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Giving Back, Save the children

August 27 2016 | Blog

Save The Children are the first charity we will be supporting at Hope & Fortune. Not only for all the fantastic work they always do, but particularly for their campaign for a ceasefire in Aleppo right now. We have a massive bee in our maternal bonnet over here at H&F when it comes to children trapped in conflict zones, innocently caught up in wars fuelled by adults. You can read some of our previous posts on this subject here.

Their gutsy founder Eglantyne Jebb has always been a role model, and was way ahead of her time. After the First World War war ended, Britain kept up a blockade that left children in cities like Berlin and Vienna starving, horrified by the suffering, she set up (after they arrested her no less!) the Save the Children fund in 1919. She went on to write the Geneva Declaration of the Rights of the Child, which was adopted by the League of Nations in 1924 and inspired the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). 

You can read more about this child protection warrior here.

Save The Children do whatever it takes when disaster strikes. They save children’s lives. They fight for their rights. They help them fulfil their potential.

This is what they have to say about Aleppo...

"Under siege, hungry, thirsty and with little hope.

The horrific scenes unfolding in Aleppo typify a war that has cost children dear.

Across Syria, millions of children have limited access to food, water, healthcare and education.

More than a quarter of a million children are living under siege.

They're living in areas cut off from the outside world, surrounded by battling armies that are stopping food, medicine, and desperately-needed aid from entering - and they’re stopping people from fleeing for safety.

Hospitals are being bombed. Babies are dying because of a lack of medical care. Teachers are holding lessons in dark basements to escape the constant airstrikes."

 

It is impossible not to have beeen moved by the photo of little Omran in the ambulance last week, and it's hard not to feel overwhelmed and helpless about it all.  

Sonia Khush, Save the Children’s Syria Director, said: “One week after the picture of the dazed and bloodied 5-year-old boy Omran Daqneesh shocked the world, we have yet to see any progress towards a ceasefire in Aleppo. In that week, dozens of children are estimated to have been killed in Syria and many more injured.                          

“The situation is growing more desperate in Aleppo by the day, with aid workers reporting severe shortages of fuel for ambulances and hospital generators, fresh food and drinking water. Children who have been injured in airstrikes and shelling – often complex head injuries and severe burns – cannot be removed for medical treatment. And yet the world does nothing.

“Syria’s children do not need empty promises – they need immediate action to protect them and their families. A 48-hour ceasefire is the first step towards doing that in Aleppo. But across the country, from Homs to Madaya, aid access to besieged areas has been closed off again. Heavy fighting and airstrikes are making children’s lives a living nightmare. Save the Children is calling for weekly safe access for humanitarian convoys to besieged areas and immediate medical evacuation for people who need urgent treatment.”

But as Eglantyne Jebb proved in 1919 and Save the Children have proved over and over again since, we can make a difference and we must try not to ignore the problem just because it seems too big or too hopeless.

Here at Hope & Fortune 1% of all of our sales at the moment are going to our chosen charity Save the Children xxxx   Big love to all of you who support us xxxx

 

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