CHI's tenth anniversary  
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Ten years Child Helpline International 2003 - 2013

126 million contacts in 10 years

Child Helpline International was founded in 2003 when 49 child helplines from around the world joined forces with the purpose of strengthening child protection systems and giving a voice to children.

Ten years on and the CHI network has 173 members operating child helplines in 142 countries.

In its decade-long journey Child Helpline International's network has witnessed unprecedented expansion and has emerged as the largest network of civil society and governmental organisations in the world, raising the voice of children and young people at the national, regional and international level. Its members strive to provide counselling, care and protection to children and young people, while advocating for the protection of their rights.

CHI has been actively engaged in strengthening  existing child helplines, lobbying for free-of-cost access to helplines by children and young people, establishing new child helplines in countries where they do not exist.

Over the years CHI has collected anonymous data on nearly 100 million contacts made with child helplines in the world. This is a mine of information that can inform policymaking, programme interventions, as it underscores the issues faced by children and young people over a period of 10 years.

 

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