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.
UNICEF estimates that some 400 million women between the ages of 20 and 49 were married before their 18th birthday. An estimated one in three girls in developing countries is married before adulthood, and one in nine before they are 15.
Girls who are consigned to marriage at such a young age are forced to grow up quickly. They leave school and miss out on the opportunity to receive an education and the skills needed to break out of the cycle of poverty. In my HuffPost this month, I discuss how ChildFund is working to address this problem within our program areas.
In my Huffington Post blog this week, I explore the possible negative impact on children in our programs if Americans are unable to sustain their usual levels of charitable giving.
Sharing a link to my Huff Post blog this week: Last month’s tragedy in Connecticut has precipitated profound discussions on a number of topics. Foremost among them: how can we better protect our children? It is a question that I have been asking for more than 30 years, not only on occasions of such calamity and heartbreak, but on a daily basis.
ChildFund’s Gifts of Love & Hope catalog enables people to send items to those in need around the world. Think of it like a global “giving tree.” Goats to a family in the Philippines. A sewing machine to a mother in Ethiopia. Bicycles to girls in Sri Lanka. Read more in my HuffPost blog this week.