On 14-16 January, The Queen visited South Africa to see projects being carried out by the World Childhood Foundation and to meet other organisations in the country.
On Monday 14 January, The Queen began the day by visiting Childhood's Philisa Abafazi Bethu project in Lavender Hill. This is one of the most violent parts of Cape Town, and the project is a place where women and children can learn about their rights and take part in therapy, camps, trips and support discussions.
In Cape Town, The Queen met young people from townships who are taking part in the Waves for Change project. Here, young people learn to surf and are given tools to deal with their emotions and build good relationships.
In the afternoon, The Queen and representatives from Childhood visited Langa Township and the voluntary aid organisation Project Playground. The aim of the organisation is to create a secure platform and support children during their childhood, their youth and their adult life. Project Playground was founded by Princess Sofia and Frida Vesterberg in 2010.
The Queen began Tuesday 15 January by visiting James House, which has been a partner of Childhood since 2013. At James House, The Queen learnt about the BEST (Building Emotionally Strong Teens) programme, which works to support young people with destructive behaviours.
In the afternoon, The Queen visited the Mamelani project, an aftercare programme for young people who have previously lived in institutions. The project receives support from Childhood, and aims to give young people the right conditions for living independently, making positive life decisions and achieving their potential.
On Wednesday 16 January, The Queen and Childhood visited the Seven Passes Initiative in the city of George. The initiative works to fight poverty in the long term by raising educational levels within society, and offers training activities, help with homework, sport, music and drama for young people.
In the afternoon, The Queen visited the Institute for Security Studies which works to improve people's security as a way of achieving peace and prosperity. The institute offers training, analysis and technical assistance to governments and officials.
The Queen is the founder and Honorary Chair of the World Childhood Foundation. The work of the World Childhood Foundation is based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and is religiously and politically independent. Childhood has offices in Sweden, Brazil, Germany and the USA.
Find out more about the work of the World Childhood Foundation here.