ChildHelp is a non-profit, non-governmental child and youth focussed organization founded in 1994 and committed to achieving a community in which all children and youth realize their full potential in societies that respect people's rights and dignity. To deliver its development and capacity building programs, ChildHelp receives funding every year. It mobilizes financial resources (from individuals, government, foundations and corporate), and multi-laterals (the World Bank and UN agencies). Approximately 72% of this funding comes from individuals sponsors. ChildHelp has more than 28 employees and 220 volunteers, who provide leadership, management and support to Area Program Offices Communities in Sierra Leone and Liberia. The core components of ChildHelp's development and capacity building programs include basic education, health and nutrition, household livelihood security and economic development, and water and sanitation and also includes child protection, research, human resource management, fundraising and resource mobilization, networking, communications innovations, and budgeting. Administrative and logistical assistance is given to the Area Program Offices as required.
ChildHelp provides the programmatic and financial framework within which the Area Program Managers/Directors and their program offices teams. ChildHelp also provides an audit function to the Area program offices. ChildHelp's needy -centred approach makes it both sensitive to and informed about the dynamics of poverty.
Specifically, ChildHelp understands how to engage youth in participatory processes to design and implement projects. It is also a practitioner of "peer education," a technique that will be used in this project. Specifically related to youth Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights services, ChildHelp is currently partnering with the Yegesie International Open College of Technology on a pilot Youth SRH Empowerment initiative to promote the creation of policies and opportunities that engage youth as actors in their own development and undertake social and economic interventions that reduce vulnerability to poverty, disease, hunger and other difficult situations, which will contribute to creation of social systems that promote peace, human welfare and the sustainability of the environment on which life depends, including promotion and protection of fundamental human rights in its geographical areas of mandate.
ChildHelp is involved in the development of youths, to ensure that every youth can reach their full potential, defined in terms of youth rights to survival, protection, education and active participation in society. These are the main pillars of the MDGs, the Rights of the Child (CRC), African Commission on Human and People's Rights, the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC), the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality and the African Youth Charter to name, which underpin ChildHelp's centred community development approach. ChildHelp has an outstanding track record in the area of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights of youths, agriculture development, Non-formal education, water-sanitation, and health and nutrition.
Mission: Is to work in a holistic manner towards improvement in the quality of life through interventions that reduce vulnerability to illiteracy, ignorance poverty, disease, hunger, gross abuse of human rights to improve the quality of life of children and their families.
ChildHelp's broad objectives are to: Achieve social and economic development and improved quality of life for poor and disadvantaged rural households and communities with emphasis on women and children, youth, the elderly, the disabled persons, orphans and other specialized groups of vulnerable children within ChildHelp's geographical scope of operation. To affirm the enduring values of peace, social justice and human dignity and integrity in settings where these values are not always taken for granted. To improve the health, Education and Livelihood conditions of communities through elimination of poverty in the environment that lead to loneliness, hungry, suffering and untimely death.
RESPONSIBILITY "Development is a worldwide responsibility. The challenge means that we are called to become involved in the changing of structures and situations, in fighting against racial discrimination, oppression and exploitation, in the struggle for social justice and such tangible improvements as better living conditions, effective health service and equal opportunity of education for all".
ACTIVITITIES: Childhelp Sierra Leone encourage sharing and cooperation, participation in decision making, building a community where men and women share and participate in its development and recognise each person's dignity and with, seeking to relieve hunger, diseases and suffering while attacking the root causes, develop and conserve resources of land water, providing training and volunteering opportunities, create self-reliance of basic needs, develop interdependence based on justice and understanding among members of each others problems and to explore collectively, opportunities for promoting welfare in the communities.
MEMBERSHIP: Regular, Patron, supporter and benefactor members are needed. This is open to all NGOs and everyone in the world.
PROBLEMS: Communities have many, varied and inter-related problems which has been a reservoir of human problems and misery of extreme hardship and indignity in the mentioned areas. These rural poor areas lack of basic educational standards, technical training, adequate and modern farming tools; infrastructural services such as good roads, bridges, housing facilities, human resource management, post harvest loss reduction facilities; incentives, transportation facilities, social services, health and employment opportunities etc. God is concerned about injustice and inequality, the exploitation of the helpless people and colour and class prejudice in the world, He has created. The country is in dire straits because of a lack of salt in public life. Society's structures are rotting because of our failure to keep them well supplied with preservative. Lets open our hands wide and embrace the poor, to love our neighbours as we love ourselves equally. This organisation will not congregate in inward-looking huddles, but to mix with people around, seeking to understand them and to respond with practical help wherever we can able.
So being SALT to the poor and the needy begins on our patch so that real bridges will be built into society with love, mercy, compassion and sacrifice. Into this situation in Sierra Leone, we should bring emergency food supplies, clothing, medicines, building wells and houses, and setting up of water purification systems to prevent villagers drinking in disease every thirsting time etc, providing financial, technical and In-kind assistance to empower the poor... and lift them out of poverty.
For quality commitment, we are commitment to achieve excellency in meeting the beneficiaries need we would serve, by continuous improvement of our programmes, processes and services.
You are invited to share effort, experience, information and the burden of the poor and needy.
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