Save the Children

by PJ Mullen on July 28, 2010

in July 2010 Nominees, Spread Your Warmth

Our next nominee for July’s Spread Your Warmth campaign contest is Save the Children USA. This organization is modeled after Save the Children, an organization established in England by Eglantyne Jebb to provide food for starving children in Vienna after World War I. Jebb authored the landmark Declaration on the Rights of the Child, adopted by the League of Nations in 1924 and the United Nations in 1959.

In 1932, a group of forward-thinking individuals were inspired by Jebb’s work to establish a similar agency in the United States. Their immediate goal was to help the children and families struggling to survive during the Great Depression in Appalachia.

At the heart of Save the Children’s philosophy, then and now, have been the concepts of self-help and self-reliance – the belief that development is a process by which people take charge of their own lives.

Today in more than 50 countries including the United States, Save the Children USA is transforming children’s lives by providing families and communities with the tools they need to break the cycle of poverty.

As a means of executing on their mission Save the Children runs a few major campaigns to promote important issues for children in the United States and the world:

Rewrite the Future

Over 75 million children are growing up today without an education. 40 million children are out of school in areas affected by war and conflict. Millions more living in conflict-affected countries are receiving a substandard education.

Save the Children’s Rewrite the Future program seeks to help millions of children in conflict-affected areas gain access to, and reap the current and future benefits of, a quality education.

Schools are vital in protecting children and supporting their emotional and social development by giving them comfort, security and opportunity. The routine of school develops a sense of normality and the environment is one in which children are allowed to be children.

Survive to 5

Survive to 5 is Save the Children’s campaign to make survival a reality for more children who lack basic health care. Every day, over 25,000 children under the age of 5 die from preventable or treatable illnesses like pneumonia, diarrhea, and newborn complications. About 60 percent of these children can be saved with simple, proven solutions provided by skilled community health care workers.

Thank you to Elizabeth Schoeppner who nominated Save the Children for the July edition of the Spread Your Warmth campaign. If you would like to learn more about this organization visit their website.

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