Focus on Children
Children are at the centre of all we do.
We are a child-centred international development organization. We protect and improve the lives of children by helping them realize their basic human rights. Inspiring adults and children to work together is key to positive, lasting change.
We empower communities to create a safe place for children to grow, laugh, learn and play
Sponsored children: 5,345
Local partners: 4
Where We Work
We help families support the healthy growth and development of children from infancy through childhood to adolescence and young adulthood
Children experience poverty differently from adults. Their age, inexperience, lack of political and economic power, and dependence on others, make them particularly vulnerable to abuse.
We empower children to know their rights, be active participants in their community, and use their voice and talents for change.
Implementation Through Partners
We are proud of our work with local, Canadian and international partners to change the lives of children. Partners help make our programs possible.
We partner with governments, NGOs, community-based organizations, academic institutions and child, youth and women's groups
Community Development Across Sectors
Our work helps communities be safer and healthier places for children to grow and develop using a holistic approach across multiple sectors and needs.
We partner with communities to improve access to medical care, nutritious food and clean water; eliminate barriers to education; create new sources of income; and empower local community groups to lead their own positive change.
CCFC achievements in India (for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018):
7,419people have been reached by health-awareness campaigns
633children have been enrolled to receive nutritional/food rations
Investing in health and nutrition means better health for children, improved school attendance, greater life expectancy and fewer childhood deaths.
In India, CCFC and our partners organize general medical checkups for children where they can receive de-worming medications and vaccinations. Specialists also meet with children throughout the year to check their vision, hearing and dental health.
Medical treatment has helped children, like four-year-old Michael, who was suffering from a fever and loss of appetite. After being diagnosed with jaundice, Michael received medicine and was put on a special diet. His health improved and he is now healthy.
Medical care is provided to children through CCFC's sponsorship program in India. Children also participate in educational health workshops on topics such as nutrition, sanitation and hygiene, as well as HIV/AIDS awareness.
8sanitation facilities, such as latrines or toilets, have been built or improved
39water facilities have been built or improved
Investing in safe drinking water and sanitation means CCFC can help reduce disease and sickness, shortening the time it takes to get water for cooking and cleaning — time children can better spend in school.
In Roachmanagar, a coastal village in Tamil Nadu, India, just a few individuals have fresh-water wells. Many villagers, including children, are forced to choose between dirty, contaminated water or spending a great deal of time walking to fetch clean water.
With the generous support of Canadians and our partners in the field, CCFC has built a common well in the village so the entire community has access to clean water. Projects like this one make an immediate, life-changing impact, especially for women and children. With safe water nearby, women are free to pursue new opportunities, and children can go to school and focus on their future.
By investing in water, dignity, equality and health are restored.
6,261children and youth have received educational supplies
994youth have been trained in vocational/life skills
Investing in education means creating opportunities for the future. It also helps children grow confidently and know their rights — making them less vulnerable to violence and exploitation and better prepared to be leaders in their community.
"The children of my village participate in a group called the Child Rights Protection Forum,” says 12-year-old Kavita. "Through this, we have helped children who have dropped out of school return. I thank CCFC for giving children opportunities to learn new things."
When CCFC first arrived at a small fishing village in the Thoothukudi district in India, school enrolment was low. Many children spent their days working with their parents, taking care of their younger siblings, fishing or collecting firewood. Thanks to educational awareness campaigns run by CCFC and our partners, education is now valued in this village. We have also provided children with uniforms, supplies and tuition fees, which has helped ensure school attendance is high.
1,234equipment, tools or supplies have been provided for vocational activities
109individuals have benefited from income-generating activities
Helping adolescents and adults build small businesses and participate in basic skills-training means children develop greater confidence and self-esteem, and parents can provide for their children long after CCFC leaves to help another community.
The rural poor and other vulnerable groups in the state of Tamil Nadu, India, needed an alternative source of revenue to change their low economic and nutritional status.
Partnering with ChildFund Germany and ChildFund Korea, CCFC helped women and youth develop entrepreneurial skills by raising poultry and selling the meat and eggs. Poultry is an ideal initial entry point to markets, because it does not require lots of land or resources, compared to other livestock, and the meat and eggs produced combat malnutrition.
We expect a confident entrepreneurial group will eventually emerge, increasing financial support to families in need.
1,795mothers, fathers, guardians and community members have been trained in children's rights and protections
1,004community members now belong to new child/youth groups
Community members and organizations that work together can achieve positive and lasting change. Empowered communities are safer places for children to grow, laugh, learn and play.
India is a democratic country, but the political system can be complicated and confusing. It’s no wonder ordinary citizens may be unmotivated to exercise their democratic right.
Sponsored and other children in many program communities in India now have a unique chance to participate in a youth government to learn how democracy works, what their role is, and how they can best shape the political future of their beloved country.
These young minds are gaining a solid understanding of the voting process and learning about the importance of casting a ballot. They know what qualities to look for in a leader, and they’re poised to make educated decisions when they are old enough to cast a real vote.