Help a Child (in Dutch: Red een Kind) is a Christian, international relief and development organization , founded in 1968 in The Netherlands. Help a Child provides a future for children in need, their family and their entire community.

By empowering vulnerable communities we help them to change their own living conditions and opportunities in a sustainable way. Help a Child works in areas with a high incidence of poverty or in places where children and families are extra vulnerable due to disasters or (imminent) conflicts. We work together with various Dutch, international and local partners. Help a Child works across India, Kenya, Ethiopia, Malawi, Burundi, Rwanda, DRC, Uganda and South Sudan.

Our vision
Help a Child provides a future for children in need, their family and their entire community.

Our mission

As a Christian non-profit organization Help a Child wants every child – regardless of their social, political, religious, ethnic or economic background – to have a life in dignity, with love and with a promising future.

Our Theory of Change



This model represents our Theory of Change. Starting in the center it contains:
• 4 dimensions of child wellbeing: physically, cognitive, social-emotionally and spiritually;
• 4 pathways to achieve (child)wellbeing, focusing on children, youth, parents and the community as a whole;
• 3 main intervention approaches to empower children, families and communities.

More information about our Theory of Change? Download the explanation.



ISO certificate In 2014, Help a Child obtained a new ISO 9001 certificate, valid until February 2018. This confirms that our quality management is fit for purpose. We are also proud to have been awarded the additional ISO 9001 Partos standard certification. The Partos standard concerns the use of the quality system geared particularly to the development sector. ISO stands for International Organization for Standardization (

PBO Help a Child is qualified as an Public Benefit Organization (ANBI in Dutch). An institution can be qualified as a PBO solely when at least 90% of the institutions efforts are focused on the general good. PBOs are offered a number of tax advantages:

  • A PBO does not pay Dutch inheritance tax or gift tax on inheritances or gifts that the institution allocates to the general good.
  • A PBO does not pay Dutch gift tax on gifts that the institution makes for the general good.
  • Natural and legal persons making donations to a PBO may deduct their gifts from their Dutch income tax or corporate income tax.

CBF Help a Child also has a CBF-Seal of approval (CBF-Keur in Dutch), issued by the Central Bureau on Fundraising (CBF). This means that you can trust that the organization has been closely reviewed. An important criterium is that the costs for fundraising of the charity expressed as a percentage of the revenues from its own fundraising in any one year, may not amount more than 25% of the revenues from its own fundraising. Furthermore the board must consist of independent persons. And for a clear insight in the financial records, every financial report must be drawn up according to the same principles.



Fraud and corruption Help a Child maintains a strict anti-corruption policy, aimed primarily at preventing corruption and - if it nevertheless occurs - detecting it at an early stage. Our anti-corruption protocol plays a key role in our handling of possible fraud and corruption.

Transparancy Help a Child applies the concept of open data to improve the quality and relevancy of our work and to encourage co-operation and innovation within the international development sector following the IATI-initiative. In 2015 we started to publish project information related to a UKAid funded project in South Sudan. We publish data in accordance with the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) framework ( Together with our software supplier we worked hard on development to enable publication straight through from our project software. As one of the first organizations in The Netherlands we managed to achieve publication directly from our system compliant with the IATI-standards in 2017. Onwards we work towards including publication of all of our development projects.

Implementation schedule
Download here our implementation schedule. This schedule:

• documents the publishing policies to provide context to the data files which Red een Kind published;
• helps Help a Child to plan what we are publishing to the IATI Standard, when and how, as well as indicating what we are not able to publish; 
• enables data users and others to confirm that Red een Kind is delivering on our publishing commitments.

With a license we aim to give users clarity what you can or can not do with our data. We make use of a license which is available here.

Download here our Exlusion Policy
Download here the Help a Child Fatsheet

Other policies

Here you find an overview of our other policies and publications.