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Initiative pour la Promotion de la Santé Rurale et le Développement Intégré au Burundi (IPSDI) promotes access to education through after-school learning activities for children in a post-conflict environment, especially girls and internally displaced children and youth, including children with disabilities, children living with HIV, and survivors of sexual violence.
Action pour le Développement et la Protection de la Famille (ADPF) is committed to improving education and health outcomes for those most affected by poverty, loss, and conflict. ADPF works with schools, communities, and the local government to reintegrate out-of-school children, especially girls, into school.
Génération Femme du Troisième Millénaire (GFM3) is a national organization that contributes to local development by improving the living conditions of women, youth, and children in rural and peri-urban areas. GFM3’s areas of focus include education for all; gender equity and women’s rights; and the protection of children’s rights.
SILOE, which means “river of healing,” promotes and protects the rights and wellbeing of children in urban and peri-urban areas. The organization works with communities, schools, young people, and authorities to remove barriers to girls’ education.
Union des Jeunes Dynamiques de Man (UJDM) is a group of young people committed to promoting peace and solidarity among young people as well as building their capacity to be agents of change in their communities.
Working in both urban slums and rural areas, Center for Development Initiatives (CDI) provides access to education, leadership training, empowerment programs, and health services to migrant, out-of-school girls who are survivors of gender-based violence or human trafficking.
International Child Development Program (ICDP) helps children develop social skills by placing the child at the center of all its interventions. The organization also educates parents, educators, and community members about the benefits of child-centered approaches to a child’s growth and development.
Mother of All Nations Foundation promotes reading and literacy through reading camps for children living in slum communities, making the experience fun, engaging, and interactive.
Move the World utilizes the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a tool to promote a love of learning within schools.
Starters Technology leverages technology to help children explore their potential in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through storybooks, bootcamps, and school or home mentoring sessions.
Street Children Empowerment Foundation rescues and rehabilitates children living on the streets and reintegrates them into mainstream schools through engagement in its Learning Hub.
Through school club activities and public speaking debate competitions, the Young Visionary Leaders Ghana coaches, mentors, motivates, and inspires children to become productive, prolific, and visionary future leaders.
Youth Advocates Ghana is a youth-led organization that leverages advocacy to empower school children to know their rights and influence policies that affect them.
Founded by a 17-year-old girl, Club des Jeunes Filles Leaders de Guinée (CJFL-G) is an association of girls and young women activists aged 14 to 24 who are committed to fighting child marriage, female genital cutting, and any other form of violence and discrimination against girls and women. CJFL-G also works to keep girls in school.
Femme Autonome Espoir de Demain-Guinée (FAED-G) is led by young women who have succeeded in their education and are united to pool their knowledge and experiences to address cultural and educational barriers facing disadvantaged children, especially girls.
Protection contre les Violences sur les Femmes, Enfants, la Paix dans les communautés et l’Environnement (PROVIFEPE) promotes gender equality, girls’ education, and the protection of children against harmful practices in rural communities in Nzérékoré, Guinea.
Haki Centre promotes social justice by enhancing community participation in sustainable development processes.
Jitegemee Children’s Program holistically empowers children to grow and live sustainable lives by providing nutritional requirements, psychosocial support, health care, and a clear pathway to appropriate schooling or training.
Maji Mazuri helps children, youth, and families escape poverty and thrive by providing the foundation through education and other types of support.
Through its youth center, located in Nairobi’s Mathare slums, Oasis Mathare provides a safe, social, and educational space for children of all ages to play, work on their homework, and access computers and the internet, while also offering an economic empowerment program for older youth, particularly young mothers.
Dedicated to reducing rates of incarceration and recidivism among Nairobi’s youth, YSAI works directly in prisons to develop young people’s leadership and livelihood skills, while also working with children and youth in the heart of communities – especially in slums, where the incidence of crime is high – to promote community safety and steer them away from crime.
Audacious Leaders Network empowers youth in Lesotho to create social movements that address injustices and protect young people in vulnerable circumstances. The organization fosters critical thinking and leadership skills and encourages youth to become social changemakers in their communities.
The Butterfly Sanctuary Organisation is a youth-led group comprised of girls and young mothers in Maseru, Lesotho, that seeks to empower marginalized girls within schools and the wider community. The organization provides girls with sexual and reproductive health information; offers trainings in vocational skills and girls’ rights; and increases girls’ access to services and opportunities.
Mosepele Foundation Development Forum is a youth-led organization that supports young people experiencing mental health issues, substance abuse issues, and unplanned pregnancies, helping them to access financial, medical, and social support.
