Save the Children as been one of Pico Iyer’s favorite charities for almost forty years now.  Founded in 1919 by Eglantyne Jebb, it operates in 100 countries, doing what is needed to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn, and protection from harm. It is estimated that Save the Children has changed the lives of over a billion children. Thanks to its network of supporters, Save the Children reached more than 183 million children in 2021 alone, including 837,000 in the United States.

The Save the Children organization is a global leader in  child  healtheducation and protection.  It has a proven track record of using donations efficiently and effectively to change children’s lives. They are  transforming the way emergency care is delivered, putting world-class health professionals to work for children in crisis anywhere in the world within 72 hours. They champion gender equality, recently earning the first nonprofit Gender Fair certification. They work in the United States, helping more children get ready for kindergarten than any other nonprofit and as the national leader in protecting children in emergencies. They work in the hardest-to-reach places, where it’s toughest to be a child.

The scale of crisis in the world has increased exponentially in recent years. There are more children living in conflict and war zones now than at any time in the past 20 years, as well as more child refugees. Natural disasters are not only more frequent, but more severe. As always, children in crisis are among the most vulnerable.

In particular, the more than 12 million refugee boys and girls now face a triple jeopardy. Not only have they lost their homes and lost their education, they now face the additional impact of COVID-19 on their futures.

As the world leader in protecting children from the physical and emotional wounds of war, Save the Children been a lifeline for families fleeing violence in SyriaVenezuelaMyanmar and dozens of other crises around the world.

And as the largest aid organization in Yemen, Save the Children helped 1.7 million children, supported 88 health facilities and 23 hospitals just last year.

A child’s right to an education does not end in times of emergency. That’s why they are focused on return to education, helping more children in crisis recover and return to learning than any other global humanitarian organization.

Save the Children gratefully accepts donations.  There are so many ways to give, such as making a charity donation,  joining Team Tomorrow or honoring someone special. From Giving Tuesday to Christmas or your favorite holiday, give a charity gift that works best for you!