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Education in Ireland 439 teachers, 1,000 students, 230 Initial Teacher Education students and 50 young people from the informal sector benefited from development education initiatives. Over 3,000 people benefited from a major Social Forum Initiative called ‘Possibilities’.

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7 Message from our Chair

Marcus O’Neill, Chair


Chief Executive’s Foreword

Richard Moore

10 Looking Forward

Plans for 2012-2013

12 Giving Children the Chance to Choose

Nutrition and Early Stimulation Integrated Early Childhood Development Cancer Care Disability Care Supporting Political Decision Makers

19 Development Education

Engaging the Irish/UK Public in Development Education ‘Possibilities 2011’

22 Fundraising

Public Support

25 Managing our affairs 27 Financial Information

Income and Expenditure Analysis Consolidated Accounts Donor List

30 A World Where Young Children can Reach their Potential


Vision, Mission and Goal


Message from Our Chair This year has been one of great progress for Children in Crossfire across all of its activities - from international projects and local fundraising endeavours to development education work here at home. One highlight of the year was the headway made towards reducing the devastating impact of malnutrition. Due to Children in Crossfire’s drive and commitment, St Luke’s Hospital in South West Shoa, Ethiopia, delivered a 50% reduction in fatality rates caused by severe malnutrition. We are also rightly proud of the help provided to the Childrens’ Cancer Unit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where survival rates jumped from just 12% to 65%. Children in Crossfire has also been vigorously and successfully lobbying Governments and civil society this year to help them meet targets outlined in their respective Poverty Reduction Strategic Plans, and to support the effective implementation of these policies to ensure longer-term, sustainable development. Along with our Chief Executive, Richard Moore, and some donors, I had the privilege of witnessing at first-hand the inspiring and groundbreaking work which we are doing with visually impaired children in the Gambia in partnership with RNIB Northern Ireland. After meeting with local Gambian Organisation of the Visually Impaired (GOVI) field workers, one donor praised Children in Crossfire for its ability to harness the “true natural resources” of a developing country. In addition to its international work, Children in Crossfire is fully committed to delivering an education programme at home to raise awareness of the underlying causes of poverty. Our aim is to inspire people to engage with development issues and take informed action in favour of the poor. 2011 was a great year for this work with projects successfully delivered to over 400 teachers, impacting young people and helping them develop the skills and


knowledge necessary to become responsible, active global citizens. It has been most gratifying to hear the praise which this work has generated from many quarters. Children in Crossfire was also proud to host a visit this year from its patron, the Dalai Lama, at an initiative entitled ‘Possibilities’. I witnessed the indomitable spirit of our staff as they went ‘the extra mile’ to ensure that the event was meticulously planned and executed. ‘Possibilities’ was inspirational with over 3,000 people taking the opportunity to reflect upon their role in creating a better world. Overall, we have taken big steps forward this year to develop a strategic focus for the next three years. Children in Crossfire wants to impact upon the lives of children in their earliest stages of development, whilst reaching out to those with disabilities who are often marginalized and excluded, leaving them less likely to reach their full potential. I hope this report gives you a snapshot of Children in Crossfire’s successes in 2011 and I trust that it will encourage donors to support our work, which I believe to be outstanding for a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) of its age and size. It has been said that to the outside observer the members of this organisation appear to start by doing what is necessary, then they do what is possible and suddenly you look again and they are doing the impossible. It may be a tall order, but let’s keep doing just that.

Marcus O’Neill Chair of Trustees, Children in Crossfire


Chief Executive’s Foreword Children everywhere have the right to develop to their fullest potential and be protected from abuse and exploitation. Every child has the right to reach their potential and play a part in the development of their own society. Sadly, however, in many places throughout the world, due to the impact of poverty, children’s rights are being eroded. As well as the millions of children who die from hunger related diseases throughout the world, many millions more have their fate decided before they reach three-years old. Overall, 870 million people do not have enough to eat, 98% of whom live in developing countries. (Source: Food & Agriculture Organisation of the UN, 2012). A lack of nutrition and stimulation in a child’s early years will have a negative impact throughout the rest of their life. Children suffering from malnutrition fail to develop intellectually or have stunted growth due to not having access to proper food. Many children are born with disabilities which, if detected in the first year or two of their life, can be corrected. The challenges and difficulties faced by these children and their communities are enormous, but where resources and real commitment are available, sustainable change is possible. It is important that we constantly remind ourselves that poverty is an act of injustice. It doesn’t matter where you live, what nationality you are or if you have a disability - every child deserves the right to food, clean water, shelter, education and medicine.

