The Good News
Stories and news from International Children’s Fund.
Unlike in our homes where gifts are often spread out across the floor around our beautiful Christmas trees, Christmas in rural Africa and India is often just another day of struggling to survive.
Our pastors are responsible for everything from feeding programs to the construction of orphanages; from drilling water wells to the delivery of food to remote villages; from conducting educational programs to managing a medical clinic.
For more than 40 years, ICF has been making a sustainable difference in the lives of needy children and their families. We do this by supporting initiatives that provide sustainable food supplies. These initiatives include a broad array of farming, animal husbandry, and aquaculture programs.
It is estimated that more than 61 million children in Sub-Saharan Africa will not obtain a primary level education and of these children 15 million will never attend any school. As you can imagine, the opportunities for these children will be severely limited.
With gratitude for all of your contributions, we’re sharing that August is National Make-A-Will Month! This annual observance is growing more popular every year because having an up-to-date plan is one of the smartest ways to secure your future, protect your loved ones, and support the causes close to your heart.
Discover the shocking truth behind the silent killer lurking in our water sources. Our latest blog uncovers how diseases from contaminated water claim more lives than all forms of violence combined, including war. Join us as we delve into the alarming statistics and explore the urgent need for change to protect communities worldwide.
Imagine not having anything to eat … for days at a time. Then try to imagine the horror of not having any food for your children or grandchildren. Regrettably, this is all too common. In fact, the UN estimates that, on average, one child under the age of five dies every 10 seconds in sub-Saharan Africa – most due to starvation.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 2.9 million children under the age of 5 die in sub-Saharan Africa annually. This is equivalent to 5 children under the age of 5 dying every minute. They estimate that two thirds of these deaths can be attributed to preventable causes like pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria.
In rural Africa, the care that a Mother provides to her children is often at the expense of their own. When there is not enough food, the children eat, and Mothers often go hungry. When there is a shortage of medication, Mothers go without.
The International Children’s Fund (ICF) was created more than 40 years ago with the singular goal of helping desperately poor children. Our objective has always been to help these children survive, by providing them food and shelter, and then prosper, by providing them access to the education and training to help lift them out of poverty.