Children in Crossfire is driven by our vision for a compassionate world where every child can reach his or her potential.
For us, this is not a dream but something we can really make tangible through our work. It is essential that as we work for change, we also nurture compassion as the underpinning core value that drives people to take actions for a better world for all children.
If we lived in a compassionate world, then all the issues we seek to address would cease to exist. But, sadly we don’t! Yet we believe that the seed to build a compassionate world lies within in us all. Therefore, in all areas of our work, we seek to awaken, cultivate and nurture that seed for a better world. We believe that when everyone acts out of love and compassion for humanity, then Children will live in a world where global injustice no longer exists.
2. Strategic Direction
Working for Change through our International Programmes
Children in Crossfire works to bring positive and sustainable Change to the lives of children who are caught up in the Crossfire of Poverty.
For Children in Crossfire, sustainable Change can only be fully realised through a Programmatic approach to our work. This means that our interventions work towards agreed outcomes which are linked to national and international identified initiatives, specifically the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for post 2015. We integrate our activities in order to promote collaboration between Vulnerable Families, Communities, Civil Society and Government, towards meeting agreed needs.
3. Strategic Focus
Internationally, We Focus on School Readiness
In both Tanzania and Ethiopia, Children in Crossfire will attend to young girls and boys aged 0-6 years to help them reach their development potential. We will focus on quality ECE programmes, which include Stimulation in the home; age appropriate Education in ECD Centres, and Pre-Primary School. In Tanzania, we have already built a strong Programmatic Approach in this area. We intend to extend this approach to Ethiopia.
The Island of Ireland: Development Education and Supporter Engagement
Our Development Education programme focuses within the formal education sector to achieve depth of impact in relation to preparing students fully for active Global Citizenship. We believe that when the formal education sector takes action to adequately implement Development Education, this leads to young people and communities engaging with the issues, developing a sense of global solidarity through an appreciation of self and others, and ultimately taking relevant actions for a fairer world.
Children in Crossfire also considers it essential to ensure that our supporters better understand the context of our international work, the successes of our specific projects and the wider significance of aid programmes. We further believe this is vital to help challenge dominant perceptions and stereotypes of people, communities and governments living in developing countries.
Tanzania has been our flagship country programme since it was established in 2008. Indeed Children in Crossfire Tanzania’s evolving positioning and programming in early childhood development (ECD) has distinctly informed the wider organisation’s strategic direction and focus. In a relatively short space of time in Tanzania we have made important contributions to the ECD policy space, as well as made a difference in the lives of thousands of children. We have developed strong and highly valued partnerships with national and local organisations in the delivery of our programmes. Aligning with Children in Crossfire’s overall organisational Strategic Plan (2015-19), this Tanzanian plan represents a commitment to build on our achievements to date in Tanzania and to position and focus our work in a way that can deliver the most benefit for the sector and the thousands of children we are privileged to directly reach. Children in Crossfire’s focus on early childhood development recognises that it is the early years of life that provide the foundations for all that follows. The scientific and economic evidence is clear that if children have positive early years’ experiences they will perform better in life. Informed by our programming to date, Children in Crossfire focuses on ‘School Readiness’ , a key priority in giving children the opportunity to reach their potential.
Children in Crossfire has been supporting development projects in Ethiopia since 2004. This has involved responding to the needs of very vulnerable communities through provision of safe water, nutritional support and emergency food relief.
Since 2009, we have been supporting the Addis Hiwot’ (New Life) project in Addis Ababa (2009 – 2017). This project supported the social reintegration of 60 vulnerable families who lived on a grave yard slum in Addis. The families moved into social housing and were supported with education, nutrition and income generation.
Children in Crossfire also supported an extensive health and nutrition ‘NOURISH’ programme in Wolisso (2011-2016). This has provided lifesaving treatment for 2,500 severely malnourish children, reducing occurrences of severe malnutrition by 30% through improved awareness, referral systems and access to safe water.
As well as delivering the above projects, Children in Crossfire has also been evolving its focus more specifically towards Early Childhood Development and School Readiness. We have supported School Readiness in 54 schools in Addis Ababa, improving quality of ‘O’ Class provision for 10,000 children and providing nutritional support for 2,000 of the most vulnerable children in those schools.
7. Ireland & UK
We believe that when the formal education sector takes action to adequately implement Development Education, this leads to young people and communities engaging with the issues, developing a sense of global solidarity through an appreciation of self and others, and ultimately taking relevant actions for a fairer world. Our Development Education programme has been running in Ireland and the UK for X Years.
We believe that it is it essential to ensure that our supporters better understand the context of our international work, the successes of our specific projects and the wider significance of aid programmes. We further believe this is vital to help challenge dominant perceptions and stereotypes of people, communities and governments living in developing countries. Working alongside Dóchas, Coalition of Aid and Development Agencies (CADA) and relevant organisations, we will build upon our supporter communications by showcasing results and partner voice, whilst raising public awareness of the importance of engaging in development issues.