The children’s charities this week announced the move, which was completed earlier this month and involved the three ABC Trust joining Childreach’s 16-strong UK staff team in London.
The ABC Trust will continue to function under its own name and retain its own charity and company registration as a subsidiary of Childreach International.
The charities said that Firoz Patel, chief executive of Childreach, would remain in his role but the position of Tiffany Garside, chief executive of the ABC Trust, would be reviewed. However, the charities said that no job losses were anticipated.
Two members of the ABC Trust’s board will join Childreach International’s board of trustees, and two members of the Childreach International board have joined the board of the ABC Trust.
According to the most recent accounts available on the Charity Commission’s website, Childreach International had an income of £2.8m in the year to the end of August 2013, and the ABC Trust had an income of £844,700 in the year to the end of March 2014.
A spokesman said that Childreach International was supportive of the ABC Trust brand continuing because it was the UK’s leading Brazilian children’s charity and was well known for its expertise.
Garside said the move would strengthen the organisational capacity of its projects, working with 3,000 children in five cities in Brazil, and enable the charity to campaign more effectively while streamlining costs.
"The ABC Trust will now be able to support project partners to become self-sustaining through training and global networks, and will be able to campaign for children’s rights in Brazil," she said. "As part of joining Childreach International, we will be able to work with its fundraising, communications and finance staff and share programme expertise."
Patel said the move would be beneficial to both charities and they were a natural fit. "The stability and support we will be able to provide to the ABC Trust’s team will enable it to bring about long-term change for vulnerable children in Brazil," he said.
"I am also excited to see the role the ABC Trust will play in the wider Childreach International movement, sharing its skills and experiences with our colleagues."
Discussions between the two charities started in September last year and a final agreement to join forces was signed on 8 May with support from a pro bono team from the law firms Dentons and Linklaters.