Richmond, Va. - June 12, 2009 - Monica is 15. She is from Zambia and she was forced to carry heavy loads of water and heavy bags of charcoal. Given this work, Monica had no time to play with her friends.
She was one of the 218 million child laborers in the world and one of the 100 million who are girls, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO).
Richmond, Va. - April 16, 2009 - An African child dies every 30 seconds from this same disease; nearly a half billion people become ill because of it.
Richmond, Va. - April 14, 2009 - More than one million children under age 5 in the developing world are undernourished for their age so the ability to secure food for families is critical.
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.
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.