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22 Dec 2008 description

Richmond, Va. - Monday, Dec. 22, 2008 - Forrest Ewens - a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army - had a knack for putting a smile on a child's face in Afghanistan, often sneaking treats to them.

"Forrest had a real heart for the children in Afghanistan," Ewens'mother, Carol, said. "When he wrote home, he would write more about the help he was able to provide to the local people rather than his military adventures."

Forrest was 25 when he was killed in the line of duty in 2006.

01 Dec 2008 description

Richmond, Va. - December 1, 2008 - Mohamad Shar, a Christian Children's Fund (CCF) staff member, was killed Nov. 30 in Kabul, Afghanistan, when a suicide bomber attacked a passing military vehicle. Shar was 52 years old and had worked for CCF for 18 months.

"We are deeply saddened by this senseless death," said Anne Goddard, President of CCF.

11 Feb 2008 description

By Kirsten Hongisto, Regional Communications Manager

Harsh weather conditions including frigid temperatures and heavy snows over the past two months have lead to hundreds of deaths-- mostly children and the elderly- in Afghanistan. Many families do not have the resources to stay warm or are trapped by the snow.

16 Jan 2008 description

Heavy snows combined with cold temperatures have hit north eastern Afghanistan, especially Takhar province where CCF has been working for the last six years.

18 Jan 2006 description

Aminullah's First Lessons: Simple Words in the Sand

30 Aug 2005 description

In Baghlan Province, Afghanistan, a staggering 89 percent of women are illiterate, leaving many villages void of a single woman that can read or solve basic arithmetic. Facts such as these do not bode well for the economic future of Afghan women.

20 May 2005 description

Christian Children's Fund (CCF), working in Afghanistan as ChildFund Afghanistan (CFA) has received a $4.7 million grant to turn former Afghanistan warlord fighters into farmers and entrepreneurs by providing vocational training and job generation to more than 4,500 ex-combatant soldiers.

01 Oct 2004 description

US Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded a $4.6 million grant to the NGO Consortium for the Psychosocial Care and Protection of Children, consisting of Christian Children's Fund (CCF), International Rescue Committee (IRC,) and Save the Children Federation (SC).

War-affected Afghan children and youth continue to be the most vulnerable and at-risk group since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.

30 Apr 2003 description

Assessment of CCF's emergency entry program into Afghanistan, its impact on child well-being and protection

Foreword

Protection is an increasingly prominent priority for the humanitarian community. However, despite this development, child protection remains a low priority in most emergencies. The gap in protection is unacceptable since children typically comprise half the population in emergency situations.

13 Apr 2003 description

US Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded a $2 million grant to the NGO Consortium for the Psychosocial Care and Protection of Children, consisting of Christian Children's Fund (CCF), International Rescue Committee (IRC), and Save the Children Federation (SC).

07 Mar 2003 description

By Alexis Klaits, Christian Children's Fund development staff member in northern Afghanistan

25 Nov 2002 description

Following decades of fighting, neglect and poverty, the educational system in Afghanistan is in ruins - both the physical infrastructure and intellectual foundation. Since beginning work in Afghanistan in December 2001, Christian Children's Fund (CCF), working as Child Fund Afghanistan, has sought to actively rebuild the Afghan education system in northeast Afghanistan. The areas in which CCF works were frontline war zones. The landscape still bears the physical reminders of decades of armed conflict.

14 Aug 2002 description

Since January of this year CCF has been helping Afghan children recover from years of war and begin an education. At the same time, we want to help adults gain job skills by employing them in rebuilding schools, wells, sanitation and more.

28 Jun 2002 description

Christian Children's Fund (CCF) has received a UN grant totaling $763,000 to provide shelter, water, income generating activities, educational programs and teacher training in northern Afghanistan. CCF's cost sharing portion of the grant is $184,390. CCF has been working in northern Afghanistan under the name of Child Fund Afghanistan since November, opening child centers where children have gone for education and other normalizing activities to help them heal from the trauma of years of civil conflict in Afghanistan.

20 Mar 2002 description

CCF has signed an agreement with UNICEF to serve as the "implementing partner" in the Afghanistan government's back to school program for the provinces of Kunduz and Takhar. CCF staff is helping with the distribution of 115,000 packets of school materials 89,000 school books.

06 Mar 2002 description

Eighty CCF Child Centered Spaces are now up and running in the northern Afghan provinces of Kunduz, Takhar and Badakshan. These 80 spaces, staffed by former teachers hired by CCF, are serving approximately 13,600 children.

13 Feb 2002 description

43 CCF Child Centered Spaces are now up and running in three provinces in northern Afghanistan including the provinces of Kunduz, Takhar and Badakshan. These 43 spaces, staffed by former teaches (hired by CCF), are serving approximately 8,600 children.

25 Jan 2002 description

CCF has been designated by the International Organization for Migration as the non-governmental organization for education and child protection in Northern Afghanistan.

18 Jan 2002 description

CCF continues to expand its work with children and families in Afghanistan.