We have partnerships with more more than 6,500 local churches in the developing world. Implementing our programs through church-based child development centers is one of several distinct features of how we work.
Our church-based child development centers represent a long-term, holistic development commitment to fighting extreme poverty.
A holistic development approach
Our approach to child development is dynamic, individualized, personal and relational. And our decision to partner with local churches is a strategic one.
We believe local congregations are catalysts for community change and optimize the mutual respect, resources and common purpose critical in caring for children.
The church's role in developing the children we serve includes responsibility for the day-to-day application and administration of activities and programs. The church essentially "owns" the local child development center.
Because we understand that children grow in the context of their families, we also give weight to caring for parental needs. The parents' well-being directly relates to the welfare of their children.
Once a center is up and running, it's staffed by people in the local community. It starts with a center committee, a director, a secretary/treasurer and several tutors. More people are added as the center grows.
To ensure that the program's local application is effective and funds are used appropriately and wisely, we audit each center a minimum of once every 30 months, and our country staff visit each child development center a minimum of three times per year.
We provide curriculum support to the development centers, but the churches contextualize the interventions they provide to the children they serve.
Our success in releasing children from poverty is outcome driven. These outcomes serve as a measuring stick for progress and growth rather than hard and fast completion requirements to graduate from the program.
We’re successful when the children in our Child Sponsorship Program commit their lives to Christ, choose good health practices, are physically healthy, are motivated to learn new skills, demonstrate the skills to support themselves in the future and interact with others in healthy and compassionate ways.
We’re also successful when our church partners demonstrate effective vision and leadership and take ownership of their vision by establishing efficient structures, practices and management to achieve their goals.