Save the Children

Why We Should All Celebrate Committing to a 0.7% Aid Budget

Flora Alexander | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Politics
Flora Alexander

When trust in politicians is at an all-time low, we should take comfort in the fact that the parties worked together to keep a promise that featured in each of their manifestos in 2010. As we approach the end of this parliament, we have seen politicians put aside their differences to agree what kind of country they want to build in the next. And I for one want to say thank you.​

Teach and Get a Tan

Laura McCartan | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Laura McCartan

Volunteers are part of a bigger picture of continued commitment to education and the work they do has dramatically improved the English language skills of the girls in the Rosie May home - a vital first step in breaking a cycle of poverty and institutionalisation.

Can Governments Deliver a Fairytale Ending for All?

Helen Morton | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK
Helen Morton

That people's outcomes in life shouldn't be determined by their income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, disability or geography is a truly transformative notion that could shift the course of global development - for good. But it's also a tall order.

The Human Cost of Ebola

Justin Forsyth | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK
Justin Forsyth

There is a big debate raging in all three countries on the lessons of what went wrong and what worked. We need to make a commitment to help these countries build a better future. This will take international support and solidarity.

A Nightmare Made Real: A Mother's Account of Life in Donetsk

Cat Carter | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK
Cat Carter

With the crisis currently engulfing her home, Svetlana is unable to work, and when the conflict intensified around her, she became afraid for her family's lives. She fled with her children to a neighbouring village. We sit together in a crowded family shelter as she tells me her story.

Unsung Heroes on the Ebola Frontline

Dr Catherine McGowan | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK
Dr Catherine McGowan

For every one doctor and three nurses working at an Ebola treatment unit there are approximately 26 water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) staff... The next time you read an interview with an international doctor or nurse newly returned from their deployment and recounting desperately sad, and now too familiar, stories about the struggle and the suffering please give some thought to the many WASH staff who remain.

#XmasJumperDay: Our Favourite Knits From Around The Web

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Preskey | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

With just 13 days to go until Christmas, there's no better way to cure the office scrooge than prancing around in your most outrageous piece of festiv...

Please, No More Awards for Tony Blair

Robin Lustig | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

As it happens, I'm not one of those who believe that Blair is evil incarnate. I met him on only a handful of occasions during his time as prime minister, and I was always left with the impression of a man possessed of almost messianic certainty that he was put on earth to make it a better place and rid it of bad people. I do believe that he made an appalling error of judgement in backing President Bush's decision to invade Iraq in 2003. It was an error that involved the UK in one of the biggest foreign policy blunders of recent times...

The Campaign to Rehabilitate Tony Blair

John Wight | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Politics
John Wight

The truth is that for any good Tony Blair did whilst in office it will never come close to eclipsing his decision to unleash a war on Iraq in 2003, a decision he took in defiance of the biggest mass movement the world has seen and on the basis not of faulty intelligence so much as a messianic and God-given sense of mission.

Why Has the UK Only Offered Refuge to 100 Syrians?

Cat Carter | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Cat Carter

The brutal, chaotic, sprawling Syria crisis is now so multi-faceted, with so many layers, even the newsrooms, experts and seasoned aid-workers are struggling to keep up. I've been working on Syria for nearly four years, yet it continues to horrify me with its images of suffering - of starving families, child amputees and torture survivors. It terrifies me with its prospect of longevity - there is seemingly no end to such an intractable war... We must settle more. We should resettle at least 10,000, our fair share of the 180,000+ who need to be resettled in the rich and developed nations.

Jessica Elgot

iPhone Photos From Syria's Teen Refugees Show Both How Normal And Strange Their Life Is

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK

The pictures from the refugee camps of Jordan tend to show just the crying babies, the ragged tents and handouts stamped with the names of foreign gov...

Ebola: Why the World Must Act Now

Robbie McIntyre | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK
Robbie McIntyre

I write this from Monrovia, Liberia's capital. This country accounts for more than 2,000 of the 3,400 estimated deaths from Ebola across the region, but with cases going unreported, some choosing to die without seeking help, and others succumbing in communities which are barely accessible, that is almost certainly a gross underestimate. UNICEF calculates that around 2,000 children in Liberia have lost both parents to the virus. And what faces a child in this position?

