Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Caring Causes: Save the Children - Hurricane Irma

A year after Hurricane Irma’s powerful winds and flood-inducing rains brought mass destruction across Florida, Save the Children remains on-the-ground in the Sunshine State, committed to restoring early learning programs and helping children heal emotionally from the distress of the catastrophic storm.

Save the Children’s Emergency Response Team deployed to Florida before Hurricane Irma made landfall to meet children and families’ immediate needs, and has been working since to ensure Florida kids most impacted by the storm have access to early learning services and become more resilient and ready for the next emergency.

As a national leader in early childhood education, Save the Children continues to collaborate with early education networks serving the most vulnerable children and families, to help restore and improve child care centers in south Florida where early learning was most impacted. Save the Children has supported the recovery of more than 70 child centers serving over 9,500 children, to date, in Florida.

In addition, Save the Children is providing its flagship social and emotional recovery program, Journey of Hope, and training hundreds of teachers, educators, child care providers, caregivers and more, in the ways to best support children and families affected by this disaster. The evidence-based program, developed after Hurricane Katrina, has – to date – helped more than 300 Florida children and over 200 caregivers cope with trauma, reduce stress and become more resilient in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

Save the Children, as a national leader in child-focused disaster preparedness, is also collaborating with local partners to support child-care centers with emergency planning, and equip families with essential emergency supplies. In addition, its interactive Prep Rally program is helping Florida children and communities better prepare for the next disaster. To date, this program has helped nearly 700 elementary school-age children across south Florida and the Florida Keys plan ahead for emergencies.                                                                    

Save the Children’s immediate response efforts included implementing its Child-Friendly Spaces program – which provided safe and protective play areas for children at evacuation shelters – and distributing child-focused supplies, including cribs, strollers diapers, books and hygiene kits to families in need.

To learn more about Save the Children’s Hurricane Irma response and ongoing recovery work, visit SavetheChildren.org. To see how Save the Children has supported Florida children and families, visit YouTube.

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Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share. Learn more at www.SavetheChildren.org.

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