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Wilde Ganzen Foundation is a Dutch NGO, founded in 1957 with a mission to reduce poverty and inequality through community-led initiatives. Wilde Ganzen supports community-based organisations in the Global South and their Dutch fundraising partners (private development initiatives) in joint efforts to achieve a better future because Wilde Ganzen believes communities should have control over their own development. Wilde Ganzen supports social changemakers that are taking on initiatives to fight inequality. This is done through grant making, in-depth technical assistance, expertise and on-the-ground networks.

Transform Alliance Africa is a growing collective of organisations currently working across Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. The Alliance’s Vision is of an Africa free of orphanages, where all children grow-up where they belong, in safe and loving families. Our Mission is to be a catalyst in ending institutional care of children in Africa by using our collective voices, knowledge, practice, and experience to strengthen families.

Family Power is a unique partnership of 9 Private Initiatives (PIs) and their International Partner Organizations (IPOs) spread over 7 countries and 4 continents. These organizations all actively work with family-based care for vulnerable children. They strengthen families and communities and offer family-based alternatives in line with the best interests of the child. The team consists of enthusiastic volunteers working on a professional level on the question HOW family-based care is possible. Family Power brings this bottom-up and practical experience into focus through an international case study, the Mutual Learning Program and awareness activities.

Daniëlle Children’s Fund Ecuador (DCF) is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with vast experience accompanying children, adolescents, and their families who are going through situations that put their right to live within family and community at risk. DCF offers preventive support services, care based on family and community, and promotes deinstitutionalization. Its philosophical basis is founded on collaborative and dialogical practices. Since 2018, DCF accompanies the Ecuadorian government in a “National Strategy of Deinstitutionalization,” participating in the creation of a historical feat in the public policy for the protection of children and adolescents. Since 2017, the organization has trained more than 1200 professionals of the Child Protection Sector in Ecuador and other countries about alternative care and de-institutionalization. Please visit the website for current trainings:

SOFT tulip is a network of currently four major Dutch care providers encompassing more than 25.000 care specialists in the fields of mental health, disability, and elderly care. The mission of SOFT tulip is to promote the quality of life of persons with a disability in accordance with the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Especially in Central and Eastern Europe, they improve the quality of care by facilitating mutual learning among care professionals and parents, organizing internships and inspiration visits, and creating networks for policy changes. Main topics are Early Childhood Intervention and deinstitutionalization.

COLT, the Cambodian Organisation for Living and Temporary care, is a Dutch-Cambodian NGO which supports poor families who are living near the dumpsite in Phnom Penh. In their community center, both children and their families get education as well as medical and social care. Starting as a shelter, COLT is finishing its transition to home-based care, while also providing education through English. 

Kanankil is an Institute of Higher Education located in Mérida, Yucatán, México. In the Mayan language, one of the meanings of the word “kanankil” is “in conversation, in dialogue with the others”.

Kanankil offers an academic space that invites others to explore the diverse ways of perceiving and working with human systems, seen as generators of meanings and languages. It is a forum to study theoretical proposals of different disciplines from the postmodernist perspective and the dialogical, collaborative, and narrative practices, applied to fields like psychotherapy, supervision, education, consultancy, and community work. This work is conceived through the formation of learning communities, in which the relationships, objectives, and results are based on models that promote participation and curiosity.

Currently, Rocío Chaveste, Papusa Molina, and their team play an important role in the training on Alternative Family and Community Based Care and the mutual take care of the caretaker sessions.

Hope and Homes for Children is an international charity that works to stop the institutionalisation of children. Hope and Homes for Children work alongside local partners, governments and civil society organisations in over 30 countries to dismantle orphanage-based care systems. Since they started, in 1994, they closed 126 orphanages, helped over 17800 children transition into family based or other alternative care and prevented the separation of over 268000 children from their families. Their transformation model is driving reform and laying the foundations for long-lasting change in multiple countries, inspiring organisations, including the UN, EU and governments around the world, to close the doors of orphanages.

KidsCare believes that every child deserves the right to build their future and develop the talents they have been born with. KidsCare Kenya is a registered trust, established in 2010. KidsCare mainly focuses on supporting families taking care of orphans and children with disabilities. With a team of social workers KidsCare runs community-based home care programs, especially for families living under very poor circumstances.