Projects

Projects we support

World Childhood Foundation works to prevent abuse and exploitation of children. We support over 100 projects around the world, assisting children who are at risk of or are victims of abuse, children who are in alternative care, street children, and families at risk.

Childhood supports projects financially, but also through strategic capacity building and networking opportunities. We promote cooperation, knowledge transfer, and help improve and promote efforts in a cost-effective and qualitatively efficient way to support children in need. Childhood’s project managers work closely with the organizations, offering support and development assistance, both at an organizational level and with frequent visits.

Belarus

Barnahus in Belarus – child-friendly investigation

Organization: Ponimanieponimanie1
Project: Barnahus in Belarus – child-friendly investigation
Location: Minsk, Belarus
Target group: , children in alternative care

The project Barnahus in Belarus is based on The Children's Advocacy Center/Barnahus model where children victims of sexual abuse are provided with a wide range of services and expertise concerning child abuse cases. In 2010-2012, elements of the Barnahus model were introduced in Belarus. Child-friendly interview rooms have been established across the country. Specialists linked to each room have been trained in child psychology and interview techniques. Local authorities have taken over the maintenance and funding of all interview rooms.

Read more: www.ponimanie.org, www.rasskazhi.by

Contact person at Childhood:
Åsa Wikström
asa.wikstrom@childhood.org

Brazil

Big Constructions and Commercial Sexual Exploitation Program

Organization: Childhood Brasil     Bild6
Project: Big Constructions and Commercial Sexual Exploitation Program
Location: Brazil
Target group:

The goal of the program is to mobilize governments, companies, and social organizations to fight sexual exploitation of children and adolescents in infrastructure works carried out in Brazil, while highlighting the importance of imparting knowledge and extending the debate around the infrastructure works in Brazil. Besides major environmental issues, a crucial consideration is to ensure child and adolescents protection. Childhood Brasil, in partnership with the Center for Sustainability Studies from Fundação Getúlio Vargas, are developing a method to identify and compile indicators for data survey and supervision of municipalities that will host big constructions being developed with the collaboration of 14 Brazilian companies. One of the project goals is to create and apply tools that can contribute towards an innovative model to encourage local and regional development.

Read more: http://www.childhood.org.br/

Contactperson at Childhood:
Childhood Brasil
childhood@childhood.org.br

 

 

Communication Program

Organization: Childhood BrasilBild2
Project: Communication program
Location: Brazil
Target group:

The Communication Program focuses on mobilizing, informing, preventing, and educating the society on sexual violence against children and adolescents. Communication is used as a strategic tool for the mobilization, information, prevention, and education of society on sexual abuse and exploitation of children. Communication is also used to start a dialogue with partner organizations, the society, journalists, and communication students. The program aims to guarantee the quality of the information produced and promoted, to increase presence in the media as source of information regarding issues connected to children at risk for abuse, scale up actions from projects to reach a wider audience, and to work with public awareness management to provide consistent information about Childhood, its programs, results and mission.

Read more: http://www.childhood.org.br/

Contactperson at Childhood:
Childhood Brasil
childhood@childhood.org.br

Network for Protection Program

Organization: Childhood BrazilBild3
Project: Network for Protection Program
Location: Brazil
Target group: Children at risk for abuse

The program strengthens the System to Safeguard Children and Adolescents’ Rights (SSCAR) by qualifying professionals to integrate and effectively protect and assist children and adolescents in sexual violence situations. The SSCAR coordinates and integrates civil society and government public authorities when applying normative rulings and triggering the mechanisms of promotion, defense, and control to make children and adolescents’ rights effective in Federal, State, City, and District levels. The project Laços de Proteção (Protection Ties) is building awareness and qualifying the professionals working for the SSCAR to prevent and report sexual violence situations. The Special Deposition methodology is also implemented in order to educate the Brazilian Judiciary System to qualify professionals in interview techniques to offer children and adolescents a protected and friendly environment for their testimonials instead of the hearing rooms; with the National Council of Justice (CNJ) of Brazil as strategic partner.

Read more: http://www.childhood.org.br/

Contactperson at Childhood:
Childhood Brasil
childhood@childhood.org.br

 

On the right track program

Organization: Childhood BrasilBild5
Project: On the right track program
Location: Brazil
Target group:

Launched in 2006, this program aims at mobilizing governments, companies, and third-sector organizations to fight, in a more effective manner, child and adolescent sexual exploitation on Brazilian roadways. Over 1,230 companies signed the Corporate Pact affirming their commitment to the cause. One of its main strategies is the Continuous Education Project for Truck Drivers, which, by means of information, is working on education, raising awareness, and qualification of people who directly or indirectly work on the roads. The main goal is to reach the truck driver and transform him into a children and adolescents’ protection agent.

Read more: http://www.childhood.org.br/

Contactperson at Childhood:
Childhood Brasil
childhood@childhood.org.br

 

 

Online Surfing

Organization: Childhood BrazilChildhood-Brasil---Destaque-Balanco_forma
Project: Online Surfing
Location: Brazil
Target group: children at risk for buse

The program focuses on the protection of children and adolescents against online abuse and pornography via information and communication technology, and the distribution of the handbook Navegar com Segurança [Safe Online Surfing], released in 2006. The publication is intended for parents and educators, offering guidelines to prevent online abuse and the spread of child and adolescent pornography on the Internet. 900,000 printed copies, besides the digital version, have been downloaded from Childhood Brasil’s website. The handbook’s 3rd edition was released in 2012. The project actions include conference and events’ attendance, strategies for prevention and protection of children and adolescents on the Internet with Brazilian companies and partnership with Google for online safety content of the Internet.

Read more: http://www.childhood.org.br/

Contactperson at Childhood:
Childhood Brasil
childhood@childhood.org.br

 

Support to community-based organizations

Organization: Childhood BrazilBild4
Project: Support to community-based organizations
Location: Brazil
Target group: all target groups

Childhood Brasil provides technical and financial support to NGOs throughout Brazil, developing a network of experiences and actions against all forms of sexual violence. Additionally, it systematizes and disseminates methodologies for projects that may evolve in other regions. This program aims to boost different initiatives, helping to build a big network of actions for the protection of children and adolescents in Brazil. In 2012, Childhood Brasil supported 15 projects throughout the country in the states of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Bahia, Amazonas, Pará, Pernambuco e Distrito Federal.

