Keeping Track of Program Progress in Honduras

One of the major challenges for any large-scale education, health, or economic development program is keeping track of activities and data, all while monitoring and evaluating progress. This means pulling together myriad pieces of information across multiple program sites and sharing it with those who need it.

One youth development program in Honduras is no different. But thanks to some technical savvy, program staff have come up with an innovative technology tool to help share information, make decisions, and improve programming.

How Many Children?

In its 75 years, how many children has ChildFund helped?

We don’t know.

We don’t know because of Joel John Roberts, a formerly sponsored child from Korea, who grew up to found a charity that fights homelessness in southern California. We don’t know how many children he has helped.

We don’t know because of Barako, a formerly sponsored child from Kenya, now a police officer in his community. We don’t know how many children he has helped.

Polio in Syria: an Urgent Reminder to End Polio at its Source

I was saddened to learn this week of a tragic development in the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria. The World Health Organization reports that polio, a crippling and often deadly virus, has resurfaced 14 years after being driven from the country.

The 2013 Aid Transparency Index: MCC Tops the List, but Room for Improvement in U.S. Government

The 2013 Aid Transparency Index was released on October 24th by Publish What You Fund, and the news is good for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), but not as rosy for other U.S. agencies.

Remember to Breathe: Reflections on Training that Could Save Lives

We knew something was about to go down.

The lights went out. Voices from across the room shouted at us to “get down” and the air was pierced with the “dakka dakka dakka” of automatic weapons. Lisa and I hit the floor, hoping not to be seen under the classroom table. Next thing we knew we were blindfolded in a fast moving car. But I knew Lisa was next to me. We touched pinkies. Something to calm us and let the other know we weren’t alone. Just like they taught us.

A Tale of Two Cyclones

In October 1999, a massive cyclone slammed into the eastern coast of India, killing at least 10,000 people. A few weeks ago, a very similar cyclone, Phailin, struck the same region. The news coverage ahead of Phailin painted a frightening picture of a storm the size of Hurricane Katrina poised to wreak havoc on India and potentially repeat the grim toll of the 1999 storm. Yet when all was said and done, Phailin resulted in around 50 fatalities – just a fraction of what was feared.

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