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We want children to succeed

Our Mission

ChildFund exists to help deprived, excluded and vulnerable children have the capacity to improve their lives and the opportunity to become young adults, parents and leaders who bring lasting and positive change in their communities. We promote societies whose individuals and institutions participate in valuing, protecting and advancing the worth and rights of children.

Today, worldwide, 400 million children live in extreme poverty

All children — including those 400 million — have rights to the support, protection and care they need to grow up healthy and strong. As a child- focused international development organization, ChildFund exists to change underlying factors that prevent children from fully experiencing these rights.

Why Sponsorship?

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Since our beginnings, our approach has evolved into one of community development, focused on strengthening families and community structures that make up a child’s environment. The individual sponsor-to-child relationship supports this work, with sponsor funds pooled to improve life in the communities where sponsored children live.

Today, support from sponsors is what allows us to remain in communities long term, building relationships with local partner organizations and focusing on children’s changing needs as they grow up. Support from diverse donors and institutions allows ChildFund to expand and deepen its work with children and families even more. Sponsors’ friendship and encouragement further elevate ChildFund’s impact for children, families and communities, increasing their well-being.

This sustained, diverse support, in effect, makes ChildFund’s work sustainable. It has allowed us to build and refine programming to address children’s rights and needs across multiple areas, from education to health to nutrition and more. Our work is grounded in a theory of change that identifies the age-appropriate resources children at any age need to fully experience their rights.

We work with families and communities to support children at each stage of their development, promoting children’s well-being, knowledge and skills so that they may participate in society to their fullest potential.


Accountability

ChildFund International has earned high ratings from Charity Navigator, the American Institute of Philanthropy and Charities Review Council.

Learn more about our financial accountability »


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