Round the Corner to the Children in Meherpur

Tahmina Haider, Sponsorship Manager

Tahmina Haider, Sponsorship Manager


June 2013

Save the Children Korea CEO, Michelle Kim, and International Program Director, Jiyeon Kim, visited Meherpur on February 16th & 17th, to learn more about sponsorship programs in Bangladesh. They met many children and parents as they visited the activities we implement with kind support from our sponsors.
SCK CEO Michelle Kim with Pre_Primary School Children in Hasnabad Village in Meherpur_Original

During their short visit, our honorable guests visited an arsenic treatment plant that has ensured pure water for many families in Beltala village in Amjhupi Union. They observed a teacher-led Health Education session and a hand-washing demo by the school children in Jhaubaria Government Primary School. They also attended a grade I math class in Isakhali Government Primary School, where the teacher was using technology to teach children how to add.

Pre-primary school children of Hasnabad Government Primary School enjoyed the company of these guests and, in a Parenting session, their mothers spoke with Michelle. They told her their children do not want to eat vegetables, which they consider a problem. The CEO ensured them that this is not a problem only for Bangladeshi mothers, but for mothers all over the world.

The last stop was an Adolescent Center, where the children performed a drama about early marriages.
SCK CEO and International Program Director attended Parenting Session with the mothers of  Pre-Primary School Children in Meherpur

Before leaving Meherpur, Michelle and Jiyeon had lunch with some of the sponsored children at the Save the Children office. Sadia, Mohona, Sabina, Anamika, Sajib and Humaiyra came with their family members to meet the honorable guests. The children wanted to know from them how their sponsors are and were able to get an essence of their sponsors through Michelle and Jiyeon. Sajib sang a local song for the guests. One child brought a letter and two brought drawings, and they requested that Michelle and Jiyeon forward those gifts to their sponsors in Korea.

As the CEO and program director said goodbye to Meherpur, they expressed their wish to visit again, sharing that they love the children, people and food in Bangladesh.

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Don’t Read This on an Empty Stomach…

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Sara ShaughnessyMedia and
Communications Intern at Save the Children

Westport, CT

June 2013

What do you get when you challenge a group of mom bloggers
to create kid-friendly recipes under $8 using eight healthy ingredients? You
get “Gr8,” good-for-kids treats that even grown-ups will love.  If you’re looking for a healthy way to cure a
raging sweet tooth or your little one is a chipsoholic, read on.  

But wait.  Before I
get to the recipes—and before you start wondering whether Save the Children is
becoming the new Food Network—let me explain our foray into the foodie world.  Coinciding with the G8 nutrition summit
earlier this month, attended by President Obama and other world leaders, Save
the Children released a new report on child nutrition, called “Food for Thought”
(get it?).

According to the “Food for Thought” report, 165 million
children globally are malnourished, a condition affecting a child’s cognitive
abilities, overall health and physical strength.  Meanwhile, 23 million U.S. children are
overweight or obese, which can be just as detrimental to their health and

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Tri-state-area mom bloggers with Carolyn Miles, Save the Children’s president and CEO, at an advance screening of “Man of Steel,” which, in conjunction, helped to raise awareness about the “We Can Be Heroes Campaign,” a Save the Children and DC Entertainment initiative working to fight hunger in the Horn of Africa.

Leading up to the G8 summit, 20 mom bloggers posted and tweeted kid-friendly, “Gr8 recipes” to raise awareness of childhood malnutrition around the world and show parents in America easy, inexpensive (yet tasty!) ways to make healthier choices for their children.

The result? Mouthwatering recipes that take minutes to
prepare, such as this quesadilla with a twist: on a whole-wheat tortilla, swap
greasy cheese with natural peanut butter, top it off with some fruit and,
voila—a delicious dessert that’s nutritious to boot. Or try my personal
favorite, crispy kale chips, which I made last night. Check out all the recipes
by following the ‘Gr8’ healthy kids’ recipe links below.

A big thank you from Save the Children goes out to all the
mom bloggers for sharing their recipes, making calls to action through social
media, and urging White House and government officials to ensure children get
the nutrition they need in their first 1,000 days.  We also wanted give a shout-out to the mom
bloggers who participated in an early screening of the “Man of Steel” movie as
part of the “We Can Be Heroes” campaign, a Save the Children and DC
Entertainment initiative to fight hunger in the Horn of Africa.