NomadPads Lesotho is a youth-led group fighting to end period poverty and shame in Lesotho and helping girls to build their confidence. The organization offers menstrual education workshops and podcasts and manufactures reusable sanitary pads for girls in the community.
Women First Self-Help Program Lesotho supports young women entrepreneurs to promote women’s empowerment, gender equality, and poverty reduction. The organization provides trainings in business and entrepreneurship; jewelry-making; and other skills to empower young women to become self-reliant and support their families.
Writers Space Africa is a youth-led organization in Lesotho that publishes books for youth as a way to help young writers achieve their dreams. The organization also hosts debates for young people, including students, so they can deepen their knowledge of the issues that affect them.
With a focus on rural teenagers, Community Healthcare Initiative (CHI) educates girls about their sexual and reproductive rights, health and hygiene, and the harmful effects of early marriage and FGM/C, while also providing safe spaces for them to discuss issues that affect them. CHI also advocates at the national level for better protections for girls across Liberia.
Halley Movement is a coalition of charitable organizations working for the welfare of children and families in Mauritius and in the Southern African region.
African Pathfinder Leaders Initiative (APLI Namibia) develops and mobilizes young changemakers, innovators, and leaders in diverse fields across Namibia. Through its fellowship program, APLI Namibia provides opportunities for young people to cultivate skills in community development, entrepreneurship, and other areas that they can use to contribute to their local communities.
Healing Wound Association (HWA) provides hope and support to young people with mental health issues in Namibia. The organization offers psychosocial support, counseling, and targeted wellness programs that enable youth to learn more about themselves and identify their goals.
National Youth Sports Development Platform is a youth-led organization in Namibia that empowers young people in underprivileged communities through sports, fostering community development through physical and recreational activities.
Centre for Children’s Health Education, Orientation and Protection (CEE-HOPE) moves survivors of gender-based violence and sexual abuse, as well as other girls in rural communities and urban slums, to safer environments and offers them psychosocial and learning support.
Child and Youth Protection Foundation (CYPF) empowers girls who are trafficking survivors through formal education, psychosocial support, and mentoring.
Association Jeunesse Espoir (AJE) advances the rights and education of adolescent girls – especially those who live on the streets or are at high risk for human trafficking, modern-day slavery, sexual violence, or abuse – by providing them with a safe space and psychosocial support, helping to reunite them with their families, and helping them to go to school.
Dedicated to removing barriers to girls’ education in Sierra Leone, Center for Advocacy and Sustainable Empowerment (CASE SALONE) empowers girls to stay in school, realize their potential, and take on leadership positions. Working in schools and communities, CASE SALONE establishes student empowerment clubs; trains girls in leadership and public speaking; and provides girls with safe spaces and counseling services. It also operates savings initiatives to help parents invest in their children’s education.
In a community where the prevalence of FGM/C is over 90%, Children’s Forum Network – Kenema creates safe spaces for children to discuss and raise public awareness about the issues affecting their lives. A local, autonomous branch of Sierra Leone’s national children’s parliament, CFN-Kenema also organizes trainings and conferences on specific child rights issues to help young people speak out against child rights violations.
Integrated Development Program for Teenagers (IDP4T) empowers teens in Sierra Leone to have agency over their bodies and make informed life decisions. It conducts Teen Talk programs in schools, operates a helpline, and provides direct services to young survivors of violence and trafficking.
Women Against Violence and Exploitation in Society (WAVES) develops the capacity of girls in Bo, Sierra Leone, both in and out of school, to speak out against sexual and gender-based violence, advocate for sexual and reproductive rights, and become agents of change in their communities. The organization also conducts extensive community outreach and advocates for policy change to benefit girls and women.
Working with girls and young women between the ages of 18 and 28 from underserved communities, 18twenty8 promotes their educational and personal development, encouraging them to pursue higher education and empowering them through life skills workshops, mentoring, career guidance, and financial assistance.
Jelly Beanz Inc. (JBI) promotes child protection and safety through direct services for sexually abused children and those who have experienced trauma, abuse, or neglect, offering in-depth individual and group counseling, as well as life skills training on such topics as HIV/AIDS prevention and management, how to report abuse, and career opportunities.
Founded by an award-winning South African filmmaker, Nayanaya Trust empowers young people – particularly young women – to tell their stories, develop career skills, and drive social change through the power of filmmaking.
