LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-One of the greatest world’s solo writer and performer Ann Chamberlain is appealing for the kindhearted spirit towards bailing out vulnerable children with resources and massage of hope.
Chamberlain, sole performer from New Zealand was in Malawi for Save The Children’s 100 years celebration event held in the capital Lilongwe.
In her play, she puts to light the life of amazing woman Eglantyne Jebb who fought hard for children’s welfare.
Thoroughly researched from Eglantyne Jebb’s letters, articles, speeches and diary entries, Anne took the audience through the highs and lows of Eglantyne’s journey, exploring her extraordinary life as a courageous, passionate, humanitarian, human rights activist, radical fundraiser and social reformer.
She has performed the play across Europe, in Beirut, Australia, New Zealand and in Africa in Tanzania, Kenya and Mozambique.
Chamberlain’s performance focus much on Eglantyne Jebb’s courage decision to champion and fight to save starving children across war-torn Europe a the end of the first World War.
Jebb bravely asked people to pay attention and support the plight of children in countries affected by conflict.
She later formed an organisation “Save The Children” to reach many across the global.
“My solo play is there to appeal for much attention on vulnerable children that we do more. We always emulate the amazing life of Eglantyne Jebb to save vulnerable children”, urges Chamberlain.
In his remarks, Save The Children’s Malawi Deputy Country Director Stanley Phiri says the organisation will continue to explore more ways in helping vulnerable children.
“In Malawi, Save the Children has been working since 1964 and so today we are also happy to be celebrating our 35th birthday locally, working across the country, in partnership with many of you here tonight we continue the work of Eglantyne Jebb to support children to survive, learn and be protected and to champion change for children and for their rights…
“Our organisation is working directly with children- listening to their needs, through their eyes, and is also able to recognize the importance of national and global advocacy to ensure that those voices are lifted up and at the center of our policies and legislation. As a member of Save the Children, I am also proud to represent all of the many staff, partners, and communities that have worked to advance children’s rights for a centenary,” lauds Phiri.
Eglantyne Jebb’s journey to save children
At the end of the first World War Eglantyne Jebb took the courageous decision to champion and fight to save starving children across war-torn Europe. Bravely asking people to pay attention and support the plight of children in countries affected by conflict.
Eglantyne, along with her sister Dorothy, set up the Fight the Famine Council, as a pressure group to persuade the British government to end the blockade in Eastern Europe where millions of children were dying of starvation.
This then led to the formation of Save the Children, which was publically launched at the Royal Albert Hall in London in May 1919.
In the 1920s during the Russian famine, Save the Children delivered over 600 tonnes of food, set up 1,400 kitchens and fed more than 300,000 children and 350,000 adults.
In all the work that Save the Children did, a major element in Eglantyne’s thinking was the importance of a planned, research-based approach, and as the Russian relief effort was coming to an end, she turned to another issue – that of children’s rights.
She headed to Geneva, to a meeting of the International Union, with a plan for a Children’s Charter.
Eglantyne Jebb drafted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, which was adopted by the League of Nations in 1924 and would later in 1989 become the Convention on the Rights of the Child fully adopted by the UN, and which still today is the most important foundation for children’s rights across the world.
In her relatively short 52 years of life, Eglantyne had laid the foundations of a truly global movement that has since gone on to achieve so much for children around the world. And Save the Children has marched on for children’s rights as her legacy since then.
In the 1930s Save the Childrenopened ourfirst programmes in Africa, helping children and their families in Ethiopia. We also supported children in the US in the wake of the Great Depression, providing clothes, shoes, books and toys. In schools, we served hot lunches and built playgrounds.
Throughout the 1940s, our work expanded to include education and farming programmes to support those affected and survivors of the Second World War, across Europe, the Middle East and Asia
Save the Children has always worked to reach every last child – from Nigeria to North Korea, whether supporting the Polio and HIV/Aids response, providing life-saving nutrition response in the Ethiopian Famine, or reuniting children after the Rwandan genocide, Save the Children continues to support children directly and to champion their rightsacross the world – today in over 120 countries.