Our History

In 1919, at the beginning of World War I, Eglantyne Jebb is interested in helping the children who were most vulnerable to war, so that she establishes the Save the Children Fund, becoming the first global movement for the rights of children. A few years later, she drafts the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, which was adopted by the League of Nations in 1924.

Girls from La Dalia playing. Photo Mariela Fernandez

Save the Children continued defending and protecting children and adolescents who were affected by war conflicts. From the 1940 and 1950s decades, our work ix expanded and we include education and agriculture programs in France, Holland, Italy, West Germany, Austria, Finland, Greece, Lebanon and South Korea.

In the 1980s, Save the Children leads the global campaign to reduce maternal and child mortality and launches comprehensive programs for children survival. In 1989, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is adopted, which is based on Eglantyne Jebb’s vision for children, and it becomes the most universally accepted human rights treaty in history.

In Save the Children we are always at the forefront, we are a pioneer organization in applying a children rights approach. In our programs we carry out innovations that are proven at scale, in order to achieve the grates possible impact in childhood.

Save the Children in currently present in 120 countries. Ever since its foundation, in Save the Children we are independent of governments and have no religious affiliation, ns. We do whatever it takes, every day and in times of crisis, to guarantee the survival, development, protection and participation of most excluded children and adolescents, transforming their lives and the future we share.