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It hurts to be hungry — even for one day. Imagine how it feels for the children of West Africa, where poor rainfall, crop failures, skyrocketing food prices and insecurity have led to a devastating hunger crisis.

Thousands of people joined us in solidarity and empathy to support more than 1 million children in West Africa who are at risk. Learn More

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Fastathon is over, but our work continues. Children in West Africa and around the world still need your help.

Too many children are fighting for their lives due to the hunger crisis in West Africa. Children don’t have enough to eat — and one million lives are at risk. That’s why we’ve mounted an emergency response to help children and families in West Africa live a life free from hunger, with support such as nutrition, therapeutic feeding and farming programs. Caring people from around the world participated in a 24-hour “fasting marathon” by skipping a snack, missing a meal or fasting* for the full 24 hours to help raise funds and awareness.

ShareCraft Gameathon 2012 for West Africa

Athene Sharecraft - Fastathon 2012Taking the idea of gaming for good to a new level, one of the world’s top professional gamers — Athene — starts a new project focusing on fundraising for Save the Children in West Africa.


WeTopia Supports Fastathon 2012 - Play the Game!

During an 18-year famine in ancient Turkey, hungry people immersed themselves in games so as not to feel any craving for food. To take your mind off fasting, and to have fun while supporting Save the Children projects, check out this free, family-friendly game on Facebook, by our corporate partner, WeTopia.

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Fatchima's Story


Success Story Photo - Fastathon 2012

Little Fatchima, 9 months old, should be laughing and playing nursery games. Instead, her wide eyes tell the terrible tale of hunger and want in West Africa today.

By the time Fatchima arrived at this Save the Children supported health center, she was listless and literally wasting away. Suffering from severe acute malnutrition, Fatchima is fighting for her life.

Is there hope for Fatchima? Yes!

Save the Children, with decades of experience in child-centered emergency aid, is on the ground, delivering proven, low-cost treatments that work — helping children like Fatchima not only survive but thrive.

Soon, Fatchima will be laughing and playing, with a twinkle in her eyes, again. With your help, we can reach so many more little ones looking to us for help. Join us.

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In fiscal year 2012, 89 percent of all expenditures went to program services. That percentage is an average for all Save the Children’s programs worldwide; the percentage spent in any particular program may vary.
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