Our History

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.

By 2015 we aim to dramatically reduce child deaths and improve children’s futures. But we need your help.