10 years together to change the future.
A hundred years ago, Save the Children was founded by Eglantyne Jebb and her sister Dorothy Buxton to feed children facing starvation after the First World War. A hundred years later, Save the Children has played a role in reducing child deaths in recent years, from 12 million a year to 5.9 million a year.
Since 2009, Bvlgari has raised over $85 million to help Save the Children transform the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable children. In 2009, to commemorate its 125th anniversary, Bvlgari celebrated its past with a bold and hopeful dream: to empower and improve the lives of children all over the world and help them build a better future through education.
To date, Bvlgari has reached out to over 1.5 million children through their support in 114 projects, and counting. With respect to education for example, more than 4,900 schools benefitted from improved services and infrastructures, and 49,000 teachers received relevant training.
The Bvlgari-Save the Children partnership has spanned 10 years, and to commemorate this momentous milestone, in addition to a new pendant for the cause, Bvlgari has committed to achieving a new, challenging goal: to raise overall donations to US$100m in a year.
The iconic BVLGARI BVLGARI collection inspired the new sterling silver and onyx necklace. The stone disc is encircled by the bold double logo and topped with a precious red ruby from Mozambique, while its back reveals the emblem of the charity. “Save the Children,” is also engraved into the back of the pendant. It will be retailed at S$1,080 (€ 750) of which €75 are directly donated to Save the Children, as with the other pieces from the collection.
It will join the rest of the collection which now counts three silver and black ceramic creations inspired by the iconic B.zero1 collection: a ring, a bracelet, and a pendant respectively retailed at S$790 (€530), S$820 (€560) and S$880 (€600).
Income inequality, especially in the most marginalized and rural areas remains a key challenge. In South Africa, Save the Children work across five provinces – Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Free State, Limpopo and KwaZulu- Natal, and their programmes have supported 66,826 children directly this year.
To see the impact of their contributions first-hand, Mauro Di Roberto, Bvlgari’s Jewellery Business Unit Managing Director, visited a project site in Limpopo, South Africa.
In Limpopo, many kids do not receive the same opportunities as would children in developed countries. This is why Bvlgari and Save the Children launched the “Thuto Ke Lefa” – “Education is wealth” project, to provide education opportunities to as many children as possible. The project aims to enhance literacy, and the quality of learning outcomes for thousands of 3 to 8 year old children in subjects such as Mathematics in early and primary basic education cycles. For program effectiveness, and project sustainability, the families and the communities of these children are also involved.
It is their hope that through education, these children can break out of the cycle of poverty to positively impact and transform their lives, and future generations to come.