The age old adage “Children are our future.” is often said by many, and yet children’s rights are many a time neglected and their voices unheard time and time again. Here at ContactsforLess.ca, part of our mission is to save the planet, but that doesn’t just mean protecting the environment or its resources: it also means ensuring the children of today have the rights and education needed to become future leaders of tomorrow. That’s the goal of our group of the month, Save the Children.
Founded in 1919 by Eglantyne Jebb, Save the Children originally sought to alleviate the starvation of children in European countries affected by World War I. Since then, the organization has led global action for the well-being of children and has taken the initiative whenever the lives or rights of children are compromised. Save the Children not only helps provide lifesaving supplies and support to children in areas affected by disaster or war, but they also lead the campaign of improving the lives of children through easier access to food, water, and healthcare. In 1924, Jebb wrote the initial draft of the Charter on Children’s Rights and it was adopted by the League of Nations. That charter would later become the UN Declaration of Rights of a Child in 1989.
Since then, the group has grown into an international network of 29 member organizations serving over 120 countries around the world and has been there in nearly every major crisis and war that would involve the loss of young lives. They’ve even provided aid in Fort McMurray and the surrounding communities affected by the wildfires by establishing temporary homes for families and a safe place where children can feel a sense of normalcy and community.
Save the Children’s vision of “A world in which every child attains the rights to survival, protection, development, and participation” carries a lot of weight for us here at ContactsforLess.ca. That’s why we’ve chosen them as our June group of the month. You can go to SavetheChildren.ca to donate and learn more, and remember: when you buy contacts from us, 51% of our profits here at ContactsforLess.ca will be donated to Save the Children by default this month. You can also choose another charity of your choosing from the 50+ groups on our list.