Read more: http://www.childhood.org.br/

Contactperson at Childhood:
Childhood Brasil
childhood@childhood.org.br

 

Tourism program

Organization: Childhood BrasilBild1
Project: Tourism Program
Location: Brazil
Target group:

This program promotes inter-sector actions to prevent and fight sexual exploitation of children and adolescents in tourism, mobilizing the touristic trade and consolidating public policies in the sector. Within the program is a project that aims at contributing to the implementation and strengthening of public policies that focus on fighting sexual violence against children and adolescents to ensure their rights in the Northeast region of Brazil. Another project focuses on qualification of young leaders to act as mobilizers in the prevention of sexual exploitation of children and adolescents in tourism.

Read more: http://www.childhood.org.br/

Contactperson at Childhood:
Childhood Brasil
childhood@childhood.org.br

 

World Cup 2014, Olympic Games 2016

Organization: Childhood Brazil World Cup 2014, Olympic Games 2016Childhood-Brasil---Ilustra-Futebol
Project: World Cup 2014, Olympic Games 2016
Location: Brazil
Target group: Children at risk for abuse

Childhood Brasil believes that the World Cup and the Olympics offer suitable platforms to elevate the awareness of the society regarding “childhood protection”, engaging civil society, bringing visibility to the issue, contributing to governmental actions, and leaving a positive legacy for Brazil and the world as a result of the events. This project is contributing to the discussion of how the 2014 World Cup can leave a positive legacy for a childhood free from sexual exploitation and has three specific parts: to bring more visibility to the cause; to engage the private sector for the cause; and, to stimulate actions for a Childhood Free from Sexual Exploitation in the host-cities.

Read more: http://www.childhood.org.br/

Contactperson at Childhood:
Childhood Brasil
childhood@childhood.org.br

 

Cambodia

A Better Future for Street Children and Families

Organization: M'lop Tapangmlop tapang
Project:  A Better Future for Street Children and Families
Location: Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Target group: Street children, Families at risk, , Children in alternative care

M'lop Tapangs direct services reach 3 000 street children and their families annually. It includes outreach work with local poor families and children, reintegration to families, into education and job placement and support for drug using youth.

Read more: http://www.mloptapang.org/

Contact person at Childhood:
Joel Borgström
joel.borgstrom@childhood.org

Early Childhood Development

Organization: Mith Samlanhmithsamlanh
Project: Early Childhood Development
Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Target group: Families at risk, Street children, , Children in alternative care

Mith Samlanh provides a continuum of care for street children and their families. It includes outreach, run drop in centres and transitional homes, non-formal and vocational training and reintegration into the formal school system, culture programs, drug prevention etc. Mith Samlanhs daily outreach activities reach 1800 street children every year.

Read morehttp://www.mithsamlanh.org/

Contact person at Childhood:
Joel Borgström
joel.borgstrom@childhood.org

Family Reintegration and Family Support

Organization: Friends International, Kalyan Mith programkaliyan mith
Project: Family Reintegration and Family Support
Location: Siem Rep, Cambodia
Target group: Families at risk, Street children, , Children in alternative care 

Kalyan Mith provides support to marginalized children and young people, with a particular focus on street children/youth, by offering a range of comprehensive services including a transitional home, family reintegration and development of family based alternative care.

Read more: http://www.friends-international.org/

Contact person at Childhood:
Joel Borgström
joel.borgstrom@childhood.org

Sexual abuse prevention in Siem Reap

 

Organization: First Stepfirst step
Project:
Sexual abuse prevention in Siem Reap 2014
Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Target group: Children victims of abuse

The project targets child victims of sexual abuse with a particular focus on boys and young men. First Step will in the first phase establish its unique knowledge and support services in Siem Reap by co-working cases with social workers in other organisations/agencies, providing specialized crisis interventions as well as increasing awareness about sexual abuse and exploitation. First Step will also engage with children and adolescents displaying sexually harmful behavior by assessments, counseling and guidance for family members.

Read more: http://www.first-step-cambodia.org/

Contact person at Childhood:
Joel Borgström
joel.borgstrom@childhood.org

Social work unit at Angkor Hospital for Children

 

Organization: Angkor Hospital for Childrenangkor
Project: Social work unit at AHC 2014
Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Target group: Children victims of abuse

The social work unit at the Angkor Hospital for Children is the first of its kind in Cambodia. Providing psychosocial support and handling crisis situations at the hospital they have already after two years of operation proved the added value of having social work staff in hospitals. Childhood support goes towards identifying abuse cases, tracing the families of abandoned babies and ‘translating’ and explaining medical diagnosis and treatments as well as assessing support needs when parents need to travel from remote areas to visit or bring their child to the hospital.

Read more: http://angkorhospital.org/

Contact person at Childhood:
Joel Borgström
joel.borgstrom@childhood.org

This Life Beyond Bars

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Organization: This Life Cambodia
 
Project: This Life Beyond Bars
Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Target group: Children victims of abuse, families at risk
 

Targeting two main groups of at-risk children and families: 1) children in prison and 2) families with one or more caregivers in prison. This Life Cambodia provides vocational training (moto-mechanic and electronics) and personal development sessions for children in prison. This Life Cambodia also facilitate regular visits from family members and provide post-release support. Families with one or more caregivers in prison are supported with improved income generation, education allowances, case management and health care. Visitation to a parent in prison is facilitated to promote sustained bonds and prepare for reunification following release.

Read more: http://www.thislifecambodia.org/

 

Contact person at Childhood:
Joel Borgström
joel.borgstrom@childhood.org

Vulnerable and Trafficked Children

Organization: Komar Rikreaykomar 300
Project: Vulnerable and Trafficked Children
Location: Battambang, Cambodia
Target group: , Street children, Children victims of abuse, Children in alternative care

Komar Rikreay is operating a short shelter for children who are victims of trafficking. The goal is to reintegrate the children into their family or into a family setting, and to support the family to guarantee the sustainability of the efforts.