For this reason Children in Crossfire advocate a holistic and inclusive approach to Early Childhood Development. This integrated approach involves working with the primary carers of children, service providers and communities. We also advocate at policy and Government levels to ensure that the rights of children are recognised and implemented. This year I witnessed some of Children in Crossfire’s amazing work first-hand in Ethiopia and Tanzania. I was humbled and inspired by the commitment, compassion and strength of our partners and the local communities. In Ethiopia I was warmly greeted by children singing; it was a very moving experience which reinforced for me again the importance of understanding poverty as an act of injustice. I am very proud of what we have managed to achieve this year. Without the Children in Crossfire team, our partners and, of course, our supporters, it simply may not have happened.

Richard Moore Chief Executive Officer Children in Crossfire

“Today’s children are hugely important, our hopes for the future are in their hands and rest on their shoulders” Children in Crossfire patron, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet

Children in developing countries are entitled to the same rights and protections that we expect for our own children. It is unacceptable in today’s world that a child should die from hunger or a curable cancer, or that a child cannot go to school because they are visually impaired or because their parents cannot afford to send them.



Looking Forward: Our Plans for 2012 2011 saw sustainable improvements in the lives of the children involved in our programmes. We will remain committed to working with young children as we believe they are the group upon whose lives we can have the greatest positive impact. Scientific evidence is now indisputable in demonstrating how future human potential can be enhanced, or compromised, by what happens to a child in their first five years. In the year ahead, we will work as hard as possible to apply our model of integrated early childhood development, which balances immediate needs on the ground with the need to advocate for increased resources from governments to help sustainability and place us on a scale with national levels. We have set ourselves a series of objectives for the year ahead which will see us aiming to ensure that:

• over 1,500 children in targeted areas of Tanzania and Ethiopia gain direct access to essential nutrition improvements through therapeutic feeding and home-based gardens • over 13,000 families in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania have improved awareness of the importance of good nutrition for their young children, with practical information through health centres, community meetings and radio broadcasts • approximately 12,000 children across Tanzania will benefit from improved access and quality of pre-school education as a result of better trained teachers, improved resources and broader understanding of the importance of children attending pre-school • the 50% Campaign supported by Children in Crossfire helps increase national awareness of the importance of protecting and promoting Tanzanian children as essential to the development of the nation 52% of Tanzanians are children • 450 children with cancer will directly access life-saving drugs and clinical services • key Tanzanian Government decision makers, members of civil society and international donors will be informed of the importance of investments in early childhood development in Tanzania, resulting in specific budget allocations that will positively impact all young children in Tanzania

Through our development education programme in Ireland we will: • work in partnership with British Council and UK aid to train 30 teachers, bringing global themes to the heart of their teaching • work in partnership with four organisations (War on Want, Disability Aid Abroad, Livability, CBM) to train 30 teachers on the theme of disability and development • work in partnership with RNIBNI to engage 40 young people with visual impairments in development issues, with four of these young people volunteering with our partners at GOVI in the Gambia • host a one-day conference for organisations in Ireland who send volunteers to developing countries, to explore the challenges and opportunities for engaging the visually impaired in this context • engage 10 of our supporters in a development education programme, culminating in a visit to our projects in Tanzania

• engage 35 of Children in Crossfire’s young supporters, impacting on 2,000 community members, on an OCN Level 2 development education course, culminating in them creating art pieces to raise awareness of development issues. The art will be displayed in a public premises • work in partnership with Donegal Vocational Education Committee to help 12 of its community artist facilitators bring development education to the core of their work • facilitate initial teacher education training days for up to 30 students from the University of Ulster • host training days in partnership with Ballyfermot College in Dublin on Early Childhood Development and global inequality, reaching up to 60 participants • host a visit from our patron, the Dalai Lama, to which we will attract over 280 educators and policy makers to explore the benefits of bringing the concept of compassion to the heart of global education. Over 2,500 people will also benefit from a social forum event where the Dalai Lama will talk about the importance of a culture of compassion for understanding ourselves and connecting with the rest of the world.

