Leap Year Lift

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A little girl makes leaps and bounds toward a bright future. Photo credit: Teri Pengilley / Save the Children

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Once every four years, we get an extra day known as LeapDay, February 29. What a difference a day can make for a child in need. At Save the Children, we’ve seen kids make leaps and bounds in their health, education and safety through our programs. This Leap Year, join caring people like you in pledging your extra LeapDay pay to helping kids leap to bright future.

Here are some highlights of leaps ahead in children’s health, safety and educational success:

Kangaroos and Leaps Forward in Newborn Health

“Kangaroo Mother Care” is the whimsical name for an effective way to care for low birth weight and preterm babies. Wrapping a baby skin-to-skin against its mother’s chest (like a kangaroo’s pouch), keeps it warm, encourages breastfeeding and bonding, and prevents infections.

According to experts, Kangaroo Mother Care could potentially halve the one million newborn deaths due to prematurity on a worldwide level. And we are working to make that a reality by training and equipping an army of frontline health workers to bring this innovation to mothers and babies in the developing world.

Foster Families Forge a Better Future

Far too many children have been separated from their families or orphaned due to natural disasters and violent conflict. But when they arrive at emergency chelters and refugee camps supported by our child protection programs they find more than safety, they find hope.

In these dire situations, Save the Children screens, trains and equips foster families to take in girls and boys in need in the affected areas. We provide beds, clothing, books, food vouchers – all the basics. We also help children adjust and provide host families with the support they need to earn the additional income they’ll need to take care of their foster child.

Giving Literacy a Boost

Learning to read is a key to unlocking further education and career potential. And, while more children are in school today than ever before, many are not learning basic skills like reading once they get there. But, Save the Children is helping to change that by creating a culture of reading both inside and outside the classroom.

We train teachers, showing them how to keep students engaged and interested in reading, help young children focus and to use games, songs and other fun activities in lessons. We get communities involved by providing books, libraries and supplies; sponsoring camps, “reading buddies” and other learning activities; and by organizing workshops to help parents support their children’s lessons.

Support Save the Children’s Mission

Charitable contributions from people like you make these programs possible, and so much more. Please support our mission and work around the world with a gift to our Global Action Fund. You can count on us to be good stewards of your generous donation, helping vulnerable children where the need is greatest with whatever they need the most.

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