Save the Children has worked in Latin America for many years, addressing the root causes that force children to flee their homes. We support safe and legal alternatives to the dangerous journey many are attempting to get to the U.S.

Violence in one’s home country can cause a family to flee and seek asylum in the United States. Children who experience or witness violence, and live in a constant state of fear, can suffer deep emotional trauma and lifelong disabilities.[i]

The events at the U.S.-Mexico border stem from a crisis impacting 6.3 million children from Latin America and the Caribbean


By Carlos Carrazana

Martina watches over three of her grandchildren as their mother works in October 2017. Like most families, they’re coping with the realities of life and loss after Hurricane Maria struck the island in September 2017. Photo credit: Rebecca Zilenziger

Seven months ago, the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in 90 years tore across the island, packing winds over 150 miles per hour. As is often the case these days, attention has moved on to other crises at home and abroad, but we must not forget Puerto Rico. After months of slow progress, just this week, the island completely lost power again. And for the American families still without basic services and the children who have collectively lost out on millions of full school days, the hurricane is still a daily reality.

Here are six things…


#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that takes place each year. Following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday offers us a chance to kick off the charitable season and get in the spirit of generosity.

Fueled by the power of social media and collaboration, we’re asking you to get involved on November 28th and tell your online communities how you are giving back to kids. By choosing to support Save the Children on Giving Tuesday, you can help us reach even more girls and boys in the United States and all around the world. How will you give back?

1. Make a Donation

It’s never too late to help children around the world to survive and thrive, and on Giving Tuesday you can make the strongest impact. For every donation we receive on November 28th, 2017, a generous donor…


Mexican preschooler copes with the sorrow of her grandfather’s death through drawings

Every day after returning home from preschool, Marina*, 6, would bound into her home shouting “Pa!” — the name she gave for her grandfather. He was the first person she sought out. Marina and her grandfather, who lived together with other members of their extended family in Mexico City, were very close. Marina would draw Pa pictures. They would play and eat breakfast together. They were inseparable.

One day Marina came home and Pa did not answer. It would be the beginning of a difficult healing process for…


Young Syrian refugee mother and her newborn receive “baby box,”along with care and support from Save the Children

For three months, Medina*, 17, lived in the forest in northern Syria near the border of Turkey. Medina and her family, including her parents, two brothers, four sisters and 17-year-old husband, had fled the fighting and bombing of their besieged hometown in Syria. Seeking refuge in the forest, temperatures often plummeted to below freezing at night.

Syrian Refugee Medina* with her two-month-old son. Photo credit: Tania Georgoupli for Save the Children

“My daughters have faced a lot of suffering. Their health suffered from the cold,” said Medina’s father Arif*. …


Syrian refugee teen goes door-to-door to shave elderly and disabled camp residents after completing barbershop training course offered by Save the Children

Omar drew this picture of himself in barber training at Za’atari Refguee Camp through Save the Children’s art therapy program called HEART. HEART helps kids process and communicate feelings related to their experiences.

Omar*, 16, is a Syrian refugee who lives at the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan, a place he now calls home after his family fled the conflict in Syria. In this sprawling tent city of nearly 80,000, children and teens like Omar have lots of time on their hands but little to do.

That changed for Omar more than a year ago when Save the Children opened a drop-in center for adolescent and teen boys, many of whom work odd jobs in and around the camp to bring money home to their families. The center offers a place for boys…


Six years of conflict have left Syrian children with Invisible Wounds caused by the ‘toxic stress’ of growing up in a war zone. Six Syrian children bravely shared their stories to help raise global awareness of their plight.

Award-winning photographer Nick Ballon and conceptual artist Alma Haser have partnered up to produce a striking series of conceptual, 3D photographs and animations, visualizing the devastating mental health impact of conflict on Syrian children, to mark six years since the war began.

Commissioned by Save the Children, the artists worked with six refugee children now living in Turkey — each with their…


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In response to executive action by the United States Government regarding refugee resettlement, Carolyn Miles, President & CEO of Save the Children, released the following statement:

“The United States has long been a beacon of hope for the millions of children and families trying to escape war and persecution. The world is facing its largest crisis of displaced people since World War II, with more than 65 million people forced to flee their homes. More than half of all refugees are children, whose only chance for survival and a better…


Amena gets rescued in the Mediterranean Sea by the Save the Children vessel.

Between keeping his wife and two kids safe and being unable to find work to support his family, Fadi* struggled to get by in Syria. He dedicated everything he could to helping his two children, Samer,* eight, and Amena,* five. Amena had a dangerous condition of asthma and a hole in her heart, and Fadi was burdened with her medical costs.

Fadi was faced with two difficult choices, both equally as dangerous. …


#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that takes place each year. Following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday offers us a chance to kick off the charitable season and get in the spirit of generosity.

Fueled by the power of social media and collaboration, we’re asking you to get involved throughout the month of November and tell your online communities how you are giving back to kids. By choosing to support Save the Children on #GivingTuesday, you can help us reach even more girls and boys in the United States and all around the world.

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