During his President’s Forum lecture Charles MacCormack, president and chief executive officer of Save the Children Federation, shared with the HWS community the work the not-for-profit is performing in more than 40 countries around the world providing food, education and healthcare, predominately to children and women.
He also detailed for the audience the recent impact the war in Iraq and natural disasters are having on the agency. The past decade has been challenging with 60 percent of agency resources being used to respond to crises and less going to long-term development programs such as education, MacCormack explained. The world’s political climate has also caused agency staff to become potential targets and cause the agency to hire security staff and offer hostage training to employees.
“It’s a different world for us,” he says.
Those changes have not impacted MacCormack’s optimism and belief in the programs. “We have every reason to believe that we will be more and more successful each year.”
MacCormack says it is fulfilling to know that more than 12 million children are assisted by Save the Children every year. “It is very rewarding knowing the time I put in will result in helping tens of millions of children.”
MacCormack was the final President’s Forum speaker of the 2003-04 academic year.