Hurricane Harvey was the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in over 50 years. More than 3 million children were affected by the catastrophic storm, which displaced more than 1 million people and damaged over 200,000 homes in a path of destruction that stretches more than 300 miles.
Save the Children’s Emergency Response Team deployed in advance of the storm and has been on the ground, based in Houston, since the earliest days of the disaster.
More than 1.4 million school children started the school year late, and the historic storm had a devastating effect on child care and early learning centers, with more than 1,500 centers damaged or destroyed.
Save the Children is working to make sure Hurricane Harvey’s most vulnerable victims – children – are supported in their recovery, have access to early childhood education programs where they can safely play and learn, and become more resilient and ready for the next disaster.
Child-Friendly Spaces: In the earliest days of the crisis, we deployed our disaster-tested child-friendly spaces program to provide safe and protective play areas for children at seven evacuation shelters throughout Texas.
Essential Care Items: In coordination with partners, we distributed tens of thousands of infant, toddler, and child-centric materials, including portable cribs, hygiene kits, strollers, diapers, infant wash basins, and more.
Support to Local Agencies Serving the Most Vulnerable: To strengthen local capacity to serve children and families, we have already begun to provide grants to trusted local community organizations in bolstering their efforts to provide services for homeless families, victims of domestic violence, children with disabilities and families living in some of the most impoverished communities affected by the storm.
Restoring Early Education Programs: As a national leader in early childhood education, we are partnering with local early education networks and programs to help restore and improve child care, early learning and afterschool services in the greater Houston area and in coastal communities.
Supporting Mental Health & Building Resiliency: We are delivering emotional support programs to children and their adult caregivers to help build coping skills and resilience. Through our Journey of Hope program, we are working with mental health providers to create a sustainable resource to support children and families through their healing process.
Save the Children has committed to serving the children and families most affected by Hurricane Harvey over the next two years. The overarching goals of our response strategy include ensuring children are safe and protected and that the most vulnerable children and their families, caregivers and communities are supported in the recovery process and become more resilient and ready for the next disaster.
Our Texas Team will continue to implement solutions and programs related to child protection, education and child care recovery, and disaster risk reduction and resilience.
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