We begin 2011 on a positive note, with many accomplishments from this past year giving us momentum for our next.
With your support and generosity, ChildFund implemented several programs to help children survive desperate situations and become healthy, educated and skilled as they grow into adulthood.
Here are five ways ChildFund reached out in 2010 to make a positive impact around the world.
- From Asia to Africa to the Americas, we provided children and youth with leadership training and supported their efforts to get involved in their communities and bring about change. In The Gambia, young people in our programs used digital cameras, audio recorders and handheld video cameras to present both the challenges and assets in their village.
- Making communities healthier was a goal we worked on with community members in several project areas — starting with the safe delivery of infants. Our community-based maternal and child health programs in Senegal were featured in the Stories of Mothers Saved project, produced by the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood and the United Nations Population Fund.
- To ensure that children’s voices are heard and included in our program planning decisions, ChildFund joined other members of the ChildFund Alliance in conducting a global survey of 3,000 children in some 30 countries. The Small Voices, Big Dreams project revealed that children in developing nations place education high on their list. Asked what they would do if they were president for a day, nearly 60 percent said they would educate all children, build more schools and improve the quality of schools they already attend.
- Recognizing that the ongoing economic crisis negatively impacts children not only in developing countries but also in the United States, ChildFund renewed its focus on programs for children and youth in some of the most impoverished counties in America. We’re partnering with communities to ensure that vulnerable children are protected and have access to after-school programs and psychosocial support. It’s now possible to sponsor a child in the U.S. through the ChildFund website — just click "Search," and adjust the country search option to "USA."
- To protect children whose situations have become more perilous in the global economic downturn, ChildFund launched the 100 Days of Yes campaign in October to increase the number of child sponsors. For less than $1 a day, sponsors can lift a child from extreme poverty and help them thrive. More than 5,000 people answered the call to sponsor a child — and for that commitment we are grateful. Thank you.