ChildFund International

Rating: 3.65 stars   196 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Human Services, International

Location: PO Box 26484 2821 Emerywood Parkway Richmond VA 23294 USA

Mission: ChildFund International exists to help 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. We promote societies whose individuals and institutions participate in valuing, protecting, and advancing the worth and rights of children. One of the world''s oldest and most respected international child development organizations, ChildFund International works in 31 countries and assists approximately 17.8 million children and family members worldwide, regardless of their race, creed or gender.
Results: ChildFund has established youth clubs so children and youth can tell us how they experience poverty. From this knowledge, we build programs that address targeted issues so that programs are impactful and can be sustained by the communities served. We have improved maternal/child health, educated families on achieving a balanced diet and even helped start community gardens. ChildFund not only addresses education, but we work to improve the quality of education so it becomes meaningful. In addition, we conduct studies to determine what education or skills training are viable to the communities where the children live. We are a child development organization with programs that have a deep understanding of localities needs and a long-term goal of enabling children to become contributing adults.
Target demographics: We assist children in 30 countries, including the United States.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Direct beneficiaries include children who are sponsored by individuals or groups in the 31 countries where ChildFund works.
Geographic areas served: 30 countries, including the United States,
Programs: ChildFund works toward the well-being of children by forming partnerships with local governments and non-governmental resources to strengthen our programs. Our initiatives are locally led activities where families and communities work together to overcome poverty and protect the rights of their children. ChildFund programs are comprehensive, addressing needs throughout three life stages -- healthy and secure infants and children, educated and confident children and skilled and involved youth. This distinctive approach focuses on working with children throughout their journey from birth to young adulthood. We offer youth an opportunity to participate in youth groups and join in the decision-making processes of our work. We also address children's transitional needs from one life stage to another, to enable them to get a healthy start in life, have the tools needed to enter primary school, and eventually develop a skill or gain an education to earn a living and contribute to their communities. ChildFund works in 31 countries -- often in environments where poverty, conflict and disaster threatens children's well-being. Our programs confront critical needs of safe motherhood, the quality of education and trained teachers, HIV and AIDS prevention and care, nutritional and health needs. Nutrition includes a multi-pronged approach that leads to the establishment of home gardens and lessons in the importance of varying diets. We combat malaria through education, health care and the provision of mosquito nets. In emergencies, ChildFund provides emergency feeding and supplies as well as conducting long-term recovery programs in areas where we operate programs. In addition, youth learn skills that are vital to their communities -- skills that were identified after conducting studies to determine what needs are viable to each community.
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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I'm Ailyn from the Philippines, I was one of the kids who had a great chance to be part of ChildFund Philippines. When I was in Grade 2, my life totally changed when my mom brought me to an office near the church. I wondered what it was for and I could remember a nun asked me what do I want to become in the future and I just confidently answered I wanted to become a teacher. At that time, I didn't know how important it was, but as days went by I realized how it made a difference to us. I was given free fabric for school, which I share to my other sisters so that they have can uniforms too, they gave me school supplies which I saw my mom had a hard time before because she can't buy enough notebooks for all of us, so we share the notebooks I got, had all the springs removed and we tied it by yarn, so we could have enough notebooks for all the subjects that we had. Reconciliation Center which is affiliated with ChildFund started to give my parents seminars too about Child's Rights, usually my parents disciplined me physically but when they attended the seminar, how they discipline me totally changed. They started to be opened and they started to ask my opinion on things. I've got a chance to attend seminars too which hone me to become a better a person and good leader to the other kids.

There were so many things I've received from ChildFund; tangible and intangible things, What I'm so grateful of was when the time they told me I got a sponsor from the US. I started writing letters for my Uncle Bob, and also I started imagining how they look like, for almost 16 years I've written letters and never got a respond. I didn't know if he has family, married or he has children, but every time I see foreigners in our city. I've always wanted to ask if they know someone Mr. Robert Dames, I have considered them as my second parents and everytime I go to church I always pray for him and for his family even if at that time I really have no idea who he was. In occasion, bday or Christmas, he would send me 25$-50$ and with that money, I give it to my parents and my parents would buy something for all of us to share and we would be so happy, he was like a Santa Claus in our family. I have never received gifts from my parents, which I really understand why. They just can't afford to buy extra things for us, we hardly have our needs given so we never expected them to do so but as children having someone who gives us a feeling that we are children who also craves for gifts. I also started dreaming of talking to him, so I strive to learn English so in the future if I get the chance to see him I could utter all the words of thanks I would want to say and I could express how grateful I am and my family to have him. He fulfilled the role of second father and he gave me amazing experiences, because of him I was able to finish school and I have fulfilled my dream to become a teacher. When I got my job, I decided to look for him so I started to find him on whitepages, but I had a hard time coz there were a lot of the same names, I wrote one of them a letter, and I can feel that it was him, Finally after a month, I got an email saying that I was right and finally received his picture for the first time and respond. I have also seen the picture of his family which teared me the most, because my curiosity was answered and the waiting time of knowing him even online came. I feel like I became a complete person knowing the person who cared for me for a long time. If it was not for him, I wouldn't become a person that I am today. I wouldn't be strong and hard working as I am so I'm really thankful that he touched our lives and I'm really thankful for Childfund for giving me the chance to be better person, finish school and have all the experiences I have with other children from Childfund which made more complete and accepted in the society.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

never asked them to change, because I have known some children from this program and they have also helped their families and these children became the best in their fields. My friends from Childfund finished university too and they all have great jobs now which totally elevated their situation and help their family as a whole

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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ChildFund International will always be forever part of my life. I owe my education and holistic development. My life has been touched in so many ways. I used to be a child who dreamed of a lot of things but didn't really expect that my dreams would be realized and now I'm someone that my family who can depend on. Thanks to ChildFund for making it possible. I'm currently working as Virtual Assistant for three companies in the US. Seriously, my life has been different if I didn't have ChildFund.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in Philippines particularly in Mindanao

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would personally contribute as volunteer for their activities but I wouldn't change the programs they are all for every child's development and growth.

