For the Next 100 Days, ChildFund Asks You to Say ‘Yes’

by Cynthia Price, Director of Communications

Every day 24,000 children die from lack of food or clean water or from preventable diseases. Many other children have heard “no” their entire lives.

For 100 days starting Oct. 14, ChildFund is looking for sponsors to say yes to sponsoring a child. The goal is 100 sponsors each day for 100 days.

“We know that Americans care deeply about the plight of children around the world,” says ChildFund President and CEO Anne Lynam Goddard.

ChildFund conducted a survey earlier this year and found that one in three Americans placed helping the world’s poor children as the number one charitable priority. “It’s heartening that Americans are so willing to look beyond our borders to help those children in need in other countries,” Goddard adds. “And a small amount of support goes a long way.”

Sponsorship costs $28 a month — less than $1 a day. To a child living in poverty, it makes a world of difference.

The current economic crisis has added to the plight of these children. World food prices have skyrocketed. Some families now eat two meals instead of three, Goddard says. Increasing gasoline and transportation costs mean that families can’t afford to travel for health care. Some aren’t able to get to their employment. Children are being pulled out of school so they can go to work.

“Saying ‘yes’ to sponsorship will make a difference,” Goddard says. “At ChildFund we believe if you change a childhood, you change the world.”

For the next 100 days, ChildFund is publicizing the campaign through television advertising, website updates, e-mail and social media. Be sure to visit ChildFund’s Facebook page throughout the campaign, as there will be multiple opportunities to engage with other supporters and participate interactively.

One Response to For the Next 100 Days, ChildFund Asks You to Say ‘Yes’

  • My husband and I have been sponsoring a child named Claudia through ChildFund for more than a decade, and it has been an incredibly rewarding experience. We have a scrapbook of letters, drawings and photos of Claudia and her family that we’ve received over the years, thanks to the great work of ChildFund’s staff, who kept the communication flowing. Claudia and the other kids in her community had a chance to grow up happy and healthy because of ChildFund, and it feels great to know we helped make a real difference in their lives. Our small donations were combined with donations of many others sponsors to cover the costs of a school and medical clinic in Claudia’s village. She has loved school and wrote to us that she wants to be a teacher. She is now a well-adjusted and educated 18-year-old, ready to embark on her adult life, so we will start again, getting to know another child through letters. I highly recommend becoming a ChildFund sponsor. If you’ve had a good experience as a sponsor, please tell your family and friends and encourage them to visit the ChildFund web site to learn more. You can simply post the link on your Facebook Page. If every family of means sponsored just one child in need, this world would be a much better place.

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