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Katharine Harris, National Senior Manager, Communications, PR & Engagement
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Email: kharris@savethechildren.ca 

 


 

News Releases

May 5, 2016- SAVE THE CHILDREN COMPLETES PILOT OF EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PROGRAM FOR FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES

April 28, 2016- SAVE THE CHILDREN STATEMENT ON THE ATTACK ON AN ALEPPO HOSPITAL 

April 26,2016-  TOXIC MIX OF POVERTY AND DISCRIMINATION DAMAGING THE LIVES OF MILLIONS OF CHILDREN WORLDWIDE

April 25, 2016- ONE YEAR ON FROM THE NEPAL EARTHQUAKES: THREE MILLION PEOPLE STILL WITHOUT PERMANENT SHELTER 

April 22, 2016- 60 DAYS FOR 60 MILLION DISPLACED PEOPLE

April 19, 2016- CHILDREN PULLED ALIVE FROM THE RUBBLE AFTER ECUADOR’S WORST QUAKE IN DECADES

April 18, 2016- READY TO RESPOND WHERE HELP IS NEEDED - 7.8 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE IN ECUADOR

March 28, 2016 - SAVE THE CHILDREN WELCOMES REBECCA DAVIES AS NEW CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

March 24, 2016 - SAVE THE CHILDREN SUSPENDS SUPPORT SERVICES ON GREEK ISLAND DETENTION CENTRES FOLLOWING EU-TURKEY DEAL

March 22, 2016 - 350,000 BABIES EXPECTED TO BE BORN ACROSS DROUGHT-AFFECTED PARTS OF ETHIOPIA AS FOOD CRISIS PEAKS

March 21, 2016 - HUMANITARIAN COALITION LAUNCHES NEW VISUAL CAMPAIGN

March 16, 2016 - IKEA FOUNDATION GIVES GRANTS WORTH €9.4 MILLION TO MÉDECINS SANS FRONTIÈRES (MSF) AND SAVE THE CHILDREN 

March 9, 2016 - 250,000 CHILDREN LIVING IN TERROR IN SYRIA’S BESIEGED AREAS

March 8, 2016 - SAVE THE CHILDREN MARK'S INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

February 8, 2016 - INCREASED CANADIAN COMMITMENT TO SYRIA REFUGEE CRISIS, SAVE THE CHILDREN RESPONDS 

February 8, 2016 - BORN ON TIME: NEW CANADIAN-LED INITIATIVE TACKLES LEADING CAUSE OF CHILD MORTALITY

January 26, 2016 - HISTORIC CANADIAN HUMAN RIGHTS TRIBUNAL RULING IS VITAL STEP IN RECONCILLIATION STATEMENT BY SAVE THE CHILDREN'S PATRICIA ERB 

January 18, 2016 - IKEA CANADA CUSTOMERS RAISED MORE THAN $500,000 FOR SAVE THE CHILDREN AND UNICEF TO PROVIDE QUALITY EDUCATION TO CHILDREN LIVING IN POVERTY IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES 

January 13, 2016 - FORMER DANISH PRIME MINISTER HELLE THORNING-SCHMIDT APPOINTED TO LEAD SAVE THE CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL

January 7, 2016 - SAVE THE CHILDREN WELCOMES MATCH DONATION EXTENSION FOR SYRIA CRISIS

December 8, 2015 - LONG-TERM PSYCHOLOGICAL RECOVERY OF VULNERABLE CHILDREN FLEEING SYRIAN CRISIS HANGS IN THE BALANCE

November 27, 2015 - HUMANITARIAN COALITION WELCOMES STEPS IN RIGHT DIRECTION WITH RESPECT TO SYRIAN REFUGEES

November  9, 2015 - CANADIAN AID AGENCIES CALL FOR A “NEW DEAL” FOR SYRIA’S REFUGEES

October  29, 2015 - SAVE THE CHILDREN PARTNERS WITH UNICEF AND THE IKEA FOUNDATION FOR THE 13TH ANNUAL SOFT TOYS FOR EDUCATION CAMPAIGN.

