Important work around the globe.
We are working in Finland and globally so that by 2030
- No child under five dies from preventable causes
- All children get good quality basic education
- There is zero tolerance of violence against children
Our work is guided by the common objectives of Save the Children International. We operate in all the poorest and most fragile states in the world to improve the situation of all the most vulnerable children.
Children are the ones who are in the most vulnerable situations during and in the aftermath of natural disasters and armed conflicts. Children also face the most severe risks in terms of survival, welfare and life-long poverty. Rapid population growth in the world’s poorest countries in which we operate sets major problems for poverty reduction and improving people’s welfare, as public education and social and health services are unable to meet the current needs of the population.
Our humanitarian work assists children and their families in all parts of the world who are victims of disasters.
Successful and sustainable work promoting children’s rights is possible only in collaboration with state authorities and other duty-bearers. Save the Children attaches special importance to the support it receives in its programme countries from civil society. It carries out projects together with local children’s organisations and other NGOs working to benefit children, and one of our objectives is to strengthen them.
Closing the Gap – Our 2030 Ambition and 2019-2021 Global Work Plan
What we achieved during year 2020?
In 2020, Save the Children Finland reached directly 480 571 children, of which slightly more than half were girls. Our programs contributed to reducing child poverty, strengthening child protection, and ensuring education, health services and nutrition for every single child.
We implemented our international programs in 12 countries in four regions of the world. Our programme countries in 2020 were Burkina Faso, Sudan, Somalia, Zambia, Yemen, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, the Philippines, Turkey and Russia. In addition, we participated in and supported humanitarian operations of Save the Children e.g. in Syria, reaching tens of thousands of children with lifesaving aid.
The global COVID-19 pandemic further underlined the importance of our work. We were able to adapt our ongoing programs to rapidly changing circumstances. We responded to the increased need for assistance by launching new support measures, for example in war-torn Yemen. We reduced the spread of the virus by sharing up-to-date information on protection measures against the virus and improved hygiene conditions. We promoted children’s possibilities of learning in distance and produced campaigns to support learning so that children would have a safe chance of returning to school.
Results for children: Save the Children Finland International Programme Annual Report 2020