Founder’s Story | Children's Radio Foundation
Founder’s Story


Elizabeth (Beth) Sachs founded The Children’s Radio Foundation (CRF) in 2005 to give voice and opportunity to at-risk children living in sub-Saharan Africa. Beginning with a pilot project with Zulu children in 2006 the CRF developed a unique child-focused methodology for training and mentoring youth in radio, leadership and civic engagement. CRF’s Youth Reporters now reach millions of children in more than 25 languages in multiple African nations every week.


Bringing together a remarkable staff, now headquartered in Cape Town, and an extraordinary international team of dedicated Board Members and Volunteers the CRF has established vibrant guidance in the US, the UK and South Africa and developed generous public support.


During Ms. Sachs’ decade of leadership the CRF has forged partnerships and received funding from many of the world’s leading children’s advocacy and development agencies including UNICEF, UNESCO, the Ford Foundation, Medecins Sans Frontieres, the Open Society Institute, the Clinton Global Initiative and many schools and Universities (viz. University of Cape Town, MIT and Oxford).


In addition to founding the Children’s Radio Foundation, Ms. Sachs is active in civic and philanthropic activities both in the US and abroad. A trained and published psychologist she studied in Vienna and practiced in London. Her work in Appalachia with children and families and with Amnesty International was precursor to her founding The Greening of Detroit – a dynamic and innovative inner city urban reforestation and conservation program started in 1989.


Aside from her interests cited above Mrs. Sachs is an artist, writer and passionate gardener and lives with her family in New York.