From ChildFund’s archives: Boys playing soccer in Senegal, 1987. #tbt 

From ChildFund’s archives: Boys playing soccer in Senegal, 1987. #tbt 

united-nations:

Children are usually the first casualties of conflicts.  Often, UN peacekeepers are on the front line, holding the power to protect children from grave violations.

Watch this video and learn more about child protection and UN peacekeeping.

Child protection is one of ChildFund’s highest priorities. This video, produced by the U.N., shows the challenges children and families face in conflict zones, where children are sometimes recruited as soldiers or are otherwise exploited. Learn more here

A picture from ChildFund’s 75th anniversary celebration held earlier this month at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. From left: Honorary co-hosts Majority Leader Eric Cantor and wife Diana Cantor; ChildFund Board of Directors Chairman A. Hugh Ewing III; me; honorary co-hosts Sen. Mark Warner and wife Lisa Collis; Connie Mooney, senior vice president at SunTrust Bank, our presenting sponsor. Photo by Hoot Media Photography.

A picture from ChildFund’s 75th anniversary celebration held earlier this month at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. From left: Honorary co-hosts Majority Leader Eric Cantor and wife Diana Cantor; ChildFund Board of Directors Chairman A. Hugh Ewing III; me; honorary co-hosts Sen. Mark Warner and wife Lisa Collis; Connie Mooney, senior vice president at SunTrust Bank, our presenting sponsor. Photo by Hoot Media Photography.

unicef:

The world is full of amazing children. Sometimes, we just have to take a moment to recognize one. Today, that child is is Ashol-Pan, a 13-year-old Mongolian girl who carries on her culture’s tradition of hunting with a golden eagle. She may just be the only girl on the planet with this very unique skill.

Check out photographer Asher Svidensky’s jaw-dropping images of her on BBC News Magazine: http://uni.cf/1mcT252     

The Mama Effect

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A mother and child in Senegal. Photo by Jake Lyell.

There is a commercial I frequently see on TV selling financial planning services. A husband and wife sit in front of the desk of the financial planner, and he explains how he can help them plan their finances and reach their dreams. The couple, immediately and simultaneously, utters their dreams out loud: him, a motorcycle, and her, a home remodel.   

Whenever I see this ad, I think about how true it is! This ad encapsulates one of the many stereotypical but yet true differences between men and women. Women often prioritize their home and family, and men often have other interests (in my personal experiences, a cooler, newer, faster car or motorbike can be one of them). That’s not a negative on men; we are just hard-wired differently.

I know the same is true for men and women in countries and communities living in poverty around the globe. Mothers have the greatest impact on how well children survive and thrive in life. At ChildFund, we call it the Mama Effect.

In honor of Mother’s Day, we are launching the Mama Effect campaign today. Our theory is that when a mother is healthy, safe and empowered, her children are likely to follow in her footsteps. We’re aiming to raise $80,000 to make life a little easier for mothers, helping their sons and daughters have a brighter future. To learn more, visit our donations page.

Personally, I love the name Mama. My kids generally call me Mom, but when they are being especially affectionate, they call me Mama. That name always sends a little thrill through me. 

We’re thrilled and proud to hear that Procter & Gamble’s Children’s Safe Drinking Water project has delivered its 7 billionth liter of water to a family in Brazil. ChildFund has had a longtime partnership with P&G in efforts to disrupt poverty worldwide, and this project — part of P&G’s commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative to save one life an hour by 2020 — is very close to our hearts. Clean water is a necessity for children everywhere to achieve their potential.