Child Centered Community Development

Child Sponsorship Programme

Children are at the heart of everything we do.

Plan International has adopted Child Centered Community Development (CCCD) as its programme approach. It is a rights-based approach where children’s best interests are at the heart of everything we do. We ensure that children’s voices are heard and have a role to play in the development process. Through the CCCD, we promote child rights and help lift millions of children out of poverty in five interrelated areas.

Education – We help children, young people and adults to obtain the knowledge and life skills they need to realize their full potential. Our initiatives include but are not limited to:

  • Providing teacher training
  • Building and equipping schools with books, uniforms and teaching materials
  • Providing informal schooling, literacy training and vocational training for parents and young adults
  • Encouraging the active participation of children and communities in school governance

Health – We work to ensure children, adolescents and adults to have the means and knowledge to grow up healthy by:

  • Promoting immunisation, child nutrition and hygiene
  • Organising camps to train traditional birth attendants
  • Building and equipping health clinics
  • Implementing reproductive health programmes with the main focus on HIV
  • Carrying out early childhood care and development (ECCD) work in support of children’s physical and emotional development

Habitat – We work with children, their families and communities to focus and act on children’s habitat needs by:

  • Installing water pumps to provide safe drinking water
  • Building latrines to protect children from water borne diseases
  • Providing training to the communities in planning and managing projects

Livelihood – We address the root cause of poverty and ensure the improved financial position of families leads to increased economic and social benefits for their children by:

  • Providing seeds, improving grain production and providing agricultural training
  • Providing credit facilities and micro finance services

Building Relationships – We passionately promote increasing understanding and unity among people of different cultures and countries through:

  • Facilitating personal relationships via written communication among sponsors, sponsored children, their families and Plan International
  • Issuing regular reports for sponsors and other donors