Save the Children Club

Gerald, nine, wearing a Christmas Jumper in his village in Dulag, Leyte province, Philippines. Gerald survived Typhoon Haiyan on 8 November 2013. He encouraged his family to evacuate their home and go to a nearby school, where they sheltered as the typhoon destroyed the area around them. When they returned home, they found their house had been destroyed along with their fishing boat. Save the Children has given Geraldâs family various items to help restore their home, including tarpaulins, a hygiene kit and an emergency toilet, as well as cash to buy supplies they need. Save the Children is repairing classrooms and hygiene at Geraldâs primary school. He is a member of the WASH Club and helps to promote hygiene in their school and community. His older siblings Shirley Mae and Frederico are enrolled in our vocational skills development programme. Shirley Mae is learning dress-making and Frederico electrical installation. Gerald is the main story in a Christmas themed TV advert promoting Save the Children from November 2014.

Save the Children is a charity that I’ve been meaning to show some support to since becoming a parent, so I was happy to hear from them recently when they got in touch to let me know about their newly-launched membership scheme. Save the Children Club gives 7-11 year olds the opportunity to learn about kids living in different circumstances around the world.

They sent us a pack to look through during the summer holidays and, although Dylan is a little younger that the primary target audience – he’s five – he got on well with it and enjoyed reading about Gerald, a nine-year-old boy from the Philippines.

An activity pack by Save the Children.

The pack contains several exercises that children can carry out to gain an understanding of the different lives others have. Dylan loves reading, so it wasn’t difficult to persuade him to pick up the pack and start learning. It includes stickers too – which are always a winner! – so he was keen to read and fill in questions on the pages to earn more.

It goes way beyond the page though; there are several activities that encourage children to try new things. Dylan is a good mimic so he particularly enjoyed a video exercise that helped him learn a few phrases in Waray-Waray, the dialect that Gerald speaks. We also had fun playing the flip flops game and, once we’ve bought some condensed milk, will be trying out hands at making a chocolate pudding known as ‘Champorado’ too!

A close-up of a sandal with a child throwing another sandal at it in the background.

I’m really impressed by how much there is in the pack and would have loved something like it when I was a child. It’s been a great resource for keeping Dylan’s mind active during the school holidays and I’m really pleased that he’s learning about the wider world as a result.

Save the Children Club is available for a monthly donation of £7.50. Children will receive a welcome pack including a map of the world, a badge and stickers, followed by three packs a year like the one we’ve reviewed here.

All club membership money is spent on supporting Save the Children’s work around the world. For example, supporters’ donations helped Gerald’s community in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. As well as helping families rebuild their homes and ensure that they had access to safe drinking water, they created a child friendly area in the village where Gerald and his friends now play.

You can sign up to join the Save the Children Club here.

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