Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Three Amsterdam based NGOs; Child & Youth Finance International, Aflatoun and Child Helpline International have been recognized among the world’s top charitable organizations in the latest world rankings by Global Geneva. The results were just announced by Jean-Christophe Nothias, managing editor of Global Geneva in their 2014 Global Top 500 NGOs.
Children’s Rights and Protection as Priorities
Opportunities for children lie at the heart of all three organizations. Child & Youth Finance International (CYFI), ranked 78th, is known for its advocacy work in the area of youth economic citizenship and for its efforts in coordinating Global Money Week, which involved 3 million young people in 118 countries in 2014. In existence for only three years, the young organization has already created a network which reached out to 36 million children, making high impact despite its short life span. Supporters of Child & Youth Finance International include the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MasterCard Foundation, the players of the People’s Post Code Lottery (UK), MasterCard Corporation, and Triodos among others.
Sister organization Aflatoun, ranked 26th , teaches children and inspires them to discover their talents and put them to use, to stand up for their rights and those of their communities, to play games and to solve problems. Child Helpline International (CHI), ranked 113th , is the global network of 192 child helplines in 145 countries , which together have answered more than 140 million calls over the past decade from children in need of care and protection. Together these three organizations have helped more than half a billion young people worldwide.
“If we don’t empower young people now, their tomorrow will be the same as our today – unequal and unsustainable. We believe in children and youth’s ability to change the world.” – Jeroo Billimoria, Managing Director, Child & Youth Finance International
One social entrepreneur - three top NGOs
Child & Youth Finance International, Aflatoun and Child Helpline International were all founded by leading social entrepreneur Jeroo Billimoria, who believes that children should be empowered with the ability to change their own lives for the better and be given the right opportunities. Mrs. Billimoria is the only social entrepreneur to have three of her organizations all score top positions in the Top 500 NGO List. Together, the three Amsterdam based NGOs operate globally with a combined network of more than 300 partners, which spans over 145 countries. Other leading NGOs on the list who are partners and collaborators of Child & Youth Finance International include BRAC (#2), Save the Children (#9), World Vision (#10), Ashoka (#19) and Plan International (#45). With a highly competitive application process of over 2000 competing NGOs, non-government organizations ranked in Global Geneva’s Top 500 NGO List are considered to be world leaders in their field. Without their work, many of the world’s most crucial challenges would be ignored.
About Child and Youth Finance International
Child & Youth Finance International (CYFI) aims to develop a generation that will be able to prevent future financial crises by increasing the financial education, financial access, employability, and entrepreneurship skills of children and youth. Launched in April 2012, the Child and Youth Finance Movement has already expanded to 125 countries and reached more than 36 million children. Our international and regional events result in policy changes, and are the only events in the world where children contribute to setting the global agenda.
About Founder & Executive Director Jeroo Billimoria
Jeroo Billimoria is the Founder and Managing Director of Child & Youth Finance International (CYFI) Jeroo is considered among the world’s leading social entrepreneurs and is now working on her ninth entrepreneurial venture. She is a Skoll awardee, and an Ashoka and Schwab Fellow. Among her organizations are Childline India and Child Helpline International which have facilitated a global movement for protection of children and youth and is active in more than 181 countries – having responded to over 160 million calls. Her previous organization, Aflatoun, is recognized among the world’s top 50 NGOs. In a space of three short years, Aflatoun succeeded in working with global partners to provide social and financial education to over 1 million children in 84 countries. Jeroo is now heading CYFI and building a Child Finance Movement to ensure financial inclusion and Economic Citizenship Education for 100 million children and youth in 100 countries by the end of 2015.
CYFI is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands, MasterCard Foundation and players of the People's Postcode Lottery.
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