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8 people found this review helpful

I will be quitting ChildFund this week after 7 years and 3 sponsored children. Dropping "Christian" from its name was the first bad sign. I "visited" 2 of my sponsored children. It is false advertising to call it a visit, it should be called a "meeting". We got to meet with the kids in the ChildFund office only! Very awkward and unmoderated. The logistics of the "visits" were botched as well. I have been living with their outrageous 20% fee up till now. I send one of my sponsored children $100 each month. That costs me an extra $25 a month...crazy! I have found another way to get money to the family, so it bye-bye ChildFund. By the way I do sponsor 2 other children through WorldVision and have been very happy.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

None

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Unlikely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I am John Boniface Kulu-Idambi. I am a lawyer by profession. I was sponsored by Child Fund International right from Primary School, High School and at the University where I graduated as a lawyer. Without their sponsorship, I would have dropped out of school

I am a Board Member of Child Fund International (Uganda National Office). I work with the Ministry of Justice as a Senior State Attorney in charge of prosecuting criminals in society. I appear before the judges of Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court of Uganda.

As a prosecutor, I ensure that those who break the law are finally brought to justice. Hence reducing crime in society by sending hard-core criminals to jail. I am the Secretary General of all spokesmen/women in East Africa in the Association called East Africa Public Relations Association. I am the president of the Child Fund International Alumni Association (an association of former sponsored children in the world ). Our patron is the president/CEO of Child Fund International, Ms Anne Goddard. I am as well a member of Uganda Law Society Human Rights Committee.


I thank Child Fund International for sponsoring me because I am from a humble origin. Without their sponsorship I would not have managed to hold such big positions in society. Their sponsorship was equivalent to someone giving his child a fishing net instead of fish.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Succeeded in life and now a useful person on my society

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continuity of a vibrant Child Fund International Alumni Association

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

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I am Besy Wandera a former sponsored child by Child Fund. I was sponsored for the the better part of my primary and secondary education and the Fund also gave me a base for University Education.

I am now a dedicated member of the Child Fund Alumni Association in Uganda.

I surely give all the honor to God who who has blessed the sponsors of child fund with such giving hearts.

Thumbs up for child Fund International

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I now live a better life because of Child Fund International activity in Uganda

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Now among the pioneer members of Child Fund Alumni Association

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Through a friend

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Independence through education and awareness

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Rating: 5 stars  

being a child fund beneficiary is a great privilege for me. It changed my whole life. I experienced extraordinary things that a normal child can ever have. I had my first ride in an airplane through childfund. I travelled lost of places in the Philippines because of it. I cant emagine my life without the support of child fund and my sponsors. They are people behind my success :)

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Ive experienced the results of this organization is many ways. it helped me in molding the my total well being.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would help the less privileged children like what childfund do.

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Iam Mrs.Ashwinin Gharatkar an ex sponsored child and presently working as the Primary Teacher.I completed my education with support from ChildFund.I got many opportunities to take part in different competitions which helped in shaping my overall personality.The organizated supported by ChildFund helped in the disaster affected villages by running relief camps and working the rehabilitation program.Iam also elected as a member with local goverment body.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The families affected in the disaster were able to stand on their own due the efforts of the organization supported by ChildFund

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None

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I Yashwant Palghadmal has been working with ChilFund India as Project Manager of Partner organization. ChildFund India has extended a helping hand to scores of tribal Dam displaced and beedi rollers families through various development programs (Agricultural development ,Health & Sanitation, Nutrition, Early childhood care & Development ,Education, Child Participation & Protection and Livelihood) and made them sustainable, bringing happiness and joy in the life of families of the district of Pune and Ahmednagar in Maharashtra

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In changing the lives of poor and needy families.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continuing support and trying to reach maximum no of families.

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My association with ChildFund India Jhabua cluster has been very enriching as a Project Manager with one of the partner area. Bhabhra, the place where I have been working has been benefited in more than one ways. The sponsorship program is like a boon for the poor villagers here who otherwise cannot afford proper health care and education for their children, thus pushing their future in grave darkness. The programs have impacted them in a very positive manner.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the strength of child clubs children

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase the reach to more number of villages.

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My name is Anand Swami and I am running a Social Society named St. Sophia's Convent Siksha Samity from the last 12 years. The Society works in the area of Awareness generation for Education promotion in the urban slums of Indore district, Madhya Pradesh, India. At present the society is working in the rural areas of Jhabua district with the help of ChildFund India in the field of Health and Non formal Education. The ChildFund programs of Health awareness and Balwadi establishment in the excluded communities of Jhabua are of great help to the people; especially to the mal-nourished children here.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Awareness about disability rights and fighting Mal Nutrition among children in the excluded communities

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to suggest that the field programs should be continued in future.

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Thank you ChildFund International for being a blessing to over Two Thousands One Hundred (2100) OVC's and Caregivers to access the basic needs like Medical Treatment, De-worming, Vitamin A Suppliment, Scholastic materials, Psycho-social support, Child Protection, Home-Based Care Services, Vocational Training and Income Generating Activities for caregivers in Ndeiya Division, Limuru District, Kenya.

Stephen Njoroge Judy Wambui
(Chairman) - A.I.C. Guthairira (Social Worker) - A.I.C. Guthairira

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working with marginalised and deserving communities.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase more time to work with our communities.

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