We champion the rights of the world’s 2.3 billion children.

In the U.S. and around the world, Save the Children does whatever it takes — every day and in times of crisis — to ensure children grow up healthy, educated and safe.

We are often the first or only child-focused organization working in the hardest-to-reach places, where it’s toughest to be a child. 

Our Work in the United States

The U.S. still trails nearly all other advanced countries in helping children reach their full potential despite major advances for children over the past 30 years. Across the nation, 1 in every 7 children experiences shockingly high rates of hunger, school dropouts, teenage pregnancy and/or child death. 

Educating children gives them the tools to fight poverty, be healthy and safe. That's why we're working in the U.S. to ensure every child has access to a quality education, right from the start. 

U.S. Programs

We work in over 200 of the poorest communities in rural America – where we’re often the only child-focused nonprofit – helping hundreds of thousands of children each year.

U.S. Advocacy

U.S. policymakers look to Save the Children as the leading expert on childhood in America. Every day, Save the Children Action Network (SCAN), our political advocacy arm, is on the ground in states across the U.S.

Our Work Around the World

 Every child deserves a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Yet, an estimated 5.4 million children under age 5 still die each year from preventable causes, 250 million children around the world can’t read, despite years of schooling, and far too many children are experiencing physical and emotional abuse, sexual exploitation, deprivation and neglect. 

That's why as global leaders in child health, education and protection, we're working in more than 100 countries to change the lives of over 100 million children every year. 

Africa

Children and their families across Africa have already been struggling through a decade of climate shocks and regular food crises. Now, COVID-19 is putting immense pressure on Africa’s already fragile and overwhelmed health care system.

As the pandemic continues to spread, countries across the continent already grappling with hunger and hit by other crises, including the climate crisis in the Horn of Africa, remain at risk. Through our emergency relief, health and nutrition, education and protection programs, Save the Children is working to transform the lives of Africa's children.

Asia and the Middle East

Save the Children is on the ground in countries across Asia and the Middle East helping children grow up healthy, educated and safe – every day and in times of crisis.

We’re there in the region’s conflict zones, leading the world in protecting children from the physical and emotional wounds of war. Refugee children are getting back to learning sooner because we led the advocacy effort to ensure children return to learning within 30 days of being displaced.

AfghanistanBangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, SyriaThailand, Vietnam, Yemen

 

A baby who has taken refuge in Europe with her family giggles while resting on a fluffy pillow.

Europe

In Europe, we’re providing health and nutrition, education and protection services, including psychosocial help, to child refugees and their families.

Our programs focus on helping children and communities cope and build readiness and resilience in the face of crisis. 

 

A young boy smiles outside a home in Mexico.

North America

From the United States to Nicaragua, we’re working to protect the most vulnerable children. We are the leading national response agency focused on the unique needs of children in transit shelters at the U.S. southern border. We’re also continuing to address the root causes of migration with longstanding programs in Latin America.

Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, United States

A young girl in a pink shirt looks at the camera.

South America

Before the coronavirus outbreak, Venezuela already had the highest inflation rate in the world, with chronic shortages of food and medicine. Displacement from the country is among the highest in the world — second only to Syria. Virtually no country in the region has been left untouched by this crisis.

Our education, health, livelihoods and nutrition programs focus on helping every child survive and grow up healthy so they can thrive.

BoliviaColombiaVenezuela

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