Our History

“Change is within reach – if we have courage, determination, imagination and effective organisation” -Eglantyne Jebb-

The story of Save the Children is one of hope and deeply passionate and committed people, determined to make the world a better place for all our children.

It began with one woman who changed the world’s response to children in need.

19 May 1919:  Eglantyne Jebb launched a worldwide movement - the Save the Children Fund. She was driven by the belief that all children have the right to a healthy, happy and fulfilling life.

1923: Jebb drafted the first Declaration of the Rights of the Child - one of the central inspirations for the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child which is also our foundation to continue Eglantyne Jebb’s work - long-term improvement of children’s lives and the realisation of their rights.

1986: Save the Children started their work in Mozambique with children and their families in some of the most marginalised communities during civil war and in humanitarian context.

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