How we help children thrive
We see the impact of poverty and the toll it takes on the lives of children, and we do all we can to bring health and opportunity back into the picture, for the long run.
We work directly with community organizations that share our goals and values, building local resources that in turn build stronger families and communities.
We understand the barriers parents face as they try to meet the needs of their children, so our approach is built on sustainability – enhancing skills, increasing access, protecting rights and offering support that turns into changed circumstances and improved chances of meeting immediate as well as long-term needs.
We concentrate on helping in the important areas of nutrition, health, education and livelihood wherever we are in the world because when these fundamental aspects of life are secured, life gets better.
We uphold strong programming principles that have been adapted from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and include: gender equality, environmental responsibility, community ownership, partnership and ethical allocation of resources.
Above all else, we respect those we serve. We value fairness, partnership, compassion, accountability and effectiveness, and use these values to drive our activities to help children thrive.
We invite you to read more about what we do by exploring the sectors along the left of this page, and to read a few answers to a few questions about our work:
How does Canadian Feed The Children measure results?
We have an extensive system of monitoring the effectiveness of our development work. We choose community partners that share our mission as well as our programming principles and ethics. We develop our programs and projects together with the community and our country partner to ensure we serve the most vital needs of the community’s children. Each year, before approving the funding of a program, we thoroughly review its detailed community needs, the proposed solutions and the expected outcomes. We receive a quarterly report from our partners on every project we fund, which confirms what activities have taken place, how much was spent on those activities, and what changes took place as a result of the activities. Our country representatives provide regular reports as well and our program management team members actively monitor the partnerships and the programs to ensure their effectiveness, efficiency and positive impact on the community’s children and their families.
Does Canadian Feed The Children provide emergency relief?
Yes, to the communities we currently support. Canadian Feed The Children provides support in emergency and reconstruction situations by providing funding for urgent humanitarian aid and short- and long-term developing, and accessing Canadian Government funds through CIDA (as was the case in Haiti in 2004, 2008 and 2010) for rebuilding.
How do I know my money is reaching the people who need it?
We conduct regular monitoring of all our projects, including discussions with the families we support, internal audits, external audits and third-party independent evaluations so that we ensure consistent delivery of services to those who need it most. We have extensive accountability measures in place to ensure every dollar is used in the most effective way.
Can I help by volunteering overseas for Canadian Feed The Children?
Canadian Feed The Children has very limited capacity to send volunteers overseas. We recommend a site that contains information about volunteering and more specifically links to organizations that are looking for volunteers for overseas work: www.volunteers.ca.
Thank you for your kind support!