• The ChildFund Alliance

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

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ChildFund Alliance

Education Icon  Education

Children out of school – low literacy rates

Health Icon  Health

Children who are sick and hungry

Water Icon  Water

Distant water sources, dirty and contaminated

Community Icon  Community

Communities threatened by violence and exploitation

Sustainable Icon  Economy

No opportunities, leading to low self-esteem

Education Icon  Education

Girls and boys attending – and completing – primary school

Health Icon  Health

Children growing healthy and strong

Water Icon  Water

Safe, clean water to drink

Community Icon  Community

Communities that are safe for vulnerable children

Sustainable Icon  Economy

Skills gained and working towards a brighter future

Our executive team

Patrick-Canagasingham
Patrick Canagasingham
CEO
Patrick, a passionate human-rights’ advocate, has been championing the needs of vulnerable children and working globally to promote positive change since before he took the helm at Christian Children’s Fund of Canada in April 2017.
Jim Carrie
VP, Global Operations
A commitment to global justice based on Christian principles drives Jim Carrie. Through extensive travels to Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay, Jim is focused on improving our program design and social impact as well as increasing resources through a successful grant strategy.
Jim Carrie
Jeff Hogan
Jeff Hogan, CPA, CA, CPA(IL), CSR-P
VP, Finance and Corporate Services
As VP of Finance and Corporate Services Jeff Hogan maintains the financial strength of the organization — its assets, resource and fund-flow management. He has been working to create social impact for the children and families we serve, and leading staff as fundraising ambassadors, since joining Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) in July 2001.
Jessie Morrison
VP, Human Resources
Jessie Morrison joined Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) with more than 30 years of experience in human resources in the for-profit sector to satisfy her "deep desire" to work for an organization seeking to change the world.
Jessie Morrison

Board of Directors

Dr. John Dirks
Chair, Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) Board of Directors
Dr. John Dirks has been the Chairman of the Board at Christian Children’s Fund of Canada since June 2017. He brings a wealth of experience having received his MD from the University of Manitoba (1957) and a Fellowship in Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians (1963). He also trained in nephrology research at the NIH (1963-1965), and held an MRC Canada grant (1965-1987) for his work in renal pathophysiology.
Dr. John Dirks
Donna Alteen
Donna Alteen
Vice-Chair, Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) Board of Directors
Donna Alteen was appointed to the Christian Children’s Fund of Canada Board of Directors in June 2011 and became the Vice-Chair in June 2017. The accomplished entrepreneur brings extensive experience leading a professional team and directing the strategic vision of her organization for 30 years.
Michele McKenzie
Secretary, Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) Board of Directors
Michele McKenzie was appointed to the Christian Children’s Fund of Canada Board of Directors in June 2012. Today she acts as Secretary to the Board and member of the Governance Committee. The Principal of Waverley, N.S.-based management consulting firm McKenzie Strategies, has worked for clients such as The Trans Canada Trail and Tourism Nova Scotia.
Michele McKenzie
Gabriel Ollivier
Gabriel Ollivier
Treasurer, Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) Board of Directors
Gabriel Ollivier was elected to the Board of Directors of CCFC in December 2014 and now serves as Treasurer and a Member of the Marketing Committee. His 25-year career has been spent in Canada’s oil and gas industry and the Canadian capital markets.
Dr. Douglas Ellenor
Past Chair, Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) Board of Directors
Dr. Douglas Ellenor served as the Chair of the Board at Christian Children’s Fund of Canada, until June 2017. The Past Chair has some 39 years experience in the petroleum exploration and production industry, having spent 25 of those on international assignments with the Royal/Dutch Shell Group in Australasia, Europe and North and South America.
Dr. Douglas Ellenor
Dr. Robert G Blunden
Dr. Robert G. Blunden
Director, Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) Board of Directors
Dr. Robert Blunden has served as Treasurer, Vice-Chair, Chair and Past Chair. He is now a Director of the Christian Children’s Fund of Canada’s Board of Directors and Chair of the Nominating Committee.
Karen Fonseth
Director, Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) Board of Directors
Karen Fonseth joined the Christian Children's Fund of Canada's Board of Directors in June 2016. Fonseth's career has been dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults both nationally and globally over the past 25 years at a senior executive level.
 
Karen Fonseth
Paul Newbigging
Paul Newbigging
Director, Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) Board of Directors
Paul Newbigging joined the Christian Children’s Fund of Canada’s Board of Directors in October 1997 and served as Chair of the Board from 2001 to 2011. He is a member of the Nominating Committee.
Sebastian Spio-Garbrah
Director, Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) Board of Directors
Sebastian Spio-Garbrah was elected to the Board of Directors of CCFC in June 2015. He has been adjudged one of the world’s leading frontier markets analysts, and voted among the ‘Top 30 under 30 Analysts’ by New York’s Institutional Investor Magazine in 2006.
Sebastian Spio-Garbrah
Mark Johnson
Mark Johnson
Director, Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) Board of Directors
Mark was elected to the Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) Board of Directors in September 2015. As general counsel at Toronto Community Housing Corporation, he leads a department serving 110,000 tenants.
Bekele Geleta
Director, Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) Board of Directors
Bekele was elected to the Christian Children’s Fund of Canada’s Board of Directors in September 2016. He has served as a member of various international Governing Boards and has held many senior positions in his career.
Bekele Geleta
Lori Schmidt
Lori Schmidt
Director, Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) Board of Directors
Lori was elected to the Christian Children’s Fund of Canada’s Board of Directors in September 2016. She is CEO of GO Productivity, a nationally incorporated not-for-profit organization.
Dr. Paul Roberts
Honorary Advisor, Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) Board of Directors
Dr. Paul Roberts currently serves as Honorary Advisor on the CCFC Board of Directors, and has served the Board faithfully since 1962. Since then, he has played an extremely important role in shaping the growth of the organization.
Dr. Paul Roberts

Measuring change

In collaboration with community members and our country-office staff, we collected baseline data (our starting point) in 2012/13 and set six-year targets. This past year, we followed up in the countries we work. Below is a sample of our contributions in our sectors and the progress we’ve made in CCFC-supported communities.