To end on a positive note, here is some promising news: At
this month’s Nutrition for Growth Summit in London, the Obama administration
pledged to reduce stunting among 2 million children through its Feed the Future
program, as well as committed more than $1 billion in funding for global
maternal and child nutrition programs. A great start, but there is still more
to be done.

Now go back to those tasty recipes.  But if you start salivating just by looking at
the photos, you can’t say I didn’t warn you!

Thank you!

See the Pinterest Board

‘Gr8’ Healthy Kids’ Recipe Blogs

Lisa Van
Engen of About Proximity
, Jennifer
Barbour of Another Jennifer
Lea of Becoming super Mommy,
Roberts of Brain Foggles
, Samantha
Kitchenman of Carrying the World on My Hip
, Jennifer
Wagner of Connect With Your Teen Through Pop Culture and Technology
, Karen
Heffren of Desert Chica Ramblings,
Atalay of Documama: Sahara to Suburbia
, Amanda
of Maroc Mama
, Shiloh
of McKinney Mommas
Makeba Giles of MelisaSource
, Julia Gibson
of Mom on the Run X2
, Ruth
Hill of My Devotional Thoughts
, Tiffany
Washko of Naturemomsblog
 (also on Macaroni Kid), Betsy
Shaw of Baby Center
Barb Webb of,
S. of Surf and Sunshine
, Kelli Nelson of
Sweetness of Life and Motherhood
, Heidi
of Textbook Mommy
, and Holly
of Tropic Home and Family

Mom Bloggers Who Mobilized a Call to Action to the White House

Jennifer Barbour of Another Jennifer,  Samantha Kitchenman of Carrying the World on
My Hip, Karen Heffren of Desert Chica Ramblings, Elizabeth Atalay of Documama:
Sahara to Suburbia, Shiloh of McKinney Mommas, Makeba Giles of MelisaSource,
Julia Gibson of Mom on the Run X2, Ruth Hill of My Devotional Thoughts, Tiffany
Washko of Naturemomsblog, Betsy Shaw of Baby Center, Barb Webb of, Kelli Nelson of Sweetness of Life and Motherhood, Heidi of
Textbook Mommy, and Holly of Tropic Home and Family.

Mom bloggers Raising Awareness About ‘We Can Be Heroes’

Harriet Shugarman
of Climata Mama
, Adriana
Velez of CafeMom
, and Jennifer
James of Mom Bloggers For Social Good


Morganne’s Thank You for trip to Mozambique

Dear Sponsors,

I wanted to follow-up with you on my trip to the Save the Children Advocacy Summit in Washington in April. (I am sorry that this is so late.) 

Momo CapOn Wednesday, I spent the day in the Youth Summit, where we learned how to advocate, kinds of messages to use and how our voices as children advocating for children are so important. There, I met, while working in groups, a lot of very interesting people: a 17 year old ex-gang member who now supports the Boys and Girls Clubs, kids that started school clubs to help develop their small rural towns and other kids that share my experience in going into poorer countries to build shelters or work with children.  Through these encounters I learned the hard work and tools it takes to get the message out.  In the afternoon I went to the White House where several of President Obama's advisers on foreign aid and US development gave the administrations' vision of what could be done to help children worldwide and how advocacy can help.  One of the most exciting moments of the day was in the evening when I attended the Board of Trustees cocktail party, because I got to meet Vice-President Joe Biden!!

On Thursday, I spoke as part of the Youth Advocating for Youth Panel.  My mom filmed the panel discussion, but unfortunately she had her hand over the microphone so I have pictures but no sound.  I spoke in front of over 300 people and shared my opinions based on my experiences about how a 14 year old can help others.  In the afternoon, I went with a group to the Capitol to meet with three House of Representative staffers (all representing Legislators from the state of New York) to discuss why the Legislators should support setting up a National Commission on Children and also why they should co-sponsor H.RES 135 supporting frontline health workers worldwide.  

The Summit was two full days worth of learning and action.  It helped me realize that we all need to advocate for change.  It taught me how small actions can make a big difference in children's lives. I learned so much, and had an absolutely incredible experience!  

I just want to thank you again for your support for my trip to Mozambique.  While I have learned so much from the entire Save the Children experience, the most important thing is that I've seen how the money you donated is working to help children in need worldwide.  Thank you!