Anne Lynam Goddard, CEO & President, ChildFund International

by Diana Quick / CEO Forum

full anneAnne Lynam Goddard has been a passionate voice for protecting the world’s most vulnerable children for more than 30 years. Goddard began her career in the Peace Corps in Kenya. After earning a master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she joined the international humanitarian organization CARE and lived and worked overseas for almost 20 years.

In 2007, Goddard joined ChildFund International as president and CEO. She directs the organization’s efforts to promote child protection strategies around the world. Goddard is currently a board member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and a member of the federal Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid.

Anne Lynam Goddard: Adults must help to protect children from gun violence

by Diana Quick / In the News

ON APRIL 16, 2007, my two worlds collided. During lunchtime at my new job, I was told my son was calling. I remember thinking how strange it was for him to call me at work, something he never did.

When I picked up, it wasn’t him — it was an emergency room doctor near Blacksburg saying my son had been shot in class that morning, words I could not comprehend. Within minutes, though, Colin got on the phone, and his words I understood: “Mom, come.”

Read the full articleby ChildFund International CEO Anne Lynam Goddard, in The Virginian-Pilot

Child Fund presents TOM Shoes to MOBSE (The Gambia)

by Fatou Dem & Isatou Senghore, The Point / In the News

ChildFund International The Gambia has presented two 40 and 20 foot containers of ‘Toms Shoes’ to the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MOBSE) meant to enhance retention of students in school in the country’s Upper and Central River Regions. This is the 8th handing over of shoes to the Education Ministry.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony held at the ChildFund national office, the fund’s country director, Musukuta Komma said they have been collaborating with different donors such as Toms, Pearson and other individuals for the past years to support ChildFund The Gambia with education related gifts such as books, shoes, and other school materials.

“As a child protection and development agency, we strive to tackle underlying causes of deprivation, exclusion and vulnerability. This is why we partner with Gambia government to ensure the promotion and protection of children.”

Read the full articlein "The Point."

ChildFund International Joins World Cup Campaign to #PassTheHappiness to Teens Where It’s Needed Most

by ChildFund International / Member Spotlight

Today, thousands of people worldwide are beside themselves with excitement at the kickoff of the world’s foremost soccer tournament. Here at ChildFund International we have something else to celebrate: We have teamed up with Coca-Cola, Walmart International and One World Play Project to #PassTheHappiness. Through this worldwide campaign, we will receive a share of 100,000 unpoppable soccer balls for teenagers in our programs.

As the voice behind the Coca-Cola Anthem for the 2018 World Cup, artist Jason Derulo joined Coca-Cola as spokesperson of the #PassTheHappiness campaign to help bring the power of play to underprivileged youth globally.

“This is a great opportunity to give back, not only to my home country of Haiti, but to teenagers around the world,” Jason Derulo says, juggling a One World FutbolTM at his home outside Los Angeles. “This ball is amazing.”

ChildFund International to Serve Children Still Separated from Families at the U.S. Border

by ChildFund International / Member Spotlight

Right now, as policies and procedures surrounding children separated from their families continue to evolve, a major concern has yet to be resolved: the plight of those thousands who remain removed from their parents. ChildFund International is deeply concerned about their wellbeing. We have been working with children and families on both sides of the border for decades, and will apply that unique expertise and insight to assist these children until they can be reunited.

“These kids are doubly traumatized, first in the dangerous journey from their home countries and then in being taken from the people who love them,” said Anne Lynam Goddard, ChildFund’s president and CEO. “They need much more than basic sustenance. They need emotional support and care. Children who are not in the care of their parents are also even more vulnerable to exploitation and neglect.”

Congress Introduces Resolution to End Violence Against Children Worldwide

by Business Wire / In the News

The Ending Violence Against Children Taskforce commends Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) for today introducing H. Res. 910, which calls for increasing and improving the United States Government’s efforts to end violence against children. Written with input by the Taskforce, the resolution condemns all forms of violence against children and youth globally – including physical, mental, and sexual violence, neglect, abuse, maltreatment and exploitation.

Girls Score a Goal to End Child Marriage in India

by Alys Matthews, with reporting by Rashmi Kulkarni / Member Spotlight

Soccer is widely regarded as an excellent way for kids to stay physically fit, build social skills and develop self-confidence. In several small Indian communities where ChildFund works, the world’s most popular sport has another, more surprising benefit: empowering girls to resist early marriage.

Meet 16-year-old Raniya. Her home state of Jharkhand, India, is rich in natural resources, known for its waterfalls and ornate Jain temples, but nearly 40 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. Here, the rate at which girls marry before age 18 — which hovers around 47 percent nationwide — jumps to 51.8 percent.

International Aid Towards Ending Violence Against Children Deeply Lacking, First-Ever Study Shows

by ChildFund International / Public Statement

Richmond, Va. (June 08, 2017) – Out of every dollar the world spends on development assistance, only half a penny supports efforts to end violence against children, according to a new study, Counting Pennies. Commissioned by ChildFund Alliance and others, the study evaluates official development assistance (ODA) — government aid to promote the economic development and welfare of developing countries — targeted towards preventing and responding to violence against children.

Irregular Child Migration in Central America PICMCA

by Christian Children's Fund of Canada / Video Gallery

Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) is leading a $15.2-million regional project in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua, designed to improve the well-being of children and youth who are at risk of irregular migration. The Government of Canada is contributing $12.6 million to the four-year project. The initiative addresses a number of the root causes that fuel irregular migration — from high levels of crime and violence, limited employment and educational opportunities, to social exclusion and a lack of information on the inherent dangers of migrating without following the normal immigration procedures. For this project, CCFC is partnering with two non-governmental organizations: ChildFund International (USA) and EDUCO (Spain).

On the Migrants’ Trail (Part One): In Search of a New Life

by Julien Anseau, Global Communications Manager, ChildFund International / Member Spotlight

Julien, who has worked with ChildFund in Asia and specialises in emergency communications, joined our assessment team as they travelled through Turkey, Greece, Macedonia and Serbia earlier this year, documenting the needs of migrants and asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, particularly children and youth. This is the first of Julien’s reports from the field.

Thousands of Afghans, Iraqis and Syrians are fleeing their war-torn countries and embarking on a perilous journey to Europe seeking refuge and a better life. In Izmir, a western port city of more than 2 million people in Turkey, many throng the streets, desperate to get to Greece — the entrance to the European Union.

On the Migrants’ Trail (Part Three): Reaching Serbia

by Julien Anseau, Global Communications Manager, ChildFund International / Member Spotlight

At least four trains arrive daily in Tabanovce, a Macedonian refugee camp near the Serbian border. But when we arrive, it’s deserted. The place feels eerie and empty, showing the transient nature of migrant camps.

Most migrants coming through here arrived from Greece, their landing point in Europe; they pass through Macedonia to Serbia and then, if they’re fortunate, on to Germany and other western European countries. Others take a route through north-western Turkey, Bulgaria and Serbia. Both roads are well known to smugglers, who often make the journeys possible — at a steep cost.

On the Migrants’ Trail (Part Two): Children Traveling Without Parents

by Julien Anseau, Global Communications Manager, ChildFund International / Member Spotlight

Since the events described here, in the past week violence has broken out in Idomeni, Greece, because of a bottleneck caused by Macedonia’s new daily cap on the number of migrants allowed into the country, as well as other restrictions. Thousands are now stranded in Idomeni and nearby camps, causing serious tension and questions about what will happen next.