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August 18, 2014
Reporting by ChildFund International
These children are in a ChildFund-supported community in Guinea, one of the four countries affected by an outbreak of Ebola
As Ebola continues to spread in several western African countries, simple measures, like hand washing, are proving to be one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of the virus...
August 11, 2014
By Nigel Spence, CEO, ChildFund Australia
The mental health of children in developing countries is often overlooked. Yet we know that one in five young people globally experience some form of mental illness. In parts of the world where chronic poverty, war and family breakdown leave millions of children traumatised, the need could not be greater...
August 11, 2014
By Dr Gladys Mwiti, ChildFund Kenya board member and CEO of Oasis Africa Center for Transformational Psychology & Trauma
Dr Gladys Mwiti, pictured with ChildFund Australia CEO Nigel Spence during her recent visit to Sydney [photo credit: ChildFund Australia]
In Africa, there is so much focus on the physical needs of kids – education, health, HIV/AIDS – and yes, this is important. But who is addressing the psychological needs of children?
August 7, 2014
By Nigel Spence, CEO, ChildFund Australia
Long-term community development programs in Cambodia help to reduce the drivers that see children placed in orphanages [photo credit: ChildFund Australia]
Along with many others last night, I watched with interest Sabour Bradley’s report on orphanage tourism in Cambodia. While the show, justifiably, has drawn criticism, it has served to highlight an important issue...
August 6, 2014
By Christine Ennulat, ChildFund Staff Writer, ChildFund International
A mother breastfeeding at a ChildFund-supported nutrition and breastfeeding workshop in Senegal
Did you know that breastfeeding could save the lives of as many as one million babies each year? This World Breastfeeding Week we celebrate the crucial role breastfeeding has on the health of the world’s most vulnerable children…
August 1, 2014
Reporting from ChildFund Liberia and ChildFund Sierra Leone
Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, pictured here meeting with children in a ChildFund-supported community in 2012, has closed down all schools as part of a National Action Plan to combat the deadly Ebola outbreak

Photo: Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, pictured here meeting with children in a ChildFund-supported community in 2012, has closed down all schools as part of a National Action Plan to combat the deadly Ebola outbreak

July 31, 2014
By Ashleigh Yardy, Communications Officer, ChildFund Australia
young Aussie, Jenny Hoskins, did the Great Wheelbarrow race to support children in Vietnam through ChildFund Australia
This 15-year-old was at school, like any other normal teen one day, and pushing a wheelbarrow through the highlands of Far North Queensland the next. Read why here…
July 31, 2014
By Rosy, former ChildFund-sponsored child, with reporting by ChildFund Guatemala
Rosy, a former-sponsored child who now works for ChildFund Guatemala, with her two children
Ever wondered what happens to children after they finish sponsorship? Well then, Rosy from Guatemala has a story for you…
July 25, 2014
ChildFund Australia
The UN has released its 2014 Millennium Development Report, this is what you should know
The United Nations has just released its annual progress report on global efforts to reduce poverty and improve the lives of children and families in developing countries. Here’s what you need to know...
July 16, 2014
By Jacqui Ooi, Social Communications Manager, ChildFund Australia
Map of Typhoon Rammasun's projected path across the Philippines and Vietnam [courtesy of Reuters Alertnet,]
The strongest storm to hit the Philippines since Typhoon Haiyan has swept across the island nation, leaving thousands of homes damaged and at least 10 people dead...
July 14, 2014
By Ashleigh Yardy, Communications Officer, ChildFund Australia
Students from Ryde Secondary School in Sydney fundraised to help families affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines through ChildFund Australia
As news hit around the world of the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, a group of school students from Sydney’s north sprang into action to support children some 6,000 kilometres away. This is how they helped…
July 11, 2014
By Jose Felix and Natasha Clearly, ChildFund Timor-Leste
Roni (in the middle) with his friends at their ChildFund-supported early childhood development centre in Timor-Leste
We know early childhood education is essential to ensure children develop socially, mentally and physically. Yet according to the Timorese government, only one in 10 children in Timor-Leste has access to pre-primary education. Read what ChildFund is doing to change this…
June 20, 2014
By ChildFund Australia
10-year-old Modou from The Gambia participated in ChildFund's 2013 survey, Small Voices Big Dreams
Do you know an Aussie child aged between 10 and 12 years who may want to add their voice to one of the world's largest polls of children? Read how they can get involved here...
June 18, 2014
By ChildFund Australia
Children playing at a monastic school supported by ChildFund in Myanmar.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop today launched the Australian Government’s new approach to overseas development assistance, which includes six priority areas as well as a performance framework for Australia’s aid program.

June 18, 2014
By Heather Thomas, AYAD volunteer working with ChildFund Papua New Guinea
Heather (bottom middle) and staff at ChildFund PNG taking part in ChildFund Australia’s #stopviolencePNG campaign
Papua New Guinea is a surprising place. It is a land of untamed, rugged beauty with warm and friendly people. It can also be a violent and confronting place to live and work. This is my experience as an Aussie woman living in PNG...
June 16, 2014
By Le Thi Ngoc, Communications Assistant, ChildFund Vietnam
Hien, a mother from rural northern Vietnam is part of a ChildFund-supported credit scheme in her community
Less than two years ago Hien’s family were a typical poor household in remote Vietnam, struggling to cover their daily living costs – often living without enough food for several months. Read how $100 has changed their lives forever…
June 13, 2014
By Lee-Anne Bye, ChildFund Australia sponsor
ChildFund Australia sponsors, Lee-anne and Roxley Bye, meeting their sponsored child Sarita from remote India
Our Trip of a Lifetime winner Lee-anne is still glowing after her adventure to India where she met Sarita, the young woman she has been sponsoring since she was just seven years old. Lee-anne and her husband Roxley are now back on home soil with an incredible story to share…
June 2, 2014
By Ashleigh Yardy, Communications Officer, ChildFund Australia
ChildFund Australia sponsor, Alvin, meeting his sponsored child, Mohommed in Sri Lanka for the first time in 2013
Alvin is one of 11 dedicated ChildFund Australia supporters who took on our Sri Lanka Cycle Against Poverty in 2013. This once-in-a-lifetime trip also gave Alvin the chance to meet the young boy he has been sponsoring for the past two years…
June 1, 2014
By Vuong Tuyet Nhung, Communications Officer, ChildFund Vietnam
Vui is the head of the ChildFund-supported children's club in this village in rural northern Vietnam
Reading books is integral for education. Yet, in Vietnam on average each person reads less than one book per year. Find out how ChildFund is helping to create opportunities for children and change this statistic…
May 21, 2014
By ChildFund Australia

Photo: Ethiopian girls spend up to six hours a day collecting water, impacting school attendance and overall education performance [image: Jake Lyell/ChildFund Australia]

Sydney, Australia, 21 May 2014 – Access to clean water is one of the biggest obstacles to education facing girls in rural Ethiopia, child-focused aid organisation ChildFund Australia said today.