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EveryChild prevents violence, abuse and exploitation. Since 2001, we have protected and supported some of the world’s most vulnerable children.
We also raise awareness of children’s rights and have trained communities and authorities across the world to recognise and tackle child abuse.
In Cambodia and Ethiopia, we protect children living and working on the streets. We provide counselling, education and safe places for children to stay while we work to reunite them with their families. The children pictured attend a drop-in centre in Cambodia that provides care for children so their parents have time to work.
Poverty often drives people to abandon or give up their children. We help families set up businesses to boost their income, deliver parenting training and offer support to families in crisis.
The majority of children living in institutions in the countries where we work have at least one living parent. We challenge old attitudes to childcare that encourage struggling parents to give up their children. Parents like Vyra in Russia, above. Vyra was finding it incredibly hard to raise her three children alone and came very close to putting Mika (right), who is disabled and requires specialised care, in an institution. EveryChild came to the rescue and provided respite care for Mika, freeing up Vyra’s time so she could work and earn enough to support her family.
A safe, caring family is the best place for a child. EveryChild is determined to stop children growing up without families in harmful institutions, on the streets or with employers.
Over the past 10 years your support has helped us have a profound effect on attitudes towards institutional care in Moldova. Our work there has achieved great results. 10 years ago there were 13,600 children in Soviet-style institutions and the country had no social workers or foster carers. Today just 6,000 children remain in institutional care, something we are working hard to change. Now there are 1,200 social workers supporting vulnerable families and over 100 foster carers give 150 children a place to call home.
In Malawi child rights clubs give children the opportunity to support and protect one another. Maria, pictured, was 14 when she was encouraged by her local child rights group to escape her marriage and return to school. Maria says, “I got a lot of encouragement from the EveryChild Child Rights Club, who used to visit me at home.”
Our influence has achieved vital, long term change in the countries where we work. In Georgia we helped the government reform their childcare system and encouraged them to commit to closing all of Georgia’s large institutions by the end of 2012. To ensure children growing up without their families live in a safe, caring environment, EveryChild trains foster carers and runs small children’s homes. Listening to children is an essential part of EveryChild’s work. We help children talk about their lives and voice their concerns with local decision-makers.