Save the Children is the UK’s leading international children’s charity. Save the Children was launched in 1919 as a relief organisation, initially to send aid to suffering children in Germany and Austria.They are now active in over 70 countries worldwide, maintaining their commitment to helping children in emergencies, but also campaigning to tackle the causes of war and environmental disasters.
Emergency relief runs alongside long-term development and prevention work to help children, their families and communities to be self-sufficient. We learn from the reality of children’s lives and campaign for solutions to the problems they face. We gain expertise through our projects around the world and use that knowledge to educate and advise others.
Why do children matter?
All our work is underpinned by our commitment to making a reality of the rights of children, first spelled out by our founders and now enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
All children deserve the best start in life – children have the right to live in a world where they have hope and opportunity. Children need special care and assistance, without which they cannot fully develop their potential.
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