Christian Children's Fund of Canada
What is the Christian Children's Fund of Canada?
Christian Children's Fund of Canada is a Canadian-based, charity and child-centred international development organization. CCFC supports children, families and communities in developing countries. CCFC collaborates with local governments, the worldwide network ChildFund Alliance, Canadian International Development Agency, Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) and other relevant NGOs and foundations, like the Clinton Foundation, as well as collaborating government agencies.
CCFC, which has been in existence for over 50 years works in conjunction with local partner organizations to help in international development and child welfare. They follow the model, where they start off by providing basic assistance and eventually provide programs that lead to independent living. The partners help implement child-focused community development programs that respond to the local context and environment.
Christian Children's Fund of Canada mission is to create a future of hope for children, families, and communities by helping them develop the skills and resources to overcome poverty and pursue justice.
CCFC facilitates a child sponsorship program where any person can donate a sum of $38 a month to sponsor a particular child. This is used to help provide education, food, clean water, medical care and training needs. Currently, there are 53,000 children enrolled in the Christian Children's Fund of Canada sponsorship program.
Sponsors can also maintain a relationship with the sponsored child, by writing to them, visiting them and sending them gifts.
CCFC also provides assistance during emergency situations. They have worked both throughout and in the aftermath of emergencies such as flood, earthquake, famine, and conflict. Such aid is intended to save lives and alleviate human suffering.
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) offers humanitarian aid in times of crisis and disaster in the countries where they work, including Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua, Paraguay, and Tanzania. In 2011, The Horn of Africa region faced one of its worst droughts in more than 60 years, resulting in massive crop failures and hunger. CCFC responded by assisting and providing aid to the people of Ethiopia.
CCFC works on several projects in order to break the cycle of poverty, by replacing it with a cycle of self-reliance. In order to achieve this, they have initiated a number of projects focusing on these five areas - healthcare, education & training, water & sanitation, micro-enterprise development and self sustainability. These sector programs are community based, grassroots, and participatory initiatives, guided by a vision of long-term sustainability.
Countries of operation
CCFC helps children and families in seven countries. They are Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Tanzania.
CCFC selects the countries and communities they will assist based on need and aim to help children in countries which have "very high to moderately high Under Five Mortality Rates" (U5MR) as defined by UNICEF's "State of the World's Children" report.
This criteria is considered the most reliable indicator of development within a country as it reflects the nutritional health of mothers, the level of immunization, the availability of maternal and child health services, income and food availability in the family, the availability of potable water and safe sanitation and the overall safety of the child's environment.
Christian Children's Fund of Canada has been evaluated according to twenty Better Business Bureau Standards for charitable accountability. The organisation meets all the standards and is currently BBB certified. CCFC also received an overall grade of B+ by MoneySense in their list of top 10 Canadian charities for 2011.
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