Our work worldwide

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. We carry out projects in Africa, Asia and Russia. Our humanitarian work assists children and their families in all parts of the world who are victims of disasters.

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.

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.

Results for children: Save the Children Finland International Programme Annual Report 2018

In 2018, Save the Children Finland worked in 10 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. We directly reached more than 104 159 girls, 91 826 boys and 185 834 adults through our projects in Burkina Faso, Sudan, Somalia/Somaliland, Zambia, India, Nepal, the Philippines, Myanmar, Iraq and the Russian Federation. In addition, through our support to and participation in humanitarian operations of Save the Children International in for example Bangladesh, Indonesia, Syria and Yemen, we were able to provide tens of thousands of children with emergency relief. Our expenditure totalled 11.2 million euros and was funded by institutional donors, corporates and private donors.

Save the Children’s Global Strategy: Ambition for Children 2030 and 2016-2018 Strategic Plan

Child poverty

Every child has the right to prosper.

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Child protection

Every child has the right to be protected from all forms of violence, exploitation and neglect.

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Every child has the right to an education.

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Humanitarian work

Through its humanitarian work, Save the Children seeks to ensure that children’s needs are given priority on all crisis situations and that their rights to survival, growth, and development are respected and protected.

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