The Good News
Stories and news from International Children’s Fund.
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.
With your support during 2022, we were able to make an incredible impact. Watch the video to listen to Dr. David list off our accomplishments for this year.
Our supporters, volunteers, and ministry partners certainly put a lot of love into giving at Christmas and throughout the year. I share two stories of Christmas at our missions last year and how, thanks to your generous support, we are favorably impacting the lives of those who need us the most.
These pastors are responsible for everything from local feeding programs to the construction of orphanages; from drilling water wells to the delivery of food to a remote village; from conducting educational programs to managing a medical clinic.
My Brother’s Keeper Orphanage in Liberia has implemented extensive farming and animal husbandry programs. From tilling the field (by hand), to planting, to feeding the pigs – its hard work and everyone has a role to play.
ICF is committed to make a sustainable improvement in the lives and communities that we serve. As such, providing education is a core activity. We support educational programs at all our missions.
In Africa, villagers often rely on surface water (streams, ponds, or even puddles) for water. These sources of water are also used for bathing, washing, and for livestock. As a result, the water is often tainted and not suitable for drinking.
With your help, the International Children’s Fund provides more than 1.5 million meals per year to desperately poor children and their families. We buy rice, meat products, beans, gari, cornmeal, and powdered milk locally.
The Harvard Medical Review estimates that more than 8 million people die each year from easily treatable medical issues. In Africa, treatable medical issues like diarrhea kills more than 2,000 children per day and malaria kills more than 400,000 people each year – the majority of which are under the age of 5.
When there is a shortage of medication, Mothers often go without. There are countless examples of the extraordinary challenges faced by Mothers in rural Africa, the following are two of their stories.