The Worst Place to Be Born
Please bring help and hope to the children of this war-torn country
Afghanistan has been declared by UNICEF as “the worst place to be born” due to the extreme effects of poverty experienced by Afghan infants and young children.
Decades of conflict, along with drought, earthquakes, floods and heavy snow, have made living conditions difficult — especially for the children who live in poverty. But you can bring help and hope to the children of Afghanistan, through your generous support of ChildFund.
ChildFund's President and CEO, Anne Goddard, recently traveled to Afghanistan.
Because you are a valued partner in our work, we want to share her firsthand impressions with you.
“I was up very early one morning to fly to Jalalabad, a major city east of Kabul and near the Pakistan border. Our first stop was an Early Childhood Development (ECD) center established and operated by ChildFund. It was wonderful to see a classroom full of 3- to 5-year-old girls and boys getting the right start for learning.
“The small brick building, made possible by our supporters, had two classrooms, a clean bathroom and a small administrative/supply room. The classrooms were bright and cheery and equipped with educational supplies and toys. And the children were learning!”
Beyond “the Worst Place to Be Born”
Anne Goddard reflects on the changes she sees in Afghanistan since ChildFund has been working there:
“The Afghanistan I saw is far different and much improved from what it was in 2001, when ChildFund first began operations there following 20 years of war. Although the last 12 years have brought more fighting, improvements also have been made.
“For example, in 2001, only 9 percent of Afghans had access to basic health services; now, more than 60 percent do. As a result, the rate of children under age 5 dying from preventable and treatable diseases has dropped by 44 percent.
“This is not just a statistic. These are boys and girls, with names and faces and moms and dads — children who are now living to see their fifth birthdays.”
Thanks to friends like you, there are now five ECD centers in the area, serving about 10 percent of the population. These child-focused facilities are the first of their kind for these communities. When asked what else is needed here, the local leaders replied, “More centers.”
Your gift to our fund For Children in Afghanistan will help ChildFund support programs like these ECD centers. Please take this opportunity to give a generous donation to this special fund. You'll offer Afghan children a way to overcome the many challenges of “the worst place to be born” … and get the healthy, bright start that they deserve.
Please give now to support our work in Afghanistan.