About Early Care International

Early Care International was created in 2021 to respond to the early developmental needs of children in low and middle-income countries. We engage at a systemic level to impact the lives of a significant number of children early in life to help them attain their full human potential.

The effort to create Early Care International started in 2012 in Ethiopia. At the time, several children needed our support in everyday life. However, in the process, we realised that it is crucial to engage at a systemic level. Thus, in 2021 Early Care International was created. At the moment, Early Childhood Development programme delivery is in jeopardy due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and low and middle-income countries need support from organisations like Early Care International to address the gaps created and strengthen the ongoing efforts. 

Meet the team

We are a team of people with strong academic and professional work experience in the NGO sector for over ten years. We have many 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 many 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 NGO 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 collaboration and partnership in order to alivate the plight of children, youth and families in low and middle-income countries. 

I have worked for more than ten years in management and consultancy with various International NGOs.

I have experience working in a range of contexts, from medium to large international organisations, along with private foundations, community-based organisations, governmental and business. 

Why we do this 

Due to our background and professional work experiences, we firmly believe that we can address children's fundamental challenges in low and middle-income countries early in life. We genuinely understand the gaps associated with early child development programmes in low and middle-income countries and how skills and resources can best address the challenges in achieving accessible and equitable child development programmes.

What is unique about us?  

We have an in-depth cross-cultural understanding of the context that we work in. We have a vast network of non-governmental, governmental and private initiatives supporting early childhood development programmes. Above all, Early Care International responds to an existing gap in early childhood development programmes in low and middle-income countries, which is crucial for a sustainable future. 

We aim to contribute to the SDGs

Through our work at Early Care International we aim to achieve holistic and equitable early childhood development programmes that contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2030.

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

needed for economies to grow.

Access to quality early childhood education for all children regardless of gender is crucial for social development.

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

Equal access to early childhood development programmes minimises societal inequalities.

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

The success of early childhood development programmes depends

on intersectoral partnership.

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