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.
Deadly natural disasters like Typhoon Haiyan are terrifying ordeals for everyone involved, but for children in particular, they can disrupt their lives in so many ways. Our focus is to make sure that children’s distinctive needs are met.
Children take comfort in the routines of their daily lives, and when those familiar patterns are disrupted, they can become anxious and unsettled. Poverty already carries with it an element of unpredictability — what will tomorrow be like? Read more in my HuffPost about the aftermath of the typhoon.
Throughout our 75-year history, a legacy that traces back to caring for displaced orphans after the second Sino-Japanese War, our focus at ChildFund International has been on improving the lives of countless children throughout the developing world.
Target 5 of the Millennium Development Goals contains dual objectives: (1) reduce by three quarters the maternal mortality rate; and (2) achieve universal access to reproductive health. Progress has been made toward the first goal, but there is much more to do in order to move forward in achieving the second. ChildFund works toward achieving both goals. Read more in my HuffPost.
When breastfeeding is in decline and before a resurgence it sends a message at odds with what new mothers within the developing world should be hearing, and that is this: beyond any other preventive measures, breastfeeding infants under 2-years-old has the greatest impact on a child’s health and survival.
Only about two in five children under 6-months-old in the developing world are breastfed. ChildFund is working to change that statistic. Read more in my recent HuffPost.