Save the Children has led global action on children’s rights for more than 90 years.
- 1919 Eglantyne Jebb established the Save the Children Fund to feed children facing starvation after the First World War
- 1924 the League of Nations adopted Eglantyne’s charter on children’s rights
- 1939–1945 During the Second World War, we worked to safeguard children directly affected by the war. We continue to do this in conflict-affected regions
- 1977 A number of Save the Children organisations formed an alliance to coordinate campaigning work to improve outcomes for the world’s children, sowing the seeds for Save the Children as a single global movement for children
- 1989 The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. 194 countries have signed up to this legally binding convention
- 2004–2009 Save the Children’s largest humanitarian operation, in response to the Indian Ocean tsunami. Our tsunami response programme received funding of US$272 million, largely through generous donations
- 2009 Save the Children launched EVERY ONE, our largest ever global campaign, to prevent millions of mothers and young children from dying
- 2012 Our work once again touched the lives of over 125 million children worldwide and directly reached 45 million children.
View our global strategy, Ambition for Children 2030