5 Simple Ways to Give Back for Giving Tuesday

#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 this November 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, a generous donor will match your gift up to 150,000! Want to do even more? The unwavering support of our monthly donors enables us be there for children every day and in times of crisis. Become a Partner for Children and help us transform lives by setting up a monthly donation. There has never been a better time to show your support for children!

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2. Create a Facebook Fundraiser

When you fundraise on behalf of Save the Children, you help us reach children with lifesaving aid and life-changing programs. For Giving Tuesday, the PayPal will match Facebook Fundraisers up to $7 million. Watch our step-by-step guide that will help you set up your #GivingTuesday fundraiser and maximize your impact for kids in need.

 

3. Give a Meaningful Gift that Gives Back

Imagine if you had the opportunity to send a girl to school, provide an essentials kit to a refugee child, or help a family in need with life-saving livestock? Our gift catalog contains gifts at all price ranges, fit for everyone on your holiday list. Right now, our corporate partner Johnson & Johnson will match your gift up to $450,000.

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4. Sponsor a Child

Every child deserves a strong start — the best chance for a successful future. But too many children right here in the U.S. and around the world aren’t getting the opportunity to reach their full potential. You can help change that. When you sponsor a child, you give the gift of a brighter future. Your sponsorship helps provide children with the necessities for a healthy and successful start to their life — nutrition, early childhood and adolescent development, education and school health.

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5. Play, Stream or Vlog

We put the fun in fundraising by giving gamers a way to give back on #GamingTuesday – Giving Tuesday for gamers. Activate to help children in need in 120 countries around the world by choosing to fundraise, donate or watch and support our mission! Get involved at GamingTuesday.org.

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Your generosity lifts entire communities. Our programs reach children’s parents, caregivers and community members. Together we help save children’s lives, protect them from exploitation and provide them with hope for the future.

Whatever way you choose to give back this holiday season, we thank you for your support of our mission and wish you peace and joy now and through the end of 2019. 

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The Injustice in Dying from Pneumonia

When Lokuru brought her 1-year-old baby to get food at Save the Children’s stabilization center in northern Kapoeta, South Sudan, she had another concern on her mind. The night before, her daughter Hakaroom’s breathing had become heavy and labored. Her small body was starting to feel hot. A nurse at the center recognized Hakaroom’s symptoms as pneumonia and sent her to the Primary Health Care Center, where the infant was treated for severe pneumonia with antibiotics and fluids. All of Lokuru’s four children have suffered from pneumonia at some point in their lives, but Hakaroom’s case was the worst. According to the Save the Children medic who treated Hakaroom, without immediate medication, she would not have lived through the night.

Nearly 1 million children died of pneumonia in 2015. I continue to be shocked by that fact. We know how to prevent, diagnose and treat pneumonia, and we have known for a long time. So why do so many children around the world still lose their lives to this disease?

You often hear people describe an illness with the cliché, “it doesn’t discriminate.” I want to be clear: Pneumonia discriminates.

Pneumonia is a disease of poverty. Ninety-nine percent of child deaths from pneumonia occur in developing countries. Within these high burden countries, it is the poorest and most marginalized children who are at greatest risk. A child should not die because of where she was born or what resources her family has.

The world’s poorest children are more likely to suffer pneumonia risks such as malnutrition, indoor air pollution and a lack of primary healthcare. If they do get sick with pneumonia, they are the least likely to get medical treatment. Each year, about 40 million cases of pneumonia are left untreated.

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Because inequality can be fatal, Save the Children has committed itself to reaching Every Last Child. Our organization is working to improve the health and wellbeing of the poorest and most marginalized children around the world. When the United Nations developed the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, it proposed that by 2030, no child should suffer a preventable death. We cannot achieve this goal if we do not overcome pneumonia.

Save the Children is a leader when it comes to combatting pneumonia. We have been preventing and treating the disease in children for decades. We can prevent pneumonia by increasing immunization, addressing undernutrition, ensuring safe water, sanitation and hygiene, and reducing household air pollution. Most cases of pneumonia can be treated with a simple course of antibiotics.

To end pneumonia deaths for good, the global community needs to come together with equitable solutions. We’re asking Congress to increase funding for USAID’s Maternal and Child health programs and to support and pass the Reach Every Mother and Child Act.

To learn more about how Save the Children is fighting pneumonia for all children and how you can help, please visit SavetheChildren.org/pneumonia.