Flint Water Crisis
The impoverished city of Flint, Michigan is currently facing a lead poisoning crisis that is threatening the health and well being of more than 26,000 children. Young children are particularly vulnerable; lead has a significant and devastating effect on children's brains –it can lower their IQ,impact their learning and decision making and negatively impact their social behaviors. Even low levels of lead exposure in children have been linked to learning disabilities, shorter stature and impaired hearing.
Save the Children is currently supporting child care providers and families with young children, aged zero to eight, as well as pregnant mothers. We are making sure they are able to access healthy, nutrient rich food as well as early childhood development support to help lessen the devastating impact of the lead exposure on their developing brains. To date, we've helped over 11,000 people in Flint, including over 3,000 young children. Read our latest blog post from staff in the field.
Lead-Fighting Beverage Pilot
Save the Children is currently piloting a healthy beverage ("smoothie") project with a Flint Montessori program serving 90 children, many of whom are among the most at-risk in Flint. The project is an easy, fast and fun way to engage children in consumption of healthy foods, at the same time providing them with nutritious fruits and vegetables that offer the calcium, iron and vitamin C that are proven to help mitigate the longer-term impact of lead on development. Typical smoothie ingredients include fresh spinach, frozen berries, mangoes, pineapples, apples and orange juice.