About us

Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in around 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.

Save the Children strives to achieve a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. We work to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. Across all of our work, we pursue several core values: accountability, ambition, collaboration, creativity and integrity.

We achieve change for children by building evidence from innovations, partnering with key stakeholders, and being the voice for change to implement our programs at scale to impact millions of children.  Last year our programs benefitted more than 70m children globally. 

Save the Children has worked in continuously in Ethiopia since the 1960s providing support to vulnerable Ethiopian children and their families.  We implement emergency relief and with long-term development programs.  Our programs support existing Government of Ethiopia delivery structures, allowing us to achieve scale with our proven approaches.  The Ethiopia Country Office is currently our largest operation globally with more than 2,400 staff working in one of our 50+ offices through the country. In 2015, more than 6m Ethiopians benefitted from our programs.

Our programmatic approach is to build evidence from our program innovations and then work to enhance Government of Ethiopia systems to scale-up successful programs.  We typically enhance service delivery directly or through local NGO and other partners and use our successes to engage in policy dialogue at different levels. We work in seven main programmatic sectors in Ethiopia targeting vulnerable children and their families mostly in rural and remote, underserved areas.

Alemnesh holds her daughter Ayal, who is five years old (when photographed).  Alemnesh and Ayal were first interviewed in 2008 at the Tewa Health Centre constructed by Save the Children, during then, Ayal was sick and brought to the health center for treatment. Ayal is healthy and has not suffered any major health problems since then. Save the Children built a five room health centre in the town of Tewa, Amhara Regional State which provides medical service to nearly five-thousand people.