The power of civil society: launching the Changemakers for Children platform for local CSOs

Liselle Finlay
Liselle Finlay Family for Every Child

Watch a recording of the webinar below:

Every child should have the chance to grow up in a safe and caring environment. Unfortunately, millions don’t. 

Local civil society organisations (CSOs) are experts in the challenges facing children and families in their communities and are uniquely placed to develop solutions to meet their needs. When local CSOs come together and share this expertise and knowledge, they are a powerful voice for change on a larger scale. By sharing our wisdom and learning from each other, we can make change happen faster and more effectively for children everywhere. 

In this Family for Every Child online event, we will hear examples of the successful outcomes that occur when CSOs collaborate and how Family for Every Child's new Changemakers for Children online platform aims to create a strong, global community of CSOs to create lasting change for children around the world.

Family's CEO, Amanda Griffith, will be joined by two members of the Family Alliance to discuss these important issues: Rekha Nathoo, Chair of the Board of Family for Every Child and Director of CINDI (South Africa) and Omattie Madray, Family President and Director of ChildLinK (Guyana). Cop-opted trustee at Family for Every Child, Patrick Obonyo, also joins as a panelist. 

Discussion and presentations will be followed by Q&A and an introduction to the Changemakers for Children community platform. 

English and Spanish available

About the panelists:


AmandaAmanda Griffith is the CEO of Family for Every Child, and moderator for this event. Amanda has over 35 years of working with marginalised and vulnerable children and young people. She has been a CEO of 3 UK charities and worked in the secretariat of national, European and international networks. As well as significant practitioner experience of working directly with children and young people Amanda has contributed to legislation and policy development in both the UK and Europe.


RekhaRekha Nathoo is the CEO of CINDI, South Africa, and chair of Family for Every Child's board. She joins this event as a panelist. Rekha is a specialist in Community Development and Adult Education, and her expertise is in running networks and process facilitation. In her early career, she worked as a Training Specialist for the Provincial Department of Land Affairs, KwaZulu-Natal after which she lectured at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Centre for Adult Education. Later she moved to the iNdlovu Partnership for Lifelong Learning Network and then to CINDI where she was first Director and then CEO. 


OmattieOmattie Madray is the Director of ChildLinK and joins as a panelist at this launch event. As the director of ChildLinK, she contributes to Guyana child protection system and structures to safe guards children, advocates for policy changes and implements new services in line with legislation. Read Omattie's recent blog on Changemakers for Children on 'Leveraging multi stakeholders collaborations to transform services to children' here



Family GlobePatrick Obonyo is a Co-opted Trustee at Family for Every Child and joins as a panelist at this launch event. Patrick is a talented professional with extensive experience in philanthropy, organisational assessment and development, strategy development and programme management and fundraising. Early in his career, Patrick established an educational leadership development programme in East Africa. He later moved into philanthropy with a role at Porticus Amsterdam to advise the board on social investments. At the IKEA Foundation, Patrick currently manages programmes on Employment and Entrepreneurship. Patrick sits on the steering committee of the International Education Funders’ Group (IEFG).