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  • About Us
    About Us

    About Our Work

    Every child should be safe to grow, laugh, learn and play

    1994
    The year CCFC arrived in Nicaragua
    9,577
    Sponsored children
    151,092
    Beneficiaries
    15
    Communities we work

We Are a Child-Centered
International Development
Organization

We empower children to know their rights, be active participants in their community, and use their voice and talents for change.

We work together with communities to build a better and brighter future. With support from our donors and partners, we are improving the safety, security and health of children and creating a world where they can see beyond poverty and take the lead in their own change. We also invest in emergency preparedness and risk-management to ensure the resiliency of a community in the event of a disaster. In times of emergency, we respond quickly to protect and support children when they are most vulnerable.

What we do works

We respect and value our supporters and CCFC-supported communities. That's why we measure and evaluate everything we do. We set clear goals in partnership with each community and develop a step-by-step plan to achieve them. Evaluations are conducted to make sure the community is — and stays — on track. Donors and communities can feel confident their contribution is creating lasting and positive change.

Background

Since 1960, CCFC has been changing the world, one community at a time. We are a registered Canadian charity advancing the quality of life for children in developing countries in five key areas: education; health and nutrition; sustainable economic growth; strengthening community organizations; as well as water, sanitation and hygiene.

Each year we impact the lives of more than half-a-million children, youth and families in six countries — Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay — on three continents.

We are a proud member of ChildFund Alliance, a global family of 11 child-centred development organizations working in 63 countries with one shared goal: to create lasting change for millions of children. Each year, ChildFund Alliance spends more than half-a-billion U.S. dollars achieving its mission. While we are a member of the ChildFund Alliance, we are a fully independent organization, with our own Board of Directors and programs.

Our Mission

CCFC works to create a future of hope for children, families and communities by helping them develop the skills and resources to overcome poverty and pursue justice. For more than 50 years, we have followed the example of Christ by serving the poor regardless of their faith, cultural, and ethnic background.

About our work

We dream of a world where every child has a voice and the ability to achieve their full potential.

 
1930s

Dr. J. Calvitt Clarke and Dr. Verent Mills start work with Chinese war orphans

1938

Dr. Clarke creates China's Children Fund (CCF)

1950s

CCF expands its work from Asia into the Middle East after WWII. Renames itself Christian Children's Fund

1960s

CCF has global reach, and Canadian support leads to the creation of Christian Children's Fund of Canada

History

From One Man's Vision to a Global Partnership

Our roots date back to the late 1930s, when American Presbyterian missionary, Dr. J. Calvitt Clarke, along with Dr. Verent Mills, began working with Chinese war orphans. Moved by their suffering, Dr. Clarke created the China's Children Fund (CCF) in 1938. Less than a decade later, Mills joined as regional director in Shanghai. Born in Birmingham, England, and raised in Winnipeg, Canada, Mills had been a missionary in South China since the early 1930s.

In the 1950s, the organization expanded its work from Asia into the Middle East in the aftermath of the Second World War and renamed itself Christian Children's Fund. By the 1960s, CCF had a global reach, and growing Canadian support led to the creation of Christian Children's Fund of Canada.

Our History in Nicaragua

Christian Children’s Fund of Canada has been involved in Nicaragua since 1994. We work in partnership with local organizations to help improve life for sponsored children, their families and their communities through programs in the following sectors: education; health and nutrition; sustainable economic growth; strengthening community organizations; as well as water, sanitation and hygiene.

Financial Accountability

We are among Canada's most trusted and effective international development organizations. We have been helping children since 1960. Our work is made possible by the generous support of tens of thousands of donors. Trust and accountability are deeply important to us. We measure and evaluate our programs are  designed to ensure all contributions are used wisely.

Financial Post

CCFC named one of the top 25 Canadian charities of 2014

MoneySense

CCFC received A- in "2017 Charity 100" report

CCFC educates children and adults around the world on human, gender and child rights, including child labour and the importance of education for girls

We Help Children, Families and Communities

Our work has been helping communities be safer and healthier places for children to grow and develop using a holistic approach across multiple sectors and needs. We partner with communities to improve access to medical care, nutritious food and clean water; eliminate barriers to education; create new sources of income; and empower local community groups to lead their own, positive change. We focus on five priorities: health and nutrition; education; water, sanitation and hygiene; strengthening community organizations; and sustainable economic growth.

Where We Work Around the Globe

 
  • Countries where CCFC works to protect and promote the rights of children
  • ChildFund Alliance Member Countries
  • Other countries where ChildFund Alliance members work
ChildFund Alliance

ChildFund Alliance is a worldwide group of 11 child-centred development organizations working in 63 countries to implement long-lasting and meaningful change for children and families living in poverty.

  • Christian Children's Fund of Canada
  • ChildFund Australia
  • ChildFund Deutschland (Germany)
  • ChildFund International (U.S.A.)
  • ChildFund Ireland
  • ChildFund Japan
  • ChildFund Korea
  • ChildFund New Zealand
  • Barnfonden (Sweden)
  • Educo (Spain)
  • Un Enfant Par La Main (France)

The Alliance’s role is to establish global standards that ensure members are accountable to the highest level of quality and integrity in programming, finance, fundraising and governance.

ChildFund Alliance members create sustainable child-focused, community-based development programs in areas where children are impacted by war, natural disaster, poverty and global health issues. Each member organization promotes child sponsorship as a comprehensive and meaningful approach to child development.

The 11 ChildFund members provide assistance to impoverished children and families in 63 countries. 

For more information, please contact us with any questions you have about ChildFund Alliance. You can also visit childfundalliance.org for additional information. 

A member of ChildFund Alliance