ChildFund’s work addresses needs specific to children, specific to their ages, specific to their communities and specific to their cultures. Rather than simply introducing staff into the countries where we work, we achieve our goals by creating pathways for communities to improve their conditions themselves.
We leverage resources that already exist in communities.
In Kenya, there was a school. In the surrounding area, there were a number of blind children who had no access to education. ChildFund, with help from Sight Savers, joined the resource to the need to create the Marigat Integrated School, where sighted and vision-impaired students learn side-by-side.
We partner with communities, governments and other organizations.
We are well connected on the ground, with a network of more than 1,000 independent organizations serving as our partners, ensuring that sponsor and donor money reaches remote places with good accountability.
One such connection is a Liberian organization named Aid for the Needy Development Program, which became an implementing partner in ChildFund’s efforts to help address infant malnutrition near that nation’s capital.
In Ecuador, ChildFund organized community members to partner with the local municipality to improve water access. The resulting water tank and treatment facility is now run by a volunteer water council.
We equip children, family members and communities to thrive.
In remote, rural societies, access to health care is often a near impossibility. Trained health care providers may be hours away over terrible roads, and access to care may be prohibitively expensive. In a USAID-funded project that trains community-based health volunteers throughout Senegal, ChildFund is helping to create a nationwide network of health huts equipped to provide basic health care and to connect people to professional care when they need it.
We bridge the challenging transitions from one life stage to the next.
We provide support and guidance not only within the three life stages we have designated, but also between them. The transition from school age to young adulthood, for example, is a daunting challenge. ChildFund’s programs for youth worldwide provide vocational and business training, help them hone life skills and build capacities for leadership and social engagement to carry them as they enter the workforce and parenthood.