Help Children in North America

Across North America, boys and girls are experiencing childhood differently. Some children are getting the education, health care and protection they need to develop to their full potential. But far too many others are not. 

That's why Save the Children is devoted solely to serving children’s needs and securing their rights. For over 100 years, we've been doing whatever it takes for children. 

Today, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, Save the Children is on the front lines. Where gaps are ever-widening between children who have the resources to learn at home and those who don’t. Where girls and boys are much more at risk of violence, abuse and exploitation. And where millions of people can’t afford missing even a day’s wages critical to their family’s survival. 

Thanks to donor support, we are responding to the immense needs of vulnerable children and families across North America. But we can’t do any of this lifesaving work without your support. 

Explore Our Work for Children in North America

Nicaragua, a photo of a destroyed house after Hurricane Eta


Nicaragua is one of the region’s poorest countries.

In November 2020, Hurricane Eta began to intensify and hit Nicaragua's coast as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, making it the second most intense November hurricane on record.

Affected families lost their crops, their houses were damaged and critical sanitation infastructure was destroyed - all as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread. According to experts the worst effects of the hurricane are still to come.


Two school children stand next to one another outside a school in Mexico.


In Mexico, close to half of the population —46% — live below the poverty line.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, the wellbeing of the millions of children whose families live in poverty or who do not have access to social protection remains at risk.

With their parents more likely to lose their job, less access to health care and often living in crammed conditions without the possibility to social distance, children in Mexico living in poverty are more likely to be affected.

Save the Children has been on the ground working in Mexico for nearly 50 years. Today, we are adapting and expanding our work in Mexico, as well as launching new and innovative initiatives to prevent, mitigate and respond to the pandemic’s devastating impacts.


A young girl claps her hands in delight while standing near a set of colorful blocks in her home in Mississippi.

United States

Rural poverty in America is an emergency. The COVID pandemic only has widened the gap between families who have the resources to survive and thrive and those who don’t. 

In the nation's poorest communities, where Save the Children is often the only child-focused nonprofit, we’ve greatly expanded our programming, for the first time delivering nourishing meals to children who can no longer rely on school for food, as well as funding food pantries and food delivery services. 

During an unprecedented 2020 hurricane season, our teams also worked to help children and families impacted by record-breaking hurricanes in the Gulf Coast. 


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How to Help Children in North America

There are so many ways you can help create change that lasts a lifetime for children in North America.

A young girl wears a white face mask while holding a toy teddy bear at a Save the Children distribution center.

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