Where We Help…
Nearly 1 in 4 American children lives in poverty — that’s 16 million kids who understand all too well what it means to go without.
What does “go without” mean in America? It can mean no access to simple, but critical, things like books, pre-school, healthy foods, and places to play and exercise — things that help children thrive and grow in mind and body. It can mean being unable to see a future outside of poverty.
At Save the Children, we believe all children deserve a fair chance for a brighter future.
What Does It Mean to Grow Up Poor in the United States?
- Four-year-olds from families affected by poverty are 18 months behind other 4-year-olds developmentally.
- In 60 percent of low-income households, there are no books at all in the home.
- In rural communities, 52 percent of children living in poverty are overweight or obese.
Our Work for Children in the United States
Last year, we reached 185,000 children through our education, health and resiliency programs, and 92,000 mothers, fathers, grandparents and care givers.
From the foothills of Kentucky to the breadbasket of California, our successful, proven programs are making a difference in the lives of vulnerable, underserved, and often forgotten children.
Explore Our Programs
- Ready to Learn: Early Steps to School Success
- Success in School: Literacy
- Healthy and Active: Healthy Choices
- Creating Long-Lasting Change: Policy
- Resilient and Ready: Disaster Relief in America
Save the Children has been working in Africa since 1963. In response to the dire needs of African people, Save the Children’s work in Africa has expanded to ongoing programs and emergency response throughout the continent.
In 2010, Save the Children helped over 12 million African children with direct programs including health, nutrition, education, HIV/ AIDS, and more. Results in 2010 also show that more than 81 million people were touched by our work, enhancing the lives of girls and boys, their families and communities.
Save the Children’s programs on the African continent are far reaching from where we work to the solutions we provide. Whether we are working with AIDS orphans in sub-Saharan Africa or emergency relief for refugees in North Africa, Save the Children strives to meet the needs to vulnerable children and their families with lifesaving and life-changing programs
Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent, covering nearly nine percent of Earth’s total surface area and holds nearly 60 percent of the world’s population, or four billion people. It is bounded on the east by the Pacific Ocean, on the south by the Indian Ocean and on the north by the Arctic Ocean.
World War II and its aftermath hit Asia heavily. In the postwar years, the center of international discord shifted to Asia, where the decolonization process resulted in many smaller wars and unstable nations. At the end of World War II, the United States, Britain, France, and the Netherlands still constituted major forces in Asia; in the postwar period India, Japan, China, Indonesia, and other Asian nations sought a more independent role on the world scene. Constant high population growth left many nations struggling with chronic poverty, inadequate health care, a largely underemployed workforce, and rapid degradation of environmentally sensitive areas.
Latin America and the Caribbean
Latin America/Caribbean is a region of the Americas in which Romance languages — particularly Spanish and Portuguese, and variably French – are primarily spoken. The region has an area of approximately 7,880,000 square miles comprising almost four percent of the Earth’s surface. As of 2009, its population was estimated at more than 568 million and remains one of the most diverse in the world.
Inequality and poverty continue to be the region’s main challenges: nearly 25 percent of the population lives on less than $2 a day. The poorest countries in the region are (as of 2008): Haiti, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Honduras. Undernourishment affects 47 percent of Haitians, 27 percent of Nicaraguans, 23 percent of Bolivians and 22 percent of Hondurans. Another mark of inequality and poverty in Latin America is access to basic infrastructure. Outlets to water and sanitation — and the quality of these services — remain relatively low.
Middle East and Eurasia
The Middle East and Eurasia lie at the juncture between Europe and Africa, as well as the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean. Throughout its history the Middle East/Eurasia has been a major center of world affairs — a strategically, economically, politically, culturally, and religiously sensitive area. The modern Middle East began after World War I, when the Ottoman Empire was partitioned into a number of separate nations, many containing dueling religions. Later in the 20th century, the region’s significant stocks of crude oil gave it new strategic and economic importance.
During the Cold War, the Middle East/Eurasia was a theater of ideological struggle between the two superpowers: the United States and the Soviet Union, which left several war-torn countries in their wake. In modern times, among many important areas of contention were the superpowers’ desire to gain strategic advantage in the region, and their thirst for access to two-thirds of the world’s oil reserves. These two objectives have caused further conflict in the late 20th century and the first decade of the 21st, as the Middle East/Eurasia continues to emerge from the post-9/11/01 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan led by an alliance of countries under the U.S.