Latest News and Blogs

February 8, 2016
By ChildFund Australia
An exciting line-up of Australian business leaders are going under the hammer for a new ChildFund Australia initiative – the MentorMe Auction...
February 2, 2016
Story by Lucy Chalmers, Communications Volunteer, ChildFund Australia, with reporting by ChildFund Laos
Lao Khang practicing her artisan embroidery
The small village of Houayzouang lies in the mountainous northern region of Laos and relies on agriculture and farming to make their income. In the off season from July-September when they are unable to grow corn Lao Khang is leading her community with innovative ideas to create another income source and promote gender equality...
February 2, 2016
By ChildFund Australia, with reporting from Timor-Leste
Photo: By enrolling in ChildFund Timor-Leste's youth training program, Imaculada has gained vocational skills in agriculture
With more than half of Timor-Leste's population under the age of 25 - coupled with slow economic progress, young people are facing a limited labour market. With this in mind, ChildFund has designed a vocational training program for youth like Imaculada and Leandro, who come from rural areas and often lack access to post-school education...
January 29, 2016
By ChildFund Australia
Photo: Mother-of-four Halko holding her youngest son, who has been diagnosed with Severe Acute Malnutrition [credit: ChildFund]
A severe shortfall in aid funding is putting thousands of children at risk as Ethiopia deals with its worst drought emergency in decades...
January 27, 2016
Reporting by ChildFund Ethiopia and local partner staff
Kefyalech with two of her six children outside their home in Ethiopia. The family is among the millions suffering from a widespread food shortage.
Kefyalech and her children are among many families in rural Ethiopia who are facing a severe food shortage, as the country deals with its worst drought in decades...
January 27, 2016
By Manasi Kogekar, Program Development Officer, ChildFund Australia – with reporting from ChildFund Laos
Photo: Mother-of-five Lor, pictured here with her youngest child, is one of the hundreds of women who have accessed improved services at the newly built Mother and Child Hospital in Nonghet
With the construction of a new maternity hospital in Nonghet, Laos, hundreds of women now have access to proper prenatal and antenatal care, and a safer place to deliver their babies. Lor, a mother of five, recounts her first experience of delivering her youngest child out-of-home and at the hospital…
January 21, 2016
By Tenagne Mekonnen, Regional Communications and Administration Manager – Africa, ChildFund International
The land has turned to dust in Boset, Ethiopia [image credit: ChildFund]
Farming land has turned to dust in Boset, Ethiopia. “I can’t call us farmers anymore because we are not farming,” says Sequare, a mother who is struggling to feed her children. “Our days are spent walking in search of water.” This moving account gives a firsthand look at the situation on the ground...
January 15, 2016
By Manasi Kogekar, Program Development Officer, ChildFund Australia
Photo: In Svay Rieng Province, ChildFund has partnered with KAPE to improve children’s literacy skills by introducing innovative learning techniques in schools
More children in Cambodia have access to educational opportunities than ever before, yet the quality of education in some areas remains poor. ChildFund Cambodia is helping to turn this around with an innovative new approach that's proving to be a great success...
January 14, 2016
By ChildFund Vietnam
Photo: Nguyet is a member of one of the first families in Cao Bang to take part in ChildFund Vietnam’s Goat-Rearing Project
Having first been piloted in July 2014, ChildFund Vietnam’s Goat-Rearing Project has been changing the lives of families in Cao Bang over the past year. Nguyet, a mother of four young children, explains how goat husbandry has helped to generate a sustainable income for her family…
December 2, 2015
By ChildFund Australia, with reporting from ChildFund Sri Lanka
Photo: With his own wheelchair, 13-year-old Imran is now more independent and able to get to school more easily
This International Day of People with Disability, find out how Imran’s life has changed after receiving a wheelchair from ChildFund Sri Lanka…
December 1, 2015
By ChildFund Australia
Photo: Pacific nations like Vanuatu are subject to extreme weather conditions as a result of global warming.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has today announced at the Paris climate talks that Australia will provide $1 billion in funding to its Pacific neighbours over the next five years to help them deal with the impact of global warming...
December 1, 2015
By Rashmi Kulkarni, ChildFund India
Children in Kotra, India happily receive books and reading bags as part of ChildFund's Books, My Friends program
Over the next three years, ChildFund India’s campaign, Books, My Friends, aims to provide 115 000 young students with book bags. The initiative has already made a great impact on the lives of 40,000 children just like Pooja...
December 1, 2015
By ChildFund Australia, with reporting from ChildFund Myanmar
Photo: 14-year-old Yamone and her mother, both HIV-positive, have been receiving support from ChildFund Myanmar to manage their condition
The world has done an incredible job to halt and reverse the AIDS epidemic, yet the statistics for teenagers are startling. This is 14-year-old Yamone's story...
December 1, 2015
By ChildFund Vietnam
Photo: Tam leads a HIV support group of more than 100 people in northern Vietnam
This World AIDS Day, find out how Tam from Vietnam has been assisting other people in her community who have been affected by HIV...
November 26, 2015
By ChildFund Australia
Refugee children can take shelter in Safe Spaces operated by TDH with support from ChildFund Alliance.
ChildFund Alliance is partnering with child-focused humanitarian agency Terre des Hommes to provide emergency assistance and protection to refugee families arriving in Eastern Europe, focusing in particular on the needs of women and children...
November 25, 2015
By Jacqui Ooi, Media Manager, ChildFund Australia
Father-of-seven Taina Gebai, pictured with his daughter Margaret, says he wants to see more men in PNG “come to the good side of life” and leave their violent ways behind
These days Taina is very close to his daughter, Margaret. But it has taken years of healing to recover from the violence he once inflicted on his family...
November 20, 2015
By ChildFund Australia
10-year-old Jae from Australia says: "We should be listened to because we have great ideas too, and we have feelings and rights. Kids shouldn't be hurt. No one should be hurt, we should just be nice to each other."
Drugs, alcohol and the internet have been named by Australian children as the top risk factors leading to child abuse, according to a new global survey of almost 6,000 children by international aid group ChildFund Alliance...
November 20, 2015
By Nigel Spence, CEO of ChildFund Australia
CEO Nigel Spence with children in Papua New Guinea
ChildFund Australia CEO Nigel Spence reminds us why Universal Children's Day is such a special and important day...
November 20, 2015
By ChildFund Australia
12-year-old Sitan (centre) from Mali  says: "I would protect children through laws"
Almost 6,000 children from 44 countries have shared their views on safety and protection, including where children are at risk and what adults can do to keep children safe. Find out what children had to say in our annual Small Voices, Big Dreams survey...
November 18, 2015
By Pisey Khun, Communications Officer, ChildFund Cambodia
Photo: 11-year-old Romduol is now safer and healthier, thanks to the construction of a bathroom at her home in Svay Rieng Province
Almost two-thirds of people living in Cambodia's rural communities do not have access to a toilet, which can be particularly challenging for girls. This World Toilet Day, we meet two girls whose lives have been changed by the new bathrooms in their village...

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