Read more: http://komarrikreay.canalblog.com/

Contact person at Childhood:
Joel Borgström
joel.borgstrom@childhood.org

China

Maple Women's Psychological Counseling Center

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Organization: Maple Women's Psychological Counseling Center
Project: The Caravan sexual abuse prevention tour
Location: Beijing, China
Target group: Children victims of abuse

Child sexual abuse in China is being increasingly discussed and there is a need for more knowledge and prevention mechanisms. The project focuses on implementing a sexual abuse prevention programme aimed at migrant children. The programme consists of lessons, group discussions, role playing as well as a comic book. The organization also involves parents, community members, teachers and social workers and provides psychosocial support to identified abuse survivors.

Read more: http://www.maple.org.cn/  

Contact person at Childhood:
Joel Borgström
joel.borgstrom@childhood.org

Migrant children’s dream theater

 

Organization: Hua Danhua dan
Project: Migrant children’s dream theater
Location: Beijing, China
Target group: Children victims of abuse, families at risk

Hua Dan works in migrant communities in the outskirts of Beijing using drama and theatre as a way to improve confidence and parent-child relations among migrant families. Long term objectives is to give migrant children a sense of belonging, improve their self-esteem, be able to realize their full potential, integrate in their new home city and improve their school performance. Parents are expected to gain improved understanding of their children and pay more attention to their needs and feelings. Childhood also supports capacity development of Hua Dan staff to improve child protection skills and knowledge.

Read more: http://www.hua-dan.org/

Contact person at Childhood:
Joel Borgström
joel.borgstrom@childhood.org

 

Violation by guardians against child rights

Project: Violation by guardians against child rights
Location: Beijing, China
Target group: Children victims of abuse

BCLARC runs two legal consultation hotlines offering free legal advice to children across China, represents children and families in court and coordinates a network of more than 8 000 volunteer lawyers representing children free of charge. Legal and policy research is regularly published to raise awareness and impact legislators. The target group for the project is children who have been abused by their parents or caregivers, an area which is increasingly addressed in China, for example illustrated by recent policies on removing children from abusive families. 10 children will be supported with direct legal support and a research report on gaps and challenges for implementing the new policies is expected to contribute to improved protection systems for children in China in the long-term.


Contact person at Childhood:

Joel Borgström
joel.borgstrom@childhood.org

Germany

2WorldsChampions

Organization: St. Johannis GmbHstjohannis
Project: 2WorldsChampions
Location: Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
Target group: Children in alternative care

The goal of the project "2WorldsChampions" is to offer children and adolescents with refugee or immigrant background long-term psychosocial support in order to strengthen their self-esteem and extend their social network. With the help of interpreters adolescents and their families are encouraged to deal with intercultural dilemmas and process traumatic experiences as well as intra-family conflicts. The adolescents are also assisted with administrative procedures and job applications. The project is the only one of its kind in the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt, and does have model character for the eastern part of Germany.

Contact person at Childhood:
Susanne Labonde
susanne.labonde@childhood.org

basis-praevent

Organization: basis&woge e.V.basisowoge
Project: basis&woge e.V.
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Target group: Children who are victims of abuse and exploitation

Since 2010 the project “basis-praevent” engages in the prevention of sexual abuse of boys in public and semi-public space. It aims at building a consulting and information service for these boys. A central issue is to provide a qualified trauma counselling in order to process potential consequences and effects of suffered traumata. The project will pay special attention on the particular situation of boys who often find it difficult to seek help and support due to existing, learned and acquired role models.

Contact person at Childhood:
Susanne Labonde
susanne.labonde@childhood.org

Kind im Zentrum

Organization: Evangelisches Jugend- und Fürsorgewerk (EJF gAG)kindimzentrum
Project: Kind im Zentrum
Location: Wittenberg, Germany
Target group: Children who are victims of abuse and exploitation

Unlike big cities small towns and villages rarely offer specialized consulting and therapy for sexually abused children and their families. In 2012 EJF established a consulting center in the small town Wittenberg that offers therapeutic and preventative measures as well as networking capacities to those children. The project aims at helping children in need, protecting them from future abuse and supporting them in their individual development.

Contact person at Childhood:
Susanne Labonde
susanne.labonde@childhood.org

mut – mobile unterstützende Traumahilfe

Organization: HILFE-FÜR-JUNGS e.V.berliner jungs
Project: mut – mobile unterstützende Traumahilfe
Location: Berlin, Germany
Target group: Children who are victims of abuse and exploitation

This project focuses on the prevention of sexual abuse of boys. Experts in trauma treatment meet those boys in an environment they feel safe in and especially reach out to boys who don’t have access to professional help. The project offers individual trauma therapy to boys who have been victims of abuse. A large part of the supported boys is bullied or intimidated, some of them are afraid of death. The project teaches them to regain control over their life, to become self-confident and courageous and to follow their goals.

Contact person at Childhood:
Susanne Labonde
susanne.labonde@childhood.org

Prevention of Sexual Abuse in German Schools

Organization: DREIST e.V.dreist
Project: Prevention of Sexual Abuse in German Schools
Location: Eberswalde, Germany
Target group: Children who are victims of abuse and exploitation

A recent study shows that as much as every second German school has been concerned with suspected cases of child abuse - this asks for effective preventive measures. The project develops, establishes and implements a program of primary prevention against sexual abuse in primary schools, secondary schools, day care centers and youth welfare institutions. Its strength is the intensive and long-term work with teachers, parents, other caretakers and the children themselves as well as the combination of prevention messages with an age appropriate sex education.

