• About us

    World Childhood Foundation funds local projects and works globally for children’s right to a safe and happy childhood.

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    World Childhood Foundation was founded in 1999 by Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden, who felt a compelling need to address the social and emotional poverty of children around the world. The mission of Childhood is to defend the rights of the child and to promote better living conditions for vulnerable and exploited children at risk all over the world. Childhood wants to give all children the opportunity to develop into strong, secure and responsible human beings.

  • Our donors

    Childhood has developed a donor model that builds on long-term cooperation with companies and sponsors.

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    14 Co-Founders – family foundations, private individuals and companies – contributed to the Childhood’s initial capital. The return of this capital has covered the administrative costs, meaning that more than 90 percent of all donations received are fully used for the projects supported by Childhood. Corporate partnerships are organized into categories where different levels of financial commitments offer certain rights and opportunities corresponding to the investment made in Childhood.

  • Our focus

    All projects supported by Childhood are helping children at risk for abuse and exploitation.

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    Childhood identifies, evaluates, and supports existing organizations and efforts that are aligned with our mission. The aim is to support projects more effectively by funding local organizations that work towards established goals and directly with children in need. Childhood also works actively to raise public awareness about how vulnerable and exploited children are suffering in various parts of the world. The best interests of the child are always a primary consideration, where the objective of all project services must be the well-being of the Child.

  • Our target groups

    Our target groups are children who are victims of abuse, families at risk, children in alternative care and street children.

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    Childhood supports over 100 projects in 16 countries, working with children who are victims of abuse, families at risk, children in alternative care and street children. Childhood believes that preventive measures create the best long-term results. Therefore, Childhood supports projects that identify children who are at risk of becoming exploited, abused or neglected.


Our strategy
Childhood is working with prevention efforts to reduce the risk of abuse, providing intervention strategies to stop ongoing abuse, and promoting educational opportunities to teach skills to avoid abuse.

Our method
Childhood acts as a liaison between donors and local organizations. We support projects more efficiently by funding community-based agencies that work toward established goals and engage directly with children in need.  
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