We are dedicated to mobilising Christians to respond to the needs of vulnerable children. Our vision is to see the worldwide Church leading the way in building a local and global society where children at risk are loved, safe, nurtured and free to reach their God-given potential. To achieve this, we partner with church-led, community-based projects, helping to restore the lives of some of the world’s most marginalised children.
These children at risk include those affected by abuse, HIV, homelessness and poverty, disabled children and even those accused of witchcraft. Through workshops, advocacy and collaborative relationships, we’re working with, and through, our partner projects to:
Churches and Christian groups are often motivated by faith to care for the neediest in society. They also have the regard and respect of their local communities and the potential to influence societal beliefs, attitudes and practices for good. This makes them ideal agents to care for orphans and marginalised children. BCT mobilises churches for this vital work. We support churches by equipping them with guidance, advice, training, information resources and finance, so that they are able to maintain, develop and multiply the impact of their work and to better achieve their vision for restoring children’s lives.
The training we offer our partners may cover a range of topics related to project management and development or to the care and protection of children. The approach is always participatory and ‘training of trainers,’ so that knowledge and understanding can be shared with others and the impact increased.
Over 2 million children in the world are living with HIV. Particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, children with the virus can be stigmatised and left on the margins, as well as struggling to get the healthcare and emotional support they need. Our Rwandan partner offers support and advice to young people affected by HIV, and strives to change attitudes, so that churches and communities are more accepting of people living with the virus.
For street-living children, everyday life is a constant struggle for survival. LVLE, our partner in DR Congo, is reaching out to children on the streets of Goma; building relationships, helping them recover from traumatic experiences, and ultimately aiming to help them build a new life, away from the streets.
Countless children worldwide are at risk of significant harm through neglect, abuse, homelessness and preventable diseases. BCT is committed to working towards the protection of as many children as possible, funding training workshops about childcare and protection, children’s rights and the prevention of violence, for our partner projects. Our partners aim to enshrine child protection in whole communities: training church leaders, parents and community leaders, so that they can go on to train others.