In the township of Tembisa, where 95% of the population is low-income, Xtreme Youth Projects offers a range of programs to empower children and youth, including life skills development, an entrepreneurship program, and performing arts activities that break down stereotypes, encourage positive self-image, and nurture young talent.
Amuno Rural Hub offers library services, supplementary reading, and games to students in rural Uganda.
The Andtex Training and Care Organization (TATCO) adopts community schools and creates a conducive learning environment for children by providing them with human and interactive educational resources.
Applied Sciences and Technology Laboratories exposes students from remote schools to improved and equitable access to high-quality, hands-on STEM education and programming through science clubs.
BaNgaAfayo offers remedial after-school programs to help students catch up in math and literacy using interactive play-based methodologies to improve attendance, retention, and outcomes.
Centre for Adolescent Reproductive Health Foundation increases access to inclusive primary education, as well as its quality and sustainability, through traditional dances.
Community Focus International empowers communities in vulnerable circumstances and people with disabilities and their caretakers through assistive mobility devices and alternative basic education.
Hope and Peace for Humanity works with schools, local entrepreneurs, and traditional authorities to support conflict-affected children, especially girls, children with disabilities, and orphans. Some of these young people survived forced labor perpetrated by the Lord’s Resistance Army or sexual abuse.
Implicit Effect Admonitors Agency (IEAA) promotes comprehensive, positive social development through education and auxiliary services.
Read to Learn Foundation establishes playful community libraries to encourage a love of reading and uses locally sourced materials to make toys.
Amos Youth Center empowers youth in peri-urban communities through education and leadership development to break the cycle of poverty in their communities.
Chimwemwe Organisation for the Promotion of Early Childhood Rights, Education and Development (COPECRED) provides comprehensive early childhood development care for preschool-aged children and offers entrepreneurship guidance to families affected by HIV/AIDS.
Creative Hands nurtures children’s creativity by establishing origami clubs and agri-science in schools to improve school retention.
Kitwe Arts Foundation uses native games, sports, and art to prevent children from joining gangs, help them get off the streets and into schools, and improve school retention.
Na Tubelenge Children’s Library offers mobile library services, supplementary reading, and games to students from high-density but poorly resourced schools.
The Paideia Project introduces interactive learning kits to rural schools in Zambia to aid the learning and understanding of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in schools.
ReachAll establishes literacy clubs in schools using reading mentors to engage young learners.
Topping Crue Foundation provides access to education for children from one of the poorest communities in Livingstone, Zambia, using engaging play-based interventions to encourage attendance and improve outcomes.
Tusekwile Imiti Ikula Foundation offers access to education for children in one of the most remote areas of Zambia and uses play to motivate children to attend school.
Do It for the Kids (DIFTK) is a youth-led organization that supports underprivileged children in Zimbabwe and raises awareness about the challenges they face. DIFTK provides support to orphans and orphanages; supplies girls with sanitary pads so they are able to attend school; and increases access to books for children with disabilities.
Patsimeredu Edutainment Trust initiates change through the performing arts, using social impact theater to increase awareness of the issues impacting youth. The organization conducts research on issues affecting local communities, incorporates this information into theater productions, and presents plays followed by post-performance discussions.
Shift Space is a gaming-oriented organization that seeks to sustainably address issues in society through educational games. The organization also provides mentoring to young people.
Spark R.E.A.D empowers girls and women in marginalized rural and urban communities in Zimbabwe. The organization advocates for sexual and reproductive health and rights; offers entrepreneurship trainings and social enterprises; and combats harmful practices including gender-based violence and child marriage.
TWEENS Project empowers young people at the Tongogara Refugee Camp to thrive academically and reach their full potential. The organization provides youth with access to resources including textbooks, computers, and study space; offers tutoring; and holds informational sessions to inform young people about educational opportunities including scholarships.
Young Africa Intellectuals (YAL Group) is a youth-led organization that provides mental health support to young people through health information in order to increase health literacy and promote effective health communication. The organization improves the availability, access to, and acceptability of mental health services for young people and women in marginalized or neglected communities, including rural areas, informal settlements, and refugee camps.
Zvavahera Transformational Youth Club advocates for the needs of children and youth in rural communities and empowers them to have a voice in development efforts. The organization provides livelihoods training to young people and facilitates games and educational trips to help them boost their self-confidence.
Global Fund for Children (GFC) UK Trust, created in 2006, is a UK registered charity (UK charity number 1119544). We work to generate vital income, create new fundraising opportunities, and raise awareness of the invaluable work of GFC’s grassroots grantees. Our aim is to extend the reach of GFC in the United Kingdom, Europe, and beyond.
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