Increased literacy

Although more kids are attending school than ever before, many are not mastering fundamental subjects like reading when they do. By fostering a culture of reading inside and outside the classroom that significantly enhances children’s literacy development, Saves the Children’s Literacy Boost is working to change that.

Making Change Work For Children

Save the Children is working with partners worldwide to guarantee that every child receives a quality education and acquires the skills and information they need to grow and develop through Literacy Boost and other successful education and literacy programs.

To ensure that all girls and boys learn to read, write, and count by 12 and that the learning gaps between the poorest and wealthiest children are significantly decreased, Save the Children is working to create a new global development objective on education.

In the United States, Save the Children collaborates with the U.S. Congress to support funding for international education on a bilateral and multilateral basis through the Global Partnership for Education initiative, as well as to support laws like the Education for All Act that will fundamentally alter children’s capacity to learn in developing nations.

Start assisting those in need by volunteering!

Department of Relief and Development

We adhere to standards when providing volunteer opportunities through our international missions, which are present in more than 20 nations globally. Up to 90% of our mission workers are recruited locally as part of our ongoing effort to maximize local capabilities. We frequently operate in areas with inadequate security conditions or lacking basic infrastructure. Thus we need employees with experience working in culturally varied circumstances. We do not provide short-term vacations or send inexperienced volunteers abroad (most voluntary positions are at least six months).


Since 2001, Varianty has been one of the People in Need’s educational programs. Our goal is for schools to welcome all students and help them learn about connections, international obligations, and respect for others. Respect, responsibility, freedom, partnership, and belief in the potential of every person are the values on which we base our work. We firmly believe that everyone counts.

The poorest households in America have been hardest afflicted by child hunger.

The likelihood of hunger among the poorest families in the country is around 15 times higher than among the richest. According to estimates, all of the wealthiest families in California have access to enough food, but just half of the poorest families do.

In June 2020, as COVID outbreaks spread quickly throughout Central Valley agricultural communities, food for one California family, in particular, became too expensive and too scarce.

Olga, a seasonal farmworker who worked full-time and did not qualify for unemployment benefits or stimulus payments after she and her husband tested positive for COVID, said it was challenging to locate household goods and food at the markets. They survived thanks to the assistance of Olga’s sisters, who placed food boxes at their door.

The family’s usual method of obtaining the food they required when their quarantine was removed was to wait in long drive-through lines at food pantries. They frequently had to travel to nearby towns.