Save the Children work in the United States

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Record breaking flood levels are affecting children and families in South Carolina. Read more about Save the Children's response to the South Carolina floods

We have worked in South Carolina since 2003. Our staff experts are on the scene today, continuing to conduct rapid needs assessments. Donate Now

2015 Disaster Report

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. Children often suffered the most. It soon became clear: U.S. emergency planning did not account for children's unique needs. A decade later, is our nation better prepared to protect children from disaster? Our expanded annual disaster report card finds some important progress. But far too many serious gaps remain. Our children, still at risk, deserve better. Explore the Report

Facts About

More than 318 Million
live there

The average girl stays in
school only until she's 16

7 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

A parent earns an average
of just $143 a day

Poverty in the United States

Nearly 1 in 5 American children lives in poverty — that's 15 million kids who understand all too well what it means to go without.

What does "go without" mean in America? It can mean no access to simple, but critical, things like books, preschool, healthy foods, and places to play and exercise — things that help children thrive and grow in mind and body. It can mean being unable to see a future outside of poverty.

Explore Our Programs

Carolyn Miles with child after Hurricane Sandy

Disaster Relief

Every American child deserves better protection from disasters.

Jennifer Garner and another adult reading with a child

Early Steps to Success

Let's close the achievement gap before it starts.

Child holding hoola hoops

Healthy Choices

Every child deserves a chance at a healthy start.

Adult and Child looking at paper

Journey of Hope

Building resilience skills for our children nationwide.

Child holding books


Let the lifelong love of learning begin.

Child swinging


Helping children reach their potential by creating long lasting change.

Our Work in

Last Year, Save the Children...

protected 95,391
from harm

supported 52,590
in times of crisis

provided 19,406 children
with a healthy start in life

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Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2014 State of the World’s Mothers report.You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2014; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programme 2014; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2014

Last Updated August 2015

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