On The Road

'On the Road' tells the stories of our travels to visit grassroots organizations around the world. Join us on the journey: you’ll meet courageous leaders, hear inspirational stories about the children they serve, and learn how global change begins at the grassroots.

Lessons in Language and Empathy in Tajikistan

Mamadou Diallo (back row, right) poses for a photo with grassroots leaders from Central Asia.

In early June, I had the chance to participate in GFC’s 2015 Central Asia Knowledge Exchange in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. I usually work with GFC grassroots partners in West Africa, so this was an opportunity to experience a different region, and it was exciting to learn directly from participants how they were improving the lives of […]

Community Leaders Gather to Learn More about Child Protection

Participants at the Central Asia GFC Knowledge Exchange in Tajikistan.

Although all GFC grassroots partners work with children and youth, many lack official child rights and protection policies in their own organizations. GFC is setting out to change that by facilitating special sessions on this topic.

A Great Model for Central Asian NGOs

Young beneficiaries of Children of Tien-Shan, a GFC grassroots partner in Kyrgyzstan.

Located in Kyrgyzstan, Children of Tien-Shan runs an emergency shelter for vulnerable children, with the eventual aim of reuniting them with their biological families or placing them with foster families.

In Ghana, Grassroots Organizations are Growing to Better Serve Children

Beneficiaries of a girls' education program run by Ghana Women's Voices Foundation.

Whether running a mobile library system or empowering girls through education, community-based organizations in Ghana are making great strides in serving vulnerable children and youth.

Panama in Pictures!

The whole group visits the Panama Canal!

The recent GFC Mesoamerican Knowledge Exchange, held in Panama City, brought together a diverse group of Global Fund for Children grassroots partners from Central and North America.

Clothing Donation Brightens the Day at DC General Shelter


GFC staff recently helped distribute a donation of 7,000 items of children’s clothing to homeless families, thanks to partners Tea Collection and the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project.

Lessons in Culture & Community While Visiting “Sea Gypsies” in the Philippines

Bajau children dancing. Credit: Cartwheel Foundation

While visiting a community of Bajau people with GFC grantee Cartwheel Foundation, GFC’s Tara Sun Vanacore gains insight to her own role in supporting grassroots organizations.

Women Make It Happen: Preparing Girls to Lead


In honor of International Women’s Day, GFC’s Sarah Ellison reflects on her surprising visit to the red light district of Kolkata, India, last month.

Child Protection Goes Beyond Keeping Children Safe

Arpan educator leads a small group discussion during a Personal Safety Education workshop.

In this guest blog post, Dr. Manjeer Mukherjee describes the rigorous child protection policies at Arpan, where she is senior program officer.

Effects of Boko Haram on Nigeria’s Children

Rebeccah, a beneficiary of GFC grantee partner Girl Child Concerns in Nigeria, with her family in her village.

GFC grantee partners in Nigeria give first-hand accounts of the impact of Boko Haram on their communities, their organizations, and their children.