Save the Children turned 100 years old in 2019, completing a Century of Change for Children through its development and humanitarian work across the world. In 1919, Eglantyne Jebb was arrested at Trafalgar Square for protesting the famine affecting the children in Austria and Germany as a result of the blockade to the supplies by Allied forces during WWI. Touched by Eglantyne Jebb’s commitment for children, the judge paid the £5 fine on her behalf, and which became the first donation for Save the Children Fund. Today, Save the Children had grown to become a global force of 24,000 staff reaching 134 million children in 120 countries. There are 29 Save the Children member countries under the Save the Children International umbrella.
In Bhutan, Save the Children completed 37 years of work in development assistance, including pioneering innovations in critical areas of early childhood care and development, education, child justice system, and humanitarian support in development context.
In 2019, Save the Children’s programs in early childhood care and development, in strengthening the child protection systems, safety and preparedness, and in support of the most deprived children – directly benefited 11,384 children and 1855 adults with an overall fund of US$ 1.9 million available. Two new awards were inaugurated – the Prescription to Play project targeting 0-3 years old children funded by the Lego Foundation, and “Sustainability of HIV Services for Key Populations in Asia” (SKPA) project, a Global Fund multi-country grant program aimed at promoting sustainable HIV services for key populations in Bhutan.
In 1982, the Royal Government of Bhutan invited Save the Children US to work in Edi, Zhemgang. Save the Children supported the construction of a suspension bridge, irrigation canal, mule track, etc. Today, Save the Children in Bhutan is among the lead agencies reaching the most deprived children in the country – deprived as a result of poverty, difficult geographic location, disability, or being in difficult circumstances (including coming into contact with the law) – by enabling access to tried and tested ‘common approaches’ programs for lasting positive change and impact.