Is GDP Cheating West Africa?

Claudia Delpero | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK
Claudia Delpero

The spectacular GDP growth recorded by some West African countries in the past 5 years is all of a sudden undermined by the spread of the Ebola virus. The epidemic has put under the spotlight the poor conditions of health systems in the region, but also the fragility of economic models measured only by Gross Domestic Product.

The Guns Are Silent But the Children Are Still Suffering

Cat Carter | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK
Cat Carter

It's a bicycle. The only thing I see under the stairs of one small home in the Gaza strip. A girl's small blue bicycle. A bit battered, had seen better days, but just a bicycle. Ahmad*, whose home it is, continues to point at it. I'm thoroughly bewildered. He stares at the bicycle. Then sits down heavily and starts speaking in slow, measured tones...

Risking a Lost Generation in the Middle East

Justin Forsyth | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK
Justin Forsyth

The psychological trauma inflicted when children lose their parents, see their homes destroyed, or experience torture, is not easily alleviated, particularly when they have to remain in the stressful and unfamiliar environment of a refugee camp. Save the Children's staff see the signs of this in places like Syria and Gaza, from night terrors and bed wetting to children who refuse to speak.

International Community Must Strenuously Push for a New Ceasefire in Gaza

Osama Damo | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK
Osama Damo

We sleep in the corridors where the building is strongest and jump at the slightest of sounds. The other day my wife put a bottle of water down loudly and I ducked for cover, thinking it was another air strike. Another time we heard a loud whistling noise and ran to the corridor, only to realise it was a car with a high-pitched engine going past. I have feared for my life too many times.

Tackling Tax and Saving Lives

Francis West | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Politics
Francis West

With world champions Spain, the Netherlands and Chile in their World Cup group, it's fair to say that Australia were always going to struggle to make an impact in Brazil last month...

Gaza: The Place Where Nothing Was As It Seemed

Cat Carter | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK
Cat Carter

Earlier this year, when I was in Gaza, people everywhere asked me the same thing: "Ah, how do you find it here? What do you think of this place?" It's a challenging question. How do I find Gaza? Unexpectedly beautiful. Impossibly sad.

Who Is Really Paying the Price of Fighting in South Sudan?

Luol Deng | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Sport
Luol Deng

I know what it's like to lose your childhood to war. When I was five and conflict raged in Sudan, my family and I were amongst the lucky ones to leave for Egypt. Four years later we were granted asylum in the United Kingdom. Inspired by legendary South Sudanese basketball player Manute Bol, my siblings and I took up basketball which helped us fit in. Like Manute, I was lucky enough to turn the sport I loved into a career as a professional NBA player in the United States.

Jessica Elgot

As Old As Their Country, These South Sudan Children Only Know A Life Of War And Hunger

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK

For these six children, who are the same age as their country, their short lives have been fraught with violence, hunger and sickness. Three years ...

'Our Son Loves Drawing, But We Can't Even Afford The Pens And Paper'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK

Vicky's 15-month-old son Oliver-James absolutely loves drawing. But coloured felt-tips and paper for him to scribble with are beyond the budget of his...

Extreme Collaboration: How Charity and Business Can Work Together

Allan Pamba | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK
Allan Pamba

Partnerships of any kind - be they romantic or professional - are never straightforward. There are differences of opinion that it can be difficult to reconcile and different ways of working can cause tension...

This Is What Happens When Hot Models Try To Make Poverty Sound Sexy

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 08.05.2014 | UK

Gorgeous models can usually appear to be sexy in adverts with very little effort — that is until the dialogue on the cue cards is about dead childre...

There Are Few Places Where the Message of Easter Is as Relevant as the Central African Republic

Dr Alastair Redfern | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK
Dr Alastair Redfern

I have faith in the human capacity for hope and generosity of spirit. Easter is a time for celebration of the triumph of light over darkness and sacrifice into new life. For the children of CAR, who have sacrificed so much, this is our opportunity to give them something to be hopeful about.

Only By Working Together Can We Make Sure the Voices of Street Children Are Heard

David Schofield | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK
David Schofield

There are many millions of children living or working on the streets. They are found in every continent and every country. But whether they live in Mumbai, Manchester or Mexico City, they can face many of the same daily risks and lack of opportunities often going unseen and unheard.