ChildFund International is deeply concerned about reports that the Department of Homeland Security proposes to separate parents from their children at the U.S. border as a deterrent to illegal migration. Not only would this forcible separation create further trauma for families who came here fleeing violence and hardship, but it would also cause irreparable harm to the children caught in the maelstrom.
Millions of people in the Horn of Africa are facing hunger, displacement and loss of livelihoods due to severe drought in the region. In the affected countries – Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda – more than half of those impacted are children.
Last year, thanks to a strong El Niño weather pattern, Ethiopia endured its worst drought in 30 years. And now, while the country is still reeling from that slow-moving disaster, a new drought has taken hold, this one thanks to another, more obscure climate phenomenon known as the Indian Ocean Dipole. The failure of two rainy seasons has put the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in the country’s southern and eastern lowland areas at risk.
ChildFund International and Christian Children’s Fund of Canada are combining their efforts to address the impact of the current drought on the lives and livelihoods of drought-affected people.
Read their joint statement.
ChildFund International calls upon Congress to protect U.S. foreign assistance funding and maintain our country’s leadership in the world. The proposed cuts would have devastating consequences to the well-being of the world’s children and families.
ChildFund Alliance was one of just 20 civil society organizations that participated in the international ministerial conference "Protect Children from War" in Paris this week. The conference commemorated the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Paris Commitments to Protect Children Unlawfully Recruited or Used by Armed Forces or Armed Groups (Paris Commitments) and The Paris Principles and Guidelines on Children Associated with Armed Forces or Armed Groups (Paris Principles).
The government of France and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in collaboration with the Paris Principles Steering Group (PPSG), co-hosted the conference. ChildFund is a member of the PPSG.
"In this moment of such disheartening polarization, surely the one thing our country and the world can come together on is children." ChildFund International has released a statement in response to the U.S. administration's changes to the refugee program and the unintended consequences for children seeking refuge here.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres writes in a letter to the ChildFund Alliance Secretary General: "I am heartened by the commitment that the ChildFund Alliance has shown in support of children, youths and families in preventing and overcoming poverty around the world..."
New York, NY, Jan. 10, 2017— Super Typhoon Nock-Ten (local name: Typhoon Nina) made landfall in the Philippines between Dec. 24 and 26, 2016, with winds up to 180 miles per hour. The typhoon left destruction in its wake, including many damaged roads, schools, houses and crops. According to the Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, nearly 500,000 people were evacuated ahead of the storm, and almost 2 million were affected.
ChildFund Alliance is alarmed over reports of atrocities against a large number of civilians, including children, in the Syrian city of Aleppo.
Unicef has reported that children, possibly more than 100, unaccompanied or separated from their families, are trapped inside a building under attack in the besieged city. There are also reports that forces loyal to the regime of Bashar al-Assad are carrying out extrajudicial killings in areas of the city recently reclaimed from the Syrian opposition.
New York, NY – ChildFund Alliance announced today the launch of its redesigned website, www.childfundalliance.org. The site, which has undergone a complete overhaul, showcases the Alliance’s global reach and provides a gateway to help visitors understand its initiatives to improve the lives of children, their families and communities.