Our approach can be summarised as follows:
1. Tailored solutions
We identify with the help of our local partners the best way to address a particular need in view of the circumstances of the target beneficiaries. This is why CAF conducts different types of programmes which correspond to this approach. . When children have the support of a family, we help the family through our Family Micro-Business programme to obtain a sustainable source of income that allows them to provide for the education and welfare needs of the child. Where this is not possible, direct sponsoring of a child or a young adult through is possible through our Child Sponsoring programme. Where broader needs are identified in a community, we support community-based projects through our Think Big programme.
To learn more, see our programmes.
2. Partnership and local approach
All projects are designed and run with the collaboration of our local Partners, who have extensive experience in the field and in working with the communities concerned. Projects are closely monitored by our local partners throughout their development, providing us with regular reporting.
Once the project has been implemented, the local partner and CAF’s representatives will jointly evaluate the results of the project in order to draw lessons for future action.
Involving beneficiaries and key stakeholders in the relevant communities is the development of our projects so as to ensure ownership, local support and sustainability is also an important part of our approach.
To learn more, see our partners.
3. Various support possibilities
The modalities of CAF’s support to a selected project may also vary according to the circumstances of the target beneficiaries and donors; e.g. as a simple donation, as a loan (with or without interest rate) to be reimbursed (e.g., to a revolving fund available to other children/families in need), or a combination of both. For projects which require significant funds, CAF may combine several sponsors and funding types. A combination of loan, grant and pro bono or in-kind support can be considered. CAF also helps in finding other organisations to support our local partners in their projects.
4. Creating synergies
To the extent possible, support from CAF programmes will complement existing support to address the same needs. CAF support will only be granted when existing programmes from governmental authorities (at central, state, regional or local level) or other organisations (e.g. foundations, big NGOs etc) are not available or sufficient to provide for the necessary support for the children or young adults.
Children Are the Future therefore only acts when the uthorities cannot provide the necessary support to a project, maximizing the necessary synergies in achieving our goals.