By just about any measure and standard 2014 was a tough year for children around the world. Innocent children were caught in the crossfire of conflict in places like Syria and Iraq. They struggled to survive as newborn babies in Nigeria. Children entered school ill prepared to learn and succeed in Brazil. They left home and crossed borders to seek protection from violence in the United States and across Europe. And they felt the fear and loss of Ebola throughout parts of West Africa.
In South Africa, the picture is no different. When you look at the 2014 headlines from South Africa, almost on a daily basis, we saw our children bearing the brunt of domestic violence, crime, abuse, unsafe modes of transport, bullying, rape, and many other violations that no child should ever endure. And these are the reported cases. Hundreds of thousands of our children suffer silently and are thus, invisible.
Our children deserve better.
It is for this reason that Save the Children South Africa invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. As the Save the Children family we do whatever it takes in South Africa and around the world to ensure children survive on the toughest days and thrive in what we hope will be a brighter future.
Take this opportunity to review our annual report of the 2014 results for children which you helped make possible.
As we embark on our new 2015–2020 strategy, “Vision 2020,” we hope you will continue to support our work – by raising your voice and by making a financial contribution. Together, we are achieving real change for children today and building a better future for tomorrow.