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Impact report 2015

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Responding to emergencies

No one knows when or where the next crisis will hit. But we do know that children are disproportionally affected in times of crisis — and often suffer the most. That's why Save the Children is dedicated to providing child-focused emergency readiness, relief and recovery in New Zealand and around the world.

Save the Children responded to seven large global emergencies in 2014, reaching 10.8 million people with immediate emergency supplies, preparation and disaster risk reduction support.

We responded to 103 crises in 2014 – from the Ebola epidemic in West Africa to relentless violence in Syria and the Middle East.

The opportunity to learn

Save the Children is dedicated to ensuring every child has the opportunity to learn. We support quality education and learning for all children, in the classroom and at home. We help children prepare to start and succeed in school. We train teachers in more effective practices. And we offer ways to get kids learning outside of school hours.

We are also leaders in providing education for children in the event of a disaster.

In 2014 Save the Children’s education projects reached 11.8 million children around the world. Our reading projects in Bangladesh and Indonesia tripled the percentage of children who could understand how to read.

Child protection

We protect girls and boys, especially orphans and the most vulnerable, from abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence. We ensure children are cared for and protected in a family environment, that they have quality care, and that they are not exploited in child labour and trafficking. We also ensure children are protected in times of crisis, when they are at a higher risk of harm.

In 2014 we worked in 15 countries to reunite children separated from family members during humanitarian crisis. Our advocacy efforts contributed to a complete ban on corporal punishment in Brazil increasing the protection of 59 million children.

Child poverty

In 2014, Save the Children adopted child poverty as a new thematic area, bringing together our work on livelihoods, social protection and food security. Our programmes in this area are hugely varied, responding to the needs of people in different circumstances all over the world.

In 2014 Save the Children directly helped 4 million family members increase their income or build a more sustainable livelihood, helping to lift their families out of poverty.

A healthy start

Save the Children is dedicated to ensuring every child has a healthy start. We improve the health and nutrition of newborn babies, children and their mothers by targeting the major causes of death and providing access to high-impact, low-cost care that save lives. We help train and equip frontline health workers to deliver care in some of the world's most challenging places.

In 2014 our work led to more than 7.5 million lifesaving health interventions for children in 34 countries.

Measuring our results

Save the Children is committed to ensuring that the work we undertake is of the highest quality. In our mission to help the world's most vulnerable children, we’re continually looking to improve the delivery of our projects by measuring our quality and performance.

We take personal responsibility for using our resources efficiently, achieving measurable results, and being accountable to supporters, partners, and, most of all, children.

By regularly conducting project evaluations, and commissioning external evaluations, we are also able to strengthen our internal capacity for learning.