• the 175 specially trained teachers in The Gambia will ensure the inclusion of over 600 visually impaired children into government primary schools all over the country.



Giving Children the Chance to Choose Internationally, Children in Crossfire supports partner organisations to build their capacity to deliver interventions for children, in relation to health care and education. We have developed a strategic focus on promoting services for young children aged 0-8, especially those with malnutrition, disabilities and cancer. By focusing on these young children, we are building expertise and knowledge on initiatives specific to Early Childhood Development. We believe that our focus on Early Childhood Development builds an essential foundation in children to give them the best possible chance to reach their full potential throughout their lives. Learning from the direct and positive impact we have on children’s lives, we further work to support political decision makers to implement policies in favour of young children. Subsequently, we monitor the implementation of Early Childhood Development legislation. All of our work, both with our partners and political decision makers, is rooted in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).


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Desta Fayisa’s story Nutrition and Early Stimulation It would be hard to argue against the importance of Nutrition and Early Stimulation as fundamental elements of Early Childhood Development. Lack of nutrition and stimulation reduces resistance to illness, physical strength and cognitive development, all of which are essential to children in order to enable them to be in a position to do well at school, or as Children in Crossfire would say, ‘reach their full potential’.

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In Ethiopia, through our partnership with St Luke’s Hospital in the South West Shoa region, Children in Crossfire’s NOURISH programme addresses the issue of severe acute malnutrition. Our approach here involves improving clinical capacity at the hospital by supporting a team of nurses to manage a therapeutic feeding centre for children with severe acute malnutrition. This year, through our partnership with St Luke’s, we have reduced the fatality rate of young children by around 50%. Due to our increased capacity at St Luke’s Hospital, we have also been able to implement a community outreach programme that goes into the three nearby districts. Medical staff and Community Volunteers have been trained in educating the communities about the importance of good nutrition and feeding practice. They also proactively look to identify and refer cases of acute malnutrition to the Therapeutic Feeding Centre at St Luke’s. This programme has resulted in 559 children (65% increase) being admitted to hospital. Despite this increase of patients, mortality rates continue to decrease overall.

When four-year-old Desta Fayisa from South West Shoa was admitted to Children in Crossfire’s Therapeutic feeding programme at St Luke’s Hospital she was severely ill, suffering from several bouts of diarrhoea and losing a lot of weight. She was anaemic and was found to have TB and a severe case of cellulitis in both thighs. Dr. Nancy, who treated Desta when she arrived, admits that she was worried that Desta might not pull through. “She did not respond to the milk and food we were giving her. She was just too sick. We started TB treatment and had to operate on her thighs to remove the cellulitis infection there. It was not until we had tackled some of her serious underlying illnesses that she started to respond to the normal treatment for malnutrition. We were so happy when we saw her stabilise and then gain weight. She ended up staying for almost a month until she was well enough to go home.”

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• A recent government survey in Tanzania, known as the ‘Violence Against Children Survey’ showed that around 70% of children experience extreme violence before they are 13 years old. This includes punching, kicking, burning and whipping. Exposure to violence hinders brain development in early childhood and threatens the valuable attachment between care givers and children. CIC has supported the 50% Campaign in Tanzania which aims to bring attention to the importance of protecting children, who represent over 50% of the population. CIC’s support for the 50% Campaign Community Theatre Roadshow enabled a talented group of young actors to tour the country and take this message to over half a million people. It was backed up with radio soap operas, SMS message campaigns and posters in targeted areas. The 50% Campaign is credited with bringing a previously taboo subject into the public domain and provoking a national debate on how children are treated in Tanzania.

Integrated Early Childhood Development Children in Crossfire believes that an integrated approach to Early Childhood Development gives children the best possible chance to reach their potential. We strive to bring together elements of nutrition, stimulation, health and protection, whilst addressing different stakeholder groups such as parents, communities, frontline professionals, as well as the local and national government representatives. In Tanzania, Children in Crossfire is implementing this approach in three districts across the country, and this year we have had a positive impact. • In Moshi Rural, Children in Crossfire has increased access to pre-school education programmes from 24% to 60% (against a national average of 23% access), meaning over 600 children are now attending preschools who previously did not. We are particularly proud of this achievement since over 70% of children in Tanzania, in general, do not attend any kind of pre-school before 14

