Courageous Work in Freezing Temperatures

With more than half of the United States under a blanket of snow this week, it’s clear that winter is here! The frosty weather has arrived in full force—but it’s not just the Midwest or East Coast where winter is making itself felt. The winter snow storms have started in Lebanon and Jordan, and my Save the Children colleagues abroad are going above and beyond for Syrian refugees.


RS69214_IMG_1841I received an email from our Country Director in Jordan, Saba, who is leading a fearless team in very difficult circumstances. This past weekend, when accumulated snow flooded refugee tents, the team worked through the night to evacuate families to some of our Child Friendly Spaces, which were prepared as emergency shelters. They moved 134 families, including 431 children, into the heated shelters and provided warm clothing, food, mattresses and blankets. Saba noted that, despite the hours and the strain, “we will continue to work as needed” to look after children’s needs.


This snow is the first sign of the treacherous winter in the region that will only increase suffering for children and their families. Between November and February, temperatures can drop well below freezing—and for more than two million refugees

Gift for a Sponsor

Junima shakya

 Junima Shakya, Sponsorship Manager

Asanpur, Nepal

December 17, 2013

Friday is a fun day for children as classes run only for half a day. But Babita has a different reason behind her excitement. From early morning, she was excited to get to the Save the Children camp to write something for her sponsor. 


Babita with her gift for sponsorBabita is in 7th grade in a school supported by the sponsorship program in Asanpur village. After school, she rushed home, finished her afternoon snacks and reached the camp at 2:00 p.m.  


I was on a field trip to Babita’s village and had an opportunity to observe the camp. All the sponsored children from the surrounding area gathered to write something for their sponsors. Save the Children is collecting these messages and sending them to sponsors as gifts.


Babita waited eagerly for her turn. She wasn’t the only one who was excited. Other children looked very enthusiastic. Babita told me with a smile that she was going to make a drawing for her sponsor. She was planning to draw a nice red flower.


“I hope my friend abroad will be happy to see the flower I draw for her,” she says. She recalls receiving a letter from her sponsor. “I still have that letter with me,” she shares. “I hope once she receives the drawing I send her, she will write to me again.” Babita drawing for sponsor with sponsorship staff


I am happy Save the Children has initiated such writing from children to their sponsors. As I stood there, the air was filled with enthusiasm, giggles and joy. Their eagerness wasn’t just because they got to draw or make handprints on paper; the children were excited because it was an opportunity for them to connect with their valued sponsors.


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