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Date: 26 July 2017
This year, WHSmith Australia embarks on a long-term partnership with Save the Children.
Celebrating the Company’s 225th anniversary this year, and with a growing network of 100 stores around Australia, WHSmith is embarking on a new partnership with Save the Children to ensure that the most vulnerable and marginalised children in Australia have access to quality education. Funds raised through Save the Children’s collection tins within WHSmith stores across Australia will support all the child rights organisation’s work, including education work. Education has the power to transform children’s futures and Save the Children is determined to ensure that every child around the world gets a high quality education and the chance to fulfil their potential.
"We are committed to making a positive impact wherever we operate. Our focus was to partner with a Charity that our teams and our customers would be proud to support. Partnering with Save the Children enables us to contribute on a global scale as well as to local community programmes."
Carl Hargrave -WHSmith Australia, Managing Director
“Save the Children cannot change the lives of the most vulnerable children in the world without the support of generous donors. We are thrilled to partner with WHSmith and thank their customers in advance for helping us make a difference for those most in need.”
Paul Ronalds, CEO Save the Children Australia.
Date: 1 March 2017
The IKEA Foundation calls on funders to step up and save lives in Yemen
To enable Save the Children and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to continue to save lives and protect children and families in Yemen, the IKEA Foundation has stepped forward to give a €500,000 grant to Save the Children and €2 million to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
Yemen is on the verge of social, economic and institutional collapse as a merciless war continues to rage. People are struggling to survive. Since the escalation of the conflict in March 2015, over two million people have fled their homes, putting host communities under pressure and leading to insufficient food and inadequate access to basic medical care for many.
“The IKEA Foundation is proud to support MSF and Save the Children’s work in Yemen, and it’s why we’re encouraging other funders to do the same. The international community has not done enough to prevent children and families in Yemen from suffering. If we don’t act now, the consequences are unthinkable”, says Per Heggenes, CEO of the IKEA Foundation.
With the IKEA Foundation’s funding, Save the Children will focus on helping the most vulnerable children in Sana’a and Amran governorates. We will provide food baskets and help caregivers understand how best to nourish children under two. Mobile child-protection teams will be created, and support will be given to children who have become separated from their families. Save the Children will also provide psychosocial support to children and caregivers who have directly experienced violence.
Grant Pritchard, Save the Children’s Deputy Country Director in Yemen, said: “Bombs are landing on homes, they are landing on schools, and they are landing on hospitals, resulting in the displacement of nearly 1 million children and the needless loss of nearly 1,500 innocent children’s lives while thousands more have been maimed since the conflict escalated. We are grateful for the support from the IKEA Foundation, which will do much to improve the lives of thousands of hungry, malnourished and vulnerable children. And I hope that other donors will follow the IKEA Foundation’s example, given the catastrophic humanitarian crisis we are witnessing on the ground.”
Yemen’s children are at the heart of one of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Save the Children estimates that 10 million children urgently need help. One Yemeni child dies every ten minutes from preventable killers like diarrhoea, malnutrition and respiratory tract infection. Over two million children are malnourished—and the number is rising.
The IKEA Foundation hopes that other funders will follow their example, to ensure that the people of Yemen get the help they need.
Photo credit: Save the Children Yemen
Thanks to Johnson & Johnson's generous volunteers, young people from Claymore are learning essential job skills – that they'll use for their future career path.
For kids living in Claymore, New South Wales, where the unemployment rate is more than five times the national average, these essential job-seeking skills may be out of reach.
In July 2016, staff from Johnson & Johnson Australia volunteered their time and run a one-day workshop with the Claymore Youth Advisory Committee (YAC), a group of six young leaders living in Claymore.
The Johnson & Johnson volunteers worked both in groups and one-on-one with the participants, concentrating on interview skills and resume writing. Their aim was to give the young people valuable information that will help them as they start planning their careers.
"It was extremely beneficial as we were all given individual advice" said one participant. "I really appreciated the input and help from the Johnson & Johnson team."
Save the Children established the YAC in 2014, employing six young people aged between 14-17 who meet every week to discuss, plan and implement activities for young people in their community. The YAC have since become known as a group of young people that can add a youth presence and perspective to other community activities, meaning more young people are participating in community events and becoming empowered to create positive changes.
And for the volunteers from Johnson & Johnson, this is just the beginning. They're already planning more workshops to continue building the young people's skill sets, like Microsoft Office skill development.
Johnson & Johnson have been working with Save the Children internationally for more than 20 years to create brighter futures for children living in the world's toughest places.
Thank you, Johnson & Johnson!