Chance for Childhood
Chance for Childhood rebuilds young lives for a better future.
They’re helping street children, children with disabilities, child-headed households, child soldiers, those traumatised by violence & conflict, and children born into trafficking and prostitution.
Chance for Childhood is an international charity founded in 1992 (originally under the name of ‘Jubilee Action’). In December 2016 they merged with fellow UK charity Street Child Africa to maximise their impact and help more vulnerable children.
Chance for Childhood is an international children’s charity which strengthens and empowers local communities to protect children facing the gravest injustices.
Founded on Christian values, they uphold these through social, educational and business programmes which engage with local organisations. Their programmes protect vulnerable children and young people and equip them with the skills, knowledge and capacity to become active agents of change within their own communities.
They’re working in harsh environments where violence and poverty rob thousands of young people of their childhood and force them to grow up much too quickly.
Their projects are tailored to the unique needs of each individual and their community, but they all include some or all of their priority themes:
Justice for Children
Their juvenile justice work has two strands – securing justice for children who are victims of abuse, and supporting children who come into conflict with the law.
A Quality Education
A quality education is not just a fundamental human right, it’s also the best tool to help children build a better future and a chance to break free from the poverty trap.
Their aim is usually to enrol children in formal ‘state’ schools, but they recognise that this isn’t always possible, or the best choice for some young people who are too old to go back to school. Others who’ve lived chaotic lives and have had to fend for themselves from a young age may find the formal environment and discipline of a mainstream school is too hard to adjust to. So they provide and encourage ‘informal education’ and livelihoods training.
All children deserve a quality education and to have their basic rights protected. But more than that, they also deserve to enjoy their childhood in a safe, nurturing environment. Cherished and valued as important members of their family and community.
But some children spend their childhoods isolated from everyone around them. They might be trapped in a world of their own by a communication disability, or living alone and scared on the streets. So properly including them in their family, school and community life is an important part of their work.
WHERE THEY WORK
To maximise their impact, their work is focused in sub-Saharan Africa.
They currently have projects in D.R. Congo, Ghana, Kenya,Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia.See more