Uncountable Children: ChildFund’s 75-year Impact
Tribal Chair Joe Brings Plenty holds a photo from his childhood in which he is wearing the red sweater his sponsor gave him for Christmas. It was the only gift he received that year.
Dr. Chun-Wai Chan, formerly sponsored child, met his sponsor, Doris Hawkins, in 1981. Clockwise from top left: Dr. Verent Mills, Chun-Wai Chan, wife Jade, daughter Jamie and Doris Hawkins.
Formerly sponsored child Monica, a finance graduate, now manages the credit union of her community in Ecuador.
In its 75 years, how many children has ChildFund helped?
We don’t know.
We don’t know because of Joel John Roberts, a formerly sponsored child from Korea, who grew up to found a charity that fights homelessness in southern California. We don’t know how many children he has helped.
We don’t know because of Barako, a formerly sponsored child from Kenya, now a police officer in his community. We don’t know how many children he has helped.
We don’t know because of Monica, once a sponsored child in Ecuador, who earned a degree in finance and now manages her community’s credit union. We don’t know how many families she has helped.
We don’t know because of Dr. Chun-Wai Chan, long ago a sponsored child in a Hong Kong orphanage, who grew up to become a cardiac surgeon, served eight years on ChildFund’s board and created a foundation to support orphans like himself. How many? We don’t know how many children he has helped.
We don’t know because of Tariku, a formerly sponsored child in Ethiopia, who completed a degree in psychology and is completing his master’s while working as a ChildFund sponsorship relations manager in Addis Ababa. We don’t know how many children he has helped.
We don’t know because of Maribel and Mae and Grace, formerly sponsored children in the Philippines, who now help run a community organization through which ChildFund has served thousands of children near where they grew up.
We don’t know because of Chief Joseph Brings Plenty, once sponsored in the United States, who grew up to become the chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, and who now teaches Lakota culture in a school on the reservation. We don’t know how many children he has helped.
Thanks to our wonderful supporters, these sponsored children grew up to change more children’s lives. We at ChildFund are privileged to be part of this change. After 75 years, we are so grateful.