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, 570 million children live in extreme poverty.
All children — including those 570 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.
Since our beginnings in 1938, first as China's Children Fund and later as Christian Children's Fund, 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
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