they begin primary education, which is considered to have a negative impact on their preparedness for learning at primary level. • Over 180 frontline health professionals in Tanzania have been trained in identifying treatable disabilities in early childhood. This has led to 167 children being identified and referred for treatment, a 35% increase from previous years. • Nearly half of Tanzania’s children are stunted at five years old, which permanently compromises their human development. To address this, Children in Crossfire is working with over 250 families in Moshi Rural to establish home gardens that will produce the vegetables and herbs that contain essential micro-nutrients for the healthy development of young children. This programme also benefits all of the other children in the family as well as the adults themselves, resulting in over 1250 people with improved nutrition in their diets.

• All of our interventions in these communities are implemented in line with existing and recommended government policies and structures. The relevant representatives from the village level to the district level are involved in the implementation, which ensures the evidence of our achievements is meaningful and useful in advocating for increased national resources to be allocated to young children.

Cancer Care In Tanzania, Children in Crossfire has an extensive programme for addressing the needs of children with cancer. From a clinical perspective, the programme focuses on building the capacity of Tanzanian doctors and nurses, with support for provision of chemotherapy drugs and additional staff. Complementing this, is a programme of non-clinical services delivered through a local partner. These include; a daily school for the children, counseling, income generation for parents, an extensive play therapy programme, and Ujasiri House - a purpose built accommodation facility away from the clinical ward. These combined elements have improved the one-year survival rate from 12% to 65% between 2008 and 2011. The success of sending more children home recovered has contributed to a steady increase in demand as more doctors refer children to the programme. The number of new cases in 2011 was just over 250 children, an increase from 120 in 2008.

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Disability Care Children with disabilities face bigger challenges in life than other children. Their needs are poorly understood and they are not prioritised in national development plans, with little or no access to education and health services. Children in Crossfire is working throughout its international programme to support the needs of young children with disabilities. In The Gambia, Children in Crossfire work with our partner, Gambian Organisation for the Visually Impaired (GOVI) to increase the capacity of primary schools to support visually impaired children through their education. This year, in partnership with GOVI and the Royal National Institute for the Blind Northern Ireland (RNIBNI), we have equipped a resource learning centre with modern information technology for the visually impaired which also has resources for distribution to schools. 150 children are currently benefiting from this centre, and 240 teachers are being trained in special skills and methods for working with visually impaired children. The aim is that we can build the capacity of education providers to integrate over 1000 visually impaired children into mainstream education.

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Mama Setoni’s Story Mama Setoni Amainge is from a Maasai tribe in the Kilimanjaro region of Tazania. Her son, Leikibai Pai Manywele had a swelling on the left side of his face which was there for two weeks. On the third week, the eye on the same side started to protrude. The little boy also then started experiencing problems with walking. Mama Setoni started to become very worried for her son. The local doctor referred her to The Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam. After a long journey by bus, during which Leikibai was increasingly sick, they finally arrived. Within a few hours he was diagnosed as having Burkitts Lymphoma. He was admitted to the Intensive Care Ward at Muhimbili Hospital. Once Leikibai began treatment, Mama Setoni slowly began to see her son get better and even begin to smile again As his mama she feels bad and her heart is not happy when her son is ill. However, he is now smiling and happier and he feels better, and she gets happier and feels better as a result. They are currently due to stay on the ward for another few months in order for him to fully get better.

Supporting Political Decision Makers This year, Children in Crossfire jointly funded the First Biennial Forum for Early Childhood Development in Tanzania. We partnered with The World Bank, Bernard van Leer Foundation and UNICEF to host the event, which was attended by over 15 globally renowned Early Childhood Development experts (scientists and economists), five Ministers of State and 60 additional representatives of the Government of Tanzania, 50 representatives of civil society from across Tanzania and about 40 donor organisations interested in supporting Early Childhood Development in Tanzania. The event focused on influencing key government decision makers, by presenting global scientific and economic research that demonstrates the importance of national economic development of investments in young children, therefore highlighting how such investments have a profound impact on educational, social and economic outcomes. The event resulted in a formal Declaration signed by all five ministers for specific policy and financial commitments to be achieved for Early Childhood Development. With our partners, Children in Crossfire is now working hard to hold the ministers accountable for these commitments to implement and resource policies that will impact Tanzania’s 8 million children under eight years old.