Contact person at Childhood:
Susanne Labonde
susanne.labonde@childhood.org

PRO-JU-SAVE

Organization: Projekt PETRA, IG Frauen und Familie Prenzlau e.V.petra
Project: PRO-JU-SAVE
Location: Darmstadt and Prenzlau, Germany
Target group: Children in alternative care

Studies indicate a high percentage of suicidal as well as self-harming behavior patterns of adolescents taken into alternative care. Still, regular screenings and risk assessments are not undertaken. As a consequence, the children do not have a chance for adequate care and the co-living children as well as the professionals find themselves in potentially endangering circumstances. PRO-JU-SAVE develops a practical tool (Motivational Interview) for the intensive participation of adolescents. Additionally, professionals are trained for applying the interview and screening techniques (MAISY-2, CTQ), in order to detect significant and acute stresses of adolescents and to initiate appropriate further services

Contact person at Childhood:
Susanne Labonde
susanne.labonde@childhood.org

Therapy of Child Refugees & Networking

Organization: Refugio e.V.refugio
Project: Therapy of Child Refugees & Networking
Location: Bremen, Germany
Target group: Children who are victims of abuse and exploitation

In order to help traumatized child refugees in dealing with their past, it is vital to offer a culturally sensitive, mother-tongue therapy which is not broadly available to all minor refugees due to a lack of funding. The project offers on average 45 psychological therapies for children per year and an additional network capacity to address long-term transformational change at the political level.

Contact person at Childhood:
Susanne Labonde
susanne.labonde@childhood.org

Latvia

Roma Baby School

Organisation: Centre for Education Initiatives
Project:  Roma Baby School
  
Location: Daugavpils, Latvia
Target group: families at risk

Roma children are often underrepresented in pre-schools and kindergartens in Latvia. When Roma children do not attend school-preparatory activities, combined with the fact that many do not grow up speaking Latvian, the children face challenges the moment they begin school. The goal of the project is to ensure that Roma children have the same opportunities as non-Roma to obtain an education on equal terms, thereby becoming equal members of society. The project consists of a baby school programme for Roma parents and their children (under the age of 5), containing fun activities for caregivers and young children with a focus on child-centered methodologies and parent education.

Read more: http://www.iic.lv/

Contact person at Childhood:

Susanne Drakborg
susanne.drakborg@childhood.org

Roma Children in School

Organisation: Centre for Education Initiatives
Project:  Roma Children in School, Jelgava
  
Location: Jelgava, Latvia
Target group: Families at risk

In Latvia, many Roma children face challenges in receiving equal education and integrating into the local community due to segregation, language barriers and financial and social difficulties in their families. The goal of the project is to provide Roma children with equal opportunities in obtaining an education while also involving their parents. Activities will mainly take place in an after-school centre where children are provided targeted school-related support. The project also aims to develop recommendations to schools and education authorities for a support system for Roma students.

Read more: http://www.iic.lv/

Contact person at Childhood:
Susanne Drakborg
susanne.drakborg@childhood.org

Zero Tolerance for Abuse of Children

Organization: MARTA - Resource Center for Womengeneric2
Project: Zero Tolerance for Abuse of Children
Location: Riga, Latvia
Target group:

The Marta center provides free legal and psychological support for women who are victims of domestic violence. The project is allowing the organization to expand its work to include children who are victims of sexual abuse. By developing a teamwork model for social workers, psychologists and lawyers, child victims of sexual abuse and their non-abusive family members receive help to diminish the consequences of their trauma.

Read more: www.marta.lv

Contact person at Childhood:
Susanne Drakborg
susanne.drakborg@childhood.org

Lithuania

Quality child care in alternative settings

Organization: Ziburio Fondas Project: Quality child care in alternative settings
Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Target group: Children in alternative care

 Children who are at risk of being placed in closed institutions, or who are already living there, need intensive and personalized care in a family setting. These children cannot be supported through regular foster care or guardianship solutions which lack professional training and support services. The project introduces the concept of professionally trained foster families who will receive ongoing support and supervision in order to better help at-risk children. There is a strong child participation component, which includes children being more involved in the placement, follow-up and feedback processes. The project can play an important part of the deinstitutionalization process which is underway in Lithuania.

 Read more: http://ziburio-fondas.lt

 Contact person at Childhood: Susanne Drakborg susanne.drakborg@childhood.org

Moldova

AMICUL – child-friendly services for abused children

Organization: National Center for Child Abuse Prevention (NCCAP)
Project:  AMICUL – child-friendly services for abused children
Location: Chisinau, Moldova
Target group: C

In 2003, the AMICUL Center for multidisciplinary assistance to children victims of abuse and neglect was founded. The center offers psychological counseling, social assistance, and legal and medical consulting. All activities are planned and monitored by multidisciplinary teams of professionals from the governmental as well as the non-governmental sector. Until the end of the project about 400 children victims in Moldova will benefit from specialized assistance for the purpose of psychological rehabilitation and support in legal procedures.

Read more: www.cnpac.org.md

Contact person at Childhood:
Åsa Wikström
asa.wikstrom(a)childhood.org

Creating a favorable atmosphere in socially vulnerable families

Organization: Mamele pentru Viata
Project:  Creating a favorable atmosphere in socially vulnerable families
Location: Chisinau, Moldova
Target group: Families at risk

Mamele pentru Viata works to improve the quality of life of women and children who are affected by HIV and/or drug abuse. The project targets 20 children from 5 to 12 years old who are affected by drug or alcohol abuse and 20 parents who are or have been substance abusers. The aim is to improve the relationship between the parents and their children and create a more favorable atmosphere in the families. This will be made through parenting training and training programs for the children.

Contact person at Childhood:
Åsa Wikström
asa.wikstrom@childhood.org

Family at core – empowering family support services in Chisinau

Organization: CCF Moldova – Child, Community, Family
Project: Family at core – empowering family support services in Chisinau
Location: Moldova
Target group: Children in alternative care

The project aims to improve the family support services offered by state professionals in Chisinau to families at risk, as well as to prospective foster and adoptive parents. A new service, the Social Assistance Service for Children and Families, has been established within the Chisinau Municipal Baby Institution. The project is estimated to reach 100 families at risk and their children who will receive counseling, training and support services.

Read more: www.ccfmoldova.org

Contact person at Childhood:
Åsa Wikström
asa.wikstrom@childhood.org

Nepal

Developing individual’s acceptance

 

Organization: Asha Nepalasha
Project: Developing individual’s acceptance
Location: Katmandu, Nepal
Target group: Families at risk, children in alternative care

This project targets adult trafficking survivors and their children with community-based support to prevent unnecessary separation and placement of children in institutions (orphanages). Asha Nepal will promote family-based alternatives for children combined with direct support to at-risk families by hands-on social work through home-visits and professional case management. Assistance will address areas such as housing, education and job-training but also psycho-social counseling to reduce trauma and other mental problems.

