How We Help

How We Help…

Protecting Children

For more than a decade, Save the Children has been protecting children from abuse, neglect, exploitation, and violence in all regions of the world. Our programs focus on the most vulnerable children while aiming for the safety and well-being of all children. Working with governments, international organizations, and local community partners, we strive to create lasting change with improvements in policy and services that protect children whether in a natural disaster, conflict, or development setting.

Some examples of our child protection program activities include creating Child Friendly Spaces in emergencies, reunifying separated and unaccompanied children with their families in emergencies, developing public awareness campaigns against child trafficking, piloting training programs for social workers to provide supportive care to families and children and advocating for more effective national protection policies and child welfare reform. An important part of all of Save the Children’s child protection work, however, is the participation and leadership of the children themselves. To this end, we actively support child clubs and other child-led activities that educate children on how to protect themselves, and empower them to call for action in their communities

Protecting Children in Emergencies: In addition to responding to children’s most basic needs during emergencies, Save the Children recognizes that all children are particularly vulnerable to a range of risks like separation from family, recruitment into armed forces, sexual exploitation and gender-based violence, physical harm, and psychosocial distress.

Protecting Children from Exploitation: Because child trafficking is lucrative and often linked with criminal activity and corruption, it is hard to estimate how many children suffer from it. However, trafficking and exploitation is an increasing risk to children around the world. Often they are trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation, such as prostitution, or for labor such as domestic servitude, agricultural work, factory work, mining or child soldiering. There are 215 million children engaged in child labor, with 115 million of those children in hazardous work.

 Ensuring Children Have Quality Care: Over the years, Save the Children has found that the best possible way to protect children from abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence is to keep them with their families and to help caregivers take care of them. In many of the countries we work in, families are under high stress from a variety of reasons such as poverty, disability, or illness, which often means children do not receive the love and care they deserve. Sometimes these vulnerable children are sent to orphanages or state institutions.

Newborn and Child Survival – Every Beat Matters

Children need help to survive. That’s where WE come in. We traveled the world and recorded actual heartbeats of children in need. These heartbeats were used by OneRepublic to create an original song that you can download to help us save millions of children.

Every 3 seconds a child survives thanks to the basic health care provided by front line health workers. Frontline health workers help children all over the world survive the leading causes of death, including newborn complications, pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria, and malnutrition.

But global estimates suggest we need at least a million more front line health workers in developing countries. With proper training, supplies and support, front line health workers — such as community health workers and midwives —could help save most of the 7 million children who still die each year.

 Two-thirds of child deaths could be prevented with simple, low-cost interventions delivered by health workers in clinics and in communities. Many have been trained with support provided to Save the Children by the U.S. government and other governments so that frontline health workers can bring lifesaving care to hard-to-reach communities and make the survival of children a reality worldwide.

Education – The Power and Promise of Education

Education is the road that children follow to reach their full potential in life.
Yet many children in need around the world do not get a quality education where they can learn and develop. To advance learning, Save the Children supports education programs for children in the classroom and at home.

  1. We train teachers to engage their students through more effective teaching practices.
  2. We coach parents and caregivers to help their children learn early on, so they are prepared to enter school.
  3. We offer ways for parents and community volunteers to get kids reading and doing math outside of school hours.
  4. We introduce children to the power of artistic expression – drawing, painting, music, drama, dance and more – to help them heal, learn and do better in school.
  5. We make sure that children don’t stop learning during a crisis, and we help to keep kids healthy so they don’t fall behind or drop out.

In 2011, Save the Children’s education programs reached nearly 10 million children, thanks to the many families, teachers, government officials and community volunteers who help inspire these little learners

Health and Nutrition

 Save the Children works to improve health and nutrition of mothers and children, with special attention to poor and vulnerable communities. In partnership with governmental and nonprofit organizations, Save the Children supports proven programs to improve the quality, availability and use of high impact health services in hard-to-reach and impoverished communities.

 We use our work to inform and influence global and national policies, and ensure lasting results. Global and national advocacy and partnerships are key to informing and influencing policies and programs, and for increasing funding to serve more children.

 Through our Every Beat Matters campaign, Save the Children is working to ensure that children all over the world survive threats like newborn complications, and preventable or treatable illnesses like pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria and malnutrition.

 We focus our efforts in six areas including maternal and reproductive health, newborn health, child health, nutrition, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, and emergency health and nutrition.


It’s estimated that 34 million people are living with AIDS: approximately 1 in 200 people in the world today. Of this, HIV and AIDS directly impacts the lives of approximately 20 million children worldwide. More than 3.4 million children are currently living with HIV and AIDS, including 390,000 children who were newly diagnosed in 2010.

 A growing body of evidence demonstrates how children living with or affected by HIV and AIDS are especially vulnerable to issues of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation. Save the Children works to prevent the spread of HIV and ensure children affected by AIDS get the help they need. With the support of donors and partners, we help communities to care for sick and vulnerable children, as well as provide education, emotional support, nutritious food and much more.

 Save the Children envisions a world where children and families can live free of HIV infection and in which families that are affected by HIV and AIDS can live positively and productively without stigma and discrimination.

 Drawing on our global experience, Save the Children supports hundreds of thousands of children and young people at risk for, and affected by, HIV. Save the Children takes on a comprehensive approach in addressing HIV and AIDS, focusing on orphans and other vulnerable children; young people most at risk in the epidemic; and efforts to combat Pediatric AIDS including mother-to-child transmission prevention programs.

Hunger and Livelihoods

 Children are more likely to be healthy and educated when their families are not worried about where the next meal will come from. But in many rural parts of the world, families urgently need support to grow or buy a variety of foods for their children to thrive. To effectively fight child hunger and improve children’s well being, nutritious food must be made available to families, and families must have the means to buy it.

 To help parents provide for their children’s basic nutritional needs, Save the Children’s hunger and livelihoods programs focus on improving the food supply, farming practices and finances of families in need.

  1. We give families basic food staples following a natural disaster or emergency.
  2. We teach parents about the importance of providing their child with the right variety of foods to prevent malnutrition.
  3. We train small-scale farmers on how to prevent the loss of crops or livestock to drought, floods or disease.
  4. We guide family farmers on how to grow more nutritious foods, in larger quantities to eat or to sell, and how to raise animals for meat, eggs or milk.
  5. We help families access basic financial products like savings or insurance so they can persevere through challenging times, or start and expand their small businesses.
  6. And, we give youth the skills to succeed — like building their savings, teaching them how to manage money, and get a job and/or build a business.

In 2011, Save the Children’s livelihoods programs reached more than 7 million children and adults, thanks to the many families, government officials and community volunteers who contribute their time and support to help these children thrive.

Emergency Response – Protecting Children from Harm

No one knows when the next earthquake, flood or tsunami will strike. But we do know children are severely affected by natural disasters. They also suffer greatly during conflict, drought and disease outbreaks.

That’s why Save the Children is prepared to help protect vulnerable boys and girls during disasters and their aftermath. We also support children’s needs throughout ongoing, complex emergencies.

 On any given day, Save the Children’s disaster relief experts can be found responding to the needs of children during these challenging times, providing essential food, safety, comfort and lifesaving care.

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