Catalyst for change
International Child Campaign gives a voice to children, who are amongst those least able to advocate for their rights. We champion the rights of children to duty-bearers and others in positions of power, as per the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Emergency response and alleviating suffering today is important, but to prevent it all happening again tomorrow and the day after, systemic changes need to be made in the way that society regards those born into poverty and with other disadvantages. Overcoming poverty is not an optional act of charity; it is an act of justice. Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.
There can be no keener litmus test of a society than the way in which it treats its children and education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world.
We are guided by a rights-based approach in our campaigns and projects; working within the broader context of international development, and poverty and gender issues, because children do not live in isolation from the wider society. In our campaigns and projects, we seek to work in collaboration with others with similar aims.
In partnership with the Ugandan government and with Alternative Care Initiatives, International Child Campaign is supporting and promoting Family Preservation, Resettlement and the Alternative Care Framework for Children without Parental Care in Uganda.
We call on all organisations involved in child care in Uganda to work within the Alternative Care Framework.
The REPLACE Campaign advocates for the replacement of orphanages with strong social structures that prevent children being separated from their families. It supports the reunification of families where possible and, where necessary, the provision of family-based alternative care.
We call on all individuals and organisations that support orphanages to stop and instead support prevention, reunification and family-based solutions.