The Queen and Princess Madeleine take part in a digital visit with the World Childhood Foundation

The digital meeting with the Philisa Abafazi Bethu family centre in Cape Town, South Africa.

The digital meeting with the Philisa Abafazi Bethu family centre in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo: The Royal Court of Sweden

On Thursday 29 April, The Queen and Princess Madeleine took part in a digital visit to the Philisa Abafazi Bethu family centre in Cape Town, South Africa. The centre is one of several to receive support from the World Childhood Foundation.

The Queen is the founder and Honorary Chair of the World Childhood Foundation. The work of the organisation is based on the vision that every child has a right to a childhood free from sexual assault, exploitation and all forms of violence.

Childhood supports projects around the world, including the Philisa Abafazi Bethu family centre in Lavender Hill, near Cape Town. During the digital meeting, The Queen and Princess Madeleine – together with Childhood's board – met the centre's founder, Lucinda Evans. In her work, Lucinda helps abandoned children, abused women and children who have been subjected to sexual assaults.

In 2019, The Queen visited Lucinda on site in Lavender Hill, when the centre was run from her back garden. During the digital meeting, The Queen and Princess Madeleine learnt how the project has grown and about the family centre's new premises, which were built with support from Childhood.

The Queen with Lucinda Evans in 2019, during a visit to Childhood's Philisa Abafazi Bethu project.

The Queen with Lucinda Evans in 2019, during a visit to Childhood's Philisa Abafazi Bethu project. Photo: The World Childhood Foundation

The World Childhood Foundation

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.

Since 2016, Princess Madeleine has been a member of Childhood's Swedish board and an honorary member of Childhood USA's board.

Find out more about the work of the World Childhood Foundation here External link, opens in new window..