Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. Around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm.
We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.
The Save the Children Fund, commonly known as Save the Children, is an international non-governmental organization that promotes children's rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries.
It was established in the United Kingdom in 1919 in order to improve the lives of children through better education, health care, and economic opportunities, as well as providing emergency aid in natural disasters, war, and other conflicts.
In addition to the UK organisation, there are 29 other national Save the Children organisations who are members of Save the Children International, a global network of nonprofit organisations supporting local partners in over 120 countries around the world.
In 2015, we reached over 62 million children directly through our and our partners' work.
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.