Read more: http://www.asha-nepal.org/pages/home/index.php

Contact person at Childhood:
Joel Borgström
joel.borgstrom@childhood.org

 

Prevention of child abuse and trafficking

Organization: Shakti Samuhashakti _samuha
Project: Prevention of child abuse and trafficking
Location: Bardiya/Banke/Kailali districts, Nepal
Target group: Children who are victims of abuse, Families at risk

Shakti Samuha was founded by repatriated trafficking victims from India in 1996 to improve the situation of human trafficking survivors. The organisation now provides a large number of services such as vocational training, shelters, legal aid and counseling in 10 districts in Nepal. Core activities focus on prevention, empowering trafficked women and girls, educating stakeholders, advocacy and services for survivors. In the Childhood-sponsored project, 10 adolescent groups will be set up in three districts in mid-western Nepal. The groups will be coordinated by Shakti Samuha staff and will carry out awareness raising events such as street drama, sports and life skills training. The project also includes direct assistance to trafficking survivors and/or at risk youth through vocational training and income/educational support.

Read more: http://www.shaktisamuha.org.np/

Contact person at Childhood:
Joel Borgström
joel.borgstrom@childhood.org

Protecting Nepali Street Children

Organization: Voice of Childrenvoice of children
Project: Protecting Nepali street Children
Location: Kathmandu valley, Nepal
Target group: Street children, Children victims of abuse, Families at risk

Founded in 2000, Voice of Children (VOC) works to rescue, protect, rehabilitate and reintegrate street children in Nepal. VOC also works with marginalized families and have piloted a foster care program. From 2013, Childhood supports VOC’s street children program with particular focus on improving activities at the drop-in center and reintegration of children into family-based care. The project will also support vulnerable families and communities to strengthen their ability to provide holistic care and protection to keep children away from the streets.

Read more: http://www.voiceofchildren.org.np/

Contact person at Childhood:
Joel Borgström
joel.borgstrom@childhood.org

 

 

Supportive environment for children affected or infected by HIV/AIDS

 

Organization: Shakti Milan Samajshakti
Project: Supportive environment for CABA
Location: Katmandu, Nepal
Target group: Children victims of abuse

Shakti Milan Samaj is a small organisation working to protect the rights of persons living with HIV/AIDS in Nepal by raising awareness and providing services for women and children. Childhood supports Shakti Milan’s support to children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS including education support and child club activities. As part of the project, Shakti Milan will also arrange information sessions in school.

Read more: http://www.shaktimilan.org.np/

Contact person at Childhood:
Joel Borgström
joel.borgstrom@childhood.org

 

Vocational training for street youth

Organization: Welcome To My Yard
Project: Vocational training for street youth
Location: Katmandu, Nepal
Target group: Street children

The overall goal of Welcome to my yard is to increase educational and business knowledge and skills for vulnerable street young people in the Pashupatinath street community in order to help them achieve their potential by strengthening their resilience and reducing risk factors of street life. The Childhood-funded project allows the organization to conduct outreach work, workshops, trainings and a savings scheme which encourages the children to learn financial planning and budgeting. The project also includes work placements within the Welcome To My Yard’s social businesses such as guided tours, a coffee cart, and recycling.

Read more: http://www.welcometomyyard.com/

Contact person at Childhood:
Joel Borgström
joel.borgstrom@childhood.org

Poland

Child Representation & Participation

Organization: Nobody’s Children Foundation
Project: Child Representation & Participation
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Target group: Children who are victims of abuse

Currently in Poland, children who are victims of abuse are often represented by a non-offending parent who does not have legal knowledge and – when the accused is the other parent – has a conflict of interest. Nobody’s Children Foundation is developing a model where children who are victims of abuse are represented by specially trained lawyers as their court-appointed guardians (so called Guardian Ad Litem) and also supported by law students who are trained as Child Victim Advocates. The project goal is that the best interests of the child are represented during court proceedings by ensuring that they are represented by knowledgeable, child-friendly lawyers.

Read more: http://fdn.pl/en

Contact person at Childhood:
Susanne Drakborg
susanne.drakborg@childhood.org

To be a dad

Organization: Nobody’s Children Foundation
Project: To be a dad
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Target group: Children who are victims of abuse

Through fathers’ support groups and parental skills workshops, fathers – especially from at-risk groups – are encouraged to become more knowledgable and involved in positive child rearing. The groups and trainings are based on international best practices and focus on fathers’ positive and active involvement in raising their children, and the importance equal involvement of both parents.

Read more: http://fdn.pl/en

 Contact person at Childhood:
Susanne Drakborg
susanne.drakborg@childhood.org

 

South Africa

Animal Assisted Therapy

Organization: Sixtyonethreeanimalprogram
Project: Animal assisted therapy
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Target group: Children victims of abuse, children in alternative care

Sixtyonethree supports children who are victims of sexual abuse that often have lost trust for the adult world and finds it difficult to speak about their experiences. Animal assisted therapy (with dogs & horses) is used to establish trust between the child and the therapist and provide the child with a safe environment to interact with another creature in a non-threatening way.

Read more: http://www.sixtyonethree.com/

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
britta.holmberg(a)childhood.org

 

Boy's Best program

Organization: James HouseJames House
Project: Boy's Best
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Target Group: Children victims of abuse, street children, children in alternative care, families at risk

The Boy's Best program provides multi-systemic support to teenage boys facing a combination of destructive behavior at home and at school, domestic violence and who are engaged in risk behavior such as criminality, school suspension and drug abuse.

Read more: http://www.jameshouse.org.za/

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
britta.holmberg(a)childhood.org

 

Child Victim Empowerment Project

Organization: Lifeline/Childline Western CapeChildline Letitia Roar if something is wrong
Project: Child Victim Empowerment Project
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Target group:

Childline provides psycho-social therapeutic interventions and bereavement counseling to child victims of abuse and to parents/care givers. The project also provides prevention training workshops for professionals meeting children and court preparations to children who are obliged to witness in court in order to ensure that child understands his/her rights and improve the child’s ability to testify effectively.

