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About us

Children in Crisis was established in 1993 in the UK to give children in some of the world’s poorest countries the education they need to help transform their lives.

Our vision: All children receive the learning needed for their flourishing and wellbeing.

Our mission: Where resources are few, where education is needed to heal the nation, and where it is too remote for others, our aim is to support children to read, write, think, pursue their life goals and contribute positively to their communities.

“We shape approaches which are not too costly but are effective and potentially scalable, not only by us, but by poorly resourced local NGOs and local authorities. We know that the environments we work in are unstable and uncertain, so we ensure that our solutions are resilient, and can be adapted by local communities if things go wrong”. Koy Thomson, Chief Executive of Children in Crisis.

Education for children is of paramount importance in today’s world and it is one of the reasons why Children in Crisis exists. We currently work to help children suffering the effects of poverty and conflict in Africa and Asia - specifically in Afghanistan, Burundi, DR Congo, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Children are at the centre of everything we do. We believe in a moral duty to protect and nurture the most vulnerable and dependent children in our society. Through education, they have a fairer chance in life, and above all, it allows them to flourish as a human being and to contribute positively to their families, and society.

Education has been called an inoculation against poverty and resurgent conflict. In many post-conflict situations, thousands who have missed out on schooling, are marginalised and too easily whipped up by dangerous leaders into new rounds of conflict. It is in these tough environments that children face illiteracy and major barriers to education - it is one of the reasons why we focus on politically unstable and conflict-affected countries. 

In sub-Saharan Africa, 10 million children drop out of school every year. 

Of the millions of primary aged children still not enrolled in school worldwide, 56% are found in fragile and conflict affected states.


    The economic and strategic arguments for educating children are just as compelling. Investing in a child’s early development and learning yields the highest individual and collective benefits as compared to investing in later life. Quite simply, tackling the causes of poverty and child poverty is so much more effective.

A population’s education and health status play a significant role in a country’s economic development. Education empowers the people to help themselves and thus helps to improve governance. Illiteracy and poverty too often go hand-in-hand whist education can hugely increase the innovative capacity of an economy, even at local level.

Each extra year of education raises lifetime earnings by about 10% (DFID).

With an educated population, a country will also gain an extra 1% GDP for every year of schooling provided (DFID).

However a year of schooling does not produce the same cognitive skills everywhere and this is why our main focus is on quality education. We don’t just build schools, we also train teachers to high standards and introduce modern teaching methods.

We also invest in women’s literacy classes and vocational training. We recognise that better education also results in better health for mothers and children because of better access to crucial information and health care.

Children of mothers who are educated are 40% more likely to live beyond age 5. 

It is broadly recognised that a clear boost to economic development can only be achieved through investment in secondary education. However, facilitating access to secondary education can only be achieved through universal primary education and through women's education so that they encourage their children, girls in particular, to go to school...

If you can't find what you are looking for on this website, please don't hesitate to email (info@childrenincrisis.org) or call us (020 7627 1040).