Children all over the world face completely different prospects based solely on the lottery of birth. Child.org believe that all children should have the opportunity to thrive, no matter where they are born or what their circumstances. Child.org break down barriers to children's health, education and protection.
Most of the children we work for right now are primary school-aged children living in poverty. They live in countries that are in the bottom 50 of the Human Development Index. Most of our programmes currently operate across Kenya and in Ghana.
We're not limited though. If we think we can have a profound impact on child malnutrition by developing programmes targeting mothers and newborns, we will. If we found we were able to use our HealthStart experience to impact school health policy in Europe, we'd do it. As Child.org grow and develop, we will support thousands more children aged 0-18 through innovative and dynamic programmes that leave a long-lasting change.
Child.org programme design checklist
When we design a new programme to fund, it needs to be:
- Measurable and realistic
- Provide value for money in terms of the impact we have
- About creating lasting change - we solve problems for the long term
- In line with our values
The biggest barrier to an education is ill health. HealthStart breaks down that barrier.
Thanks in part to the Millennium Development Goals, 90% of children in the developing world now have access to school, but malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea, worms and other health issues stop those children from learning even if they make it to school. By tackling all of these issues, HealthStart means children actually get an education.
A lack of education and standing for women is creating a cycle of child poverty.
Child.org are breaking that cycle. We're training women and girls to support their families through agricultural skills, and helping them to avoid cultural practices like female genital mutilation and early marriage to keep girls in school for longer.
Providing agricultural skills can make schools self sufficient.
Giving children a healthy meal every day is transforming their opportunities in life. But Child.org have discovered a way to go even further. With just a little help, many of the schools we work with can feed themselves.
Street children's centres
No child should be left on the streets.
Poverty, disease, abuse and other social issues drive hundreds of thousands of children on to the streets of Kenyan cities. There they face physical and sexual abuse, drugs and violence in a daily fight for survival. Child.org work with a street children centre to provide safe shelter with food, healthcare, psycho-social support and an education for the street children of Kisumu.
Rural children's centres
Children need support to spend all day in school.
The prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS in Western Kenya is three times the national average. In some areas, over 70% of the children have lost at least one parent. Child.org are providing these children with vital support so they can attend school, instead of spending the day hunting for food.
School feeding programmes
Lack of nutrients reduces cognitive ability
In schools, today, right now, in Ghana, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Uganda, children are struggling through the school day because all they have had to eat today is a bowl of watery maize porridge.
Child.org find sustainable ways to feed these children, and research the impact it has on their educational attainment.
The charity sector needs to recruit the best.
Child.org believe that if our charitiy sector is going to continue to thrive and innovate, we need to be attracting and training the brightest and best to work in the sector.
We need to offer more opportunities to people in the UK who want to forge challenging, rewarding charity careers, and we need those opportunities to be accessible to everyone - not just those who can afford to work for months for free. That's why we created Charity Apprentice - the year-long course in charity work that you complete in your spare time.