October  24, 2015 - NEPAL QUAKE SIX MONTHS ON: 240,000 CHILDREN BEING SCHOOLED IN CLASSROOMS UNFIT FOR FREEZING WINTER CONDITIONS

October  7, 2015 - SAVE THE CHILDREN CALLS FOR INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO BOMBING OF MSF HOSPITAL IN KUNDUZ

September 11, 2015 - SAVE THE CHILDREN RESPONDS TO THE CHILD REFUGEE CRISIS

September 1, 2015 - 
SAVE THE CHILDREN AND CARTER’S I OSHKOSH LAUNCH PARTNERSHIP TO SUPPORT INDIGENOUS CANADIAN MOTHERS AND CHILDREN   

August 4, 2015 - SAVE THE CHILDREN READY TO RESPOND TO AFFECTED POPULATION IN MYANMAR FLOODS   

July 21, 2015 - CHILD MALNUTRITION LEVELS SOAR IN TANZANIAN REFUGEE CAMP AS BURUNDIAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION APPROACHES

July 2, 2015 - URGENT ACTION NEEDED TO PROTECT WORKING CHILDREN DUE TO SYRIAN CRISIS: SAVE THE CHILDREN AND UNICEF

 


 

2014

November 3, 2014 - IKEA Canada, Save the Children and UNICEF Launch Annual Soft Toy Campaign to Support Education for the World's Most Vulnerable Children

September 30, 2014 - Save the Children builds its first Ebola treatment centre in Liberia

September 23, 2014 -  Humanitarian Coalition Launches Joint Appeal for Ebola Outbreak

August 12, 2014 - Save the Children, in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, launches Youth in Action Program

May 21, 2014 - Canadian Government proves to be a leader in supporting mothers, newborns and children in sub-Saharan Africa

February 18, 2014 - Thank you, IKEA customers and co-workers! 11 million children supported since 2003

 


 

2013

November 26, 2013 - Save the Children Canada President and CEO Patricia Erb on the ground in the Philippines 

November 13, 2013 - Typhoon Haiyan Response Relief 

November 7, 2013 - Super Typhoon Hayian, in the Philippines, Threatens Life and Shelter for a Significant Population

September 24, 2013 - Food Shortages Put Syria's Children at Risk of Malnutrition, Save the Children Warns

September 13, 2013 - New Data Shows Global Reduction in Child Mortality

August 20, 2013 - Save the Children ready to respond as tens of thousands of children flee from their homes in flood-hit Manila and its surrounding regions

August 19, 2013 - Thousands of Syrian refugees stranded on the Iraqi border as influx overwhelms aid effort, Save the Children says

August 12, 2013 - Save the Children prepares emergency response for children as Typhoon Utor targets the Philippines

June 27, 2013 - Statements by Patricia Erb, President and CEO, Save the Children, and Richard Running Rabbit,
Siksika First Nation’s Brighter Futures Coordinator, on Flooding in Alberta

June 24, 2013 - PRESS RELEASE - Alberta Floods

June 20, 2013 - Editorial Commentary - Poverty or Prosperity Report

June 12, 2013 - World Day Against Child Labour: Protecting working children from harm

June 8, 2013 - Save the Children welcomes nutrition breakthrough Statement from Patricia Erb, President CEO Save the Children Canada

June 7, 2013 - Syrian Refugees: The Humanitarian Coalition Highlights the UN’s Call for Additional Funds

June 7, 2013 - Access to millions at risk in Syria must become priority, Save the Children says, as UN announces largest ever humanitarian appeal

June 6, 2013 - Save the Children reaction to new Lancet figures on child deaths through malnutrition

May 30, 2013 - Joint statement of child-focused agencies on the post-2015 High-Level Panel report

May 27, 2013 - Chronically malnourished children are 20% less literate – Save the Children