Momentum from this event contributed to specific budget changes at the national level for interventions affecting young children. There is now a specific budget for nutrition, meaning that all district councils are required to allocate resources that will target improved nutrition for young children in their communities. Also, the Primary School budget was split into two lines, allowing specific allocations to be divided between PrePrimary Classes and regular Primary School. This means that resources allocated can be monitored by civil society to hold decision makers accountable. This should mean more teachers and improved resources for preprimary classes in Tanzania.


Engaging the Irish/UK public in Development Education Children in Crossfire is committed to engaging with the public in Ireland and the UK to raise awareness of the underlying causes of poverty. The target groups for our education programmes include teachers and youth and community workers. Children in Crossfire works to embed development education issues into formal and informal education so that young people have an opportunity to develop as active global citizens who are equipped to take action in favour of the poor.

shared global learning between schools in the UK and schools in the developing world • The completion of ‘8 Good Reasons’, a Department for International Development (DFID) three-year funded project. This increased understanding of the underlying causes of poverty to 371 teachers through a ‘Teachers in Development and Learning’ (TIDAL) course that subsequently impacted over 1000 students.

Young people from a rural com munity in Northern Ireland who completed a dev elopment education project using art to explore glob al issues.

Children in Crossfire’s educational achievements for 2011 include: • Partnerships with four organisations to reach up to 230 Initial Teacher Education Students from teacher training colleges in Northern Ireland to provide development education training days. This resulted in improved understanding of how to incorporate global citizenship across the curriculum • Providing Open College Network (OCN) accredited training to up to 50 young people, resulting in them organizing action projects to raise community awareness of development issues • Partnerships with four organisations to design a teaching resource, ‘Disability and Development’ for Key Stage 3-4 students. This reached 38 teachers who were directly inducted into implementing the resource in classroom practice, resulting in increased understanding of development and disability amongst students and teachers • Partnering with the British Council’s Global Schools Partnerships to reach up to 30 teachers from Northern Ireland to provide teacher training and prepare them for 18

“This project gave young people from a socially isolated area the opportunity to explore and learn about how they are connected to the global community and how they can play a role in making society a better place for all - and doing this in a very fun environment. The young people finish this project with a greater awareness of global issues and an inspiring outlook on how they can affect change not only in their own community, but also on a global level” Colleen O’Neil, Youth Leader


Testimonial of ‘8 Good Reason’s’ TIDAL (Open College Network accredited Level 3).

“TIDAL allowed myself and my colleague to gain an OCN qualification in Citizenship. The training was dynamic, innovative and exciting. It explored lots of different themes such as global poverty and debt, human rights, and responsibilities. It introduced me to a variety of teaching methods and learning styles that I was able to adopt in my lessons and develop further, and also pass on to other teachers. It also gave me an opportunity to develop links with other schools, exchange ideas and form important links with these schools.” Majella McCartney, St Patrick’s College, Dungiven

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Possibilities 2011 This year Children in Crossfire hosted an initiative in partnership with and Action from Ireland (AFRI). The Patron of Children in Crossfire, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, was invited to speak at a major national Social Forum in April 2011. Over 3,000 people gathered in Dublin to take part in this social change initiative entitled ‘Possibilities’. It was attended by schools, youth groups, community groups and people from all walks of life. ‘Possibilities’ was devised in response to a need to develop spaces for people to come together to discuss and debate the huge challenges facing us globally. The aim was to find ways of taking individual and collective action for the change which is necessary for a peaceful, non-violent and just society at home and beyond. The event inspired people to renew their commitment to take action for positive change.

“I couldn’t say enough positive things about yesterday. An amazing day. I watched online today – again fantastic!! It is so great to watch someone speak such simple positive messages and hopefully give a lot of people the courage and hope they needed. Obviously many people were there for the speech of the Dalai Lama – but we stayed until the end and all five of us thought the day was exceptional- one to be remembered. So well organised and inspirational! We have all made promises to each other as well as ourselves about what we can do in our own lives to help others – in some small way. I could keep writing all evening! Congratulations to all involved”

“The Dalai Lama offers a deep wisdom to help us better understand and address the urgent and inter-connected range of economic, social, political and environmental problems facing us today. He is someone respected by people from all walks of life, someone who can help us realise the real possibilities for change that exist in amongst all the tough times” Richard Moore

