Providing children and adolescents with a future
Our development work impacts the future of the world’s poorest children and adolescents. We focus on children and families in the most vulnerable and difficult circumstances, such as the poorest and marginalized in society, children with disabilities, street children and children exposed to armed conflicts.
Currently, our programmes reach over 148 000 children globally.
We train our partners in child rights, child protection and in the prevention of domestic and gender-based violence. This creates a safer environment for the children to grow up and develop. In addition, our global programme supports children and adolescents in education and health while promoting an adequate standard of living for their families. This also decreases the risk of children being exposed to various types of exploitation, for example child labour or becoming a victim of human trafficking.
Children living in conflict regions need special support. We finance child-friendly spaces, such as play areas in refugee camps eg. in Syria, Iraq and Kongo DRC. Through our programme, for example over 500 children with disability in Kongo DRC have been able to access schools for the first time in their lives.
We provide training for our partners so that they can support children in difficult circumstances. We are committed to ethical guidelines and child protection policies.
It is important that we don’t just think that we understand our friends with disabilities, but that we hear directly from them how they feel and what kind of problems they have. That’s why it’s great that the number of children with disabilities in the Children’s Parliament has increased.’
– Jema Erasto (12), Spokesperson for the Children’s Parliament, Mwanza, Tanzania