Vulnerable Children Society’s values guide our decisions and actions. We walk and talk our values – that is, we try to embody sustainability, compassion, transparency and impact.

These values were developed in consultation with our membership and board of directors, and finalized at our first annual general meeting in 2010.

Sustainability represents our long-term committment to vulnerable children in impoverished African countries. We have set ourselves up to for the long haul, from our governance to our financial structure. Our decisions are as responsible as we can make them, with positive social and environmental impacts.

Compassion makes the foundation of why we do what we do. Compassion isn’t feeling sorry for others who are less fortunate, or some kind of righteous benevolence. Instead, we have a grounded understanding that, with a slight twist of fate we or our loved ones could be in their place; we have a responsibility to act for those who are vulnerable and in need of help.

Transparency is the way that we are accountable to the children we help, our partners and our supporters. Of course, we ensure appropriate confidentiality and privacy for the vulnerable children and families we exist to help. But constant and two-way communication with our partners and supports allows us to make informed decisions with our stakeholder’s concerns in mind. We keep our members and supporters in the loop, even when we don’t have all the answers.

Impact ensures that the children and families’ needs are met, our sponsor’s money is well spent, and our partners’ wisdom shapes our priorities. We believe that each child has value, and so our impact is measured in accordance with our mission: if we have provided for the welfare or enriched the life of a child, then we have been successful for that child.