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What a child in Cambodia taught me

Lynn M. Croneberger | Posted 03.22.2016 | Impact
Lynn M. Croneberger

I first met 3-year-old Arun on my recent visit to our SOS Children's Villages in Cambodia. After spotting me, the cheerful boy smiled and began to mim...

This Holiday Season, Be a Hero for a Child in Crisis

Lynn M. Croneberger | Posted 12.14.2015 | Impact
Lynn M. Croneberger

As 2015 comes to a close, I look around the world and see children -- much like Nathalie was --who have so much potential but need our support to realize it. From the rebuilding efforts in Nepal to the growing migrant crisis in Eastern Europe, children need us now more than ever.

So Many in Need, It's Hopeless? Quandary of Assisting Youth in Greece

Jim Luce | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Jim Luce

The needs of children and young adults in Greece are enormous. The problems there are so insurmountable that the Greek government alone cannot solve t...

Stand up for the Children of Syria

Lynn M. Croneberger | Posted 06.29.2016 | Impact
Lynn M. Croneberger

When I think about Syria, I'm overcome with emotion remembering the countless stories of children affected by the country's ongoing conflict. It is truly a tragedy.

Let's Start At The Beginning

Samar Shaheryar | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Samar Shaheryar

Of the 3 million babies the world loses every year in their first month of life, 99 percent are in the developing world, meaning this is simply an issue of poverty and lack of resources. The weeks following birth are an incredibly vulnerable time, but astoundingly 2 million newborns could be saved with a few low-cost measures.

Hospitality And Hope

Kathleen Matthews | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Kathleen Matthews

Hospitality offers so much hope for youth in emerging economies like South Africa.

The World's Children Deserve A Safer, Healthier World. Let's Give It To Them

Ann M. Veneman | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Ann M. Veneman

They were so young, and yet looked so sad. I looked into the faces of these children... hundreds of them... all gathered together at a UNICEF program in Malawi, one of the countries hardest hit by AIDS.

Small Package, Big Voice

Dr. Gary L. Darmstadt | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Dr. Gary L. Darmstadt

The image of Masooma -- a bright, young girl who understood that without an education she wouldn't have the chance to live a full and productive life -- remains most deeply etched in my mind and heart. She taught me that powerful advocates can come in very small packages.

'How A Two-Pound Baby Changed The Direction Of My Life'

Jane Chen | Posted 06.20.2015 | Impact
Jane Chen

Nathan was a tiny baby, born at just under two pounds. He was abandoned on the side of the road in central China just after his birth, and the odds were so severely stacked against him that he shouldn't have survived at all.

Why Food, Water And Shelter Are Not The Most Important Things A Child Needs

Jeannette Kaplun | Posted 06.15.2015 | Impact
Jeannette Kaplun

When we think of what a child needs, we think of food, water, shelter and of course, love. Access to education, health care, safety and freedom are also crucial. However, after meeting countless children around the world when I travel, I've come to realize there is one thing a child needs the most: hope.

A Syrian Mother's Strength In Times Of War

Mama Fatema | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
Mama Fatema

In 2012, my children and I awoke to the sound of heavy clashes erupting outside of our home in Qudsaya, Syria. We could hear the sound of bullets and gunfire dangerously close to us. I was scared and on the verge of tears, but I refused to let my children see me cry.

The Unsung Magicians Of Africa

Conrad Person | Posted 06.06.2015 | Impact
Conrad Person

This post is part of the Relay for Kids in partnership with SOS Children's Villages. Each time you share this post, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 (...

What I Learned From Surviving Two Crises In Liberia

James Collins | Posted 06.03.2015 | Impact
James Collins

I've been the small boy feeling he must face the world on his own, and the teenager in a war-torn country fearing for his life and the lives of his family members. For as long as these situations persist in the world, I speak from experience and believe there will always be love and families that can help these children overcome trauma and reach their full potential.

Brave Child Survivors Of Debilitating Disease Remind Us Why We Want To Fight For Kids Everywhere

Anne Geddes | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Anne Geddes

Since I first picked up a camera, children have been my inspiration. To me they represent everything that is good in the world, and each and every one of them has the basic right to be protected, nurtured and loved.

Love Is All You Need

Katie Hurley | Posted 05.30.2015 | Impact
Katie Hurley

I don't know if I saved that child from anything. I don't know if he carried my support with him as he grew or if my words slowly faded away with time and age. I don't know if my whispers were audible enough to carry him through whatever obstacles he might have faced once he left residential treatment. But I do know that he taught me a very valuable lesson: Meet the children where they are and always love them anyway.

In Liberia, Children Affected By Ebola Need Our Support

George Kordahi | Posted 05.27.2015 | Impact
George Kordahi

At the height of the Ebola outbreak, a woman came to our SOS medical clinic in Monrovia with her 16-year-old son. She was desperate for us to admit him to the clinic, and all signs indicated that he was already infected with the disease.

What Is the Most Important Thing a Child Needs?

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 05.23.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

I meandered through room after room with children in cribs or lying on mats and saw a kind of a holocaust. The children in that orphanage, as in most institutions, were "ruined" by the lack of attention and malnutrition. Caretakers were not trained to be connected to the children. In fact, they were told not to love the children because there would be nothing to be gained.

Why an Education Award

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 03.14.2015 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

Education is generally considered the most important aspect of a young child's life and has the greatest impact on their future potential. More importantly, an illiterate society is a society ripe for predation and manipulation.

Why Parents Should Introduce Philanthropy to Their Children

Lynn M. Croneberger | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
Lynn M. Croneberger

When I was a young teen, my parents took me to visit poverty-stricken communities in my hometown of Detroit, MI. It was their way of giving me a crash course in philanthropy, and I learned a lot from those visits.

To Achieve Sustainable Development, We Must Reach the Most Marginalized and Vulnerable Children

Lynn M. Croneberger | Posted 11.22.2014 | Impact
Lynn M. Croneberger

Every September, world leaders convene in New York for the United Nations General Assembly meetings and discuss the most pressing global issues.

The Impact of War on Children in Israel and Gaza

Lynn M. Croneberger | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
Lynn M. Croneberger

It's important to remember that children and youth are the most vulnerable populations in these crises. At critical developmental stages in their lives, they process violence and trauma in a profoundly different way than do adults.

Put Children and Youth First in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Lynn M. Croneberger | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Lynn M. Croneberger

Protecting and nurturing children is absolutely vital to a more prosperous future and a world free of poverty, violence and inequality. But we can make a difference only when everyone gets involved to support change.

A Friendship Close to My Heart

Lynn M. Croneberger | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Lynn M. Croneberger

On this International Day of Friendship, my thoughts are with my friend Moses and the incredible work he has done over the years to overcome adversity.

One Boy's Dream to be a Soccer Star

Lynn M. Croneberger | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Lynn M. Croneberger

With the World Cup kicking off this month, I'm reminded of the powerful stories of children who have gained from playing sports. Children like Tiago.

Children in Nigeria Need Our Help

Lynn M. Croneberger | Posted 08.02.2014 | Impact
Lynn M. Croneberger

Boko Haram's deliberate plan to sow chaos throughout the country has devastated the lives of many Nigerian children. And the destructive extended effect of the tragedy means that its impact will reach far beyond the lives of the kidnapped girls.