More than a quarter of a billion children better off today than 20 years ago

For over 100 years Save the Children has worked to help improve the lives of millions children around the world. To mark our ongoing commitment to helping more children survive and thrive, Save the Children is celebrating it's 100th anniversary by focusing on progress for children.

At least 280 million children – or 1 child in 8 – are dramatically better off today than at any time in the past two decades, according to our third annual Global Childhood Report and End of Childhood Index. More children are healthy and surviving past their fifth birthday. More children have enough good food to eat, so their growth isn't stunted. More children - girls and boys - are in school and learning, instead of having to marry, become a parent or go to work. And, more children are safe from violence.

This is welcome news – and shows that the world's investments in childhood are working!

What progress means to children


Since the year 2000, circumstances have improved for children in 173 out of 176 countries, saving hundreds of millions of childhoods. Globally there has been progress on every End of Childhood indicator but one – children suffering due to conflict.

Not only has there been no progress at all in reducing the number of children living in war zones or forced to flee conflict, that number has dramatically increased.

Today, 1 child in 4 is still being denied the right to a childhood. Finding ways to provide these children with the chance to grow up healthy, educated and protected is central to ensuring every last child has the childhood they deserve.

Discover more – the statistics, the stories and the 10 factors that are driving progress.

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Awatash with her children

Healthy Children – and Hope

Awatash's children are no longer too hungry and sick to regularly attend school in Ethiopia. With some sheep, a vegetable garden and some training, the family finally has enough nutritious food. "My children's health is better and we are eating three meals a day," says Awatash. "Now I am hopeful."

Learn about how Ethiopia is fighting malnutrition in our
global childhood report


Successful Sandhya

Thirteen-year-old Sandhya is proof of how much has changed in India in a generation. At the same age, her mother had already been married and forced to give up her education. Now Sandhya is at the top of her class and a Save the Children child champion. Sandhya encourages girls to decide for themselves when it's time to get married and have children. Her dream is to become a lawyer so she can help other families deal with issues like child marriage.

Learn about what India is doing to fight child marriage in our
global childhood report


Wajhia, an Influential Woman

Wajhia's mother wants her daughter and her future granddaughters to become influential women. That dream is now within reach because Wajhia is getting an education, rather than being forced into child marriage and struggling to raise nine children, like her mother. This means Wajhia's children are more likely be educated and influential, as well. Despite being one of the world's poorest countries plagued by decades of conflict, Afghanistan's teen birth rate has been reduced by 55% since 2000.

Learn bout what Afghanistan is doing to reduce teen births in our
global childhood report

*Names have been changed to protect identity


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1 in 4 children still denied the right to childhood. Together we have the power to change this. Join our campaign to make sure every child survives, thrives and lives in safety.

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Our Every Last Child Campaign

The world has made incredible progress for children - but millions are still being denied the opportunity to survive and learn simply because of who they are and where they live. Save the Children's campaign – Every Last Child – strives to do whatever it takes to reach the world's most excluded children.

Without urgent action to tackle this exclusion, progress for children will slow and may even halt altogether. With this campaign we are asking the world to put excluded children first and remove the barriers that exclude millions of children from healthcare, nutrition and education each year.

With your help, we can build a world in which no child's opportunities are determined by who they are or where they were born. Together we can reach every last child.

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