Happy 30th Birthday to ICRI!

The celebrations have begun!  We are so proud and excited to be celebrating ICRI’s 30th anniversary.  We have now spent three decades improving the lives of children and families around the world.

At the 2011 World Forum on Early Care and Education in Honolulu, we had the rare and wonderful opportunity to celebrate this important milestone with many of our international staff, partners and friends who have supported the organization over the years.

Speakers included Ken Jaffe and Erin O’Donohue from our headquarters, ICRI Board Chair Stephanie Hill, Janet Mwitiki from ICRI Africa, Mukunda Kshetree and Dhirendra Lamsal from ICRI Nepal, and Rufaro Kangai Sibanda from Child Resource Institute Zimbabwe.

We were also honored by brief remarks from Roger Neugebauer, founder of the World Forum.  Roger spoke about ICRI’s long-term support of the World Forum and the important partnership between our two organizations.

Our guests enjoyed a Hawaiian-style coconut and guava birthday cake with a giant chocolate replica of ICRI’s logo.  The cake was sweet indeed-- but even sweeter was the knowledge that our combined efforts over the past 30 years have made a tangible difference to so many children and families in need.