What Your Dollars Really Accomplish

Does supporting Save the Children really make a lasting, sustainable difference in children’s lives?

To answer this important question, we commissioned an independent evaluation to assess the long-term effects of the child sponsorship programs we ran in partnership with the community of Woliso, Ethiopia from 2002 to 2010.

The results were huge! The study showed that by working alongside children, parents, teachers and other community leaders to address their needs, we can achieve long-lasting and positive changes for children, especially in the areas of education, lifetime earning potential, health & sanitation and community engagement.

Bottom line: Giving to Save the Children is one of the best investments you can make for children.  So go ahead,  feel great about giving. 

Here’s a sneak peek of the amazing transformation in Woliso, made possible thanks to supporters and sponsors like you!

Graphic, "Children received an average"
Graphic, "Every Dollar Invested"
Graphic, "Impact of clean water"
Graphic, "Better Training, Better Income"
Graphic, "73% higher quality"
Graphic, "Ripple effect of your support"

The Voices of Woliso

This passionate community continues to thrive and is realizing their goals to build a sustainable future for the next generation. And it fills our hearts with so much joy to hear this all from the very people we worked with years ago.

Meskele, wearing a blue shirt, smiles into the camera.

“For females it is necessary to continue their education because it helps them to learn good behavior, it makes them literate, it assists them to get a job opportunity, and then they can become professionals like doctors.” - Meskele, Student

Urgessa, wearing a black leather jacket and white shirt, smiles at the camera.

“An important message for the children is that for them, if it is possible, to focus on their education before anything else."  - Urgessa Kuma, Director, Maru Somba School

Dirirsa, wearing a white hat, beige jacket and grey scarf, smiles at the camera.

“I serve my community and teach the youth...As I will be aging and get weaker, I am teaching the youth in the community to enable them to do it.” - Dirirsa Mirkana, Water Caretaker

Explore All The Great Results

Learn more about all the ways supporters like you helped create change for children in Woliso, Ethiopia. 

“Today, I am changed…and I am changing my family's life.” –Dirirsa

Watch Dirirsa’s story to find out how . . . 

“Every student can benefit if they focus on their education.” – Urgessa

Watch as Urgessa shares how education today can change the future!

“When I grow up, I want to become a doctor.” –Meskele

Find out how you’re helping to make Meskele’s dream come true.

*Based on an independent study by Real Evaluation looking at results of Save the Children’s child sponsorship programs in Woliso, Ethiopia from 2002-2010 


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