Our vision, mission and values run through everything we do. We believe in empowering communities and working collaboratively with them, rather than working solely from a needs-based approach. Securing children their rights is at the centre of what we do.
Child-centred community development
Children are at the heart of everything Childreach India does. We endeavor to promote a child-centered community development approach wherein the children, their families and their communities are owners of the development process. We believe that our legitimacy and authority as an organization comes from prioritizing the children themselves, in the context of their family and their wider community. Our work is underpinned by the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; we are guided by the best interests of the child at all times and adopt the non-discriminatory principle that all rights apply to all children without exception.
We strive to support local heroes passionate about improving the lives of children in their communities. Through our work with these agents of change and CBOs we implement sustainable community-led initiatives and support projects which enable community ownership at every stage of the project cycle.
Childreach India believes in a holistic approach to development. Through our partnerships, we facilitate simultaneous delivery of numerous discrete initiatives which, when combined, are more effective than when delivered apart. This kind of multi-pronged approach, often sector-wide in scope, increases our impact. By addressing a variety of issues through meaningful lasting partnerships we form synergies, creating a multiplier effect that expands and strengthens the positive effects of our projects.
We place greater emphasis on people’s potential to fulfil their ambitions, and not on those areas in which they are deficit.
Sustainability is an integral benchmark by which we evaluate the achievements of our projects and the manner in which we work. The strength of a project’s sustainability will often depend on the successful implementation of our three other approaches. We aim to facilitate results which have permanent value for those they aim to affect, the surrounding communities, the institutional capacity of governments, and the environment.
Fundamentally connected to this community-centered approach is the need for respectful and meaningful participation, particularly that which involves children. We aspire to place child participation at the heart of how we operate. Our job is not to dictate to children but to engage young people in designing and participating in projects and programmes that genuinely reflect the needs and aspirations of their generation. We believe children are not passive objects of interventions but should be active agents in their own development. This requires more than just listening to them, it means involving children in decision-making and encouraging them to take an active role in finding solutions to their problems. Over the coming years we plan to incorporate some form of child participation at all levels and stages of the project management cycle. Closely related to our commitment to child participation is a focus on child protection. Child protection is prioritized at all times and present in all aspects of our work.
Participation of communities is another essential requirement of our projects. By involving the children, their families and the wider community, we foster a sense of ownership and encourage them to become stakeholders who are able to provide sustainable solutions to the poverty cycle and shape their own future. We will actively pursue a scenario where every project we support actively, ethically and meaningfully involves all relevant actors (including children) in the decision-making process for planning, implementation and evaluation, through which they are empowered to claim their rights and take responsibility for a project and its results.