ChildFund Alliance is supporting children and families on their way to Europe from countries such as Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. Next to the border controls in Macedonia and Serbia, contemporary aid stations have been constructed where people can stop to receive medical support, warm clothes and food. In cooperation with Terre des Hommes, ChildFund is supporting a local partner, providing children and families with friendly spaces and psychosocial support. In the child friendly spaces children can play and parents can change their babies’ diapers and receive counselling in both practical matters, and how they can protect their children from danger such as getting lost along the road.
Drought has struck East Africa and an estimated 8.2 million children and families in Ethiopia are suffering from a food shortage that is escalating by the day.
After two seasons of poor rains, crop growth has stalled, seeds are not germinating, vegetation is drying up and livestock are dying.
As winter approaches and the European refugee crisis continues, ChildFund Alliance is supporting a Swiss children’s aid organization, Terre des Hommes-Lausanne, to provide respite to families on the run. Many people escaping violence in Syria and other countries come through the Serbia-Croatia border, TDH has set up tents where families can rest.
Over the past few months, several European Council as well as Justice and Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs Council meetings have been convened to discuss and develop immediate responses and policies to address the recent increase in migrants and refugees arriving to Europe.
Governments from all over the world gathered in New York recently to adopt the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development and a new Global Partnership to end violence against children was launched.
ChildFund Alliance, Plan International, Save the Children, SOS Children’s Villages International, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and World Vision International co-hosted a side-event entitled ‘Building a world that is safer for children,’ where the partnership was announced.
In the past three years, ChildFund Alliance has engaged with over 16,000 children across 50 countries, capturing their aspirations and thoughts about the new global goals. World leaders listened and agreed on a vision of a world which “...invests in its children and in which every child grows up free from violence and exploitation.” This side-event was a celebration of this major breakthrough for millions of children, as well as their role as agents of change in sustainable development.
ChildFund International was among a group of organizations honored at the 2015 Clinton Global Citizen Awards for its tremendous leadership in responding to the Ebola crisis over the past year.
In 2014 ChildFund joined with Airlink, a rapid-response relief organization that links airlines with nonprofits, and other partners in a CGI Commitment to Action to build an Air Bridge to West Africa. Through this collaboration, ChildFund helped to fill three planes with critically needed medical supplies and was one of the first organizations to equip teams on the ground to take action in the hardest-hit areas of Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Joint Communique from Child-focused Agencies at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development held in Addis Abba, Ethiopia, from 13 to 16 July 2015.
The Third International Conference on Financing for Development was held in a critical year for development where global goals are being set. We are convinced and have been striving for children to be at the center of all decisions that are being made as they will impact their future.
ChildFund Alliance Urges Governments to Make Child Protection a Global Priority – Cites evidence that prevention is cost effective.
ChildFund Alliance, a global network of child-centered development organizations, is calling on governments to prioritize the protection of children from violence in the outcome document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD), and in the means of implementation for the post-2015 development agenda.