Inspired to Advocate: Donor Story

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Carol Winograd (far left) credits her experiences in the field for inspiring her to become a voice for children at Save the Children's Advocacy Summit.

It all started with a picture in a newspaper of two little boys in a refugee camp in Laos in the 1960s. Carol Winograd, growing up Louisville, Kentucky, was haunted by their empty eyes that looked older than their years, and was so moved by it that she tucked the newspaper clipping in her Bible and vowed that someday she would do something to help children. Years went by and Carol went away to college but never forgot her promise.

While in college, Carol saw an ad for Save the Children and decided, though she could ill afford it at the time, to sponsor a child. That sponsorship, of a little girl in Colombia, was the beginning of a relationship that has spanned more than 30 years with Save the Children. In addition to her sponsorships, Carol and her husband, Bernard, have supported programs in Latin America, Eurasia and the U.S. as well as the Newborn Child Survival Campaign, and the Global Action Fund that fuels the breadth and depth of Save the Children’s work around the world and in the U.S.

Over the years Carol has moved beyond “from a distance” philanthropy and visited several programs in Nicaragua and the Mississippi River Delta. “In Nicaragua I saw rewarding locally run nutrition and sustainable farming programs with Save the Children in an advisory capacity; on the trip to the Delta we saw literacy programs in action,” Carol remembers. “They were two distinctly different trips but both encompassed the principles involved in creating fundamental change for children.”

Most memorable perhaps was a working trip to Pass Christian, Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina where she rolled up her sleeves and pitched in on a painting project for a day care center that was housed in temporary trailers.

Last month, Carol was traveling with us again — this time to Washington, D.C. for Save the Children’s annual Advocacy Summit. The event brought together Save the Children supporters from across the country to advocate on behalf of the most critical issues affecting children today. This year we continue to call on Congress to support improving childhood nutrition for children in the U.S. and around the world. 

“The Advocacy Summit is the nexus between humanitarian concerns and policy making. It’s the opportunity to advocate for the issues that are at the root cause of poverty and to be the voice for children who have no voice, “ Carol said. 

Learn more about Carol Winograd and other loyal supporters who took part in tackling the issue of nutrition head on with Members of Congress and staff, by visiting www.savethechildren.org/advocacy-summit for more information.