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Every child deserves a chance to grow up healthy, learning and safe. Children don’t decide to live in war-torn countries. Schoolgirls don’t choose to get abducted, or turned into child brides. Babies don’t cause drought. Still, millions of children are sick, hungry, in danger – both here and around the world.
We’re on the ground helping create a fair chance for all children. And we’ll continue to do whatever it takes to save every last child. Join us!
In Aicha’s village in Niger, there is no electricity and no running water. Her family does backbreaking work every day just to survive. Girls spend hours going to and from the well, transporting heavy buckets of precious water. But heat, hunger and thirst aren’t the only dangers – this village is 20 miles from the border of Nigeria, where more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted in 2014.
Meet 10-year old Aicha. Although her father is chief of the village, the family lives in poverty. 10 people live in a single room, and they sleep on grass mats on the dirt floor. On good days, Aicha can attend school. But most days she needs to help provide food for the family – pounding millet, collecting firewood and fetching water. “Because girls have so much work to do, it’s hard for us to go to school. I want to be a nurse one day,” she says wistfully. “Or a doctor,” her mother chimes in.
Aicha’s parents fully support her dreams. They believe there are no limits on her potential, if only she could focus on her education, and not worry about her next meal. “My main objective is for Aicha to go to university and earn many, many degrees,” said Chief Ali.
Your donation can help provide Aicha food, water and safety, so she can focus on her future.
For too many children, help never comes.
In the space of a generation, child mortality and school drop-out rates have been cut in half. That’s the good news. Tragically, millions of children are unfairly excluded from the world’s progress – without the chance to survive, to receive a quality education or feel safe from violence.
Who are the world's forgotten children? Most often they are girls, children with disabilities, children from ethnic or religious minority groups, children fleeing conflict, and children living in poverty or on the streets.
1 in 10
children lives in a conflict.
children live in extreme poverty.
children have a disability.
We’re saving every last child. Whatever it takes.
2016 was a year of great progress for children. But we have so much more to do. Through Save the Children's Every Last Child global campaign, we will work to ensure the world’s children have what every child deserves – a future. We’ll tackle the key reasons children are left behind, and we’ll work to ensure 15 million children have access to lifesaving health care and quality education. By 2030, we will strive to prevent the deaths of 600,000 children and give 50 million more children the opportunity to learn.
With your help, we will ensure:
No child dies from preventable causes.
All children learn from a quality basic education.
Violence against children is no longer tolerated.