Today, worldwide, 570 million children live in extreme poverty. ChildFund International believes all children — including those 570 million — have rights to the support, protection and care they need to grow up healthy and strong. As a child-focused international development organization, ChildFund exists to change underlying factors that prevent children from fully experiencing these rights. We do that by:
- HELPING deprived, excluded and vulnerable children have the capacity to improve their lives and the opportunity to become young adults, parents and leaders who bring lasting and positive change in their communities.
- PROMOTING societies whose individuals and institutions participate in valuing, protecting and advancing the worth and rights of children.
- ENRICHING supporters’ lives through their support of our cause.
Since our beginnings in 1938, first as China's Children Fund and later as Christian Children's Fund, our approach has evolved into one of community development, focused on strengthening families and community structures that make up a child’s environment. The individual sponsor-to-child relationship supports this work, with sponsor funds pooled to improve life in the communities where sponsored children live.
Today, support from sponsors is what allows us to remain in communities long term, building relationships with local partner organizations and focusing on children’s changing needs as they grow up. Support from diverse donors and institutions allows ChildFund to expand and deepen its work with children and families even more. Sponsors’ friendship and encouragement further elevate ChildFund’s impact for children, families and communities, increasing their well-being.