Global Protection Results
Every child deserves to grow up protected from violence, including physical and emotional abuse, sexual exploitation, deprivation and neglect. That’s why we’re working to prevent violence from occurring in the first place, and if violence does occur, ensuring children receive the help they need to recover and return to a supportive and protective environment. We work with families and caregivers, social workers, clinic staff, teachers and police, as well as governments around the world, to protect children. We also listen to and involve children in their own protection.
In 2018, we directly reached 2.9 million children through our global protection programs, thanks to your support.
Your Results: The Highlights
PROTECTING THE MOST VULNERABLE
Since 2015, Save the Children and our partners have been implementing a five-year USAID/PEPFARfunded project called Resources towards Elimination of Child Vulnerability (REVE) in Côte d’Ivoire, where the HIV rate is among the highest in West Africa. Through REVE, we’re strengthening the capacity of communities and families to ensure the well-being of the most vulnerable, including orphans, people living with HIV and adolescent girls. We’re currently serving 66,000 children, and we’ve helped ensure the program’s sustainability by transforming the role played by families and communities.
EMPOWERING YOUTH ON THE MOVE
We’ve been helping create livelihood opportunities for child and youth migrants, ages 8 to 25, in West and Central Africa since 2016. It’s a project called PRAEJEM (the French acronym for Regional Support Project for Migrant Children and Youth Workers), co-funded by the European Union. So far, we’ve helped raise awareness among 100,000 people of the risks linked to migration. We’ve helped provide legal assistance for 5,000 youth. We’ve helped 1,000 children return to school and 900 children and young people achieve literacy. We’ve helped 600 youth with vocational training and work qualification and 700 youth improve work competencies and business skills. And we’ve supported 450 youth with self-employment.
CHILD RIGHTS PROTECTION
We’re responding to the urgent protection and education needs of children and their families fleeing Venezuela’s rapidly worsening political, economic and humanitarian crisis. Through a project called Supporting the Venezuela Migration Crisis and Its Impact on Children, we’re working closely with community leaders and others – including Venezuelan migrants, Colombian returnees and host community families, plus children themselves – to identify the most urgent needs. We aim to create schools free of violence, prevent trafficking and smuggling of migrant children, improve protection systems for children who have been displaced, and protect children from organized crime. So far, we’ve helped set up child protection committees and served 1,500 children in our safe, child-friendly spaces.
A SAFER BALKANS ROUTE
Along what’s known as the especially treacherous “Balkans route” to Europe, we helped 5,300 refugee and migrant children, including 2,300 traveling alone, last year. We offered safe places for children and youth, shared key information and protection messages, referred children to needed services and provided social and emotional support to the most vulnerable. In Serbia, we also successfully advocated for the transition to a state agency of our foster care model for unaccompanied and separated children.
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