Project information

No Child Forgotten in Africa

Give the most vulnerable children in sub-Saharan Africa the protection, care and education they need. Your support will help ensure that street children, disabled children, children affected by conflict and kids behind bars are not forgotten. Together we can give them the childhood they so deserve!

January 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: Chance for Childhood

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  • Need

    Need

    The children we help are excluded from society, unable to go to school and living in abject poverty. Street children face human trafficking and child labour. Disabled children are 3 times more likely to be sexually abused. Children affected by conflict suffer severe trauma and often miss school. To survive, kids have no choice but steal food or fight for a spot to sleep. When arrested they end up in overcrowded adult prisons at risk of abuse. All these children are forced to grow up too quickly.

    Solution

    We work with and strengthen the capacity of visionary community leaders to implement effective, locally-relevant projects. This enables us to focus on ‘hard to reach’ children, in terms of complex needs (e.g. street children with learning difficulties) and location (urban slum, rural area). Instead of a ‘one fits all’ solution, we believe an approach tailored to each child’s unique needs is the only way to break the cycle of poverty & exclusion. We tackle root causes and create lasting change.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Protect street children from the danger of the streets and meet their basic needs


    Activities

    » Identify and meet children on the streets. It takes time to gain their trust so it is key to have a constant presence, day or night.
    » Run early childhood development centres and provide safe temporary places to meet the children's most urgent protection and health needs.
    » Provide vocational training, especially for girls who would otherwise engage in sex work, and offer catch up lessons in literacy and maths.
    » Run income-generating activities to help families lift themselves out of poverty and better provide for their children.

    What success will look like

    Over 2,000 street children will access education, training and safe places. They’ll be able to build a better future for themselves away from the streets.


    Aim 2

    Enable children with disabilities to access an education and be better accepted in their community


    Activities

    » Train teachers in inclusive education and help them develop individual education plans for each child.
    » Specifically support one of the rare schools for deaf children in rural Rwanda.
    » Help parents accept and support their disabled children through local awareness-raising events and residential workshops.
    » Support local & national governments to adopt inclusive education training manuals, leading to a better inclusion of all children with disabilities.

    What success will look like

    800 children with disabilities will improve their learning, social skills, wellbeing and access to their rights. They’ll be better accepted by their families and communities.


    Aim 3

    Promote access to fair and child-friendly justice and spearhead unique Justice for Children projects


    Activities

    » Provide legal aid to ensure fair and appropriate representation.
    » Train social and frontline workers (e.g. police and judiciary staff) and judges in child protection and alternatives to detention.
    » Give access to education, vocational training and tailored therapy to tackle antisocial behaviour and improve young people’s prospects.
    » Recruit foster care families (key to diversion). They provide a loving environment to children in conflict with the law who’ve been abused.

    What success will look like

    We’ll deliver child-friendly justice by ensuring 900 children receive fair legal treatment, benefit from diversion options and access to training or education.


    Aim 4

    Help children affected by conflict build a future for themselves.


    Activities

    » Provide psychological & emotional support to former child soldiers, vulnerable children and victims of sexual violence to tackle issues of self-worth.
    » Provide accelerated learning programmes, including vocational training.
    » Provide inclusive education that meets the needs of children affected by violence and conflict.

    What success will look like

    We’ll adapt successful elements of our education and justice activities to conflict-affected and resource-constrained contexts, benefitting 780 children.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Our overall long-term goals are for vulnerable children to realise their rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. We want all children to have access to inclusive quality education and life-long learning opportunities. We also seek to promote peaceful, resilient and inclusive communities and access to justice for all.
    We use a range of qualitative and quantitative indicators, along with external evaluations, to measure outcomes and have evidence-based proofs of our success.

    Risk

    We hold a detailed risk register with mitigation strategies, regularly reviewed by senior managers and Board. Key risks:
    Children’s safeguarding given the complex environments we work in. Mitigation: ongoing child protection training, child safeguarding framework, risk protection tools.
    Losing donors’ trust in unpredictable funding environment. Mitigation: increase transparency to donors/beneficiaries.
    Staff’s safety in volatile locations. Mitigation: security training, review before each trip.

    Reporting

    We will provide regular updates to our donors through email newsletters (if they have opted in), paper newsletters, on our website and social media channels. A more complete picture of our impact and activities will also be reflected in our 2018 annual report (published in Q2 of 2019).

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £36,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £36,000 Chance for Childhood Supports our work with most vulnerable children in 7 countries to ensure that no child is forgotten
  • Background

    Location

    To maximise our impact, we focus our work on sub-Saharan Africa in Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia. Some of these countries rank amongst the poorest in the world (Uganda is 163rd, DR Congo 176th and Mozambique 181st out of 188 countries, UN Development Index). We work in areas with limited resources (e.g. urban slums, isolated rural areas), and facing current (DRC) or previous (Uganda, Rwanda) conflicts and subsequent displacement and migration.

    Beneficiaries

    We support children aged 0-24, who have been or are at high risk of being robbed of their childhood due to disability, conflict or poverty. We also support their families, their local community and frontline workers associated with them.
    In 2018, we aim to directly support over 4,550 children & young people, 1,400 parents & carers and 1,600 community members. 680 frontline workers (e.g. teachers, judges) will also be reached and at least 12,500 people will indirectly benefit from our activities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Chance for Childhood has 25 years’ experience working with extremely vulnerable children. We support 12 local partners with innovative solutions adapted to the most complex and low-resource contexts.
    We also have international partners such as the Manchester Metropolitan University and Huddersfield Law Society, and work closely with other charities (e.g. co-implementing an inclusion project with Unicef Rwanda).
    We won the 2017 Collaboration Award at the Bond International Development Awards.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Anna-Mai Andrews

    CEO, overseeing the running of the whole organisation. She's been working on child rights, protection and justice issues for over 10 years.

    Katie Fowler

    Director of Programmes, ensures our programmes are well-run and efficient. She manages the programme team split across the UK and Rwanda.

    Beatrice Cami

    Director of Fundraising and Marketing, runs the Big Give campaign and has 17 years’ experience in the international development sector.

    Tony Wellby

    Chair of Trustees, supports the CEO, leads the board and ensures its decisions are implemented. He is also a very keen fundraiser!

£50

Could feed 5 street children in Ghana for a month.