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“Just the Beginning”

Today we celebrated our new name and our commitment to the children we serve. See the video above and the photos below of highlights from the event at our International Office in Richmond, Va.

Mick Foley

“During my visit to Sierra Leone, one chief said to me that more than anything, children need sponsors. It makes them feel special and wanted and brings out the best in these kids.”
– Mick Foley, well-known wrestler and ChildFund donor since 1992

Anne Goddard

“Our belief is that the well-being of all children leads to the well-being of the world … if we can help children thrive throughout all stages of life they will become leaders of enduring change … our proud past is a prologue. The work we have done is just the beginning of the work we have yet to do.”
– Anne Lynam Goddard, President and CEO of ChildFund International

Jim Lindsey“Children are the future; the future of our country; the future of every country; the future of our planet.”
- Jim Lindsey, Richmond-area donor and retired assistant professor from Virginia Commonwealth University

Ezibu

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Joining in the celebrating and providing entertainment were Richmond-based Ezibu Muntu African Dance and Cultural Foundation (above photos) and SPARC (School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community) (photo below).

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For more information about ChildFund International, visit our Web site at ChildFund.org.

Celebrating a New Name and Continued Commitment to Children

ChildFund International staff members gathered for a flag-raising ceremony July 1.

ChildFund International staff members gathered for a flag-raising ceremony July 1.

By David Hylton,
Public Relations Specialist

Anyone who has traveled along Interstate 64 in Richmond, Va., in recent weeks has probably noticed a big tarp covering part of our building. Under that tarp is a new sign with our new name – ChildFund International.

The ChildFund International sign has been covered since late June.

The ChildFund International sign has been covered since late June.

At 11 a.m. this Friday, that tarp is coming down. That day we’ll be celebrating our new name and our work with children around the world.

“We will celebrate our new name and our continuing commitment to serving the world’s deprived, excluded and vulnerable children” says ChildFund International President and CEO Anne Lynam Goddard.

In addition to Anne, you’ll hear from ChildFund donors Jim Lindsey, a Richmond resident and retired Virginia Commonwealth University assistant professor, and Mick Foley, the well-known wrestler who, among other contributions, has helped build seven schools in war-torn Sierra Leone.

Entertainment includes performances from Richmond-based Ezibu Muntu African Dance and Cultural Foundation and SPARC (School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community). Tours of ChildFund’s Kenyan classroom, which features items from a ChildFund program in that country, will be available.

If you plan to attend, please arrive by 10:45 a.m. We are located at 2821 Emerywood Parkway, just off Broad Street near Glenside Drive.

The celebration of ChildFund International’s new name continues at 7 p.m. Friday as “The Power to Play – from Trash to Treasure,” an exhibit of toys created by children in ChildFund’s programs, debuts at Page Bond Gallery in Richmond.

Toys such as this one from Zambia will be on display.

Toys such as this one from Zambia will be on display.

The collection of more than 350 toys shows real imagination and creativity by children for using locally available materials to design toys of all shapes and sizes that roll, float, peddle or strum. The toys will be on display July 10 through Aug. 21 at the Page Bond Gallery, 1625 W. Main St. Friday’s opening reception is from 7-9 p.m.

For a sneak peek of the toy exhibit, click here to check out a video of children making toys. 

For more information about ChildFund International, click here to visit our Web site.

Welcome to ChildFund International

The new ChildFund International sign greets visitors to our International Office in Richmond, Va.

The new ChildFund International sign greets visitors to our International Office just off Interstate 64 in Richmond, Va.

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:

  • We believe the well-being of all children leads to the well-being of the world.
  • We believe that if we can help children thrive throughout all stages of life they will become leaders of enduring change.
  • We believe proud past is a prologue. The work we have done is just the beginning of the work we have yet to do.

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.

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