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100 years of Save the Children
Throughout 2019, we will mark our 100th anniversary by celebrating how far we've come and recognise how far we still have to go.

It started with Eglantyne
Our extraordinary story began in 1919, when our founder Eglantyne Jebb launched the pioneering fight to save suffering children across war-torn Europe, which inspired the first global movement for children. Today in everything we do, we carry her spirit forward with unrelenting courage and compassion, as we take a stand for the rights of children worldwide. Read more about Eglantyne and our history here.

The Convention
Eglantyne’s legacy – the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) – continues to guarantee basic children’s rights in international law. UNCROC was ratified by New Zealand in 1993. All United Nations member states, except for the United States of America, have ratified the Convention.

Making a bigger impact for children
For a century, we have protected hundreds of millions of children around the world and given them the chance to realise their potential. We've made dramatic progress, but there's still a long way to go. Our 100th anniversary will see us sharpen our focus on tackling our priority areas; with commitments to protecting children from the horrors of war, tackling preventable disease such as childhood pneumonia, and delivering early learning so every child has the chance to unlock their true potential.

Thank you for your support
We couldn’t have managed the past 100 years without compassionate people who have supported us so that the world’s most marginalised and deprived children have a healthy start in life, access to a basic education and protection from harm. Thank you everyone for your generous support.

Centenary events
During 2019 there will be several Centenary events – watch out for updates on this page.


Save the Children - 100 years of Child Rights

For 100 years Save the Children has been working to ensure children safe, protected and have the opportunity to learn. As part of our centenary, an exhibition focussing on the work of the Save the Children NZ will be held from 3-26 May at Flux, an exhibition space at Wellington Museum.

Save the Children: 100 years of child rights includes a timeline of the work of Save the Children over the past 100 years, photographs of our projects and work during emergencies as well as photos of our Daulatdia project by Christchurch-based, internationally published, documentary photographer Giora Dan.

The centre of the exhibition will feature a child-friendly space with activities for children.

The exhibition is part of Photival, a not-for-profit, Wellington documentary photography festival focusing on social, economic and environmental issues. Photival aims to show people thought provoking and inspiring photographic work and then give them the tools they need to engage with positive change. The theme for this year is influence.

More information is available here