Childreach India does not see children as the product of their suffering but as the sum of their potential. Consequently, Childreach India uses only positive images of children. People are not defined by their economic or social status and every community has strengths and weaknesses. They should not be characterized by poverty. Within all people, especially children, there lies ambition and potential and as an organization it is our privilege to play a small role in helping children unlock their capabilities.
At the heart of our organizational values lie the respect between our staff, our partners and all stakeholders that work with us to be the wheels of change. Our best measure of whether we are succeeding as an organization is not how well people respond to our marketing or our message but how children, their communities and our partners talk about us when asked if the relationship is genuine, equal and respectful.
Childreach India staff, volunteers and programmes are diverse and are not selected on the basis of race, religion, gender, caste or age. Whilst Childreach India is very careful not to align with any specific political groups, parties, organizations or philosophies, we do encourage engagement with local, state and national governments to promote our work and lobby for the rights of children.
Although we recognize and acknowledge that different cultures around the country have different attitudes (both in the workplace and society) towards social and development issues, we believe as an organization that all of our internal and external interactions should actively promote inclusion, tolerance, respect and above all equality.
We proactively engage with networks, alliances, groups and experts in administration and civil society that share our synergies on inclusive development for all children. Networking helps create a supportive environment for implementation of innovative applications, and an exchange of best practices across the development and education sector.
Wherever possible we seek to actively engage with our donors and supporters to encourage them to gain a deeper understanding of our work and become involved as active stakeholders.
Moreover, we encourage the active engagement of our children, adults, communities, schools, project partners and staff. Child participation and community-led development is integral to every aspect of our work, from the formation of projects to the assessment of our impact on the ground.
In our role as stewards or custodians of donor funds intended to benefit the lives of children around the world, it is especially important that both the nature of our projects and our financial operations are clearly communicated to our donors, the communities in which we work, the organizations that we support and the wider public. Our reputation for sound financial management is of utmost importance.
Furthermore, we have a particular responsibility to be honest and open with the children who participate in our projects and the communities who invite us to work with them.
In order to improve our work as an organization and contribute to progress in the international development sector it is also particularly important that we are honest about the mistakes we make and share the lessons we have learnt to enable others to improve their work. Central to this is creating an atmosphere and a culture within Childreach India that avoids blame and encourages a sense of shared responsibility for organizational development. Through acknowledging our weaknesses and failings we can respond constructively and work effectively to enhance our efforts.