We are a new society in Leeds University Union, and this will be our second year as an official LUU society.
Save the Children is an international charity that works in over 120 countries worldwide, saving children’s lives and bringing hope to some of the most vulnerable and poor in the world (regardless of origins, ethnicity, and location).
"We save children's lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential."
In 2010 the charity helped 3 million children through their health and hunger work. The scope of Save the Children is so huge it would take pages to explain what the charity do, but essentially their work falls under 7 categories:
• Children’s rights
• Health and HIV
• Climate Change
• Child Poverty
UK, Lets change the Story: Two years ago, for the first time in the history of Save the Children (that’s almost 100 years), a domestic campaign was launched to help children living in poverty in Britain. Leeds has a huge demographic of children living below the poverty line and there is so much a society in the University could do: Fundraising, starting up projects, raising awareness of the issues facing children in Britain and around the world and so much more.
IF Campaign: Save the Children was also part of the national IF Campaign last year, involving more than 150 UK and international NGOs and organisations. It aimed to "make 2013 the end of world hunger" by lobbying the G8 Summit (took place in the UK last year) to take action against world hunger.
Emergency Appeals: Save the Children is focused on bringing hope to the children in Syria, who are facing unbearable human conditions. They are providing aid, emotional relief, education, and anything at all they could help with on the ground. They were also active in providing emergency support to the people of the Philippines amidst their crisis, and to the suffering children in Iraq and Gaza currently.
No Child Born to Die: Newborn Baby campaign: To stop newborn babies dying unnecessarily – and to boost progress towards ending child and maternal mortality – big changes in the delivery of basic healthcare are urgently needed. Those changes need to happen in countries with high newborn death rates , with support from richer countries, such as the Britain. As UK Prime Minister, David Cameron can lead a global breakthrough in tackling the crisis in newborn deaths. But he’ll only be compelled to act if enough of us ask him to.
That’s why Save the Children is calling on David Cameron to use his global influence to get world leaders, private sector chiefs and key donors to commit to the five-point Newborn Promise to:
1) save 2 million newborn lives a year
2) ensure that by 2025 no baby is born without the life-saving
3) support of a trained midwife.
And we can only achieve all those if we join voices and efforts. Join our society and be part of the change!
WHAT WE DO:
Basically our aims are: (1) raising awareness on children's issues around the world through creative and fun campaigns around the campus. We sometimes do that alone as a society or collaborate with other Leeds University Union societies such as Oxfam, One, Amnesty, Leeds Friends of Syria and other fellow societies in joint campaigns. (2) We also have events for fundraising for Save the Children (where the donations sometimes go to the charity generally, or go to support emerging child-related causes like Syria's children or Philippine's emergency crisis). Similarly, we do that alone sometimes through our socials, dinners and get-togethers, where part of the money goes to charity, or in collaboration with other societies like events around the union (selling cupcakes, show events, etc), and elsewhere around Leeds. (3) We also provide Save the Children workshops on campaigning, public engagement, and other skills, and provide an opportunity for our society members to connect with Save the Children directly if they were interested, and this brings limitless opportunities for the students as well as for Save the Children, with the strong impact and energy young people can provide.
So it's all about fun for a good cause: socialising, learning new skills, building your CV, and making a change in the way we can as students. As we are new we welcome all suggestions for added activities and opportunities -- you just have to tell us what's on your mind :)
We send out emails outlining the events as they come, so if you're interested please contact us on: firstname.lastname@example.org, or join us on facebook and get in touch: https://www.facebook.com/LUUSaveTheChildren