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Two-Wheeled Dreams Have Lasting Impact

Anne Goddard | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Among our priorities in helping provide a better future for children in developing countries, one area of focus rises to the top: the protection of children. It's an issue we are tackling on many fronts... and sometimes on two wheels.

Baltimore's Lessons Have Global Resonance

Anne Goddard | Posted 05.19.2015 | Impact
Anne Goddard

The horizons of my professional life have always extended beyond our borders. This global perspective has shaped my views on the best ways to address some of the world's most intractable issues -- education, poverty, economic opportunity, health care.

How One Teenager Transformed a Village... And Her Future

Anne Goddard | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Propelling Kara's resolve was her tremendous capacity for giving. Giving of your time and money, providing pro bono services and expertise, sharing what is yours with others is for many, many people the foundation for happiness.

House Abandoned Americans Because #HomelessLivesMatter

Joel John Roberts | Posted 05.08.2015 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

Today, I wonder why America, a society that is so sophisticated, wealthy and compassionate, doesn't pick up its lost humanity on the streets and connect them with housing, and more importantly, the community of humanity.

Virtual Learning May Be Solution to Real Problem

Anne Goddard | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Global attention to the Ebola crisis in West Africa has exposed a critical problem that exists throughout that continent: the overwhelming need for more trained health care professionals.

Increasing Global Connectedness Through Trade and Investment

Anne Goddard | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Some of my fondest memories as a parent were of reading to my children. They would snuggle up next to me with book in hand, excited for me to take them deep into stories told in words and pictures.

Children Lend Their Voices to Call for Greater Protection From Violence

Anne Goddard | Posted 02.14.2015 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Children are perhaps the most objective observers of the world around them. They understand the threats to their safety. They see their governments and adults as failing in their responsibility to protect them. They recognize that forced labor and forced marriage deny them the chance for a better life.

25 Years Later, Children's Rights Still Lacking

Anne Goddard | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Anniversaries provide important milestones for taking stock, and on this one, it's clear that there is still much work to be done - that in many places around the world, the promises have turned out to be empty ones. At least, so far.

Is Ebola's 'Yuck' Factor Suppressing Americans' Compassion for Victims?

Anne Goddard | Posted 01.04.2015 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Why has the growing and vital need to help treat and contain Ebola elicited such a temperate response from within the United States, especially given our long history of compassion?

World's Children Echo Call for Making Child Protection a Global Priority

Anne Goddard | Posted 12.15.2014 | Impact
Anne Goddard

That famous old observation -- "Everybody talks about the weather but no one does anything about it" -- has reminded me of the ongoing discussions about protecting children from violence.

Children as a Priority

Anne Goddard | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Anne Goddard

When violence among adults causes the death of children, when millions of children are dying from causes we can prevent, and when children are being subjected to untold forms of abuse, we must examine our priorities and recommit ourselves to ensuring that the most vulnerable among us are also the most protected.

The Strive for Five: In Support of Maintaining Foreign Assistance to Help Children Survive and Thrive

Anne Goddard | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Anne Goddard

This year, more than 6.5 million children will die before age 5. That is nearly 18,000 children each day.

Cleaning up Ethiopia -- One Car at a Time

Anne Goddard | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact
Anne Goddard

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 toward progress.

Gates' Prediction About Ending Global Poverty Is Built On Progress Already Made

Anne Goddard | Posted 05.20.2014 | Impact
Anne Goddard

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.

A Global Perspective on America's "War on Poverty" Anniversary

Anne Goddard | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Anne Goddard

The most effective way to maintain progress over time is to educate children so that they have their own set of skills, skills that can ensure a sustainable tomorrow, provide economic security and create a future.

Survey of World's Poorest Children Reveals Telling Insights

Anne Goddard | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Anne Goddard

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's Special Needs in Typhoon's Aftermath

Anne Goddard | Posted 02.16.2014 | Impact
Anne Goddard

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.

Reflections on a Milestone with ChildFund

Anne Goddard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Anne Goddard

With 75 years under our belts, the good news is that we are making progress -- tangible, measurable progress.

"Free From Violence:" A Campaign to Protect the World's Children

Anne Goddard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Like most Americans, I watched in horror as the events unfolded last month at a shopping mall in Nairobi where dozens of people were killed by terrorists. It was an all-too-vivid reminder of the pervasive and capricious nature of violence.

Reducing Maternal Mortality Means Increasing Access to Care

Anne Goddard | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Anne Goddard

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.

Getting Children Ready for School: It Must Start Years Before

Anne Goddard | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Children in developing countries rarely acquire the necessary building blocks, and in fact, they typically confront circumstances that serve to inhibit rather than encourage their proper development.

Breastfeeding: Fit for a King... and Millions of Others

Anne Goddard | Posted 10.28.2013 | Impact
Anne Goddard

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.

The Cost of Child Labor

Anne Goddard | Posted 09.21.2013 | Impact
Anne Goddard

As we continue to sensitize families about the long-term damage that child labor holds for their children, we as consumers can do more to insist on transparency and reform among those who are hiring these children in the first place.

Child Marriage Keeps Girls from Reaching their Full Potential

Anne Goddard | Posted 08.25.2013 | Impact
Anne Goddard

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.

A Day for Africa's Children

Anne Goddard | Posted 08.07.2013 | Impact
Anne Goddard

There are other challenges that the Day of the African Child brings to mind, and they are perhaps even more complex and nuanced than the larger, overarching ones. I'm referring to the array of harmful social and cultural practices that countless African children, especially young girls, must endure.