As World War 1 ended, a woman named Eglantyne Jebb launched a movement which was to become the leading organization for child rights across the world – Save the Children Fund.
Eglantyne Jebb drafted the first ‘Declaration of the Rights of the Child’. The declaration contained proclamations to provide and safeguard certain universal rights to the children. It was this declaration which laid the basis of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
League of Nations, the precursor to the United Nations, adopted Jebb’s declaration. From an emergency relief fund, the entity moved to becoming a global worldwide movement for protection of the rights of children.
Mahatma Gandhi signed ‘Declaration of the Rights of the Child’, drafted by Jebb, marking the first footprint of Save the Children in India.
The Movement provided relief to the children affected by the Bengal Famine. The All-India Save the Children committee was formed under the leadership of Vijaya Laxmi Pandit, an Indian diplomat and politician who was elected as the first female president of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Relief work was carried out in India for the victims of the Diviseema cyclone, a devastating tropical cyclone that hit Andhra Pradesh in November 1977 and during the Tibetan Refugee crisis in the 1960s.
A devastating Tsunami ravaged southeast coast of India shattering the lives of thousands of children. Save the Children mounted its biggest humanitarian response.
Save the Children — Bal Raksha Bharat (SC-BRB) became an independent member of the International Save the Children alliance.
Save the Children movement completed 100 successful years of championing rights of children across the world. The organisation marked the centennial year with a cheer and significant resolve for children all over the world.
In India, Save the Children reinforced its commitment to provide The Right Start to all children laying greater emphasis on three strategic areas:
Fight against Childhood Pneumonia: The Forgotten Killer
Strengthening Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)
Ending Violence Against Children (EVAC)
From providing emergency relief to becoming one of the largest independent child rights organisations — it’s been a remarkable journey for the Movement that has spread to 120 countries. The centenary celebration in India built around celebrating people, partnership and most importantly children saw great success.
Save the Children supports and stands with the young Champions of Change. This work is rooted in Save the Children’s value of ‘Being the Voice’ — not only on behalf of children but also to cultivate and nurture them to speak for themselves as strong champions for the rights of children.
2019-20 was the first year of the organisation’s ambitious strategy for children. Seven key thematic areas were marked for intervention in program and policy for they are recognised as the most critical mediations required for children and they bring dramatic momentum to achieving child rights in India. This was supported by commitment to closely work with child champions and build mobilisation around the issue of street connected children and girls. The organisation launched a supportive fundraising strategy and build a fit for purpose organisation structure. To bring thematic expertise closer to the ground, bring agility and efficient the organisational structure migrated to four hubs format(East, West, North and South) led by the Senior Leadership Team and Senior Management Team. The restructuring introduced autonomy of decision making at the hub levels, sensitivity to the needs of the local marginalised children and their communities, with a micro perspective in view. All core functions at the head office have been represented at every hub to ensure easier access to services by the implementation teams.
Out of seven Big Ideas or focus intervention areas, Save the Children chose three focus areas as commitments during the Centenary year, which also coincided with the first year of the new 2019-21 strategy.
The three areas — Addressing the Forgotten Killer Pneumonia, Ending Violence against Children and Strengthening Early Childhood Care and Education — aligned with the global Save the Children commitments, the UN sustainable development goals for children and also the pressing concerns in India.
Aligned with our strategic focus on Girls and Children in Street Situations and protection for children, Save the Children launched two high voltage campaigns to inspire political commitment, public mobilisation and steering narratives online through cause based partnerships.
Our programs and campaigns have been supported by four ambassadors in the year 2019-20
32 new influencers joined Save the Children to support our campaigns in 2019-20
Along with the rigorous implementation of programs on the ground, we have strengthened our financial and IT systems by migrating towards an automated compliance and relationship management tool. The tool not only ensures 100 per cent compliance of all applicable laws by the organisation but it is extended to all partner NGOs for better project management. It ensures due diligence concerning certificates and licenses, governance, partner staff, geographical presence etc. The implementing partners can also submit their expression of interests and use the same tool for progress reporting.