About Us

We aim to put children at the centre of everything we do

Save the Children South Africa is part of the world’s largest independent development and rights based organisation for children, represented in over 120 countries worldwide. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential. In South Africa, we aim to work in all provinces to ensure that every child, especially the most vulnerable, has a happy and healthy childhood.

Our core values

Accountability  |  Ambition  |  Collaboration  |  Creativity  |  Integrity  |  Ubuntu  |  Passion  |  Learning

Our five programme areas

  1. Holistic Early Childhood Care and Development Programme: Giving young children under five a safe, stimulating and quality early living and learning environment.
  2. Health and Nutrition Programme: Ensuring that no child under the age of five dies from preventable disease, and all children in South Africa will grow healthily and have long-term good health.
  3. Education Programme: Improving eduction so every child in South Africa receives a quality basic education.
  4. Child Protection Programme: Working to make sure all children in South Africa thrive in a safe environment free from violence.
  5. Children’s Rights Governance Programme: Advocating so that all children will benefit from a strengthened child-rights system that advances and monitors the realisation of their rights.

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Some shocking South African statistics:

70% of children live in the poorest households

60% of children have no early childhood development

60% of child deaths are associated with malnutrition

50% of the children who start school never make it to grade 12

80% of children attempt to learn in poorly resourced classrooms

50,000 children are victims of violent crime each year

26,000 cases of sexual offences against children are reported every year

Save the Children. Save Tomorrow.

Children are the foundation of the future of the African continent. The future depends on the investments we make in our children, especially at an early age. Our purpose therefore is to reach more children, and reach them early in life. We are determined to shape a South Africa in which every child attains the right to education, survival, protection, development and participation.

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Our core focus

Child Protection

Child Protection

South Africa is marked by high levels of violence and exploitation of children in places where they should be safe. All children should thrive in a safe environment.

Health & Nutrition

Health & Nutrition

No child under the age of 5 should die from preventable disease and all our children deserve long-term good health.

Children's Rights

Children's Rights

Insufficient resources prevent children from achieving their rights as enshrined in the South African Constitution. We are campaigning for a strengthened child-rights system.

Education

Education

The quality of education in the foundation years has a lasting impact and we are working hard to ensure that every child receives quality basic education.

More about Us

Our History

Our History

In 1919, children in war-ravaged central Europe were living in horrendous circumstances and dying of hunger. Inspired by their plight, Oxford-educated teacher and sociologist Eglantyne Jebb started up Save the Children.

Our Staff

Our Staff

Meet the dedicated people responsible for leading the team at Save the Children South Africa

Our Board

Our Board

Meet the people responsible for overseeing the growth of Save the Children South Africa

Contact Us

Contact Us

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