As one we are strong; as a group we are stronger
As a member of ChildFund Alliance, CCFC is part of a new five-year project to designed to create a safer world for children
By Dr. Douglas Ellenor
Chair and child sponsor
We’re lucky at Christian Children’s Fund of Canada. We don’t have to stand alone; we stand with an alliance of 11 organizations working in 63 countries to create positive change in the lives of children, families and communities. Together, as part of ChildFund Alliance, our voice echoes across the globe, and we don’t take that for granted.
You may remember reading about the Sustainable Development Goals developed by the United Nations last year. They highlight 17 targets for change, and ChildFund Alliance helped secure the inclusion of the need to protect children from violence and exploitation on that agenda. Now, we are working to make that goal a reality and ensure every child is protected from child labour, early marriage and other harmful situations.
To make this dream come true, ChildFund Alliance is working to create a path to accomplish this goal. This new Strategic Plan, which will run until 2021, has three priorities:
- to promote global advocacy to support children in holding their governments accountable to keeping them safe from harm
- to improve the ability to protect children during emergencies and spur disaster risk-reduction
- to strengthen and grow the Alliance so more positive change is possible
The idea is to prevent violence, protect children and enable a new generation of positive change-makers. The plan is already underway. In India we’re collaborating with Alliance partners, ChildFund International (U.S.A.) and Educo (Spain), to address early, forced marriages by empowering children and youth to engage stakeholders on the local, regional and national level. There’s lots of work to do.
Imagine the lives that can be transformed for the better as we gather to make this journey together. You can help, too: sponsor a child or join our Community Rise monthly-giving family. Whatever you decide, stay tuned for updates on our progress.
About Christian Children's Fund of Canada:
Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-focused international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For more than 50 years, CCFC has been helping children and families of all faiths move from poverty to self-reliance. CCFC supports children and communities in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay. Currently, CCFC has almost 50,000 children sponsored, benefiting nearly 400,000 people around the world.