Children are at the heart of everything we do

Every child has the right to a safe and secure childhood, but for many these rights are denied. Born into extreme poverty and violence, they are at high risk of exploitation and abuse. The strengths within children, their families, friends and communities, can be built to overcome challenges. Policies and systems can and must be changed to enable children to thrive.

Mission, Vision, and Values


Vision

A world in which all children enjoy a life free from injustice and abuse.

Mission

To build on the strengths within children, families, communities and institutions so that children can grow up to become empowered citizens.

Values

Mutual respect for all children and adults, regardless of their situation, lies at the heart of ChildHope’s approach. We aim to be trusted, transparent and accountable to children and adults, our partners, our supporters and our donors.

Child-centric model of support 

As a children’s rights charity, we aim to always protect children's rights, prioritise their needs, and always consider their best interests. To keep children safe, especially marginalised children, requires special safeguards and protections.

Every child’s story and situation is unique, and so, our safeguarding and child protection processes adapt to the needs of each child. We place the child at the centre and works outwards, examining each layer of the system that surrounds the child. Strengthening mechanisms and systems that allow them access to support and the means to grow and thrive.


The children we work with 

We work with some of the most marginalised and hardest to reach children. While most children grow up with layers of support around them, we work with children when these support structures have broken down, children who:

  • Live and work on the streets, in markets or railways
  • Live and work on dumpsites
  • Endure heavy domestic workloads in their own homes or the homes of relatives or strangers
  • Migrate from village to town or across borders
  • Are sexually exploited by adults
  • Are forced into early marriage
  • Forced into child labour, particularly the worst forms of child labour (link)
  • Trapped in bonded labour or other forms of modern day slavery
  • Are trafficked

Many children have been forced into these situations by climate change and human impact on the physical and natural environment.

Girls and children with disabilities can face even greater challenges – the chances that they will be abused, exploited or neglected are even higher. We are committed to increase the visibility, voice and potential of these often ‘hidden’ children throughout our work.


UN Sustainable Development Goals

Children everywhere should be free of fear from all forms of violence and abuse.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) underline all our work. The overarching SDG of our programmatic work is Goal 16 - Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies. Under Goal 16, we are supporting access to justice, tackling human trafficking and modern slavery, promoting the right to documentation and birth registrations, preventing sexual abuse and sexual exploitation, encouraging participation in decision-making at all levels, and working towards ending violence against children.

Goal 16 targets most applicable to our work.

  • 16.1 Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere
  • 16.2 End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children
  • 16.3 Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all
  • 16.6 Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels
  • 16.9 By 2030, provide legal identity for all, including birth registration
  • 16.10 Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreement

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