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March 27, 2015
Reporting by Vlad Sokhin, freelance photographer for ChildFund Australia
10-year-old James and his family from Efate Island, Vanuatu were left homeless by Cyclone Pam
10-year-old James and his family from Efate Island, Vanuatu are among the tens of thousands of people left homeless after Cyclone Pam devastated the small Pacific island nation...
March 27, 2015
Reporting By ChildFund Australia
ChildFund Australia is working with Live and Learn Vanuatu to help children and families affected by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, like James and his family
Tens of thousands of people have been left homeless, crops devastated and water contaminated by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu. Read ChildFund's latest emergency update...
March 23, 2015
Reporting by ChildFund Papua New Guinea
ChildFund-trained community health volunteer, Richard standing with Nellie from PNG as she shares her story of surviving TB with her community
This World TB day read about one teen who is helping ChildFund Papua New Guinea to raise awareness of tuberculosis in her community so others do not have to go through what she endured…
March 23, 2015
By Jacqui Ooi, Social Communications & Media Manager, ChildFund Australia
More than 400 children have received care and support at the interim care centres run by ChildFund Liberia and Sierra Leone.
"Worse than war" is how our staff in West Africa describe their experience fighting the Ebola epidemic. This is the situation one year on...
March 17, 2015
By ChildFund Australia
ChildFund Australia has launched an emergency appeal to help provide safe water and sanitation facilities for affected children and their families of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu

Photo: ChildFund Australia is partnering with Live & Learn Vanuatu to restore water systems and sanitation facilities for children and families affected by Cyclone Pam [image credit: Live & Learn Vanuatu]

Sydney, Australia, 17 March 2015 – Thousands of children in cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu are in desperate need of safe water, following the destruction of local water supplies and sanitation facilities by Tropical Cyclone Pam.

March 16, 2015
By ChildFund Australia
Thousands of people in Vanuatu have been affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam after it tore through the Pacific island nation.
Vanuatu has been devastated by one of the strongest cyclones ever to hit the South Pacific, with whole villages blown away and thousands of homes flattened. ChildFund Australia is working with Live & Learn Vanuatu to help children and their families affected...
March 6, 2015
By Ashleigh Yardy, Communications Officer, ChildFund Australia
Helen Michael from Papua New Guinea is a powerful advocate for women's rights in PNG
Facts are facts: women really do have the power to change the world. This International Women’s Day read some of the inspiring stories from around the globe of women who are making a difference…
March 5, 2015
Reporting by Vlad Sokhin, freelance photographer, and ChildFund Australia
Helen Michael from Papua New Guinea is a powerful advocate for women's rights in PNG
She was left disfigured in a random, violent attack in 2011. Now mother-of-eight Helen from Papua New Guinea is standing up against gender-based violence and helping to empower others…
March 3, 2015
By Ashleigh Yardy, Communications Officer, ChildFund Australia
The Rhodes Family tragically died in a plane accident in Laos in 2013. In their honour, their family is leaving a life-changing legacy for infants in northern Laos
It is hard to comprehend losing a loved one. Losing four family members is inconceivable. Yet this was the tragic reality the Rhodes family were left with in October 2013 when Gavin Rhodes, his wife, Lea and their two adorable children were killed in a plane accident in Laos. The way their family responded is quite incredible and will ensure their legacy lives on…
March 2, 2015
By Dao Thi Phuong Dung, Communications Assistant, ChildFund Vietnam
ChildFund Vietnam provided more than 2,000 children with warm winter jumpers this year
ChildFund Vietnam is helping to ensure children from one of the poorest areas in Vietnam stay healthy in the cold winter months…
February 26, 2015
By Arthur Tokpah, Program Assistant, ChildFund Guinea
ChildFund Guinea is supporting schools with prevention measures such as hand-washing stations to protect teachers and students from Ebola

Photo: ChildFund Guinea is supporting schools with prevention measures such as hand-washing stations to protect teachers and students from Ebola

After schools were closed for six months during the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, classes began again in Guinea on 19 January. Attendance was low the first day, but students seemed happy to see each other after the long quarantine.

February 24, 2015
By Manasi Kogekar, Program Assistant, ChildFund Australia
This ChildFund Laos-supported school in rural northern Laos was funded with support from Australian Aid
Following severe cuts to the Australian aid budget, which will dramatically set back efforts to deliver effective aid, more than 50 organisations are supporting a unified effort to help garner public support and show our politicians that Australians are truly proud of the aid program...
February 23, 2015
Aid sector CEOs, including ChildFund Australia CEO Nigel Spence (fourth from left), unite for the Australian Aid campaign launch at UNSW with UNICEF ambassador Adam Liaw
In an unfair world, in a country becoming less fair, young Australians cling to a ‘fair go’, according to new Galaxy research released today...
February 13, 2015
By ChildFund Australia
Report of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention
Over 200 organisations, including ChildFund Australia, have added their support to a joint statement calling for legislative change to prevent future immigration detention of children...
February 12, 2015
By Saroj Pattnaik, Communications Officer, ChildFund India
17-year-old Manisha from India has been sponsored through ChildFund since 2005
Meet Manisha, a 17-year-old girl from India who has been sponsored through ChildFund since 2005. In her own words, she explains what sponsorship has meant for her and her family over the past 10 years…
February 12, 2015
Reporting by ChildFund Philippines
The ChildFund Mobile Supervised Neighbourhood play vehicle visits a remote village in the Philippines.
In the Philippines some communities are too remote to establish services like early childhood education so ChildFund Philippines and their local partner have come up with an innovative way to ensure children under five do not miss out on the support they deserve…
January 30, 2015
By Ashleigh Yardy, Communications Officer, ChildFund Australia
Photo: Our Laos Discovery participants raised over $14,000 to help build the first preschool in this community
Earlier this month, a small group of passionate Aussies set off on an adventure to see ChildFund's work in action. This is what happened when they veered off the tourist trail and headed for the steep mountains of northern Laos...
January 27, 2015
By ChildFund Australia
Photo: Funds raised from ChildFund's Big Ask will help more children access education in some of the poorest parts of the world [credit: ChildFund Australia]
Schools, workplaces and trivia buffs across Australia are being invited to take part in a national fundraiser called ChildFund’s Big Ask to support children’s education in some of the world’s poorest communities...
January 22, 2015
By Jacqui Ooi, Social Communications and Media Manager, ChildFund Australia
As schools reopen in Ebola-affected countries, ChildFund will help ensure children are protected through prevention and control measures
As schools reopen in Ebola-affected countries, it's the first step back to normalcy for millions of children whose lives and education has been disrupted by the worst Ebola crisis in history... So why are there concerns?
January 21, 2015
As told to Jacqui Ooi, Social Communications & Media Manager, ChildFund Australia
Sierra Leone remains the worst-affected country, with 184 new Ebola cases reported in the week to 11 January 2015
ChildFund is continuing to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, supporting children and families affected by the disease. Billy Abimbilla, national director for ChildFund Liberia and ChildFund Sierra Leone, has been leading the response in both countries. We spoke to Billy this week to get the latest update...

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