By David Hylton,
Public Relations Specialist
International Youth Day is a day to celebrate what the next leaders of our world have accomplished. At ChildFund International we work with children throughout all stages of life – infants, children and youth – to help them bring lasting and positive change to their communities.
On this International Youth Day, we venture to Ethiopia where a group of young people have established their own studio:
Realizing a Vision
The future of the world’s news is here. Two years ago, youth in ChildFund International’s programs in Ethiopia were sent to a video and photography training institution to learn about film production.
Shortly thereafter, these youth came up with the idea of establishing their own studio.
“A month before our graduation, we started discussing our future employment opportunity and the way we find it,” says 21-year-old Abraham Salasebew. “While analyzing this, we came up with the idea of establishing our own studio.”
The group of 11 youth with the same interest went to ChildFund Ethiopia staff and shared their vision for the studio. In response ChildFund showed its willingness to support the effort both technically and financially.
In April 2008, they received a legal license to establish the studio – Abogida Digital Studio – which began with one digital photo camera, one video camera and a computer. The group, though, still faced financial troubles with high rent for the studio and a loan that needed to be repaid. Working with ChildFund Alliance partner CCF Kinderhilfswerk (Germany), the group obtained a photocopy machine, a sound mixer and a tripod, among other items.
With these additions, the youth turned things around and are now making a profit. The Abogida Digital Studio offers photo and video recording and editing, film production and more.
“We would like to thank ChildFund for its commitment to support unemployed youth like us to realize our vision and change our hopelessness position,” Abraham says.
For more information about ChildFund International’s worth with youth, click here.
By Anne Lynam Goddard,
President and CEO
For more than 70 years, our organization has helped millions of deprived, excluded and vulnerable children improve their lives. Today we help more than 15 million children in 31 countries around the world.
As our reach and our success have grown, affiliated organizations have grown up around ours, adopting our model and adhering to rigorous standards. These other 11 partner organizations, which we call the ChildFund Alliance, have broadened our work into 55 countries.
And our work is more critical than ever. Because of the spreading global economic crisis it’s estimated that up to 53 million more people will fall into poverty in developing countries this year. That’s the equivalent of the combined populations of California and Florida.
Today we officially roll out a new name and brand to continue to pursue our mission of service to the world’s children. Today our name change from Christian Children’s Fund to ChildFund International becomes official.
While we are making changes, it is important to note the things that will remain the same:
For more information on our changes, please visit our Web site at www.ChildFund.org. We hope you’ll join us for the next 70 years.