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Why we exist 

ChildHope believes that children should enjoy a safe and secure childhood, but for those growing up in the toughest circumstances, these rights are denied. Born into extreme poverty and violence, they have no protection. Our work supports children who are considered the hardest to reach. We are firmly committed to the key principle behind the Sustainable Development Goals which is to leave no one behind, which for us means reaching the most marginalised children first and as a priority. These children may live and work on the street[CR2] , be at risk of trafficking[CR3] or child marriage, victims of abuse or sexual exploitation, working on rubbish dumps[CR4] or in trouble with the law. Children with disabilities are more likely to be stigmatised, abused, exploited or neglected.

[CR2]Street children summary

[CR3]Trafficking summary

[CR4]Rubbish dump summary

​New models of development

We are ambitious. We are responding to the changing donor and international development environment. More of our donor applications are being led by our partners and supported by us, putting ownership of the work firmly in the hands of the local partner. We are developing more projects that focus on learning consortiums and collaboration.

We are building our international child protection training and consultancy business with bases in six countries, led by agencies with years of expertise and in-country experience. This will harness the wealth of expertise that our global network holds in the areas of child protection, safeguarding and children’s participation. With this approach, we believe we can create greater impact in promoting child protection and combating child exploitation by supporting the growth of expertise and knowledge of the whole international development sector.’

​Our partnership approach

The expertise we are now taking to scale is based on nearly 30 years of practical experience. To reach these children we work alongside local partners who have in-depth knowledge of the environment and culture. Our partners bring the local expertise and we offer the global perspective and knowledge of how to build strong development organisations. We help build sustainable and independent organisations that can be catalysts for lasting change. This approach means we and our partners deliver high impact programmes that change children’s lives.

The success of this approach has resulted in us becoming a trusted partner of some of the world’s most committed and innovative development donors, including the Department for International Development, Comic Relief and Big Lottery Fund. Our work is aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals. These goals provide a framework for the global community’s development efforts between now and 2030.

​Recognised global experts

Our partnership approach may be simple but the solutions we develop are not. Over the past three decades, our work has evolved significantly. In 1989 we were responding to the most immediate food, clothing, shelter and health needs of street children. Now we provide interventions that focus on prevention and bring lasting change. We recognise the interconnectedness of problems.

Our model builds layers of support to provide the protective environment that is every child’s right. We work with children to help them develop the skills, confidence and resilience to move themselves out of poverty. We also work with their parents, in particular their mothers, meaning the whole family structure is strengthened.

[CR1]Link to Our approach in our work section

​Children guide us

What is non-negotiable for us is putting children at the very heart of all this work. We are committed to involving children in the planning of programmes that affect their lives. When choosing our partners, we look for organisations that consult with children and are happy to be guided by them. Children are the experts in their own lives and can teach us so much about how they believe their problems can be addressed. We are committed to creating a world where children’s ideas and ambitions are listened to and where they receive the support they need to realise their dreams and potential.

Our Historical Timeline

  1. 1989


    ChildHope UK was set up to “support already existing community based programs, providing them with training and technical assistance to enhance these local programs and to assist these projects in finding sources of funding.” This principle has remained with us throughout the 30 years.

  2. 1990


    Southern Africa Fund to aid street children in South Africa, Uganda, Malawi and Mozambique is obtained.

  3. 1993


    ChildHope is a founding member of Consortium for Street Children (UK); shifted focus to education; changes name from CHILDHOPE UK to ChildHope UK.

  4. 1998


    Relationship with Pendekezo Letu (PKL) in Nairobi, our longest continued partner, begins.

  5. 2001


    Five new partnerships are established: CHAD-ET (Ethiopia), Sathsath (Nepal), Butterflies (India), Aparajeyo (Bangladesh) and Railway Children (India). We remain partners with CHADET and Butterflies and have close connections to the work of the Railway Children.

  6. 2002


    Gift Aid scheme introduced, making eligible donations worth 25% more, enabling ChildHope to reach more children, young people and their families.

  7. 2003


    Refocused working relationships, strengthening the scope for partners to lead programmes.

  8. 2004


    BBC documentary about our work in Peru for Sports Relief; developed Toolkit on Child Protection to teach North and South partners; moved location to Development House.

  9. 2010


    Prioritise educating families and teachers about the rights of a child.

  10. 2013


    Juliet Stevenson hosts Radio 4 Appeal and becomes a new ChildHope patron. Funding secured for the Girls’ Education Challenge Fund in Ethiopia, supporting 14,503 girls to access, stay in and thrive in education; ChildHope 10K Race begins. Our second Africa knowledge sharing workshop is held in Uganda. ChildHope’s work reaches over 114,000 children.

  11. 2018


    With protection and safeguarding high on everyone’s agenda, we are working with our Southern partners in Kenya, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and Nepal, to grow the training and support we can offer to other agencies to make their organisations safer and stronger. Through programme partnerships in Africa, Asia and Peru, we continue to learn and develop expertise in the areas of trafficking, child labour, disability inclusion and education, growing connections across borders and between agencies.

Partnership with ChildHope

Partnership is at the heart of our approach. Our partners are entrepreneurs and innovators, activists and facilitators who understand the context of the children’s lives. They share our commitment to working alongside children to bring about changes to their lives.

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