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.

Hope Amid Despair

Map of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo I have always been fascinated by the untamed natural beauty of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)—from the rolling red hills to the imposing volcanoes and the beautiful, glistening waters of Lake Kivu. I’m enchanted by the serenity of these features each time I visit. This particular visit, […]

From Combat to Comfort Zones

Prince Amissi at BVES in 2011 | Democratic Republic of the Congo

When Global Fund for Children (GFC) staff visited Bureau pour le Volontariat au Service de l’Enfance et de la Sante (BVES) in 2011, Prince Amissi was receiving assistance at the organization’s transitional center. He is the face of BVES in GFC’s latest brochure. In that photo, he has a strong look that reflects determination and […]

International Women’s Day and the Need to Step Up

Map of Nepal | Image credit: Google Maps

Jasmine was 6 years old when she left home to go to school, but it took her seven long years to actually get to school. Along the way, she spent three years in domestic servitude and another four years in a dance bar where she was sexually and physically abused. Because she was a girl, […]

GFC in Huffington Post — An Olympic Feat: Catalyzing Change for Children Through Sports

Ser Paz | Guayaquil, Ecuador

For three weeks this month, the attention of much of the world will be focused on the Russian city of Sochi and the XXII Olympic Winter Games. Stellar athletes from nations large and small will awe us with their ability to swoosh, fly, soar, twirl and jump. I am willing to guess that many of those […]

Protecting the Unprotected

Children having fun and staying safe at Asylum Protection Center | Serbia

The issue of migrants in Serbia is a relatively new one, but several active university students in Serbia became aware of this issue early on and in 2007 formed the Asylum Protection Center (APC) to serve this often intentionally forgotten and misunderstood community.  This population of migrants includes a large number of unaccompanied minors. In […]

Ukraine in Crisis: A GFC Update

Photo by Ilya Varlamov / zyalt.livejournal.com

Since my previous post on the crisis in Ukraine, events have become more serious, and we’ve learned that one of our former grantees in Kyiv is affected. On January 16, parliamentarian allies of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych pushed through a law that instituted many restrictions and punishments aimed directly at the Euromaidan protesters, including the […]

GFC in The Huffington Post — Recovery and Renewal in Haiti

Children learn and play at GFC grantee Pazapa in Haiti | Photo credit: Charlie Bibby/Financial Times

Four years ago this week, Haiti was hit by a devastating seven magnitude earthquake. It leveled the capital and killed an estimated 100,000 to 150,000 people. When I visited a year ago, many people were still living in tent camps, and the presidential palace was mostly a pile of rubble, a bulldozer standing nearby. Still, […]

The Path to Sustainable Initiatives: Bringing Together GFC’s Diverse Partners in Southern Africa

GFC program staff and grantee partners convene in South Africa for a Knowledge Exchange.

Our grantee partners are usually nascent grassroots organizations, and our goal is to help them build their capacity and develop into long-lasting organizations with sustainable programs. In keeping with this commitment, the Africa team at GFC recently organized a Knowledge Exchange—a forum for learning and networking—in South Africa. The event was a platform for our […]

Change from Within


By Lydia Holden, Communications Lead for the Grassroots Girls Initiative With my overnight bag slung over my shoulder, I follow Mehraj Khatoon, 20, off Tiljala Road and onto a dirt pathway. “Welcome to my slum!” she says brightly. Curious eyes follow me as I duck under lines of laundry, step around children playing with tin […]

4 Steps to Freedom: How Community-Based Organizations Rescue Trafficked Children

Bureau pour le Volontariat au Service de l’Enfance et de la Santé | Democratic Republic of Congo

It is hard to imagine how anyone could put a price tag on another person’s life, especially a child’s. Yet that is the reality for the millions of children worldwide who are bought and sold as commodities in the lucrative human trafficking industry. Forced to work as soldiers, fishermen, servants, miners, weavers, and sex workers, […]