Empowering children in the Solomon Islands

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Save the Children’s programs in the Solomon Islands reached more than 95,000 children in 2012.

We’ve had dedicated staff delivering essential child protection, health, education and disaster risk reduction programs in the Solomon Islands since 1986. 

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Why we work in the Solomon Islands

After a period of political unrest, the Solomon Islands has begun to rebuild itself.

However, sexual abuse, incest, early marriage and trafficking remain serious issues for children in the Solomon Islands.  A report by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community found that two out of three women aged 15-49 have experienced physical or sexual violence from an intimate partner.

A high level of youth unemployment is another major challenge. Many children miss out on a good education due to the poor quality of schools and teachers.

Save the Children’s work in the Solomon Islands

Our programs in the Solomon Islands focus on empowering children and young people with the knowledge and tools they need to create better lives for themselves. Through our child protection programs, we aim to change communities’ behaviour towards children and reduce physical, sexual and emotional abuse. 

Our youth engagement programs help young people to create sustainable livelihoods, participate in their communities and avoid dangerous behaviour such as drinking and taking drugs. We also work to improve access to early childhood education and help communities to better prepare for disasters.

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