About Early Care International

Early Care International is an NGO, which was founded in 2021 with the aim to improve the lives of children and youth.

In 2012, the idea to found Early Care International started taking shape. Back then, we provided financial support to a few households with children and families. However, we gradually realised that it is vital to engage as an organisation to impact a greater number of families. We also understood the strength of collaboration amongst key stakeholders to act collectively on issues important to the community. Thus, in 2021 Early Care International was established. 

Currently Early Care International is working to address the needs of children and youth in various contexts. To this end we work with issues related to the wellbeing of children and youth such as healthcare, education, psychosocial support, nurturing care, safety and security and employment opportunities.   

Meet the team

The team at Early Care International consists of people with solid academic and professional work experience in the development sector for over ten years. We have several years of work and life experience in Denmark and Ethiopia. 

"I'm dedicated to improving the implementation of early childhood development programmes"

Rebecca Ejigayehu Engberg-Brixen

Co-founder and Program Manager at Early Care International

I am passionate about international development and empowering people to support themselves and the organisations that help them.

I have several years of experience working with refugees, both as an employee at Copenhagen Municipality and later as an employee at the Danish Refugee Council. I also have experience working for a small Danish NGO called 121 Ethiopia which has a mission to improve the living conditions for children in Ethiopia. 

"I strive to improve early childhood education, health care and psychosocial programming"

Wondim Belachew 

Co-founder and Director at Early Care International

I am passionate about early childhood learning, caregiver-child relations, stimulation and parental education. 

For more than ten years,I have worked in management and consultancy with various International Non-Governmental Organisations. I have experience working in various contexts and engagements with medium to large international organisations, private foundations, community-based organisations, and governmental and business. 

Inger Winther Johansen


Inger has a background as a consultant working with Danish municipalities, educational sector, Ministries and NGO’s with a focus on the social sector. Recently she was a part of building the NGO De Anbragtes Vilkår as a professional organization. Currently living in South Korea there is time for volunteer work.

As a volunteer Inger is contributing with developing a strategy for the next stages of our organization.

Why we do this 

Due to our backgrounds and professional work experiences, we firmly believe that we can address the fundamental challenges children and youth face in various contexts. We genuinely understand the gaps associated with development programmes, the challenges that children and youth face and the extraordinary role we can play in bridging these gaps, adding value and creating contextual and relevant programmes and projects. Thus, our development programmes are distinct in critically examining how resources, knowledge and skills can best address the challenges and be accessible and equitable for children, youth, families and communities.

What is unique about us?  

We have an in-depth cross-cultural understanding of the context in which we work. We have a vast network of non-governmental, governmental and private initiatives supporting programmes and projects for children, youth, families and communities. Above all, Early Care International responds to an existing gap in programming for children, youth, families and communities, which is crucial for a sustainable future. From identifying areas of intervention and to the actual implementation of the projects and programmes as well as the overall evaluation of the impact, it is immensely important to include the people that this work concerns - the children, youths, families and communities. By actively involving their perspectives, we make sure that our interventions are relevant.

How we contribute to the SDGs

We aim to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Through our work at Early Care International, we aim to achieve holistic and equitable development programmes for children and youth.

Several studies indicate that investing in the early years can eliminate extreme poverty and create the human capital

needed for economies to grow.

Investing in the early years under the age of five allows children to reach their full developmental potential. 

Access to quality early childhood education improves the chance of landing high-skill jobs.

Peaceful and inclusive societies where there are strong institutions are important to make sustainable changes

The success of development programmes for children and youth depends on collaboration and partnerships.

Interested in working together?