Why we exist 

ChildHope believes that children should enjoy a safe and secure childhood, but for those growing up in the toughest circumstances, these rights are denied. Born into extreme poverty and violence, they have no protection. We work with local partners to ensure these children’s voices are heard, their rights are upheld, and they are able to access essential services. The children we work with may live and work on the street, be at risk of trafficking or child marriage, victims of abuse or sexual exploitation, working on rubbish dumps or in trouble with the law. Children with disabilities are more likely to be stigmatised, abused, exploited, or neglected. We work to ensure the most marginalised and hard to reach children are included and participate in our work that supports them.

We believe every child has potential. There are strengths within children, their families, friendships, and communities. Policies and systems can be changed, to protect children and give them a better future. By strengthening the net of support around the child we aim to ensure these children are protected and can thrive.

We are firmly committed to the key principle behind the Sustainable Development Goals which is to leave no one behind, which for us means reaching the most marginalised children first and as a priority. These children may live and work on the street , be at risk of trafficking or child marriage, victims of abuse or sexual exploitation, working on rubbish dumps or in trouble with the law. Children with disabilities are more likely to be stigmatised, abused, exploited or neglected.

​New models of development

We are ambitious. We are responding to the changing donor and international development environment. More of our donor applications are being led by our partners and supported by us, putting ownership of the work firmly in the hands of the local partner. We are developing more projects that focus on learning consortiums and collaboration.

We are building our international child protection training and consultancy business with bases in six countries, led by agencies with years of expertise and in-country experience. This will harness the wealth of expertise that our global network holds in the areas of child protection, safeguarding and children’s participation. With this approach, we believe we can create greater impact in promoting child protection and combating child exploitation by supporting the growth of expertise and knowledge of the whole international development sector.’

​Our partnership approach

The expertise we are now taking to scale is based on nearly 30 years of practical experience. To reach these children we work alongside local partners who have in-depth knowledge of the environment and culture. Our partners bring the local expertise and we offer the global perspective and knowledge of how to build strong development organisations. We help build sustainable and independent organisations that can be catalysts for lasting change. This approach means we and our partners deliver high impact programmes that change children’s lives.

The success of this approach has resulted in us becoming a trusted partner of some of the world’s most committed and innovative development donors, including the Department for International Development, Comic Relief and Big Lottery Fund. Our work is aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals. These goals provide a framework for the global community’s development efforts between now and 2030.

​Recognised global experts

Our partnership approach may be simple but the solutions we develop are not. Over the past three decades, our work has evolved significantly. In 1989 we were responding to the most immediate food, clothing, shelter and health needs of street children. Now we provide interventions that focus on prevention and bring lasting change. We recognise the interconnectedness of problems.

Our model builds layers of support to provide the protective environment that is every child’s right. We work with children to help them develop the skills, confidence and resilience to move themselves out of poverty. We also work with their parents, in particular their mothers, meaning the whole family structure is strengthened.

​Children guide us

What is non-negotiable for us is putting children at the very heart of all this work. We are committed to involving children in the planning of programmes that affect their lives. When choosing our partners, we look for organisations that consult with children and are happy to be guided by them. Children are the experts in their own lives and can teach us so much about how they believe their problems can be addressed. We are committed to creating a world where children’s ideas and ambitions are listened to and where they receive the support they need to realise their dreams and potential.

Child ​safeguarding and child protection

ChildHope supports children and young people who face the worst forms of injustice, violence, abuse, and hardship in Africa and Asia. Working in high risk situations, children and young adults may be more vulnerable. Through our work, we aim to ensure that all those who come into contact with children and young adults are aware of the duty of care to ensure no harm comes to them. We are committed to child protection and safeguarding, protecting them from harm, exploitation, or abuse while ensuring their well being and rights are protected. Their safety and protection is our priority.

Our Historical Timeline

  1. 1989


    ChildHope UK set up supported by UNICEF and Save The Children (Sweden)

  2. 1990


    Southern Africa Fund to aid street children in South Africa, Uganda, Malawi and Mozambique is obtained

  3. 1993


    ChildHope UK is a founding member of Consortium for Street Children (UK) and shifts focus to education

  4. 1998


    Relationship with Pendekezo Letu (PKL) in Nairobi, our longest continued partner, begins

  5. 2001


    Five new partnerships established: CHADET (Ethiopia), Sathsath (Nepal), Butterflies (India), Aparajeyo (Bangladesh) and Railway Children (India)

  6. 2003


    Refocused working relationships, strengthening the scope for partners to lead programmes

  7. 2005


    Ceased all work in Central and Eastern Europe

  8. 2007


    Coalition with eight NGOs to reduce violence against women and children is formed

  9. 2008


    Refocus goals to work with boys, girls and youth under 25 years

  10. 2009


    New partnership launched to improve the lives of Bangladeshi garment workers and their children

  11. 2010


    Prioritise educating families and teachers on Child Rights

  12. 2013


    Launch of a major new initiative to support over 16,000 Ethiopian girls through school, partnering with CHADET

  13. 2015


    Renewed commitment to work with extremely marginalized children as part of the Global Commitment to ‘Leave No-One Behind’

  14. 2016


    New strategic framework launched with a greater inclusion of children with disabilities

  15. 2017


    New ‘Lunch & Learn’ Seminar Series launched to strengthen child protection knowledge and practice for UK-based charities and agencies within the international development sector

  16. 2018


    Childhope UK continues to grow connections between Southern partners to extend its protection and safeguarding support and training to other agencies outside of the UK.

Our Official Donors

Comic Relief
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Big Lottery Fund

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