At the Social Forum the Dalai Lama delivered a talk entitled ‘A Call for Universal Responsibility’. He also visited Kildare, in partnership with the Solas Bhríde Centre, and spoke about the ‘Spirituality of Compassion’, before concluding his visit with a talk entitled the ‘Power of Forgiveness’ at the University of Limerick. His visit, the third to the Republic of Ireland , followed a personal invitation from Children in Crossfire’s founder and Director, Richard Moore, who the Dalai Lama describes as his personal hero. In 1972, aged 10, Richard was blinded by a rubber bullet., Years later he befriended the soldier who shot him.

An inspired participant at ‘Possibilities’



Public Support

Public Support

2011 saw exceptional support from the public. 3,059 individuals, 81 corporate businesses, 59 schools and 41 places of worship have donated to support the work of Chidren in Crossfire. Fund raising took the form of events and challenges, a campaign during Advent, corporate support and a trip to Tanzania to visit our projects whilst raising much needed funds. In 2011 Children in Crossfire also focused on communications through ezines, our website, social media and database. These integrated and planned updates help supporters keep abreast of our programmes and activities, and enable us to listen to their valued opinions.

Sainsbury’s and Dominos Pizza supported Children in Crossfire throughout 2011

In 2011 348 people took part in Children in Crossfire challenges. One participant, Jim Doyle, said:

“I really believe in the impact Children in Crossfire is having and wanted to raise their profile”

Cultural Trip, 2011

The 2011 Advent Campaign focused on the theme of early childhood development and nutrition. The campaign successfully connected with our donors, demonstrating the positive impact of the programme. £73,413.17 was raised.

The Cultural Trip to Tanzania in April 2011 was aimed at long-term supporters of the organisation, providing them with a first-hand look at our development work whilst also raising funds. During the trip participants learn and share their experiences rather than undertake hands-on work. The focus is to give them a deeper understanding of poverty and what individuals can do in our daily lives to make a difference.

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GPs Dr. D iarmuid Deburca took part and Dr. J in the 20 oe McEv 11 Cultura oy l Trip

“One figure I can’t get out my head is the relatively paltry sum of £148 which is all that is required for a full course of chemotherapy drugs to cure a Tanzanian child of one of their most common presenting tumours, a retinoblastoma. Children in Crossfire’s intelligent and integrated organisation ensures that every penny has maximum impact where it counts” Dr. Diarmuid Deburca


Trisha Deery and Claire McLaughlin 2010 Cultural Trip, Moshi, Killimanjaro

Managing Our Affairs Board of Trustees

Risk Management

Children in Crossfire is a company limited by guarantee comprised of three legal entities in the UK, Ireland and Tanzania. The organisation is directed by a Board of Trustees, which designates the management of Children in Crossfire to an Executive Director. The Board aims to have a minimum of 10 members with a variety of experience and skill-sets to help define and implement the strategic direction of the organisation. Board meetings are conducted four times per year.

Children in Crossfire’s Board of Trustees recognise the need to evaluate and mitigate major risks that could negatively impact upon the organisation. Risks in relation to governance, operation, finance, and regulatory considerations have been considered, and a process for managing, mitigating and reviewing these risks has been established.

Compliance & Codes of Conduct

The number, powers and proceedings governing the role and conduct of Trustees are as laid out in the organisation’s Memorandum and Articles of Association. Committees To ensure effective governance across the organisation Children in Crossfire has a number of committees comprising both Trustee and staff representatives: The Finance & General Purposes Committee (F&G) meets four times per year to oversee financial governance, including external and internal audits, compliance with defined finance procedures and overall reporting effectiveness. The Strategic Review Committee (SRC) meets annually to ensure departmental plans and objectives are aligned and consistent with the organisation’s strategy, and to verify if the necessary resources are available for implementation.

Children in Crossfire is an active member of a number of relevant sector networks including Institute of Fundraising (IoF), Coalition of Aid and Development Agencies (CADA), and the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations (DOCHAS). Children in Crossfire collaborates with these networks to both self-regulate activities, and develop and benchmark our governance activities against peer organisations.

