HFC Anniversary 2020

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12 Ye s 2008 - 2020

“Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center has been standing up for the Rights of the Child since 2008. The journey of our team is one of commitment to protect, support, promote children’s rights, walking hand in hand with children so that they too become ambassadors for their rights. It is our dream. It is our responsibility. It is our firm belief that every child has the right to happiness, the right to grow in a safe, caring, nourishing environment; the right to realise the full potential of childhood. Our journey is often one of struggles and we are grateful to every single person that has held hands and walked together with us. We thank everyone who shares our passion, and believes in the significance of our work – individuals, governments, private companies, national and international institutions. We are grateful for your support and we are confident that we will continue our journey together, with greater achievements and successes. We owed it to all children, our most valuable resource, our future.

Director - General


2020 Launch of the 24/7 National Helpline 1466 for children and families as a response to the impact of the pandemic HFC establishes cooperation with the Immediate Intervention Unit of the Ministry of Education Implements 20 European-funded programs HFC supports the access of children to distance learning during the pandemic by donating through the Ministry of Education worth of € 300,000 tablets and laptops to more than 2500 children across Cyprus


HFC awarded as NGO OF THE YEAR from Cyprus Responsible Business Awards

HFC becomes one of the founding members of the Pan-European Promise Barnahus network and the European Guardianship Network HFC is awarded a grant aiming the establishment of Hope For Children in USA And implements 21 European-funded programs Our support services to unaccompanied children expand through the implementation of the semi-independent living program

55 STAFF MEMBERS ARE EMPLOYED The Children’s House premises starts full operation

2018 HFC is represented in eight countries: USA, Portugal, Denmark, Italy, Hungary, Romania, UK and Nigeria And currently has 24 active European-funded programs The Offices in Larnaca, and Limassol are established Our first Children’s Rights Ambassadors are appointed

36 STAFF MEMBERS ARE EMPLOYED CRC Campus Club is initiated in schools The Children’s House operation is granted to Hope For Children and the pilot phase starts from the headquarters of the organization.

2017 HFC starts offering the Mediation service for the prevention of parental abductions The Blue Nose campaign “CHOOSE HOPE” is launched HFC becomes the first Cypriot organization receiving Participatory Status to the Council of Europe as an International Non-Governmental Organization HFC receives the observatory status in the Lanzarote Committee of the Council of Europe

2016 HFC makes itself available 24/7 and implements the online chat system allowing children to have access to the organization electronically

27 STAFF MEMBERS ARE EMPLOYED Home for Hope Shelter is expanded with a second shelter, having the capacity to accommodate a total of 45 unaccompanied children

The foster care program is initiated


2015 Child Abduction Alert is established in Cyprus

2014 HFC starts providing psycho-social and legal support services to local children and families

14 STAFF MEMBERS ARE EMPLOYED Home for Hope Shelter for unaccompanied children is established, with the ability of accommodating 24 children under the care of the Director of the Social Welfare Services

The Lanzarote Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse is ratified into the national law

2013 HFC designs and launches the Eradication of Child Poverty program through which it meets the basic needs of children and families in Cyprus

The European Helpline for Children and Adolescents 116111 and the European Hotline for Missing Children 116000 start operating in partnership with SPAVO

2012 The Beat Bullying program is launched and starts its implementation in public and private schools


HFC becomes the official partner of the Council of Europe and initiates the implementation of the One in Five Campaign against sexual abuse in Cyprus

George Theofanous is appointed as the Organizations 1st Goodwill Ambassador

HFC receives its first EU funding

2010 HFC becomes a full member of the International and European Juvenile Justice Observatory

2008 HFC opens its doors with 3 employees in a small office in the centre of Nicosia