About a hundred years ago, as the World War 1 drew to a close, a woman named Eglantyne Jebb launched a movement which was to become the leading voice of the most marginalised and disadvantaged children across the world – Save the Children Fund. It aimed at providing much-needed relief to the children affected by war. She was driven by the belief that all children have the right to a healthy, happy and fulfilling life.
Eglantyne Jebb drafts the first ‘Declaration of the Rights of the Child’. The declaration contained a number of proclamations intended to provide and safeguard certain universal rights to the children. It was this declaration which would become the axis around with United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) would revolve.
League of Nation, the precursor to the United Nations adopted Jebb’s declaration. What started as emergency relief fund had moved to the path of becoming 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 breaks out and Save the Children gets involved in providing relief and rehabilitation to the affected children. Hundreds of 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 is supported. Towards the end of 1946, we begin work with displaced children, refugees and concentration camp survivors in the devastated areas of France, Yugoslavia, Greece, Austria and Poland.
1950s & 1960s
Save the Children started extensive work in Asia. Again, hundreds of thousands of children affected in the Korean War were provided essential relief. By the end of 1960s, bulk of our resources were being utilised for the betterment of children in Asia.
A devastating Tsunami ravaged South-East coast of India shattering the lives of thousands of children. Save the Children mounted a massive response which continued for several months.
1 April, 2008
Save the Children started functioning as an independent Indian member of the Save the Children International Alliance under the name Bal Raksha Bharat.