May 14, 2013 - Save the Children ready to respond as Tropical Cyclone Mahasen heads towards Bangladesh and Myanmar

May 14, 2013 - The Humanitarian Coalition Launches Joint Appeal for Syrian Refugees

May 9, 2013 - GSK and Save the Children form unique partnership to save the lives of one million children over five years

May 7, 2013 - Democratic Republic of Congo world’s toughest place to be a mother, Finland the best – Save the Children

May 2, 2013 - Save the Children reaction to new UN findings that 130,000 children died in 2011 Somali famine

April 26, 2013 - Savar Disaster: Save the Children to help affected children and families

April 20, 2013 - At least 100 killed in large earthquake that struck Sichuan, China; Save the Children ready to respond

April 10, 2013 - Children make up majority of victims of sexual violence in many of world’s conflict and post-conflict zones, Save the Children warns, ahead of G8 meeting.

March 12, 2013 - Two million Syrian children caught in crossfire of conflict entering its third year, Save the Children warns

March 8, 2013 - Statement by Patricia Erb, President and CEO, Save the Children, on International Women's Day

February 13, 2013 - Thousands of displaced children in Mali face food shortages, warns Save the Children

January 30, 2013 - Statement by Patricia Erb, President and CEO, Save the Children, on Canada's Funding Announcement in Support of Syrian Children and Families

January 29, 2013 - Syrian families without vital aid as humanitarian response faces major funding shortages, Save the Children warns ahead of major donor conference

January 29, 2013 - Thank You IKEA customers and co-workers for supporting the IKEA Soft Toy for Education Campaign

January 25, 2013 - Mass exodus as Syrian children run for their lives

January 14, 2013 - Renewed fighting forcing Mali's poorest to flee

January 8, 2013 - The Humanitarian Coalition Marks the Three-Year Anniversary of the Haiti Earthquake

January 8, 2013 - End extreme poverty in 20 years, Save the Children urges UN panel

January 3, 2013 - Cristiano Ronaldo Kicks Off the New Year as Save the Children’s New Global Artist Ambassador for Child Hunger and Nutrition

 


 

2012

December 28, 2012 - Thousands of separated children at extreme risk as displaced families flee conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Save the Children warns.

December 18, 2012 - 13,000 children victims of conflict in Somalia and DRC to benefit from EU Nobel prize money granted to Save the Children and Norwegian Refugee Council

December 13, 2012 - Children sleeping in open areas after Typhoon Bopha ravaged eastern parts of Mindanao

December 6, 2012 - Schools could be closed for months as clean up begins following killer typhoon in the Philippines

December 4, 2012 - Fears grow for Syrian children and families struggling to survive bitter winter, as massive funding gap threatens aid response, Save the Children warns

December 3, 2012 - Save the Children prepared to respond to children’s needs as Typhoon Bopha targets the Philippines

November 22, 2012 - Children risk recruitment to armed groups as Goma battle sees thousands flee, Save the Children warns.

November 7, 2012 - IKEA Canada partners with UNICEF and Save the Children to launch the 9th annual Soft Toys for Education Campaign

September 20, 2012 - Persistent failure to tackle malnutrition putting millions of children at risk, warn two leading charities

September 12, 2012 - Save the Children welcomes accelerating reduction in children deaths, but warns progress remains insufficient

March 12, 2012 - Refugees report shortages of food, water and medical supplies in Syria as conflict forces thousands from their homes

March 7, 2012 - Children no longer play outdoors, as unseen radiation danger fuels anxiety of Fukushima children one year on

February 15, 2012 - Hidden Malnutrition Crisis to Put Almost Half a Billion Children at Risk without Global Action

January 18, 2012 - Thousands of lives and millions of dollars lost due to  late response to food crisis in East Africa

January 18, 2012 - Crise alimentaire dans la Corne de l’Afrique en 2011 : des milliers de vies et des millions de dollars perdus en raison de la lenteur de la réponse

