A year of helping children and families
CCFC celebrates and thanks our donors for their support in our latest fiscal
By Mark Lukowski
CEO and child sponsor
Spring heralds a period of rebirth and renewal. It’s therefore fitting it’s also the time Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) completes one fiscal year and begins another. I’m excited for what lies ahead, and incredibly grateful to our donors, for what we’ve accomplished in the past 12 months. Here are just a few milestones:
- More than 2,900 women in several Burkina Faso communities (see example) saved approximately $200,000 in a CCFC-facilitated savings-and-loans initiative
- parents in Ethiopia experienced the power of educating their children through play
- a solar-power project in Ghana provided more than 7,000 with clean water
- Approximately 2,000 young girls in Thiruchuli, India were educated about the consequences of working in spinning mills where they could be exploited
- our collaboration with the government of Nicaragua is paving the way to help more children thrive
- CCFC supported (and continues to support) the government of Paraguay in its application to become one of six “pathfinder” countries identified as part of a Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children coalition; it’s led by a secretariat conformed by UNICEF, our ChildFund Alliance partner organization and other non-governmental agencies
At CCFC, we’re constantly innovating to help as many children and communities as possible, but sometimes the most lasting change is based on a simple idea. I’m reminded of my January visit to Ethiopia where I saw fathers playing with their children; I was surprised to learn this was a cultural taboo for many generations. We’re creating sustainable change and offering renewed hope for those who need it most.
I can’t wait for the next chapter in our journey. Join me.
Photo by Philip Maher