Results-based Management Children in Crossfire is committed to measuring the impact of its work through a ‘Results-based Management’ system. Driven by the vision and mission of the organisation, each department agrees clear outcomes, derived from baseline indicators, for a five-year period. Measurable outcome indicators are then set to allow the organisation to assess and demonstrate the impact of its work. This results-based approach ensures that all activities remain focused on reaching the outcome indicators and subsequently meeting the strategic direction of the organisation.

The International Programme Committee (IPC) meets four times per year to assist in the review and monitoring of the international programme to ensure all plans are successfully implemented.



CIC Organigram Board Members List: Anne Duffy Seamus Farrell Dominic Fitzpatrick Rose Kelly Fr. McCrossan Dr. Joan McGuinness Ferghal McKinney Don Mc Leish Joe Murray Clare O’Grady Walsh Marcus O’Neil Ashley Young

Financial Performance Board of Directors

2010 - 2011 Income & Expenditure Analysis

Financial & General Purpose Committee

International Programme Committee

Executive Director

Public fundraising activities Government and Institutional funders Trusts and Foundations

514367 564433 345122 1,423,922

Direct Charitable Activities Fundraising & Publicity Governance Costs

1,229,040 221,494 21,859 1,472,393

Where the money comes from

International Programme Manager

East Africa Regional Programme Manager

Tanzania Country Director

Development Education Coordinator

Fundraising Support Administrator

Ethiopia Country Representative

Head of Community Fundraising

Direct Marketing Manager

Donor Care & Direct Marketing Coordinator

Finance Accountant

Schools & Corporate Campaigns Coordinator

Human Resources Coordinator

Finance Administrator

How the money is spent

Tanzania Finance Administrator

Tanzania Impact Coordinator



Combined Accounts 2012 The below amounts relate to continuing operations of the Charity

Balance sheet


The Charity has no recognised gains and losses other than those included in the results above and, therefore, no separate statement of total recognised gains and losses has been presented. There is no difference between the net incoming resources for the year stated above and the historical cost equivalents.

2012 2011 £ £

Fixed Assets




Tangible Assets Current Assests

of Unrestricted Restricted Total Total Statement Funds Funds Funds Funds Financial activities 2012 2011





Debtors and Prepayments



Cash at Bank and on Hand



Net Current Assests



Creditors: Amounts Falling Due

Incoming Resources Income from Charitable Activities

Within One Year

243,768 292,228

Grants and Project Income





214,727 237,167

Total Assets less Current Liabilities

247,727 296,198

Activities for Generating Funds Fundraising Donations Received

Funds 509,274




Investment Income


Bank Interest

Unrestricted 199,297 151,872


Restricted 48,430 114,326

909,737 1,423,922 1,735,951

247,727 296,198

4,911 514,185

- 30,000



Resources Expended Direct Charitable Expenditure


Cost of Generating Funds

209,520 11,974 221,494 229,710

Governance Costs Total Resources Expended





Donor List

13,794 8,065 21,859 21,739

Irish Aid








Net incoming resources for the year







Net Movement in Funds

17,425 (65,896) (48,471) 128,710

British Council


Balance at 1st April 2011

181,872 114,326 296,198 167,488

Charles Egerton

Tribal Group

Balance at 31st March 2012

199,297 48,430 247,727 296,198


OUR VISION A world where young children can realise their potential

A WORLD WHERE YOUNG CHILDREN CAN REACH THEIR POTENTIAL By supporting both government departments and civil society in the countries where we work, Children in Crossfire is committed to the realisation of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

OUR MISSION To ensure that young children perform effectively in their schools, communities and lives

OUR GOAL The improved well being of young children

Primarily, our work focuses on an international programme which addresses the specific needs of young children in:

The Republic of THE GAMBIA

The United Republic of TANZANIA

We are also committed to upholding General Comment 7 of the Standing Committee on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states: ‘…young children are the holders of all the rights enshrined in the Convention [and] that the Convention on the Rights of the Child is to be applied holistically in early childhood’ 30

The Federal Democratic Republic of ETHIOPIA

Children in Crossfire are signatories to the Dochás code of conduct.

Contact Us If you would like to find out more about Children in Crossfire, you can contact us: 2 St Joseph’s Avenue, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6TH T +0044 (0)28 7126 9898

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Annual Report 2011  

Deatils of the progress of Children in Crossfire's work in 2011

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