Since our founding 100 years ago, challenging the status quo remains central to who we are. And in today’s rapidly changing world, it’s critical not only to what we do, but how. To achieve our ambitions for children – that every last child survives, learns and is protected from harm – we must reach the most vulnerable children of all. And to do that, we need to innovate.
That’s why, in 2016, we made a strategic investment in our proven ability to drive transformative change by incorporating innovation into our everyday work. Since then, we’ve generated over 160 ideas and awarded pilot seed funding to 15 innovations – from new program approaches, to new products and services, to new partnership models and business processes.
Innovation: The Highlights
SURVIVAL: KANGAROO MOTHER CARE
In places with little or no intensive care for premature and low-birthweight infants, Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) saves lives. It’s the proven method involving continuous skin-to-skin contact between parent and baby and other practices. KMC helps protect against infection, regulate the baby’s temperature, breathing and brain activity, while promoting parent-child bonding. We’re using human-centered industrial design practices to reduce the physical footprint needed for KMC, so this lifesaving intervention can be integrated into health care facilities with limited space. We’ve recently partnered with Purdue University’s engineering department to pilot this innovation and save little lives in Malawi.
EDUCATION: HEALTHY AND LEARNING
They say it takes a village to raise a child. And we know it’s true, especially in places with limited access to health care, where children can die from preventable causes. We’re developing a mobile app and database system technology that connects teachers, health workers and parents to keep kids healthy and in school. The app’s dynamic data helps teachers communicate with parents and alert health workers about sicknesses that require immediate treatment. It’s called Waliku, “my guardian” in Indonesian. We’re now piloting this technology in Sumba Barat, the most remote part of Indonesia. Because every child, everywhere, deserves to learn.
PROTECTION: YOUTH ACTIVATE!
In Myanmar, children and youth make up almost 50% of the population, yet their voices and needs are often ignored, dismissed or de-legitimized. That’s why, together with children themselves, we created Youth Activate! This innovative digital advocacy platform will re-define the way we campaign with children and youth, specifically nurturing and supporting youth-led campaigning, with a focus on the most marginalized. We not only speak out on issues affecting children and youth, we’re empowering them to speak up for themselves, strengthening their agency to create positive change in their lives and our world.
Giving just got easier! We expanded our mobile wallet innovation (including Apple Pay, PayPal and Venmo) to now include Amazon Alexa and Google Pay, offering supporters the ability to donate using their preferred payment solutions.
Virtual Field Visits
We’re bringing the field to life with an exciting new experiential exhibit, featuring a virtual reality dome displaying 360° videos of our U.S. and global work. We also invested in a portable, livestreaming backpack, so supporters can virtually view a disaster response or our work in remote locations. We’ve showcased our VR dome at events like Dreamhack, the world’s largest gaming festival. In 2018, Save the Children was their global charity beneficiary.
We ask each of you to challenge the status quo, to think outside the box, and to color outside the lines to make the work we do for children go further.
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