Latest News and Blogs

September 1, 2014
By Rachel Murphy, Community Fundraising Manager, ChildFund Australia
Matthew from Western Australia climbed Russia's Mt. Elbrus to raise funds for children living in poverty in Laos through ChildFund Australia
This father of one from Western Australia took on one of the world’s most deadly peaks to raise funds to help clear land of exploded bombs in Laos. Read his story…
August 28, 2014
By Larissa Tuohy, Communications Manager, ChildFund Australia
Maung lives at a street children's centre in Myanmar, supported by ChildFund [credit: ChildFund Australia]
Maung is quiet, self-possessed, unassuming. His gentle nature and maturity belie his still tender age of 16 years, and the horrors he has already faced in his short life...
August 27, 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]
Have you ever considered visiting an orphanage overseas, or even doing a volunteer stint? Here's why you might want to reconsider...
August 26, 2014
Reporting by ChildFund International
Children in Guinea are among those at risk from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa [credit: ChildFund Australia]
As Ebola continues to spread in several African countries, ChildFund is working with local health authorities and community leaders to contain the disease and provide relief to suffering families...
August 25, 2014
By Jacqui Ooi, Media Manager, ChildFund Australia
High rates of poverty and limited child protection services put children in Myanmar at risk of abuse and exploitation [credit: ChildFund Australia]
Child trafficking is a problem in many parts of South-East Asia and across the world. We bring you this report from Myanmar, where extreme poverty and limited protection measures put many children in danger...
August 25, 2014
Joint Media Statement
Twelve of Australia’s international humanitarian and development agencies have written to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, calling on the Australian Government to urgently push for a permanent ceasefire in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel, and unhindered access for humanitarian assistance for civilians in Gaza...
August 21, 2014
By Tom Greenwood, reporting for ChildFund Australia
Teacher Daw Hnin Hnin Wai has taken care of Hoekyaw “like my own baby” since he was given up by his family when he was one month old [credit: ChildFund Australia]
Teacher Daw Hnin Hnin Wai has taken care of Hoekyaw “like my own baby” since he was given up by his family when he was one month old...
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 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...