January 12, 2012 - Future of Haiti's children put at risk by underfunding, warns Save the Children

January 12, 2012 - Le manque de fonds menace l'avenir des enfants haïtiens, avertis Aide à l'enfance

 


  

2011

December 29, 2011 - Thousands of flood-affected children in the Philippines may need help coping with psychosocial distress

December 19, 2011 - At least 50,000 children caught up in Philippines flooding as damage leaves key areas inaccessible

December 1, 2011 - Save the Children statement on the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness. Busan, South Korea

November 30, 2011 - Save the Children’s reaction to release of Afghanistan Mortality Survey 2010

November 30. 2011 - On World AIDS Day (December 1st), Save the Children warns cutting funding for HIV and AIDS work is a false economy.

November 28, 2011 - Busan Conference a chance to save thousands of children's lives, charity says

November 28, 2011 - Early winter onset spells hunger for at least 20,000 Tajik children, Save the Children warns

November 18, 2011 - Afghan families hit by severe drought could be cut off by extreme winter weather within weeks

November 11, 2011 - New Hope to Prevent Leading Cause of Child Death

November 4, 2011 - Children falling ill with thousands more at risk as waters flood Central Bangkok

November 3, 2011 -Crisis far from over in flood-hit Thailand, warns Save the Children

November 1, 2011 - G20 warning: Soaring food prices put children’s lives at risk

November 1, 2011 - UNICEF and Save the Children Announce IKEA Soft Toy Campaign Launch

Novembre 1, 2011 - L’UNICEF et Aide à l’enfance annoncent le lancement de la campagne de jouets en peluche d’IKEA

October 31, 2011 - As seven billionth baby is born, 20, 000 children die. Global children’s charity says investing in children’s survival can help tackle population growth.

October 28, 2011 - Hundreds of thousands of children's lives at risk as killer diseases increase in flooded parts of Pakistan

October 28, 2011 - Children in danger as snakes, crocodiles and disease lurk in Thailand’s floodwaters

October 23, 2011 - Save the Children aid planes leave for Mogadishu as floods compound hunger crisis

October 20, 2011 - Battle to save Bangkok risks leaving children in north without needed aid

October 18, 2011 - 250,000 children missing school education due to floods in Cambodia

October 17, 2911 - 800,000 children now at risk as Thailand's floods crisis worsens 

October 13, 2011 - Children swept away by deluge in Mogadishu camps as rains threaten drought-displaced families 

October 5, 2011 - At least 3 million children at risk of malnutrition and disease as world ignores aid funding plea for Pakistan floods, Save the Children warns

October 3, 2011 - Save the Children Launches Emergency Relief Effort in the Philippines

July 20, 2011 — Over one million children could die as the UN declares famine in Somalia

 June 16, 2011 — Exploited child domestic workers to gain new protection

June 13, 2011 — Four hours to save four million

May 16, 2011 — Frigidaire and Save the Children Canada launch new initiative May 15 

May 5, 2011 — Missing Midwives  State of the World's Mothers Report

March 18, 2011 — Save the Children expands efforts to meet 'profound' humanitarian need in Japan

March 16, 2011 — Plummeting temperatures and strong winds bring fresh misery for children in Japan>

March 15, 2011 — Save the Children opens first child-friendly space in Japan following disaster

March 14, 2011 — Up to 100,000 children displaced in Japan earthquake and Tsunami

March 13, 2011 — Save the Children deploys teams to tsunami-affected areas  

March 11, 2011 — A massive earthquake has hit Japan triggering a deadly tsunami, raising warnings of more tsunamis across the Pacific basin, Save the Children warns

March 2, 2011 — A million children at risk as humanitarian crisis threatens Libya

February 23, 2011 — Save the Children responds to devastating New Zealand earthquake

 
Twelve months on since the Nepal earthquakes, homeless families are still living in temporary shelters covered by tarpaulins, under bridges and in unsafe buildings as 600,000 households remain without permanent shelter, Save the Children says.
 
