As the coronavirus takes hold of the global consciousness, and each of us adapts our lives and routines to limit its spread, we want to first and foremost reach out to make sure that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe.
We also want to affirm that Save the Children is here, as always, for the most vulnerable children and families in the United States and around the world. In the midst of the rapidly evolving crisis, Save the Children is mobilizing our expertise – both in protecting children and responding to pandemics – to assist those who need us most.
In the words of President and CEO Janti Soeripto, “We are incredibly well placed not only to respond well to this event, but also to go further and initiate new interventions, with the aim of being of service at a time that the world needs our assistance. Our humanitarian bias for action, combined with our deep technical expertise of healthcare systems, pandemic preparedness, how education disruption impacts children (especially girls), and how it puts them at greater risk of harm, make us very well positioned” to protect children and families through the crisis.
With schools shutting down across the country, we know that what may end up being the longest summer vacation leaves so many of the kids in our rural communities slipping further and further behind in their education. Thirty million children in the United States go to school for both learning and food – and they need our help.
In response, we have launched a new partnership with Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry and Scholastic to make sure families know how to find meals when schools are closed; support mobile meal trucks, food banks and other community feeding programs; provide educational toys, books and worksheets; and support out-of-school programs to help kids make up for lost time in the classroom. Our friend and trustee Jennifer Garner kicked off the related campaign for us online through #SAVEWITHSTORIES.
We’re also making plans to support children through the summer, after school and social/emotional learning programs, as well as distributing critical supplies and providing support to our U.S. border shelter partners.
And around the globe we’re preparing response plans for all 120 countries where we work, with special attention to scenarios of high transmission rates in low-resource countries. We have called upon our health experts to dedicate their time to support governments and align our plans to ensure that all of our programs are ready to respond. This includes training health staff, ensuring that our staff stay healthy and providing health clinics with enough hygiene supplies to prevent infection.
We will be sharing more information on these initiatives as information becomes available. Together, we can ensure children and families impacted by the coronavirus, especially the most vulnerable, receive the support they need to keep healthy, continue learning and stay safe.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or feedback.
Thank you for your partnership and commitment to our mission.
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Save the Children Long Island Council
Please send checks payable to Save the Children Long Island Council to
PO Box 38
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724