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

Anne Goddard | Posted 10.15.2014 | 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.

Predicted Decline in Charitable Giving Could Have Devastating Consequences for Children

Anne Goddard | Posted 04.23.2013 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Our government may have averted sending us over the fiscal cliff, but the precipitous fall facing these children could be even more devastating. Rest assured that we will be working hard to see that it does not happen.

Protecting Our Children: The Most Deadly Risks Are Not Far Away

Anne Goddard | Posted 03.25.2013 | Impact
Anne Goddard

If you considered law enforcement to be a dangerous occupation, it turns out that it is not nearly as perilous as being a young child. Almost twice as many preschool-age children die from gun violence than police officers killed in the line of duty.

Defeating Malaria to Defend Dreams

Tasha Chambers | Posted 02.04.2013 | Impact
Tasha Chambers

Three months ago, I shared a story about a Ugandan girl -- Christine Akullo -- who was preparing to compete in the Paralympics in London. The events for which Christine had trained so hard went on without her, because she suddenly became ill with malaria.

Just How Do You Giftwrap a Goat?

Anne Goddard | Posted 01.15.2013 | Impact
Anne Goddard

The merchandising of the holidays has descended on us again this year, perhaps earlier and more ubiquitous than ever before. But if it succeeds in infusing our days that much sooner with the underlying spirit of what this time of year is supposed to be all about then that is a good thing.

Back to School

Anne Goddard | Posted 11.18.2012 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Education lays the foundation from which dreams grow, and those dreams are no less ambitious for children in developing countries. But as is often the reality, those whose hopes are the highest will have the most challenging path toward achieving them.

Reactions to Uganda's Health Scare Should Ring True for Americans

Anne Goddard | Posted 11.07.2012 | Impact
Anne Goddard

While we should be able to relate to the fear that Ugandans are experiencing, what is difficult to imagine is confronting a potentially deadly disease with information about it so elusive.

Ignoring Children's Long-term Needs During Disasters Prolongs Their Effects

Anne Goddard | Posted 09.04.2012 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Beyond helping the victims survive the crisis healthy and intact, we must help these countries preserve and sustain the gains they have made over many years. And just as importantly, we must ensure that the children of these nations do not bear abiding, irreversible burdens.

One Day Without Shoes: Lessons From the Parking Lot

Anne Goddard | Posted 07.03.2012 | Impact
Anne Goddard

When asked to name the one thing they needed to make their lives better, many of the children in developing nations in our hemisphere confided that what they most wanted was the capacity to walk without exposing their bare feet to the elements. Pick anything, and they chose shoes.

Meeting The Children I Sponsor In Uganda

David Levis | Posted 07.02.2012 | Impact
David Levis

To say that my trip to Uganda was life-changing would be too simplistic. After traveling from California half way around the world to meet our sponsor...