Michele Teboul, Copywriter   15 November 2019

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Doctor, artist, teacher, lawyer, DJ or footballer. Children, wherever they are born and into whatever circumstances, have wonderful aspirations for their future.

Each child has potential that needs to be nurtured and fed, so that they can be who they want to be. Every child has that right.

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Harriet, Bidi Bidi Refugee settlement, Northern Uganda

Education is key to helping children realise their dreams. WorldRemit understands this, as we know how important it is to our customers. Many of them send money home specifically to pay for the education of their friends and family.

In fact, we conducted some research and found that an incredible 3.5 million children worldwide are likely to be in school, thanks to money transfers.

You can read more about the positive impact of online money transfers here.

So, it’s fair to say that we’re passionate advocates of better education worldwide – and frequently run promotions and competitions to promote it for our customers and their family and friends.

This holiday, however, we are looking to help our wider world family by supporting Save the Children in providing better opportunities for children. Save the Children works day in, day out to change the future of millions of children around the world.

We plan to help in a small but significant way. How? This holiday season, we’re aiming to donate the equivalent of 20,000 school meals for children around the world. So, every time you send a money transfer with us, you’ll be helping us reach our goal, and you’ll be assisting children in growing healthier and happier, and ready to learn.

Here’s how it works: For every 200 transactions, we’ll donate the equivalent of a school meal to Save the Children*.

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Nutrition and education – fuel for thought

Millions of children wake up each morning and fall asleep every night hungry - all over the world. Worse still, in many cases, lack of nutritious food with the right micronutrients (essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin A, iron, or zinc) means their bodies and brains can’t develop properly. In fact, at least 170 million children (1 in 4) worldwide are affected by stunting, reports Save the Children.

This means that not only are they too short for their age – they’re also likely to enrol in school later and to do less well academically. For example, iodine deficiency, a type of malnutrition caused by a lack of specific nutrients, affects one-third of schoolchildren in developing countries, and is associated with a loss of 10–15 IQ points. Plus, according to Save the Children, as adults, affected children are predicted to earn an average of 20% less.

So, when it comes to education, good nutrition is not only key in helping children focus and stay alert in school, it’s also crucial to the healthy development of their brains. The right cognitive processes can only function given the right fuel.

That’s why we’re so delighted to be supporting Save the Children. Our donation could supply much-needed school meals. For many children, their school meal may be the only food they have all day – some children even take their school meal home to share with their family. So, these school meals are a real lifeline for many.

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Save the Children’s work

In the fields of education and nutrition, Save the Children is working tirelessly the world over – helping children have the best possible start in their young lives. Their health and nutrition programmes reach millions of children every year. And with their education programmes they reached 8 million children in 2018 – helping them realise their full potential to grow up to build a better world.

For a more detailed look at how Save the Children is striving to change the future for children, visit www.savethechildren.org.uk. In the meantime, here’s just one example of the work Save the Children is involved in helping children from one of the poorest parts of the world get a better start in life.

Zomba District, Malawi

In the Zomba District in Malawi, malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies are affecting the growth and development of around 47% of children aged 6 to 59 months. This, of course, is causing severe long-term health conditions. It’s a result of food insecurity, low agricultural production due to the lack of rainfall, and the excessive burdens of poverty.

Save the Children has come to the region to improve agricultural and nutrition practices in homes and families, as well as in preschools, which serve around 40% of 3 to 5-year-olds in Malawi.

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Shakila 4 years old

Here we see Shakila, 4, enjoying a nutritious porridge made from fresh produce from the community garden at a Save the Children supported preschool in Zomba District, Malawi. It may be her only meal of the day.

Help us support Save the Children this holiday

With the holiday season upon us, you’re sure to be thinking of the children in your family and the children of your friends. After all, Christmas is their time. But please join us and think of the children of our wider world family. And help us support Save the Children’s crucial work.

As we said, we’re aiming to donate the equivalent of 20,000 school meals for children around the world. So, every time you send a money transfer with us, you’ll be helping us reach our goal and help feed a brighter future.

Send money now 

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*This donation is based on Save the Children’s Somalia programme where the cost of a nutritious school meal is typically £2.50. Worldwide, different Save the Children programmes will have varying school meal costs. WorldRemit’s donation to Save the Children will support the world’s most disadvantaged children to survive, learn and be protected.

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The Save the Children Fund is a charity registered in England and Wales (213890) and Scotland (SC039570)