About

Child Alert Foundation (CAF) is a non-Governmental, non-Political and non-Religious based Organization which is incorporated in Ghana with registration number CG 158891220 with the goal of Building partnership through empowerment, participation and network to create a safe and protective environment for Children. Child Alert Foundation, work towards the recognition, promotion and protection of rights of all children. It aims to look at the child in an integrated manner within the framework of the Constitution of Ghana, Ghana Children Act and the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, which Ghana ratified in 1992, and contribute to the building of an environment where every child’s rights are recognized and promoted without discrimination.
At CAF, we believe that child rights and children’s interest have to be mainstreamed into all developmental planning and action, and must also become a core developmental indicator. We recognize that children are vulnerable to neglect, violence, abuse and exploitation. Those children who have come into conflict with the law are also most often those who have been neglected by society. All children need to grow up in a safe and protective environment.

Our Vision

Building partnership with stakeholders through Empowerment, Participation and Network to create a safe and protective environment for Children.

Our Mission

  1. To empower Children through education to create sustainable changes in their lives and a future of hope to their families, communities and the Nation at large.
  2. Empower women in entrepreneurship to support and enhance the total development of Children.
  3. Provide the young people with opportunity to acquire employable skills to earn a standard living to improve on their lives, through engagement in dynamic psycho-social programs and services. Also encourage young people to stimulate positive social change within their own communities
  4. To equip Parents, Caregivers, Community and all who matter in Child Care and Protection with innovative skills on dealing with Children to ensure their safety.

Our Mandate

Child Alert Foundation is actively engaged in public education, awareness creation and advocacy on children’s Rights. It also seeks to serve as a resource and support base for individuals and groups dealing with children at every level. It not only provides information and referral service but also training and capacity building of all those working with children or on issues concerning them, and the children themselves. CAF undertake research and documentary on Children’s Right, Child Abuse issues and Adolescent Sexual Health and Right.

Core Values

Character: We instill morality and ethics in the personalities of our Children and youth to enrich their lives and the lives of those around them.
Safety: We provide a safe environment free from physical or emotional harm and to enhance therapeutic and educational growth for all Children and youth.
Respect: We believe all people have inherent value (regardless of culture, belief, personal abilities etc.) and should be treated with dignity.
Teamwork: We commit to working together with all our stakeholders toward enhancing Children and youth development.

Education: We enrich the lives of our Children and youth through a variety of therapeutic and educational programs and to provide opportunities to develop positive work ethic by practicing these skills through community involvement.
Compassion: We provide empathetic & compassionate service to all but especially vulnerable Children.
Integrity: We will ensure that integrity is the foundation of all our individual and collective actions.
Accountability: We are accountable to our participants, families, communities, donors & other stakeholders.

The 7 Pillars of CAF

1. Child Protection

The protection of children is everyone’s responsibility hence all children have a right to grow up protected from harm. At CAF we believe Children are the seeds of communities and their growth will depend on the nature of care and support they will receive from the members of the communities. We are committed to supporting parents and caregivers to protect   children by offering assistance that builds on a family’s strengths and empowers them to meet the changing needs of their children. We work with parents and caregivers to create safe and protective environment in which children are safe and feel safe to develop their full potentials. We undertake sensitization activities in schools for both Teachers and Students and in the communities to drum home the need for everyone to protect Children and the Children to protect themselves. CAF also establish and train Right of the Child clubs in Schools.

2. Youth and Women Empowerment (Gender)

Empowerment is the process of increasing the capacity of individuals or groups to make choices and to transform those choices into desired actions and outcomes.
The youth are the backbone of a society hence their participation in all aspects of society is very vital in the total transformation agenda of society. At CAF, Children and young people are encouraged to take charge of their lives. They do this by addressing their situations and then take action in order to improve their access to resources and transform their consciousness through their beliefs, values, education and attitudes.
Adolescent sexual and reproductive health refers to the physical and emotional wellbeing of adolescents and includes their ability to remain free from unwanted pregnancy, unsafe abortion, STIs (including HIV/AIDS), and all forms of sexual violence and coercion.
Women’s empowerment is a cross-cutting priority at CAF, as we recognize the synergies between Children safety and Development. When women are living safe, fulfilled and productive lives, they can reach their full potential and better support their families. Women will be supported with new skills to improved their lives.

3. Education Development

Our education programs include building the capacity of Teachers through trainings, workshops, seminars etc. Adult literacy, promoting reading culture for Children in communities by setting up community libraries and mobile Information Communication Technology centers etc. Overall, Child Alert Foundation seeks to contribute to increasing access to quality education through capacity building to disseminate timely and useful information.

4. Advocacy

Advocacy is one of the foremost approaches for engaging children and young people. Children and young people have become critical stakeholders and advocates in achieving the ‘child rights agenda’. Youth empowerment and Adolescent development is core for Child Alert Foundation, we are certain when young people stand for their principles and understand the impact of their voices, they can represent their families and communities with pride, courage, and ability. We believe the youth can also play an important role in building and maintaining opportunities for all youth to meet and socialize in a non-discrimination environment. To us, investment in Children and Youth is a priority, not a choice. Thus, provides a platform for Children and young people from diverse backgrounds to come together and be trained as advocates in order to raise awareness amongst policy makers on issues that are essential that will enhance their total development.

5. Capacity Building

CAF uses Workshops, Seminars, Role Play, Focus Group Discussions and Forums to allow Parents, Caregivers, Teachers and all who works with Children to acquire new skills and sharpen existing ones. The purpose of our trainings is to raise awareness on emerging issues and how to take appropriate action to address them in safe and appropriate ways.

6. Research

Our research focuses on identifying best practices, identify gaps in the Child Protection, Educational, Health and Environmental sectors with the view to advocating, promoting and implementing recommendations for continuous improvement.

7. Adolescent Sexual Health and Right (ASHR)

ASHR has been overlooked historically despite the high risks that the Nation face for its neglect. Adolescents constitute an important segment of every society but unfortunately; this large but vulnerable group is not adequately prepared for sexual and reproductive life. Some of the challenges faced by adolescents across the world include early pregnancy and parenthood. Most of them lack basic information about their bodies, sexuality, contraception and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including Human Immuno-deficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) also sociocultural factors restrict the delivery of information and services; healthcare workers often act as a barrier to care by failing to provide young people with supportive, nonjudgmental, youth-appropriate services. CAF would serve a preferred channel of chose to educate and phytologically prepare them in the area of:

  • Reproductive health
  • Adolescent health
  • Maternal health
  • Contraception
  • Sexually transmitted infection
  • Abortion
  • Female genital mutilation
  • Child and forced marriage, etc.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *