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Save the Children – History (2 Sister)

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Our founder, Eglantyne Jebb

At the beginning of the 20th century, two sisters had a vision to achieve and protect the rights of children. Their vision has survived into the 21st century.

“All wars, just or unjust, are waged against the child.”

Eglantyne Jebb

The beginnings: Save the Children founder arrested in Trafalgar Square

“A Starving Baby and Our Blockade has Caused This”. That was the headline on a leaflet drawing attention to the plight of children on the losing side of the First World War. Save the Children’s founder, Eglantyne Jebb, was arrested and fined for distributing it in Trafalgar Square.

After the war ended, the British government kept up a blockade that left children in cities like Berlin and Vienna starving. Tuberculosis and rickets were rife.

“The children’s bones were like rubber. Clothing was utterly lacking. In the hospitals there was nothing but paper bandages.” Dr Hector Munro, Save the Children, 1919.

Eglantyne Jebb and her sister Dorothy Buxton decided that direct action was needed as well as campaigning. The Save the Children Fund was set up at a public meeting in London’s Royal Albert Hall in May 1919. From that day to this we’ve been raising funds to provide relief to children suffering the effects of war.


July 27, 2009 - Posted by | Education, Life, Philanthropy | ,

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