Mission: Empowering the youth of Africa through sustainable community partnerships
Vision: Our vision is an Africa with strong, confident youth characterized by active community engagement and a commitment to achieve both collective and personal aspirations.
“The child shall enjoy special protection, and shall be given opportunities and facilities, by law and by other means, to enable him to develop physically, mentally, morally, spiritually and socially in a healthy and normal manner and in conditions of freedom and dignity.”– Declaration of the Rights of the Child, United Nations
We seek to break the cycle of deprivation. We challenge injustice and empower children to overcome the obstacles that hold them back. We tailor our work to local circumstances, in partnership with children, families, communities and local organizations. We take disadvantaged and impoverished communities and aim to raise them to equal standards by instilling a series of developmental projects and preparing the youth for strong and efficient leadership.
Philosophy for Community Development
The Help the African Child Foundation is an international platform for social entrepreneurs to share innovative techniques to solve problems that plague their communities. We offer a system of support for local actors throughout Africa to establish and build sustainable projects that provide for the welfare and development of at risk youth. We currently operate projects throughout Ghana and Togo, targeted at increasing youth participation in education, recreation and cultural affairs. We have been working with some of Africa’s most vulnerable and neglected children since 2005.
1. Find the community:
Our projects are chosen primarily through both need of the community, as well as our capacity to help foster development in that community.
2. Assess the needs of the kids:
This process starts by determining the existing developmental plants/programs in place, as well as that community’s plans for the future. Our development projects first focus on the areas of most need in the community that have the least chance of being developed without assistance.
3. Rally the local community, move resources and begin the framework of the program:
We begin by addressing immediate and short-term needs, so as to foster growth from the ground up. By initially strengthening the structure and institutions of the community, further development will be more effective and sustainable.
4. Establish resource-building activities to supplement international donor support:
This depends on the nature of the specific project, but involves a universal approach. Examples include establishing sustainable agriculture so we can support food and empowering the community by involving all members in new business activities.
5. Work with the community on their long-term vision:
All projects are designed with a clear and strong goal of long-term self-sustainability. These methods may vary from project to project, but all include a strong emphasis on education and leadership building so that we will be able to phase out our direct involvement with the project and not lose any productivity from within the community. We train members of the community continually as we carry out our projects.
6. Help the community expand capacity while increasing investment:
This is a part of self-sustainability. Given Ghana’s rich natural resources, many of our project sites already have access to sources of production that are not currently being utilized. As part of our community development projects, we will instill systems of economic growth in the community in which we work. This will mostly center around taking advantage of valuable resources and strengthening local businesses.