HOW WE BEGAN

Childaid is run by a 5 man board of directors, of all of whom are volunteers.

Childaid was founded by members of the Irish Defence Forces and friends who had first hand experience of the dire conditions experienced by children in the slums of East Africa, especially Kenya & Rwanda.

On their return to Ireland, these individuals collectively decided that they wanted to 'get off the fence' and do something constructive to help those who most need assistance.

In order to bring focus their efforts, and to ensure transparency and accountability, Child Aid Ltd. was registered on 8th February 2001 and was listed as a charity with the Revenue Commissioners in Ireland.

 

OUR MISSION

Childaid's mission is the eradication of extreme poverty, disease and hunger for children in the developing world, while ensuring that each child has the essential means to a productive life.

 

 

 

 

GOALS & OBJECTIVES

The Goals & Objectives of Childaid are aligned strongly with the UN's Millennium Development Goals.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are the set of internationally agreed upon targets for reducing poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women by 2015.
 



The Millennium Development Goals are:

Goal 1:  Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

Goal 2:  Achieve universal primary education

Goal 3:  Promote gender equality and empower women

Goal 4:  Reduce child mortality

Goal 5:  Improve maternal health

Goal 6:  Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

Goal 7:  Ensure environmental sustainability

Goal 8:  Develop a Global Partnership for Development


Childaid believes strongly in all the MDG's. However, Childaid's Mission implies that our work is focused on Goals 1, 2,4,5 & 6.

By aligning our development initiatives with the MDG's we can ensure that we make best use of our donors money in addressing the real needs of the developing world in a way consistent with international best-practise.

If the world achieves the MDGs, more than 500 million people will be lifted out of poverty. A further 250 million will no longer suffer from hunger. 30 million children and two million mothers who might reasonably have been expected to die will be saved.

 

The world has made significant progress in achieving many of the Goals. Between 1990 and 2002 average overall incomes increased by approximately 21 percent. The number of people in extreme poverty declined by an estimated 130 million!. Child mortality rates fell from 103 deaths per 1,000 live births a year to 88. Life expectancy rose from 63 years to nearly 65 years. An additional 8 percent of the developing world's people received access to water. And an additional 15 percentacquired access to improved sanitation services.

Sub-Saharan Africa is the epicentre of crisis, with continuing food insecurity, a rise of extreme poverty, stunningly high child and maternal mortality, and large numbers of people living in slums, and a widespread shortfall for most of the MDGs.

 

OUR ETHOS AND VALUES

The following principles guide us in our efforts:

  • The Millennium Development Goals form the foundation of our objectives.

  • We seek to co-ordinate our activities with other reputable and experienced agencies to ensure efficient and effective delivery of aid.

  • Development is a long-term process.

  • Aid and charity is NOT the long-term answer for the Developing World. We believe in creating a long-term self-sufficiency in our donor countries.

  • We must address the causes, as well as the symptoms, of extreme hunger, poverty and disease.
     

HOW WE ARE FUNDED

 

To date, the majority of donations are raised by volunteer trekkers who take part in sponsored treks organised to Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania & Mt. Everest Base Camp in Nepal. Annually, Childaid organises 4 - 5 such treks.

In addition, many supporters of Childaid freely give their time and energy to organise and run local fundraising initiatives such as sponsored cycles, race nights, pub-quizzes and sponsored Sky-dives!

Through the Irish Government's overseas Development Fund programme, Childaid has received co-funding for a number of our projects.


News


Feb 13, 2017
We have a new Kilimanjaro Trek on the 10th of June and another on the 17th of June.


Dec 10, 2016
Childaid are looking for people with a good sense of adventure to volunteer in East Africa next March 2017.


Dec 10, 2016
The children kindly sponsored by ESI Technologies have finished secondary school after four years.


Dec 10, 2016
Sneem JFK 50 Mile Challenge
The 6th Sneem JFK 50 Mile Challenge will take place on the weekend of the 20th and 21st  May 2017.  The Challenge is to complete 50miles (80km) in under 20 hours.


Apr 28, 2014
The JFK50 Mile Challenge has been taking place in Sneem Co Kerry since 2011, on 24 May 2014 Will be the Fourth time it has run in Ireland.


Mar 9, 2012
This will give these kids new hope and opportunities. On behalf of the children and their families we'd like to express our thanks to Morgan and all at ESI Technologies.


Mar 9, 2012
Childaid through their partners ANSAC and PDFORRA offer members of the Defence Forces a chance to help make a difference to deprived children’s lives by donating one Euro a week through your ANSAC savings account to Childaid.