How Many Children?

By Christine Ennulat, ChildFund Staff Writer

In its 75 years, how many children has ChildFund helped?

We don’t know.

75th ChildFund logoWe don’t know because of Joel John Roberts, a formerly sponsored child from Korea, who grew up to found a charity that fights homelessness in southern California. We don’t know how many children he has helped.

We don’t know because of Barako, a formerly sponsored child from Kenya, now a police officer in his community. We don’t know how many children he has helped.

We don’t know because of Monica, once a sponsored child in Ecuador, who earned a degree in finance and now manages her community’s credit union. We don’t know how many families she has helped.

The Chans and the Millses

Dr. Chun-Wai Chan (standing, right) with his family and former ChildFund executive director Verent Mills and his wife, Alma.

We don’t know because of Dr. Chun-Wai Chan, long ago a sponsored child in a Hong Kong orphanage, who grew up to become a cardiac surgeon, served eight years on ChildFund’s board and cre­ated a foundation to support orphans like himself. How many? We don’t know how many children he has helped.

We don’t know because of Tariku, a formerly sponsored child in Ethiopia, who completed a degree in psychology and is completing his master’s while working as a ChildFund sponsorship relations manager in Addis Ababa. We don’t know how many children he has helped.

We don’t know because of Maribel and Mae and Grace, formerly sponsored children in the Philippines, who now help run a com­munity organization through which Child­Fund has served thousands of children near where they grew up.

Joseph Brings Plenty

Joseph Brings Plenty

We don’t know because of Chief Joseph Brings Plenty, once sponsored in the United States, who grew up to become the chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, and who now teaches Lakota culture in a school on the reservation. We don’t know how many children he has helped.

Thanks to our wonderful supporters, these sponsored children grew up to change more children’s lives. We at ChildFund are privileged to be part of this change. After 75 years, we are so grateful.

Read more of our 75-post blog series in celebration of ChildFund’s 75th anniversary.

2 Responses to How Many Children?

  • Let me congratulate ChildFund for the far it has come in touching peoples lives around the world. I was one of the sponsored children in Kenya in the 1970,s and early 80,s. I am currently working for the organization as a program officer in one of the CBOs. I am so much proud to be who I am today through ChildFund and the desire to serve others and see them develop to their full potential. Long live CF.

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