Eglantyne Jebb is remembered each year on 17 December as the founder of international children’s charity, Save the Children, in 1919. 

For the organisation’s centenary year, churches and other supporters will ring their bells on Sunday 15 December to commemorate the life, work and vision of Eglantyne and her sister, Dorothy Buxton, a cofounder, whilst also remembering them in prayers.

Save the Children was founded in the aftermath of the First World War, after the founders spoke up for the starving children trapped behind British blockades. Eglantyne once said, “Each generation of children offers mankind the possibility of rebuilding his ruin of a world.” 

Today, Save the Children continues the commitment to secure the rights of the world’s most deprived and marginalised children. This year, the charity aims to highlight the global issue of children in conflict. It is estimated that over 350 million children, one in six worldwide, are living in conflict zones. Many are deprived of sufficient food, medical care, schooling or protection, whilst suffering atrocities like sexual violence and exploitation. Save the Children draws attention to these injustices and drives change through local and international engagement.