Latest News and Blogs

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
This month, a small group of passionate Aussies set off to explore Laos and see ChildFund's work in action...
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...
January 14, 2015
By Himangi Jayasundera, Communications Officer, ChildFund Sri Lanka
ChildFund sponsored child, Tharun and his mother in Sri Lanka
With little education and job opportunities, raising Tharun on her own has been difficult for 34-year-old Ithayakala from Sri Lanka. Though since Tharun was sponsored through ChildFund Sri Lanka three years ago things have been looking up for this close-knit pair…
January 13, 2015
By Nicole Duciaume, Americas region sponsorship manager, ChildFund International
This grandmother and her granddaughter are attending a nutrition workshop in their village in Ecuador
Deep in the Andes ranges in southern Ecuador lies a small, remote village where life is changing for the inhabitants. Read how the parents and community leaders together with ChildFund Ecuador and sponsors from all around the world are giving children in this village a fresh start…
January 13, 2015
By Saroj Pattnaik, Communications Officer, ChildFund India
Govindaraj and his family in India were affected by the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. They now receive support through ChildFund.
10 years after the South Asia Tsunami, this community in India is still recovering from that devastating day. Read their stories here…
January 12, 2015
By Kate Andrews, staff writer, ChildFund International
Sri Lankan children who were supported by ChildFund in the aftermath of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami
The 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami affected 14 Asian countries, killing 230,000 people and devastating the lives of millions of others. Ten years later, ChildFund International staffer Kate Andrews reflects on ChildFund’s emergency response in India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka…
January 8, 2015
By Sagita Adesywi, Communications Officer, ChildFund Indonesia
ChildFund Indonesia-supported health worker, Nuren, with communities members in a remote village in Indonesia
This health worker isn’t your average health professional. Her office is amongst the remote forestland of East Nusa Tenggara in Indonesia. Her colleagues, community health volunteers that she has trained with support from ChildFund and UNICEF. Find out just how Nuren is helping to lower Indonesia’s infant mortality rate…
January 7, 2015
Reporting by ChildFund India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka
14-year-old Anita lost both her parents in the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. Now she is supported through ChildFund India.

For millions of people across Asia, the recent 10-year anniversary of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami was a time to remember loved ones and reflect on that terrifying day, which claimed 230,000 lives and affected millions of others. Over the past decade, ChildFund has assisted thousands of children and families in Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka to get back on their feet. Here are some of their stories...

January 6, 2015
By Himangi Jayasundere, Communications Officer, ChildFund Sri Lanka
Piyumi from Sri Lanka received a bike through ChildFund Sri Lanka so she can get to school easily and safely every day
11-year-old Piyumi from Sri Lanka is a gifted young student but without transport to school her dreams were slipping away. That was until a generous ChildFund supporter provided her with this…
January 5, 2015
By Ayusnita Pane, human resources officer, ChildFund Indonesia
Ayunsita who now works for ChildFund Indonesia, retells her story from the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami
ChildFund Indonesia staffer, Ayusnita shares her experience of the 2004 tsunami, from when she was a university student in Banda Aceh, one of the hardest-hit regions…
December 23, 2014
By Silvia Ximenes, ChildFund Timor-Leste
Fernanda and her family from rural Timor-Leste are the happy recipients of a goat through ChildFund Timor-Leste
Nine-year-old Fernanda and her family now have the chance to reach their dreams after they received this gift through ChildFund Timor-Leste…
December 22, 2014
By Sharon Gourlay, ChildFund Australia sponsor
ChildFund Australia sponsor, Sharon Gourlay met her sponsored child, Anabel and her family in Mexico for the first time
ChildFund Australia sponsor Sharon Gourlay did what others can only dream of – she spent a year travelling the world with a friend! From Guatemala and Europe to Morocco and Nepal no stone was left unturned but her trip would not have been complete without a visit to Mexico to meet her sponsored child Anabel, recounts Sharon…
December 17, 2014
By Saroj Pattnaik, Communications Officer, ChildFund India
These children are having fun at a ChildFund India-supported early childhood development centre in Jaipur District
With the support of ChildFund India and its local partner organisation, this nomadic community has been completely transformed...
December 15, 2014
By European Union and ChildFund Papua New Guinea
ChildFund PNG will work with a range of local partners, including City Mission Haus Ruth, to improve the services and support available to assist survivors of family and sexual violence in Papua New Guinea [credit: Vlad Sokhin/ChildFund Australia/City Mission Haus Ruth]
Efforts to end violence against women and children in Papua New Guinea received a significant boost today, with the EU announcing it will provide K3.4 million in funding to support the work of ChildFund PNG in addressing family and sexual violence, with City Mission as the key partner...
December 15, 2014
By ChildFund Australia
ChildFund projects supporting early childhood education and child protection in the Asia-Pacific region have been impacted by successive budget cuts to the Australian aid program
ChildFund Australia has condemned the Federal Government’s decision to axe the Australian aid budget for the third time since coming to power...
December 8, 2014
By ChildFund Philippines
ChildFund Philippines is responding to Typhoon Hagupit which made landfall in the Western Visayas on Saturday
Typhoon Hagupit has made landfall in Eastern Samar. Initial reports say mass evacuations helped saved lives, however, the death toll is still to be confirmed and there is widespread destruction to homes and infrastructure...
December 5, 2014
By Larissa Tuohy, Communications Manager, ChildFund Australia with reporting by ChildFund Cambodia
Veth from Cambodia was the happy recipient of a bicycle from ChildFund Australia's Gifts for Good catalogue in 2013
Thanks to a Gift for Good from a generous Aussie, the life of this young girl from rural Cambodia has been changed forever. Find out how…
December 4, 2014
By Gemma Pryce, Supporter Relations Officer, ChildFund Australia
ChildFund Australia sponsors John and Di also volunteer at our Sydney office every week
ChildFund Australia staffer, Gemma, has an important message for our volunteers on International Volunteer Day…