Community Empowerment

Peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, access to justice for all, and effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels.

Sustainable Development Goal 16

Our aim

“Peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, access to justice for all and effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.” SDG16 is at the heart of Help a Child’s vision. In our community development activities, we rely on key principles such as participation and inclusion. Everybody needs to be able to join and be part of the change needed. Across ethnic, generational or other divides, we focus on building trust, reconciliation and a sense of togetherness. Another key principle is sustainability, the ability of communities to face the future after a project ends.

Main activities

  • Establishing and strengthening Self-Help Groups (SHGs) and overarching Cluster Level Associations (CLAs);
  • Development and implementation of (methods for) community dialogues about (sensitive) topics, such as sexual and gender-based violence, girls rights, child protection, positive parenting and conflict resolution;
  • Organizing sports and play activities as a tool for peacebuilding and empowerment;
  • Disability inclusion through training, awareness-raising and linkages with government schemes and service providers.
Boruboru, a traditional played in South Sudan, has been revived by Help a Child and is now being used as a powerful tool to mobilize children and communities, build peace, empower girls, and increase women’s participation and confidence.

Community Empowerment
Impact report (2021)

Key Statistics


Self-help and farmer groups supported


Cluster Level Associations supported


Community Empowerment Impact Report 2021