We believe that children belong in families and not in child care institutions.
- We fully support the Ugandan laws on the rights of the child and believe in the continuum of care set out in the Alternative Care Framework and support all initiatives to develop, implement and strengthen these – Family Preservation, Resettlement, Kinship Care, Foster Care and Adoption.
- We believe in the traditional Ugandan family support values where 'it takes a whole village to raise a child'.
- We are committed to strengthening and supporting these traditional healthy structures.
- We believe that decisions on the best interest of a child without parental care should be made by independent and qualified child experts after comprehensive social work activities/reports have been undertaken – not child care institutions, orphanages, lawyers, potential adoptive parents or other people with their own agendas.
- We are committed to openness, transparency in every area of our operations - governance, financial, partnerships, dealing with government and with our associates.
- We believe that all people should be treated equally, with dignity and their rights protected - regardless of gender, age, colour, background, social status, medical or psychological condition.
- We believe in Uganda and the Ugandan people.
- We believe that eventually we will not be needed as Uganda implements and embraces Alternative Care. Until such a time all of our programmes are to encourage sustainability thus eventually removing reliance on donors and outside support.
In all actions and interventions to endeavour to respect, protect and fulfil children’s rights with respect to the UN Conventions on the Rights of the Child and other international, regional, national, child rights agreements, conventions and laws.
- Child rights based: All interventions should reflect the fact that children have rights and that states and civil society, including families, have obligations to respect and facilitate their realisation. Interventions shall be oriented towards the sustained realisation of children rights.
- Child participation: We are committed to the meaningful involvement of children in all decisions that affect their lives. This includes promoting greater respect for children and their inclusion in decision-making within their families and communities.
- Non-discrimination: All the work we support must be implemented in a way that does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, language, religion or other status of the child or his/her parents or guardians.
- Best interests of the child: We recognise that in all decisions impacting children, their best interests should be a primary consideration. This shall be in accordance with the UNCRC and with respect to the UNGAC.
- Respecting and building on strengths: We recognise that children, families and communities have strengths and capacities that should inform and orient interventions. An understanding of their social context and positive traditional practices may provide effective, sustainable options and opportunities for protecting children.
- Do no harm: We take our commitment to safeguard children seriously. Organizational policies and practices, and programs shall be designed to safeguard children throughout all aspects of the program cycle.