Save the Children was the first global movement for children, boldly declaring that children have rights.
Today, we champion the rights of the world’s 2.3 billion children.
Believe it or not, in 1919, when Eglantyne Jebb founded Save the Children, her conviction that children have the right to grow up healthy, educated and safe was not a mainstream idea.
Much has changed since then. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, based on our founder’s declaration, is now the most universally accepted human rights treaty in history. And, through our work in the United States and around the world, we've changed the lives of over 1 billion children.
We work in over 100 countries, doing whatever it takes — every day and in times of crisis — to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm.
Thanks to our supporters, we achieve tremendous results for children. In 2020 alone, we reached more than 197 million children, including 1.1 million here in America.
As the world's leading expert on childhood, we believe that every child deserves a future. This belief is at the heart of everything we do. We know you share it, too.
We are the world’s leading expert on childhood.
If you’re still wondering, why Save the Children, there’s so much more to know about us:
- We are global leaders in child health, education and protection.
- We have a proven track record of using donations efficiently and effectively to change children's lives.
- We’re transforming the way emergency care is delivered, putting world-class health professionals to work for children in crisis anywhere in the world within 72 hours.
- We champion gender equality, recently earning the first nonprofit Gender Fair certification.
- We work in the United States, helping more children get ready for kindergarten than any other nonprofit and as the national leader in protecting children in emergencies.
We work in the hardest-to-reach places, where it’s toughest to be a child.
The scale of crisis in the world has increased exponentially in recent years. There are more children living in conflict and war zones now than at any time in the past 20 years, as well as more child refugees. Natural disasters are not only more frequent, but more severe. As always, children in crisis are among the most vulnerable.
In particular, the more than 12 million refugee boys and girls now face a triple jeopardy. Not only have they lost their homes and lost their education, they now face the additional impact of COVID-19 on their futures.
As the world leader in protecting children from the physical and emotional wounds of war, Save the Children been a lifeline for families fleeing violence in Syria, Venezuela, Myanmar and dozens of other crises around the world.
And as the largest aid organization in Yemen, we helped 1.7 million children, supported 88 health facilities and 23 hospitals just last year.
A child’s right to an education does not end in times of emergency. That’s why we’re focused on return to education, helping more children in crisis recover and return to learning than any other global humanitarian organization.
Your help for children in need is changing lives.
We sometimes wonder what our pioneering founder would think of our world today and Save the Children’s place in it. One look at the alarming headlines, and even she might fear the world is falling apart. But she would never back down from a challenge.
As the coronavirus pandemic has spread to almost every country in the world, the poorest and most disadvantaged families are hurt the hardest. Save the Children is working around the clock to ensure that the health and well-being of children are protected.
It is because of our commitment to children that Save the Children ranks high among other nonprofit organizations. Charity watch groups give us top ratings for achieving incredible results for children – with proven efficiency, effectiveness and accountability.
Bottom line: Giving to Save the Children is one of the world’s best investments. So go ahead, feel great about giving.
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