We begin with the understanding that while poverty affects everyone, child poverty is very different to adult poverty and it cannot be solved by simply increasing individual income levels. We have adopted the definition of child poverty based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. For our working purpose therefore, we consider a child poor when he (or she) experiences deprivation of the material, spiritual and emotional resources needed to survive, develop and thrive, leaving him unable to enjoy his rights, achieve his full potential or participate as a full and equal member of society.
Making right the wrongs that are inflicted on young children is quite possibly the only solution to change our world and to create a bright future. Children of the Caribbean Foundation was founded on the premise that the lives of all children have equal value. An impoverished child in Haiti or a homeless child in the parish of St. Ann, Jamaica is just as precious as the lives of children in other parts of the world. The Foundation’s goal is to ensure that all children have the opportunity to lead a healthy, productive life.
The projects that Children of the Caribbean Foundation fund and facilitate are developed so that each child who benefits is able to reach their fullest potential for personal growth, and to realize their dreams in a healthy environment. To the extent that a child’s social needs are met, that child is likely to develop into a healthy, confident, responsible, productive, competent, independent and self-controlled adult.
Our mission is to liberate disadvantaged children from indifference and lack of opportunities.
We are committed to supporting the development of fair and reliable education systems and we strive to ensure that the children who participate in these systems are provided with the tools to thrive.
We focus our health care efforts in two broad directions – child health and maternal and newborn health. We support a continuum of services for women and their children from preconception to the postpartum period.
We define social development in children as the process by which a child learns to interact with his/her peers in ways that are accepted by society. We aim at addressing those components of the micro and macro environments that lead to social abnormalities in children and adolescents.
We provide support systems and/or specialized services to underprivileged children in ways that avoid stigmatizing those who benefit from them. The problems we try to solve are vast and complex and requires the coordination and focus of many – leaders, governments, communities, and individuals around the world. We cannot do it alone but together we can work for a world where all children can thrive.