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Father teaches his son how to ride a bicycle. (Source: Jakob Studnar)

Working for over 55 years to help children in need – worldwide

Our work is founded on a commitment to child rights – promoting a child’s right to protection, provision and participation. It comprises community-based development, self-help groups, humanitarian assistance and disaster risk reduction, resource conservation,  adaptation to climate change, food security, rehabilitation and work with street children. Networking and advocacy, capacity building and development education programs support our project work. 

Children and youth benefit from our projects and programs as rights holders. They also benefit from projects targeting the duty bearers of child rights – parents and guardians, communities, local authorities as well as relevant governmental structures and networks.

Our partner organisations set up and follow a child protection policy to ensure a safe environment for children and youth in projects and programs. Before partnering with Kindernothilfe, local organizations must agree to fully comply with our anti-corruption policy and standard financial regulations to ensure transparent and correct implementation of all projects.

To support the development efforts of the local organizations, we sensitize the European public in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg on development issues with a special focus on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The projects and programs of our partner organisations support children and youth who are in need of special protection (e.g. victims of violence and abuse, street children, substance abusers, children in conflict with the law, etc.). Others raise awareness of child rights, advocate for child rights at a national and international level, and monitor their status. Activities in these sectors meet a child’s right to protection.

The projects and programs of our partner organisations focus on access to education (e.g. early childhood, basic education, secondary and vocational training), health care (e.g. basic knowledge, skills and acquisition), basic nutrition and shelter. Such activities are delivered both formally and informally and help meet a child’s fundamental right to provision.

Children and their families are encouraged to actively participate in all phases of the project cycle. By participating at social, political and economical levels in various groups, bodies, and committees, children exercise their right to participation.

Our objective: Realising child rights

Our objective: Realising child rights

Any interventions aimed at a long-term positive impact on children's lives must contribute to realising and safeguarding their rights. This is the focus of our work, both in Germany and abroad.

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Helping people help themselves

Helping people help themselves

We consistently work according to the principle of helping people to help themselves. We are convinced that even the supposedly weakest members of society have the potential to pull themselves up and live a life of dignity.

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How we promote education

How we promote education

Some 57 million children worldwide are still unable to attend school. Each of these children is in danger of being drawn into a vicious cycle of inadequate educational opportunities and abject poverty. We have made education the main focus of our work.

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How we provide disaster relief

How we provide disaster relief

When disaster strikes, the victims need immediate assistance. But providing emergency relief is only the first step in our humanitarian aid. We also pave the way for people to overcome their plight over the long term and prevent new crises.

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How we protect children

How we protect children

Kindernothilfe supports numerous protection programs and makes every effort to protect children involved in partner projects and activities in Germany from sexual abuse and maltreatment.

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Publications of Kindernothilfe

You can download documents, booklets and other publications concerning the work of Kindernothilfe.

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