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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 Eglantine 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.