowed his pride, returned to Baradères and moved in with his parents. He returned to his grade school where he got a job. He made about $60 a month, saving a little each month in hopes of completing high school and going to university to get his bachelor’s degree in teaching.

After four years — by now married with a child — he returned to Port-au-Prince. With his teaching skills honed, he started working at Ecole Splendeur.

He hasn’t given up on his dream. After he teaches all day, he rushes to his senior year of high school, arriving home to his wife and child, Godson, at 7 p.m. Then he hits the books until 1 a.m. He’s up early preparing lessons for his students.  In a few hours, at the front of his class, The Great Linel will take the stage.



Lane Hartill
Save the Children
Director of Emergency Media

By Lane Hartill

What’s it like to be teenager in Haiti?

Well that depends.

If your parents have the means, you will go to a private school in Petionville, a hilltop neighborhood of Port-au-Prince where some of the best restaurants are found. Someone will drive you to school. Your uniform will be washed with laundry detergent regularly and, each day before school, it will be ironed.

Sounds pretty normal, right?

It’s not. In Haiti, this life is a pipe dream for most kids.

Go to the Gaston Margron camp in the Carrefour neighborhood, and you’ll find a family of teens, managing on their own. Marclene, a shy 20-year-old, acts as the mom for her three younger siblings. She shares a hot tent with her sister, Darline, who recently had a baby, Marckensley (she named him after the Gospel of Mark in the Bible). The two sleep on a twin mattress with Marckensley between them. Their younger sister, Mouna, sleeps on a mat on the floor. Their clothes are slung over a cord that runs across the tent.

When I visited them, they had no money for laundry detergent, so they were rinsing their clothes in a big tub of water. It’s the same tub they bathe in; they don’t have money for body soap either, so they just rinse the sweat off.

Their biggest concerns are elemental: food, water, and sleeping. They rely on their brother, Ted, who sells plastic bags of water in the market. But they cost only a few pennies a piece. Ted has to sell hundreds to make a few dollars. He says he makes about a dollar a day. This is the money the five of them live on.

Life is tough. But Marclene tries not to let it get her down. She’s prays a lot — her Creole Bible is worn at the edges — and she tries to stay positive. Like young people everywhere, she scraped together enough money for a cell phone, but finding the money to pay to charge it is hard.

A lot of kids live like Marclene and her family. It’s not a pleasant life, but they’re getting by. One thing they don’t have to worry about: health care. Save the Children provides if for free in their tent camp. Our clinics in Haiti average 4,500 visits a month. And it’s all free.

A lot of people shake their head when they think of Haiti. But they shouldn’t. Haiti is still in better shape than a lot of countries. Think about it: It is next door to the U.S.; more than 1 million Haitian live in the U.S. and send remittances back to Haiti; foreign government pledged billions to Haiti and the first signs of private investment are slowly starting — a Marriott Hotel is slated to be built outside Port-au-Prince.

While the news out of Haiti is often grim, don’t give up on the country. Haitians certainly haven’t. And that should be a lesson to us all.

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Save the Children’s Haiti country director Gary Shaye. Photo credit: Susan Warner-Lambert

When I drive through the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, two years after the earthquake, a few things strike me.

Much has been done: buildings have been repaired, there’s less rubble, and Haitians are getting on with life.

But that’s only part of the story. After working here for close to two years, I know that more than 500,000 people still live in tents, millions still need jobs, and cholera is still a major problem, one which Haiti will face for years to come.

As you’ll see from the stories in this year’s report, Save the Children is fundamentally changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of Haitians. And we’re able to do that because of your support.  But it is a slow process – anyone who thinks there is a quick fix to the obstacles in Haiti is mistaken. Those who think progress is not fast enough in Haiti should simply remember the challenges Americans have faced in the more than five years since Hurricane Katrina. 

But don’t give up on Haiti. Haitians haven’t. Their resiliency and energy is inspiring. The new government has ambitious plans and is eager to make changes. The humanitarian community is ready to help for the long haul. Save the Children’s generous donors are making a huge difference in Haitians’ lives. The Haitian diaspora has played an important role in rebuilding the country and will for decades to come.

Our incredibly committed staff—from the nurses on the nightshift at the cholera clinic, to the staff who keep our offices throughout the country running—aren’t giving up hope either. They aren’t alone. As you’ll see from the Haitians profiled in this year’s report, they are working every day to put their country back on track.


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