Save the Children Receives $1.5 Million for U.S. Disaster Response

Save the Children Receives $1.5 Million for U.S. Disaster Response

Save the Children has announced a three-year, $1.5 million grant from global healthcare company GSK to strengthen its capacity to respond to disasters in the United States.

The grant will help Save the Children boost the impact of its disaster relief work, including efforts to mobilize rapid responses to natural disasters, strengthen the capacity and efficiency of its volunteers, and boost its efficiency through upgrades to its data systems.

Since 2013, Save the Children and GSK have partnered to provide direct assistance to 2.8 million children affected by recent disasters, including hurricanes Michael, Florence, Maria, Irma, and Harvey. In the U.S., the two organizations have collaborated on the Resilient Children/Resilient Communities project, a $2 million effort focused on assisting policy makers, educators, parents, and communities in preparing for natural disasters, with children in mind.

"Disasters are scary and disruptive for kids — they take children away from their homes, their schools, [and] their friends and can have lasting consequences," said Jeanne-Aimée DeMarrais, Save the Children's senior director of U.S. emergencies. "We are incredibly grateful to GSK for this grant, which will grow our capacity and enable us to serve children across America in time of crisis."