Our mission is to support underprivileged children to create a better future for themselves through education. According to the UN convention on the rights of the child, every child has the right to education, which helps them to fully develop their abilities, personality and talents. We believe that primary, secondary education and vocational training are key. With a certificate or a diploma, the chances of landing a stable job with a stable income increases dramatically. This way children create a better future for themselves and their future families.
We also focus on a dozen other rights of the child, such as the rights of children with disabilities, social and economic assistance in crises, the right to access information via the Internet and other sources, the right to exchange ideas.
Supporting and guiding as many diverse, underprivileged children and youth to financial independency as possible is our vision.
At all levels (children, donors, teachers, volunteers and partners) personal attention is key for us. We focus on empowering all children and the local partners we work with and we chose our actions as to have maximum impact. These are our corporate values.
In general, we develop friendships with people whom we are close to, with people who are like us. That is a natural process. At Friendshifts, children establish contact with children of the same age who, at first glance, are very different. They wear different clothes, eat other kinds of food, talk differently, dress differently. Little by little they discover that there are also a lot of similarities. They realize that despite the differences, they can be friends. Enter: friend-shifts.