Story central Info:  Tala, 5 years old, loves saying the names of different fruits and vegetables. She attends one of Save the Children’s kindergartens in Za’atari Refugee Camp and loves playing with the kitchen toys. Photo Credit: Beatriz Ochoa/Save the Children 2016

Tala, 5 years old, loves saying the names of different fruits and vegetables. She attends one of Save the Children’s kindergartens in Za’atari Refugee Camp and loves playing with the kitchen toys.

Ensuring Children Have Quality Care

Extreme poverty can often make it difficult to give children the nurturing they desperately need — especially those with disabilities or illness. Save the Children has found that the best way to protect children is to keep them with their families. And to help caregivers provide them with the right attention and services.

Sadly, many vulnerable children are abandoned at orphanages or state-run institutions. There are also over 18 million orphans in the world who have lost their mothers and fathers. Many orphans live in dire situations without trained caregivers and no opportunity to grow up in a family setting. Here are a few ways Save the Children works to support vulnerable children with disabilities and other serious needs around the world.

Offering Quality Non-Formal Education

Tala, age 5, goes to the Taleem Kids Program in Jordan. Along with 30 other boys and girls, Tala participates in academic, cognitive and educational teaching programs that use appropriate tools and methodologies. That means, specially trained caregivers and professionals help teach kids in ways that work for their unique needs.

Working with the Aya Center for Special Education, these disadvantaged Iraqi students have hopes to reach their full potential — even those with serious developmental disabilities.

Helping kids get into, and stay in, school — they also make sure boy and girls who can't attend regular classes are able to continue learning through quality non-formal education programs.

Supporting Community-Based Care Services

Amid was abandoned at the age of seven to an orphanage in Azerbaijan. But with the help of social workers at the Child and Family Support Center, he was able to return to his family and enjoy activities like chess at the Center.

In Azerbaijan, nearly 30,000 vulnerable boys and girls receive Save the Children’s support and referral services. Some of the children we reach have disabilities or live in state institutions. Others are street children and refugees.

Since families are a core part of a child's development, community-based social workers helped nearly 8,000 families with the resources and parenting skills to take care of their children.

Save the Children also fought for national child welfare reform — helping to prevent the placement of boys and girls into government run facilities. Many children who had been confined to institutions are now being reunited with their families.

Mainstreaming Children with Disabilities

Children with disabilities are often stigmatized in their communities — heartbreakingly, sometimes even by their own families. Save the Children in Georgia has been working tirelessly on behalf of children with disabilities. Based on the success of a Save the Children pilot program and ongoing advocacy, the government of Georgia has championed inclusive education in 30 public schools.    

Nearly 300 children with disabilities have now benefited from targeted mainstreaming that includes individual education plans and specially trained teachers.

Save the Children in Georgia continues to work toward giving all children the chance to go to school and be an active part of their community.

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