10 Stories that Inspired Us in 2020

In 2020, these 10 stories offered proof that together, we can transform the future we all share. 

1. Despite COVID-19, this 14-year-old Syrian refugee continued to learn—and advocate!

While quarantining with her family at Za’atari camp in Jordan, Maya* was determined to keep up with her lessons through distance learning. She also continued to advocate against child marriage and child labor. READ HER STORY.

Photo: Sacha Myers / Save the Children

2. In the world's largest refugee camp, a health worker encouraged others to, "Work with courage."

Battling COVID-19 in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh is unlike anything Dr. Ishaat Nabila has ever done before. Despite the enormous challenge, she led her team, spreading a message of strength.  READ MORE.

Photo credit: Sami M. Jassar / Save the Children

3. Faced with malnutrition, Hanan* received the lifesaving care she needed to survive.

In Yemen, more than two million children under five do not have enough food to eat. Hanan was one of them, but thanks to treatment, she received the care she needed. LEARN MORE.

Photo credit: Shawn Millsaps / Save the Children

4. In rural Tennessee, teams distributed meals and books to out-of-school children.

Save the Children staff in the Volunteer State – along with their colleagues across rural America – organized on behalf of some of the country’s most vulnerable kids living in poverty. LEARN MORE.

Photo credit: Seifu Asseged / Save the Children

5. A camel library took remote learning in Ethiopia to new levels.

For out-of-school children in some of Ethiopia's most remote villages, a travelling camel library made sure children continued to read and learn while at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. LEARN MORE.

Photo credit: Victoria Zegler / Save the Children

6. Anderson learned to set a good example in the face of gang violence.

11-year old Anderson used to struggle in school and worry about the gang violence that plagued his classmates in El Salvador. Now, as a member the Child Rights brigade, he is learning to lead with positivity. READ HIS STORY.

Photo credit: Simone Jussar / Save the Children

8. In Mozambique, communities sewed face masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Community members in the district of Nacala Porto, Mozambique, young community members produced 2-ply cloth face masks in full view of the community members. Doing so can help provide a level of reassurance that can work to combat misconceptions about coronavirus. LEARN MORE.

9. Samira* became a top student at her school in Syria.

Breathing difficulties and a hand paralysis made it near-impossible for Samira to spend a long time in her classroom, surrounded by others. But when the pandemic forced in-school classrooms to close, Samira began to thrive through distance learning. READ HER STORY.

Photo credit: Shawn Millsaps / Save the Children 

10. Despite a pandemic, early learning continued in a remote Arkansas community.

The Early Steps to School Success program is a rare family resource in this northern Arkansas community, where nearly 1 in 3 of its 2,800 residents live below the poverty line. LEARN MORE.

* Name changed for protection.


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