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. Inspiring 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: 7,848
Local partners: 5
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 change 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 Sectors
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 Ghana (for the fiscal year-ending March 31, 2016):
16,359people have been reached by health-awareness campaigns
6,927children have been enrolled to receive nutritional/food rations
11,025 children have received an annual health checkup
Investing in healthcare and nutrition means better health for children, improved school attendance, greater life expectancy and fewer childhood deaths.
53sanitation facilities, such as latrines or toilets, have been built or improved
5clean water sources have been built or improved
Investing in safe drinking water and sanitation means CCFC can help reduce disease and sickness, shortening the time it takes to get water for cooking and cleaning — time children can better spend in school.
Kande's small, rural community in the Northern Region of Ghana was in desperate need of a clean water supply. CCFC provided her community with a rainwater-harvesting tank. It's a simple piece of equipment, but it gives her community clean water and frees the children from life-threatening waterborne illnesses.
For most of her young life, Kande’s only source of drinking water was a makeshift dugout far from her home. The water was smelly, dirty and contaminated with bacteria and parasites. She knew it was making her sick, but she had no alternative. Now, Kande has access to clean water.
22,853children and youth have received educational supplies
24,301children and youth participated in extra- or co-curricular activities
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.
"I don't know what my life would have been like without the support of CCFC," says Asana. For a girl like Asana, getting an education in Nyanshegu, one of the poorest communities in the region where she grew up, seemed impossible.
Culturally, educating girls has not been a priority for local families. Instead, the younger females in the family would spend hours collecting water.
Even with the odds stacked against her, Asana persevered. Today, with the support of her family and sponsor, she is a community health nurse who dreams of earning a degree. "I am particularly grateful to my sponsor for his wonderful support and the encouragement he gave to me," says Asana.
With the help of donors, CCFC supports programs in Ghana to address issues that keep girls out of school. Some of those programs include:
• The extension of pipes to provide potable water, which saves time girls spend travelling far for a water source, giving them the chance to go to school
• Public awareness and education on the importance of educating girls and protecting them through child sponsorship. With ongoing support, they are progressing from primary to secondary school.
5,883individuals have benefited from income-generating activities
1,955community members have been trained in collaboration and advocacy
Sustainable Economic Growth
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 we leave to help another community.
"Paying for the school fees, health centre visits and medicines for my children, there was never enough money. It was hard," admits Fuseina Salifu, a hardworking, mother-of-three. The family was struggling even though both parents worked as farmers.
A few ago, Fuseina enrolled in a CCFC program, and since then she has been a member of the Suglo Nbuori Buni Micro-Enterprise Development (MED) group, based in Sandu, Ghana.
"Since I joined the CCFC MED program, I have received loans that I have used towards my business. I have expanded my harvest by 50 percent. Along with loans, I have also received training to enhance my farming skills and income-generating activities,” says Fuseina.
With the help of this program, Fuseina and her family can now afford clinic visits, sufficient food to eat and school fees for their children.
1,094children and youth have been trained in children's rights and responsibilities, leadership skills, group management skills and more
1,126community 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.
In Zogu, a region around Tamale, local residents have volunteered to make the bricks for the construction of a local health centre. This is part of a child-sponsorship program supported by CCFC donors, and our Ghanaian partner, the Tuma Kavi Development Association.
The biggest health threat for children and adults in this community is waterborne illnesses such as dysentery and guinea-worm disease. Water sources are contaminated and the community has no other options. Soon, though, that will change.
CCFC programs are helping to provide new and improved water facilities to help prevent guinea-worm disease in children.