The last 10 decades


About a hundred years ago, as the first World War ended, a woman named Eglantyne Jebb started a movement which was to become the leading voice of the most marginalised and disadvantaged children across the world – the Save the Children Fund, aimed at providing much-needed relief to the children affected by war.


Eglantyne Jebb drafted the first ‘Declaration of the Rights of the Child’. The declaration contained many proclamations intended to provide and safeguard certain universal rights to children. This declaration became the axis around which the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) revolves.


The League of Nation, the precursor to the United Nations, adopted Jebb’s declaration. What was an emergency relief fund became a major worldwide movement for protecting the rights of children.


Mahatma Gandhi signed ‘Declaration of the Rights of the Child’ drafted by Eglantyne Jebb.


Another World War broke out and Save the Children got involved in providing relief and rehabilitation to the affected children. Thousands of children received Save the Children clothing and shoes and their schools were provided with more than 8,00,000 books. In India, a child welfare centre in Kolkata was supported. Towards the end of 1946, Save the children began work with displaced children, refugees and concentration camp survivors in the devastated areas of France, Yugoslavia, Greece, Austria and Poland.


Save the Children started extensive work in Asia. Thousands of children affected in the Korean War were provided essential relief. By the end of 1960s, bulk of the resources were utilised for the betterment of children in Asia.


A devastating Tsunami ravaged the South-East coast of India shattering the lives of thousands of children. Save the Children mounted a massive response.


Save the Children started functioning as an independent Indian member of the Save the Children International Alliance under the name Bal Raksha Bharat.

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