About BØRNEfonden

BØRNEfonden is one of Denmark’s largest development organisations funded by private sponsorships and partnerships. Together, we support nearly 60,000 children, their families and communities creating their own future in Togo, Mali, Burkina Faso, Benin and Cape Verde. For more than 40 years, BØRNEfonden has worked in some of the poorest countries in the world. We are focused on long-term development work and social sustainability through local partnerships and cooperation.

Each month, more than 50,000 private sponsors support one or more children via BØRNEfonden to ensure e.g. schooling and health checks. Parents receive help to earn a living, and the local communities receive support to build schools, kindergartens, health clinics and wells. This enables sustainable communities with resilient and empowered children and youth.

Our supporters enable BØRNEfonden to create long-term and sustainable results, which remain rooted in the communities when we leave. Via our international partners, we carry out development work in another 19 countries.

How we work

Our work starts at childbirth and continues until the young people have achieved an education. In

BØRNEfonden’s programme countries – Togo, Mali, Burkina Faso, Benin and Cape Verde – our work comprises three phases that follow the children’s development and needs. The three phases are: Early childhood, Childhood and Youth.

Read more about each phase:

Phase 1: Early childhood

Phase 2: Childhood

Phase 3: Youth

Throughout the three phases, BØRNEfonden supports children, their families and the local communities, to create resilience and enable them create a sustainable future. Each phase consists of integrated activities, covering four thematic areas: education, health, children & development and income generation. The age and needs of the children determine BØRNEfonden’s focus.

In cooperation with local communities, organisations and authorities BØRNEfonden works for 15-20 years in each community. All facilities are eventually handed over to the local authorities and citizens of the local community.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals

Since 2015, BØRNEfonden’s business strategy has been based on UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs represent a great opportunity to focus on the world’s key challenges. Consequently, we have made the SDGs the very essence of our work by creating close links between the SDGs and our activities.