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South Sudan: ‘We were there from the beginning’

Friday 30 January 2015 by Dom Kehat

In December 2013, South Sudan – Africa’s newest country – fell into a vicious civil war. Tens of thousands of people fled the violence. Now over year since the start of the crisis, Dom Kehat tells the stories of Save the Children staff living and working in the Awerial camp which is still home to 97,000 people.

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What it means to be a Save the Children Election Champion

Friday 30 January 2015 by Luke Leung

2015 is an important year. The general election gives us the chance to push forward an agenda that seeks to fight poverty and alleviate inequality. As a volunteer for Save the Children, this is something I’m passionate about.

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Gavi fundraising success – but now the hard work starts

Wednesday 28 January 2015 by Simon Wright

At about 15.30 yesterday in Berlin, Dagfinn Hoybraten, the Chair of the Gavi Board (Gavi is the international body which channels aid for immunisation to developing countries) got a little tearful as he thanked everyone and Gavi staff in particular. The reason was that they had just announced that the target of achieving the goal of $7.5 billion to fund Gavi’s next strategy had been successful.

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Ukraine: cash grants offer dignity and hope

Tuesday 27 January 2015 by Cat Carter

Svetlana is a young mother, in her late twenties. In her home town of Donetsk, she worked as an accountant, but as the conflict in Ukraine 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 there as she tells me her story.

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Inequality: All talk and no action

Friday 23 January 2015 by Faiza Shaheen

The World Economic Forum held in Davos has become the yearly inequality moment. It turns out that the gathering of the richest people on the planet is a great time to release reports that show just how rich they are. But after seeing the issue of inequality rise and rise again up the agenda, I’m now keen to see it put on the action list.

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Shortfall for Gavi unless donors change their minds

Tuesday 20 January 2015 by Simon Wright

One week before the replenishment meeting, Save the Children and a host of other agencies are sounding an alarm. We think there will be a $500m shortfall in Gavi’s budget unless donors rapidly change their minds.

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Syria: Ordinary people doing extraordinary things

Thursday 15 January 2015 by Voices from the Field

When many of us think of Syria we conjure images of war and death, of countless human atrocities and destruction and of political impasse. But behind the headlines of the conflict it’s not hard to find the story of the real Syrian people and of everyday acts of heroism and humanity that shine through this crisis.

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Action 2015: it doesn’t get more important than this

Wednesday 14 January 2015 by Brendan Cox

2015 is an exciting year to be a campaigner for children and I’m looking forward to the hard work that I and the team at Save the Children are going to be putting in over the next twelve months. We have a unique window of opportunity to make lasting progress that could transform the lives of billions of people, including saving the lives of millions of children. It doesn’t get more important than this.

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Haiti earthquake: five years on

Tuesday 13 January 2015 by Sarah Tyler

“If my mother and father were alive I would be protected. They wouldn’t let me live like this.”

These are the words of Lovely*, a shy 14-year-old who is a child domestic worker. Myrlande, my counterpart in Haiti, is translating her words into English. She’s visibly shaken by the story. But Lovely* is very matter of fact; it’s obvious that she doesn’t think her situation is uncommon. It is simply what life has handed to her.

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Ebola Crisis: emergency response in Sierra Leone

Thursday 1 January 2015 by Justin Forsyth

Save the Children is responding to the Ebola outbreak in four provinces in Sierra Leone, with a strong focus on raising awareness and breaking transmission at the source.

Our programmes also focus on strengthening or helping re-establish national healthcare services where these have been weakened by the outbreak. Our health, child protection, education and child rights work has so far reached around 100,000 people since the start of the response in March 2014.

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