17 December
Eglantine Jebb, Social Reformer, Founder of 'Save the Children', 1928

Eglantine Jebb was born in Ellesmere, Shropshire, in 1876 and went up to Oxford in 1894. Her deep Christian faith led her to work for the Charity Organisation Society and in 1913 she helped with relief work in Macedonia. This experience made her determined to help refugees and, after the First World War, she and her sister Dorothy set up the Save the Children Fund to work for the starving children in defeated Germany and Austria. The initial response to a crisis developed into a lasting international charity. Her work wa crowned by the League of Nations' Declaration of the Rights of Children (1924) which she wrote. She died on this day in 1928.
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