This year, more than 6.5 million children will die before age 5. That is nearly 18,000 children each day.
While the United States has taken a leading role in helping children living in poverty reach their fifth birthdays, a sustained commitment to foreign assistance is needed to ensure that we continue to move in the right direction. Read more in my June Huffington Post piece.
For many years, Ethiopia was the poster child for futility. Hip deep in the mire of cross-generational poverty, the eastern African nation never could find the kind of traction that was allowing so many of its sub-Saharan neighbors to find a foothold…
At ChildFund, we have been witness to entrepreneurial spirit firsthand. In Gulele, a sub-city of the capital, Addis Ababa, a group of 20 young people have started a car wash. Read more of my April piece at HuffPost.
In the annual shareholder letter of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation released recently, the couple made a confident prediction that has raised more than a few eyebrows and invited a chorus of cynics….
"The less than 1 percent of the U.S. budget that is spent on foreign aid (about $30 billion), is helping build foundational changes in countries around the world: building schools, roads and irrigation systems, providing life-saving vaccines, family planning and other vital healthcare services."
Read more in this month’s HuffPost piece.
Reflecting the differences in the range of responses from around the world, 90 percent of the children in Cambodia believe that alcohol is the chief cause of violence against children in their country.
Children are very honest about what they see around them; they have an incredible gift for insight, even into the not-so-obvious. Read more in my HuffPost about our Small Voices, Big Dreams survey.