CHANGING A LIFE LASTS A LIFETIME
Every good deed on behalf of a child starts a ripple of change – changing the lives of children, families and entire communities.
100 YEARS OF CHANGE FOR CHILDREN
Thanks to supporters like you, we’ve been doing whatever it takes for children in need for 100 years, reaching over 1 billion children! It all began in 1919 with our founder, Eglantyne Jebb, the original changemaker for children. Eglantyne launched a pioneering campaign to save suffering children across war-torn Europe – a cause that soon became the first global movement for children. Our founder’s fearless spirit and bold vision continue to drive our work today. Join us – by signing the changemakers pledge to create a better world for children!
COMMEMORATING OUR CENTENNIAL
Did you know our founder was committed not only to saving children, but also to securing their rights? Watch our top-5 child rights countdown and learn what we’ve accomplished together in the last 100 years.
TOGETHER, LET'S MAKE HISTORY
Explore ways you can give and get involved to support our 100-year legacy of lasting change for children.
Donate Your Birthday
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Our 100-Year History: A Timeline
Charismatic. Fiercely intelligent. Influential. Save the Children’s founder, Eglantyne Jebb, was one of the world’s most passionate champions of children’s rights. Meet our founder. A century later, her legacy continues. Explore the highlights.
CHILDREN HAVE RIGHTS
Our story began in 1919, when Eglantyne Jebb stood up in downtown London for World War I’s suffering children, a cause that soon became the first global children’s charity. We started child sponsorship the same year. Jebb went on to write the historic Declaration of the Rights of the Child, adopted by the League of Nations in 1924.
IN America SINCE 1932
Our U.S. work began with the distribution of hot meals, warm clothing and school supplies for children in Appalachia hard hit by the Great Depression. We helped children escape Nazi Germany and were among the first into liberated areas after the war, helping displaced children, including concentration camp survivors.
CHANGING CHILDREN’S LIVES
We were the first global aid agency allowed into Vietnam after the fall of Saigon. In 1989, the UN adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, based on Jebb’s vision for children. We are at the forefront of global efforts to reduce maternal and child mortality.
EVERY DAY AND IN CRISIS
We were there for America’s children after Hurricane Katrina and every major U.S. crisis since – including Hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Irma in 2017. We’re on the ground in Syria as children endure 8 years of war, and we help the Rohingya fleeing Myanmar.
NOW AND BEYOND
So far we’ve changed the lives of over 1 billion children! Our ambition is to ensure ALL children grow up healthy, learning and safe by the year 2030. Together with supporters like you, we will deliver on our vision for children. SEE FULL TIMELINE
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