Read more: http://www.lifelinewc.org.za

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
Britta.Holmberg(a)childhood.org

Etafeni Children´s Safety Project

Organization: Etafeni Day Care Centreetafeni
Project: Etafeni Children's Safety Project
Location: Nyanga, Cape Town, South Africa
Target group: Children who are victims of abuse

The project provides trauma debriefing and counseling, home visits and assessments as well as court preparation for children who have been victims of sexual abuse in the township Nyanga.

Read more: www.etafeni.org

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
Britta.Holmberg@childhood.org

 

Girls Club After school program

Organization: Philisa Abufazi Bethuphilisia
Project: Girls Club After school program
Location: Lavender Hill, Cape Town, South Africa
Target group: Children victims of abuse

Lavender Hill where Philisa Abafazi Bethu is based is one of the most violent areas of Cape Town and gang violence has plagued the community for a long time. Due to the violence, there are very few organizations working with children at risk. Philisa Abafazi Bethu provides a safe space and support for girls between 10-16 years in Lavender Hill. Education in child rights and music therapy is part of the after-school program as well as educational excursions, camps, support groups and counseling. Parents are involved through workshops, focus groups and parents meetings.

Read more: http://www.philisaabafazi.org/

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
Britta.Holmberg@childhood.org

Kidz Clinic in Boksburg

Organization: Women and Men against Child AbuseKidz Clinic
Project: Kidz Clinic in Boksburg
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Target group:

The clinic is a one-stop, child-friendly facility that provides free services for sexually, physically and emotionally abused children and to non-abuse parents. More than 200 sexually abused children per month are provided with forensic or psycho-social assessments, medical assessment & treatment, therapy, psycho-social intervention and court preparations.

Read more: http://www.wmaca.org.za

 

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
Britta.Holmberg(a)childhood.org

ProSeed

Organization: Mamelani Projectsmamelani

Project: ProSeed
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Target group: Street children, Children in alternative care

Project ProSeed  is a youth development program that provides support to former street youth, preparing them for leaving care. The program focuses on building a positive identity, a sense of connectedness to others and resilience through experiential learning, life skills, counseling, education and support in finding employment.

Read more: http://www.mamelani.org.za/

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
britta.holmberg(a)childhood.org

The Gender Violence Programme


Organization:
Ekupholeni Mental Health and Trauma CenterEkupholeni
Project: The Gender Violence Programme
Location: Kathorus, Gauteng,South Africa
Target group:

South Africa has one of the highest incidences of sexual abuse in the world. Ekupholeni Gender Violence Program annually supports around 450 children who are victims or rape and sexual abuse. It provides a holistic support program including counselling, individual therapy, group therapy, support to parents of young rape victims and therapeutic camps.

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
britta.holmberg(a)childhood.org

Ububele Mother-Infant Home visiting project

Organization: The Ububele Educational and Psychotherapy CenterUbubele persona dolls
Project: Ububele Mother-Infant Home visiting project
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Target group: Families at risk

The project aims to enhance the mother-infant relationship and security of infant attachment by supporting the mother’s capacity to care for her infant.  Support is provided to mothers at risk in a poor, overcrowded township where crime, violence and abuse are prevalent. Regular home-visits are made by community-based lay women, trained and supervised by Ububele psychologists.

Read more: http://www.ububele.org/

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
britta.holmberg(a)childhood.org

Waves for Change

Organization: Waves for Change
Project: Waves for Change
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Target group: Children victims of abuse

 Children growing up in high-risk communities where they witness and experience violence and abuse can be referred by teachers to join the Waves for Change programme. They attend sessions and support groups, and after one year they are eligible to attend the weekend surf club. The project contains home and schools visits, parenting programmes and mentoring. Adults are encouraged to develop constructive relationships with youth based on mutual respect and identification of strengths and positive character traits. As for the surfing element: sports such as surfing - which require high degrees of skill - appeal to youth with high degrees of self-efficacy. Surfing has attracted the at-risk youth the organisation wants to reach, and it also connects children to their bodies in the moment, which can provide healing and reduce symptoms related to post-traumatic stress syndrome, depression, and anxiety. However, it is crucial to combine it with additional psychosocial components, which the project does.

 Read more: http://www.waves-for-change.org

Contact person at Childhood: Susanne Drakborg, susanne.drakborg@childhood.org

Sweden

Organization: Skåne Stadsmission
Project: Expansion of Unga Forum Malmö
Location: Malmö, Sweden
Target group: Children victims of abuse

 Skåne Stadsmission’s Unga Forum offers at-risk children, including unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, a combination of services such as legal, practical and social support. In light of the refugee crisis, there is a dire need for Unga Forum to increase its staff to better complement existing services provided by authorities. Childhood is funding an additional full-time lawyer and a part-time social worker who are part of a team providing concrete and much-needed assistance to vulnerable children and their families. The project also includes monthly drop-in sessions in libraries, asylum hostels and social services accommodation, thereby reaching more people and informing them of the services offered.

 Read more: http://www.skanestadsmission.se/verksamheter/unga-forum

 Contact person at Childhood: Susanne Drakborg susanne.drakborg@childhood.org

Barnrättsbyrån, Child Rights Bureau

Organization: Barnrättsbyrånbarnrättsbyrån 2
Project: Barnrättsbyrån, Child Rights Bureau
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Target group: , Children in alternative care, Street children

Barnrättsbyrån is a low-threshold service open for all children, regardless of their complex of problems that feel that their rights have been violated. The project is a resource with legal and psychosocial expertise that complements existing services and help children and young people to navigate in the system and access the help they need.

Read more: www.barnrattsbyran.se

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
britta.holmberg@childhood.org

Maskrosbarn Summer Camp

Organization: Maskrosbarnmaskrosbarn5
Project: Maskrosbarn Summer Camp
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Target group: , Children in alternative, Street children

Maskrosbarn organizes summer camps for children to parents with alcohol and/or mental problems. The camps give the youth an opportunity to spend part of their summer holiday without feeling responsible for their parents and share their experiences with other young people in a similar situation. The project results in strengthened resilience and reduced sense of loneliness among the participating youth.

