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Save the Children

Who is Save the Children?

Save the Children, founded in 1919, fights for children in the UK and around the world who suffer from poverty, disease, injustice and violence; working with them to find lifelong answers to the problems they face. Save the Children delivers immediate and lasting improvements to children's lives worldwide.

Emergency relief runs alongside long-term development and prevention work to help children, their families and communities to be self-sufficient. We learn from the reality of children's lives and campaign for solutions to the problems they face. We gain expertise through our projects around the world and use that knowledge to educate and advise others.

Save the Children is working to Make Poverty History.

What have we done to help?

Working worldwide, Save the Children fight for children who suffer from poverty, disease, injustice and violence, working with them to find lifelong answers to the problems they face. Funds from 21st Century Leaders create and sustain two projects, one in Mozambique, the other in Somalia. The money raised by the sales of wristbands will be donated to fund a Child Focused Home - Based Care Project for families living with a terminally ill parent or carer.

Mozambique Project
An estimated 1.4 million people are living with HIV/AIDS in Mozambique and 14 percent of these are children. It is projected that by 2010, there will be approximately 1.5 million orphans in Mozambique. Save the Children has created a home-based care programme as a natural entry point to reach vulnerable children before their parent or caretaker dies. By addressing the needs of children in a household with a terminally ill parent or caretaker, issues of vulnerability can be addressed long before a child becomes an orphan. Coping strategies for children can begin to be developed before the death of a parent or caretaker, reducing the economic, social, and psychological effect of the loss of the parent or caretaker.

Supported by:
Ozzy Osbourne
Slash, Guns N' Roses
Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters
Mastodon
Funeral for a Friend


Somalia Project
Save the Children is starting a five-year programme to improve basic services in the Togdheer and Hiran regions. The work includes: rehabilitating the health infrastructure (clinics and treatment areas); providing training and information on health issues for medical staff; efforts to control major preventable diseases; and continuing to promote a safe environment by supporting good quality water supply and sanitation facilities. The aim is to reduce maternal, infant and under-five mortality rates at least to the same level as those in neighbouring countries by 2009. The project will also be working to ensure that girls and young women have proper access to healthcare, which means addressing traditional iscriminatory attitudes, early marriages and the practice of female genital mutilation.

Supported by:
David Bowie