The way we work

Joseph Elibach, ChildFund Kenya

Overcoming child poverty

ChildFund believes that every child has the right not to live in poverty so ChildFund programs are designed to deliver real, tangible and lasting improvements to the lives of children. ChildFund reduces child poverty by:

Building assets: in areas such as education, healthcare, food security, livelihoods, water and sanitation.

Strengthening protection: by reducing the risks that children face and providing relief when disasters strike.

Amplifying the voice of children: supporting children’s right to be heard, and encouraging them to express their views.

Enabling people to claim their rights: by supporting them to become agents of change in their own communities.


ChildFund in action

ChildFund works with communities over the long-term – usually 10-12 years minimum. Programs are designed in consultation with local leaders, governments, parents and children. Working together, projects are implemented to improve education, health, livelihoods, nutrition, food security, child protection, water and sanitation.

Typical activities include building and equipping schools, teacher training, health worker training, management of common childhood illnesses, immunisation programs, construction of water systems, health and hygiene training, HIV and AIDS prevention, capacity building for government personnel, crop diversification, improved livestock management, farmer training, youth vocational training, micro-finance, distribution of essential materials (such as seeds, tools and livestock) and rights realisation initiatives.

ChildFund is present and responds rapidly in times of humanitarian crisis, and ChildFund’s central concern for children is evident in its child protection programs, early childhood care, children’s clubs, youth groups, child participation, sport and recreation opportunities.

All activities are monitored closely and regularly evaluated to assess effectiveness. Funds are applied according to strict budgets that are carefully managed and all country programs are independently audited.

Ending the cycle of poverty can seem an impossible task, but ChildFund’s work in poor communities is proof that positive change can happen – one child, one family and one community at a time.

Each year ChildFund implements hundreds of projects around the world. Here are a few examples:

In Vietnam’s mountainous Cao Bang province, a 10-year partnership with ChildFund has seen communities completely transformed, with enormous improvements in child and maternal health, access to education, and increased family incomes.

The introduction of tippy taps in remote villages in Papua New Guinea ensures that children and their families have access to improved hygiene and sanitation, helping to prevent the spread of disease through the simple, but potentially life-saving act, of hand washing.

In Nonghet Province in northern Laos, very few children have had the opportunity to take part in organised sport. However, a new joint intiative between ChildFund, Sport Matters and the Lao Rugby Federation is giving young people the opportunity to play, and learn a range of leadership and life skills in the process.

During the devastating drought in the Horn of Africa, ChildFund was able to respond quickly and effectively as the food crisis worsened – targeting our assistance to those most vulnerable, mothers and children. For Beyenech in Ethiopia, this support was truly life-saving.