Read more: www.maskrosbarn.org

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
britta.holmberg@childhood.org

Preschool for Children Living in Shelters

Organization: Alla Kvinnors Husallakvinnorshus
Project: Preschool for Children Living in Shelters
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Target group: Children who are victims of abuse

Alla Kvinnors Hus is a shelter for abused women, whose children also often live under threat and are not able to attend their ordinary preschool. The project provides children with a normal and stable activity during a very difficult period in their lives. It also gives the mothers a chance to get some time on their own to deal with their situation.

Read more: http://www.allakvinnorshus.org/

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
britta.holmberg(a)childhood.org

 

Support groups online

Organization: TjejzonenTjejzonen
Project: Support groups online
Location: Online, Sweden
Target group: Children who are victims of abuse and exploitation

Childhood helped fund the very popular and academically evaluated online chat resources for at-risk girls, as well as Big Sister Webcam which combines anonymous chat communication addressing difficult issues with face to face mentorship bonding via webcams. The project Support Groups Online consists of girls and volunteers meeting via online group chats to encourage, support and empower each other.
Read more: www.tjejzonen.se

Contact person at Childhood:

Susanne Drakborg
susanne.drakborg@childhood.org

Thailand

Child protection and family support

 

Organization: One Sky Foundationone sky
Project: Child protection and family support 2014
Location: Sangkhlaburi, Thailand
Target group: Children victims of abuse, families at risk

The primary target group of this project is the most vulnerable children and families in the Sangkhlaburi area of Western Thailand. In an area with many Burmese migrants, many children many children are subjected to a number of risk factors ranging from very severe (abusive home situation, poverty, serious neglect) to single needs of practical support (school registration, citizenship documents). The newly established One Sky Foundation will address these areas while also promoting increased efforts by local authorities on child protection. The project will also target the around 650 children living in residential homes in Sangkhlaburi under generally very poor quality of care and promote family-based alternatives.

Read more: http://www.oneskyfoundation.org/

Contact person at Childhood:
Joel Borgström
joel.borgstrom@childhood.org

 

Ukraine

Centre for children of conflict Odessa 

Organization: The Way Home
Project: Centre of Early Development
Location: Odessa, Ukraine
Target group: Families at risk

As a result of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, many internally displaced persons (IDPs) have arrived in Odessa. Families with children have experienced violence and had to flee their homes, and as a result are suffering from stress, fear and anxiety. Many parents face unemployment and financial hardships. The project allows The Way Home to establish a social and psychological assistance center for IDP families and children at the Kuyalnik sanatorium, where most IDPs are living. Two playrooms have also been set up where children can relax, play and just be children. The Way Home is cooperating closely with local authorities.

Read more: http://www.streetkidsodessa.com/ 

Contact person at Childhood:
Susanne Drakborg
susanne.drakborg@childhood.org

Centre of Early Development

Organization: The Way Hometoys
Project: Centre of Early Development
Location: Odessa, Ukraine
Target group: Families at risk

The project focuses on early childhood development combined with the underlying social circumstances for why Odessa has so many street children. The Centre of Early Development provides children from at-risk families with free educational and recreational activities. At the same time both children and parents receive support from both The Way Home and Odessa Social Services in order to overcome various obstacles and risks they face. The project enables The Way Home to expand its efforts to prevent children from facing abuse and neglect and running away from home, ending up on the streets.

Read more: http://www.streetkidsodessa.com/

Contact person at Childhood:
Susanne Drakborg
susanne.drakborg@childhood.org

 

Integrated School in Yanoshi

Organization: Advance ryssland1
Project: Integrated School in Yanoshi
Location: Yanoshi , Ukraine
Target group: Families at risk

The project gives Roma students in the village school in Yanoshi the same opportunities as other students to improve their school attendance and academic achievements. Children are divided into small groups with both high-achieving and struggling students and are given certain roles and responsibilities on a rotating basis. The model is being used in a nearby Hungarian school and was originally developed by Stanford University.

Read more: http://advance.org.ua/

Contact person at Childhood:
Susanne Drakborg
susanne.drakborg@childhood.org

 

Roma Early Child Development

Organization: Blaho
Project: Roma Early Child Development
Location: Uzhgorod, Ukraine
Target group: Street children

The project allows children from Roma settlements to attend free pre-school activities. The project staff help the children be prepared for school. The pre-school facilities are located across the road from the school the children will later attend. The goal is for Roma children to be integrated and have the same opportunities to obtain an education as other children. The organisation also holds meetings and trainings with parents and school staff in order to further increase the children’s odds at improved academic results and school attendance.

Contact person at Childhood:
Susanne Drakborg
susanne.drakborg@childhood.org

Supporting At-Risk Children in Beregovo

Organization: Advancechildrenprojekt
Project: Supporting At-Risk Children in Beregovo
Location: Beregovo, Ukraine
Target group: Families at risk

The project allows school children from at-risk families to attend free after-school activities. The activities, including cooking, outdoor excursions, computer classes and photography, are combined with group sessions with a psychologist and a social worker. The project also reaches out to parents with the goal to improve relationships between children, parents and schools.

Read more: http://advance.org.ua/

Contact person at Childhood:
Susanne Drakborg
susanne.drakborg@childhood.org

USA

Bounce! - a peer mentoring and post-traumatic treatment program

Organization: Family Advocacy Program (FAP)bounce
Project: Bounce! - a peer mentoring and post-traumatic treatment program
Location: New York, USA
Target group:

Family Advocacy Program (FAP) is part of the Children's Advocacy Centers, a nationwide network of treatment centers for children who have been sexually abused and traumatized. FAP employs a staff of psychologists, social workers and an MD who together with a team of law enforcement personnel from the DA's office, conduct forensic interviews with the children who have been sexually assaulted, abused and exploited, to assess trauma, identify perpetrators, and to inform and alert law enforcement as well as the mental health community to take further action and/or to care for the victim/s.

The repeated telling of abuse is in itself traumatic for children. The FAP program is built on a model that tries to minimize the trauma to the child by gathering all parties in one location so that the child must recount his or her experience only once.

Childhood supports Bounce!, a peer mentoring and post-traumatic treatment program to enhance resilience among abused children.