Alongside this continuing challenge, the aid agency today launches a new report revealing that many of the most marginalized and vulnerable communities missed out on aid like cash distributions during the critical emergency response phase of the relief effort.
 
“Though millions of people in Nepal have been reached with vital healthcare, water and hygiene support, food, temporary shelter and education, the response could have been better in some areas,” Save the Children Country Director, Delailah Borja, said.
 
“No formal rebuilding program has commenced in the past 12 months, and that’s in part due to the sheer scale of the disaster and the massive logistical challenges in an extremely mountainous region. 
 
“Millions of families are still living in the temporary shelter supplied by aid agencies months ago, having already braved a very cold winter and are now facing the prospect of another monsoon season, which will start in June. 
 
“Save the Children has been preparing its shelter program for months now, which includes training 6,000 masons in safe rebuilding practices and preparing cash grants for 6,000 households– a value of 12 million dollars - that will allow vulnerable households to commence rebuilding. When we are given the green light, we will be ready to go.”
 
Save the Children’s report, “Did the humanitarian response to the Nepal earthquake ensure no one was left behind?” analysed the effectiveness of the emergency response, in particular the targeting and distribution of aid to the most vulnerable groups in Nepal.
 
A number of key lessons learned were identified, including the local governments request to use ‘blanket’ rather than targeted distributions of aid, poor communication with isolated communities and elderly or disabled people, and a lack of thorough assessment to work out which families were most in need. 
 
“For example, cash handouts were payable only to the owner of the house, meaning those who were renting or living in a home registered to somebody else didn’t get the money they so desperately needed and were entitled to,” Ms Borja said.
 
Ms Borja said the mountainous terrain of Nepal, poor conditions of roads and fuel shortages added to the difficulty in reaching the most isolated and vulnerable communities. Despite these challenges Save the Children has reached over 580,000 earthquake survivors so far, and continues to work on the ground offering much needed support where it can.
 
“Getting out to many of the more remote and often badly affected areas was almost impossible with roads cut off from landslides, while many villages were only accessible by foot,” she said.
 
“A number of aid agencies including Save the Children used helicopters to deliver aid, but even then it could only be to a central point where landing was possible, meaning those affected still needed to walk – often for several hours – to that central point to get the aid they had been allocated. 
 
“The sheer scale of the disaster, with 8 million people affected, is enormous – Nepal hasn’t faced a challenge like this in decades.”
 
ENDS
 
For additional information, please contact:
Katharine Harris, National Senior Manager, Communications, PR & Engagement
Save the Children 
416 221 5501 x 295
647 973 1185
kharris@savethechildren.ca
 
Notes to editor:
 
•Save the Children has operated in Nepal since 1976. As the largest child-focused organization in the Nepal, Save the Children covers a wide geographical area with multiple programs that support the vision for all children to attain the right to survival, protection, development and participation
•We have reached 582,902 people (including 350,795 children) through our emergency response efforts. Spend to date on our emergency response totals USD28 million (end of March 2016)
•Research for this report was conducted over a two week period in November 2015, covering the districts of Ramechhap, Gorkha, Dolakha, Rasuwa and Bhaktapur. Sixteen focus group discussions were conducted with affected communities
•As of 30 October, the latest figures are 8,891 dead and 22,309 injured. (UNOCHA)
•A total of 8 million people were in need of humanitarian assistance due to the earthquakes (UNOCHA)
•Sindhupalchowk, Kathmandu valley, Gorkha, Dolakha, Rasuwa, Nuwakot, Dhading, Kavrepalanchowk, Ramechhap, Makawanpur, and Sindhuli have been identified as the most-affected districts. A total of 32 districts were affected
•As of 9 July, the Government reported a total of 602,257 houses destroyed and 285,099 damaged by the earthquake on 25 April and on 12 May. (NEOC/MOHA 23/07/15)

 

 
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