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Celebrating community graduations

A community graduates from Christian Children’s Fund of Canada’s support when its residents begin advancing in skills, knowledge and independence. This means they’ve had success with child rights and protection, skills-building, lobbying with local government and raising money to efficiently manage their resources. We track these successes — see some of the latest accomplishments below.

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Dequeni program, Paraguay
Graduated July 27, 2017

  • 819 children and youth received nutritional support
  • 12 classrooms and child-friendly spaces were built or renovated
  • 216 children attended early childhood development activities
  • 1,195 community members were trained in preventative health

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SPEECH program, India
Graduated April 25, 2017

  • 4,900 community members were given access to clean water
  • 720 child labourers were rescued from hazardous work and enrolled in school
  • 100 percent of children could safely report child-protection issues in their community
  • 698 adolescent girls were trained in reproductive health

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Tenkodogo program, Burkina Faso
Graduated Nov. 24, 2016

  • 4,800 children from vulnerable families were given nutritional support in the five years before graduation
  • 4,800 sponsored children were given school kits and solar lamps (between 2013 and 2016)
  • 10,000 children and community members were educated about malaria and HIV/AIDS

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Baptist program, Ghana
Graduated Oct. 28, 2016

  • 26,000 community members were given access to clean water
  • 95 percent of children were given access to education and received school materials
  • 1,655 community members learned about income-generating activities
  • 1,200 women were trained to properly prepare formula for newborn babies

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Pirapomi program, Paraguay
Graduated July 27, 2016

  • 1,496 children received nutritional support
  • 9 classroom blocks, libraries and child-friendly spaces were built or renovated
  • 711 community members engaged in skills-training and income-generating activities
  • 368 children and adolescents were given leadership and child-rights training

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El Carmen/Curupayty programs, Paraguay
Graduated July 19 & July 27, 2016

  • 1,496 children received nutritional support
  • 9 classroom blocks, libraries and child-friendly spaces were constructed or renovated
  • 711 community members engaged in skills-training and income-generating activities
  • 368 children and adolescents were trained in leadership and child rights

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Tuma Kavi program, Ghana
Graduated June 24, 2016

  • 9,000 schoolchildren benefited from nutritional support
  • 21,154 community members were given access to improved healthcare
  • 90 percent of students graduated from elementary school
  • 2,882 community members benefited from skills-training and income-generating activities

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Gotas de Leche program, Paraguay
Graduated May 31, 2016

  • 673 children received regular nutritional support
  • 222 children received regular medical checkups and follow-up care
  • 31 classrooms, child-friendly spaces, libraries and other educational facilities were built or renovated
  • 420 parents and community members were trained in children’s rights and child protection

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Deenabandu program, India
Graduated May 30, 2016

  • 70 percent of families were given nutritional supplements
  • 100 community-based herbal gardens were established
  • 90 percent of the community was given access to savings and credit services

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Gumani program, Ghana
Graduated March 29, 2016

  • 25,000+ children received health assessments and medical checkups
  • 90 percent of children could stay in school and finish their elementary education
  • 75 percent of former sponsored children were earning an income and taking care of their families
  • 2,000 pregnant and lactating mothers received treated bed nets, reducing incidences of malaria in the community

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Koumsagha program, Burkina Faso
Graduated March 22, 2016

  • 450 children received regular medical checkups and follow-up care
  • 1,512 sponsored children were given school kits in the three years before graduation
  • 870 sponsored children were given solar lamps in the two years before graduation
  • 90 percent of children and community members were trained in child protection and child rights

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Koupéla program, Burkina Faso
Graduated February 25, 2016

  • 1,240 community members were given access to clean water and family latrines
  • 1,780 sponsored children were given school kits in the three years before graduation
  • 2,000 children and adults were trained in child protection and child rights
  • 3,000 children and adults were trained to plant trees and preserve the environment

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Banembanto program, Burkina Faso
Graduated Dec. 29, 2015

  • 1,411 community members were given daily access to clean water (since 2006)
  • 480 children were given regular access to medical checkups and care (since 2013)
  • 2,000 sponsored children and community members were educated about child rights (during African Day of the Child in 2014)
  • 250 community members were trained to plant trees to preserve the environment

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Kougri program, Burkina Faso
Graduated Dec. 29, 2015

  • 540 community members were given seed fertilizers to increase their crop yields and income annually
  • 785 adolescent girls were given hygiene kits and reproductive health education annually
  • 1,500 children and adults were trained in child protection and child rights
  • 3,000 community members learned about HIV/AIDS prevention and malaria prevention

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Vembar program, India
Graduated October 26, 2015

  • 105 households were given individual toilets in one year
  • 100 percent of children we given access to primary education
  • 80 percent of youth received skills-training
  • 200 women benefited from alternative livelihood opportunities

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Finagrain program, Paraguay
Graduated April 21, 2015

  • 1 health post was constructed
  • 50 percent of early childhood development classrooms were fully equipped
  • 129 parents learned more about early childhood development
  • 2,000+ children participated in extra-curricular activities
ChildFund Alliance

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

ChildFund Alliance mission: Together with children, we create sustainable solutions that protect and advance their rights and well-being.

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 more than 15-million impoverished children and families in more than 50 countries. See here for a map of where we work.

For more information, please contact us with any questions you have about ChildFund Alliance. You may also wish to review the websites of our member organizations, which are linked from our membership page.