Read more: www.familyadvocacy.net/

Contact person at Childhood:
Joanna Rubinstein
joanna.rubinstein@childhood-usa.org

Chances for Children in Highbridge and Riverdale

Organization: Chances for ChildrenChances-for-children
Project: Chances for Children in Highbridge and Riverdale
Location: New York, USA
Target group: Families at risk

Chances for Children, in collaboration with Highbridge Community Life Center (HCLC), provides mental health support and services for young families and children 0-5 years old in Highbridge, a poorly serviced, high-risk neighborhood in the Bronx. The collaboration between CFC ad HLCL began in 2008 as part of the Chances for Children: Kingsbridge-Highbridge Project. Chances for Children is also providing training of their curriculum at the Riverdale Mental Health Association (RMHA), with the goal of instituting training for social workers in their model.

Childhood supports the Chances for Children in Highbridge and Riverdale, and a Development Grant.

Read more: www.chancesforchildren-ny.org/

Contact person at Childhood:
Joanna Rubinstein
joanna.rubinstein@childhood-usa.org

 

Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth Program

Organization: The Bridge for YouthThe Bridge for Youth
Project: Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth Program
Location: Minnesota, USA
Target group:

For over 34 years, The Bridge has worked with youth and families in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, providing immediate shelter and safety for youth in crisis, with caring and experienced counselors to help them find solutions to the difficulties they face. The Bridge works with both parents and youth, helping them resolve family conflicts and rediscover their common ground. The Bridge helps young people reconnect with their families, schools and communities; it strengthens families and helps prevent youth homelessness. The Bridge's services are free and confidential, and available 24 hours a day.

Childhood supports the Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth Program.

Read more: www.bridgeforyouth.org/

Contact person at Childhood:
Joanna Rubinstein
joanna.rubinstein@childhood-usa.org

 

Development of ARC (Advocacy, Relationship, Coordination)

Organization: Legal Services for Childrenarc
Project: Development of ARC (Advocacy, Relationship, Coordination)
Location:  California, USA
Target group:

In order to stabilize the lives of children and youth and help them realize their full potential, Legal Services for Children (LSC) provides free legal and social services to children and youth in need. LSC’s in-house attorneys and social workers, as well as the organization’s pro bono attorneys, provide every client with comprehensive, holistic services to enable the children to achieve safety and stability, and avoid unnecessary placement in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. Each year, LSC serves over 2,500 children and provides comprehensive representation to approximately 600 youth.

Childhood supports the development of ARC (Advocacy, Relationship, Coordination) to enhance agency response to child trauma and part of establishing services at the Center for Youth Wellness.

Read more: www.lsc-sf.org/

Contact person at Childhood:
Joanna Rubinstein
joanna.rubinstein@childhood-usa.org

GOLD (Girls Owning and Living their Dreams)

Organization: Kristi Housekristi house
Project: GOLD (Girls Owning and Living their Dreams)
Location: Florida, USA
Target group:

Kristi House serves as the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) for Miami, FL, and was created in 1994. Kristi House is operating its programs based on national, best practices model of CACs throughout the United States and serves over 800 child victims of sexual abuse and their non-offending caregivers annually, of which the vast majority are extremely low or low income households. Kristi House provides community-wide services for children and teens that need support around undisclosed and untreated child sexual abuse, which often have damaging consequences for the greater community in the form of teen pregnancies, commercial sexual exploitation, increased drug use, delinquency, as well as family incest and violence.

Childhood previously supported Project GOLD (Girls Owning and Living their Dreams); Kristi House has received funding to provide prevention services to child-centered organizations, parents, businesses and community groups to build awareness of child sexual abuse prevention from the standpoint of adult responsibility for children’s safety.

Read more: www.kristihouse.org/

Contact person at Childhood:
Joanna Rubinstein
joanna.rubinstein@childhood-usa.org

 

Health program in NYC schools

Organization: Peer Health Exchange (PHE)phe
Project: Program in NYC schools
Location: New York, USA
Target group:

Peer Health Exchange (PHE) was founded in 1999 by six Yale undergraduates, who began teaching health workshops in New Haven public schools in order to fill the gap left by an underfunded, understaffed district health program. PHE train college student volunteers to teach a comprehensive health curriculum in public high schools that lack health education.

Childhood supports the program in NYC schools.

Read more: www.peerhealthexchange.org/

Contact person at Childhood:
Joanna Rubinstein
joanna.rubinstein@childhood-usa.org

Peer Health Exchange

Organization: Peer Health Exchange (PHE)phe
Project: Curriculum development
Location:
  San Francisco/Bay Area , USA
Target group:

Peer Health Exchange (PHE) was founded in 1999 by six Yale undergraduates, who began teaching health workshops in New Haven public schools in order to fill the gap left by an underfunded, understaffed district health program. PHE train college student volunteers to teach a comprehensive health curriculum in public high schools that lack health education.

Childhood supports PHE San Francisco/Bay Area with curriculum development.

Read more: www.peerhealthexchange.org/

Contact person at Childhood:
Joanna Rubinstein
joanna.rubinstein@childhood-usa.org

Residential Maternity Program

Organization: Children’s Harborchildrensharbor
Project: Residential Maternity Program
Location: Florida, USA
Target group: , families at risk, children in alternative care

Children’s Harbor, founded in 1996 and located in southern Florida, provides a comprehensive direct services model to children in need, via community based services for the prevention and intervention of abuse and neglect; a family-style residential setting for foster care children; outpatient mental health services for children and families; a step-down foster care program, including a foster care teen maternity residence.

Childhood supports the Residential Maternity Program.

Read more: www.childrensharbor.org/

Contact person at Childhood:
Joanna Rubinstein
joanna.rubinstein@childhood-usa.org

 

S.I.S.T.E.R.S

Organization: YouthLink sisters
Project: S.I.S.T.E.R.S.
Location: Minnesota, USA
Target group: Street children

YouthLink is one of the largest nonprofit youth service providers in the Twin Cities, specializing in the multiple needs of homeless and precariously housed youth (14-21), including street outreach, emergency crisis assistance, basic needs support, housing placement services, and education/career/life transition planning.

Childhood supports the S.I.S.T.E.R.S. program.

Read more: www.youthlinkmn.org/

Contact person at Childhood:

Joanna Rubinstein
joanna.rubinstein@childhood-usa.org