Every organization has its own particular expertise and competency. Planète Enfants & Développement’s added value is created in 6 ways:
1. We have a team in every country in which we work. Each team is mainly composed of natives with a thorough knowledge of the specific circumstances in their country. International solidarity volunteers and professional expatriates supplement the teams’ expertise with technical knowledge in fields such as education, social issues and health, and also bring project management skills. This multicultural collaboration gives rise to a wealth of expertise that enables practical responses adapted to local needs to be put in place.
2. We work in close partnership with the civil society and authorities of the countries where we work. Our activities fall in line with government policies and promote a long-term vision for child protection and development in the countries where we operate.
3. Through field studies and pilot schemes, we constantly and continuously improve our expertise in 5 areas related to the protection of children’s well-being and dignity: support for their families, their and their mothers’ health, their education, their socio-professional integration and, finally, protection against violence.
4. We have all of our projects evaluated by external consultants to ensure that our activities are always efficient and effective.
5. We work with our field partners to develop innovative tools adapted to specific circumstances and which local actors can distribute on a large scale. These include training, protection and learning mechanisms, manuals, pedagogical tools, games and creative workshops.
6. We systematically strive for groups and organizations that we support to be financially and institutionally independent in order to ensure that they are sustainable. All of our projects are sustainable. We take care not to create any state of dependence. In short, we do not offer one-time help (except in emergencies) to children or their families, but we aim to be a driving force behind sustainable structural changes that will allow them to grow up in a better world.
Focus on our local partners
It is essential to implement sustainable projects that are coordinated with local policies. Our choice of local partners is the result of an in-depth study of their viability and expertise, their legitimacy and professionalism.
In Burkina Faso:
Association for the Promotion of Young Children Education in Burkina Faso (APEJEF) is a non-profit association existing since March 2006. In its philosophy, games occupy an important part of the construction of children as becoming actors of development and future citizens. That is why the association invested in this thematic through the promotion of educational toy production by local craftsmen.
National Institute of Training in Social Work (INFTS) is a Public Establishment of the State (EPE) of Burkina Faso, created on the 15th of December 2005. Its mission is to provide training for middle and senior managers, as well as continuous training, further training, and action research in the domain of social work. It also trains professionals, from all backgrounds, who work with children from zero to six years old.
L’ONG Initiative Communautaire Changer la vie NAZEMSE (ICCV/NAZEMSE) (The NGO Community Initiative to Change Life NAZEMSE) is a mutual aid community association based in Ouagadougou. The association has developed four main areas of intervention: education (library, program of management and support for adolescents, inclusive nursery schools), health (via a CSPS), food security (agro-ecology, support for farmers’ groups, food processing) and women’s socio-economic empowerment (microcredit, support for starting a business).
YIKRI is a decentralized financial system with an associative status. The YIKRI association was created in July 2014 and its headquarters is located in Ouagadougou. YIKRI presents itself as a social SFD whose mission is to promote access to social microfinance services adapted to people in situations of exclusion or extreme poverty, with limited access to the traditional microfinance system in Burkina Faso. YIKRI was created at the initiative of Entrepreneurs du Monde in 2015.
L’association Féminine pour le Développement du Burkina (A.FE.DE.B) (Women’s Association for the Development of Burkina) was created in 2000. Its purpose is to contribute to the promotion of gender, human rights and the general well-being of the population by working on the socio-economic and cultural development of women and girls. Its target audience is the general population and, in particular, women, girls and children. The association was honored as knight of the Burkinabe Order of Merit on the 7th of December, 2016 in Ouagadougou.
Association of Babysitters (AGB) is a social daycare center that, since 2012, has been welcoming children from 3 months to 3 years old from mother-students who, without a childcare center, are forced to pause their studies and/or professional careers. AGB is located in Ouahigouya in the northern region of Burkina Faso.
Social Work Center for Children (CTSE) is under the authority of the Department of Social Affairs of Ho Chi Minh with whom Planète Enfants & Développement collaborates for the opening and organization of multi-service social centers in the new Tan Phu District (identifying families, communication sessions in the community, etc.).
Hung Vuong and Nhan Dao Professional Training Centers have been working for years for the improvement of the quality of the trainings for young people to help them better adapt to their needs.
The health center for disadvantaged children co-organizes with our association health checkups and nutrition sessions/workshops in the community to limit malnutrition risks for very young children (zero to five years old).
The Center for Supporting Community Development Initiatives (SCDI) is a local NGO created in 2010 under VUSTA, implementing support project for the most marginalized populations (AIDS patients, sex workers and their children, drug addicts, etc.) with networks of volunteers in the communities (more than 150 groups of volunteers in the entire country who intervene for financial support and access to treatment for the populations). It was, at the beginning, active in northern Vietnam, then extended its works to HCMC for 3 years. SCDI also has advocacy experience at the national level to facilitate the access to the health card for sex workers. In addition, observing a large need for protection against violence towards their regular beneficiaries, SCDI has also worked in this area with PE&D since 2017.
The People’s Committee of Districts of intervention
Krousar Yoeung (KrY) a non-governmental, apolitic, and non-denominational local organization founded in 2001 by a Cambodian employee of Enfants & Développement. It contributes to the emergence of an environment conducive to global and holistic development for young children, which includes intellectual capacities, linguistic skills, harmony, living conditions, and physical fitness. The association is known for its educational and innovative tools and its trainings, notably for instructors for community kindergartens.
Samatapheap Khnom Organization (SKO) is a non-governmental, neutral, apolitic, and non-denominational organization created in 2007. It works to improve the quality of the lives of families (especially those of women and children) in Cambodia. To this end, therapies, psycho-social supports, and access to education and services are implemented. Today, the organization also acts against violence towards women.
Action based on trust
“The world of children in Nepal, Cambodia, Vietnam and Burkina Faso is often unfair in terms of access to healthcare and education. It is often abusive and even violent. To help make it better, we have chosen to work with (but not replace) local actors who represent children’s daily lives, as the actions we take are intentionally based on trust. We trust families to take better care of their children. We trust our partners to commit to their interventions and change adults’ behaviour for the better. Finally, we trust the public services to adopt our programs and our pilot schemes.“
– Grégory Doucet, Vice President of the Executive Board