Eglantyne Jebb and her sister Dorothy Buxton founded the first Save the Children organization in May 1919, in London, United Kingdom.
Shocked by the aftermath of World War 1 and the Russian Revolution, they were determined to secure improvements to children’s lives. Their goal was to create a powerful international organization, which would extend its ramifications to the remotest corner of the globe. This was soon achieved – and Save the Children continues to build on this success.
Eglantyne Jebb was the first to press for worldwide safeguards for children. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopted by the United Nations in 1989 and now ratified by nearly all countries worldwide, has its roots in her pioneering work. Read more about Eglantyne Jebb here.
Save the Children Norway
Save the Children Norway was founded on April 16th 1946.
1948: Austrian and German children arrive Norway on summer vacation escaping the difficult post-war situation for a couple of weeks.
1959: The UN General Assembly passes the Declaration of the Right of the Child on the 20th of November. It becomes the foundation for Save the Children´s work.
1961: Save the Children Norway starts its first planned project with a duration of various years in Tanzania against leprocy. This is a joint effort between Save the Children Norway and Save the Children Sweden.
1963: Save the Children Norway receives funding for the student campaign “Operasjon Dagsverk” (Operation one day´s work). The collected fundings are spent on building schools in Algeria.
1975: The Campaign “Ethiopia is starving” on the Election Day in October gives NOK 5 million and is at this point the most successful fundraising campaign ever for Save the Children Norway.
1976: An earth quake in Guatamala takes more than 25,000 lives. The catastrophy leads to a pioneer co operation between several Save the Children organisations. It also leads to new ways of working and a whole new international organisation: The Save the Children Alliance.
1978: Save the Children Norway has their first Telethon at the major TV channel NRK. The results are NOK 44 million, 3,500 new individual sponsors, 800 new members and 750 friends.
1989: The UN General Assembly passes the UN Convention on the right of the Child on the 20th of November, and Save the Children from now on defines itself as a Child rights organisation.
1990: Save the Children has its second Telehon. The results are NOK 139 million, 12,000 new individual sponsors. The world first summit on children is held in New York.
1995: Press, Save the Children's youth organisation, starts its first group.
2003: Save the Children Norway has their third Telethon. Result: NOK 158 million
2009: Save the Children arranges the first Norwegian Red Nose Day.
2013: Save the Children arranges Operation Days Work for the first time since 2006. This year's project is called Violence Free Schools.