Stories: Children, Communities, Futures

In a visit to a sponsored child’s home in Kenya, ChildFund International president Anne Lynam Goddard learns from Iria’s family how they have benefited from their son’s enrolment in ChildFund’s sponsorship program. Iria attends school, sleeps under a donated mosquito net and has access to clean water.

When we talk about poverty it often makes us think about issues such as poor education, inadequate water and toilets, substandard healthcare or risks to children such as violence or war.

While these are very real issues, for me it’s been important to broaden my ideas of what poverty is, to include issues around sport and play.

I’ve been working overseas for 10 years now and throughout this time, I’ve seen the enjoyment and learning children can get from participation in games and sports.

In the video below, I talk a bit more about my experiences of this and why I believe this is critical to helping children reach their full potential. I’m interested to hear your comments and questions.