Focus on Children
Children are at the centre of all we do.
We are a child-centred international development organization. We protect and improve the lives of children by helping them realize their basic human rights. Encouraging adults and children to work together is key to positive, lasting change.
We empower communities to create a safe place for children to grow, laugh, learn and play
Sponsored children: 9,577
Local partners: 6
Where We Work
We help families support the healthy growth and development of children from infancy through childhood to adolescence and young adulthood
Children experience poverty differently from adults. Their age, inexperience, lack of political and economic power, and dependence on others, make them particularly vulnerable to abuse.
We empower children to know their rights, be active participants in their community, and use their voice and talents for change.
Implementation Through Partners
We are proud of our work with local, Canadian and international partners to transform the lives of children. Partners help make our programs possible.
We partner with governments, NGOs, community-based organizations, academic institutions and child, youth and women's groups
Community Development Across Partners
Our work helps 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.
CCFC achievements in Nicaragua (for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016):
57,448people have been reached by health-awareness campaigns
611families and households are maintaining gardens and producing fruits and vegetables
Investing in health and nutrition means better health for children, improved school attendance, greater life expectancy and fewer childhood deaths.
Education campaigns enable families to be proactive about their health, reducing their reliance on costly medicines.
In cases of abuse or trauma, children and families have access to psychological counselling, which helps victims of domestic violence and exploitation deal with the trauma.
1,164community members have been trained in water, sanitation and hygiene management
Investing in safe drinking water and sanitation means CCFC can help reduce disease and sickness, and shorten the time it takes to get water for cooking and cleaning — time children can better spend in school.
We have built latrines and proper sanitation facilities in Nicaraguan schools, complete with clean water for washing and drinking. In one project, more than 1,400 young children in the Las Torres and Hilario Sánchez neighbourhoods of Managua, Nicaragua, benefited.
Before we built the new facilities, children were suffering from frequent gastrointestinal infections, all because the school didn't have clean water or any washrooms. Children were missing school, and poor academic performance was common. Now, students are much healthier. They now can take part in sports without fear of dehydration, and they can go to the bathroom at school.
7,509children and youth have received educational supplies
265youth have been trained in vocational/life skills
Investing in education means creating opportunities for the future. It also helps children grow confidently and know their rights — making them less vulnerable to violence and exploitation and better prepared to be leaders in their community.
423females have been trained in collaboration and advocacy
200males have been trained in collaboration and advocacy
Helping adolescents, youths and adults build small businesses and participate in basic skills-training means children develop greater confidence and self-esteem, and parents can provide for their children long after CCFC leaves to help another community.
15,215people were targeted in disaster-preparedness advocacy campaigns
166community members now belong to new child/youth groups
Community members and organizations that work together can achieve positive and lasting change. Empowered communities are safer places for children to grow, laugh, learn and play.
Whenever it rained in sector 14 of Barrios Unidos in Somoto, Nicaragua, water would stream down from the mountains, cutting residents off from the rest of the city. Flooding made it impossible to move around, and every winter, the homes of families living in that area were flooded.
To solve the problem, the community rallied together to promote a bridge-building project in the municipality. With the support of CCFC and its program partner in Somoto, local residents built an underground bridge, known as a Box Bridge.
Approximately 2,655 children and 2,410 youth and adults benefited.