Latest News and Blogs

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. Read how here…
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.

May 13, 2014
By ChildFund Australia

ChildFund Australia has expressed disappointment with the Government's decision to make further cuts to Australia’s aid program. In his first ever Budget address, Treasurer Joe Hockey announced that the overseas development assistance fund would not receive the standard CPI indexed increase for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

May 12, 2014
By Martin Nanawa, Communications Officer, ChildFund Philippines
Children are playing again, even though signs of the typhoon remain in Tacloban City where ChildFund is helping families to recover from Super Typhoon Haiyan
In the weeks after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the central Philippines, Martin Nanawa, a communications staff member in our Philippines office, reported on the children and communities struggling in its aftermath. Six months on, he has filed this update from Tacloban City…
May 9, 2014
By Christine Ennulat, ChildFund International, with reporting by ChildFund India
ChildFund’s early childhood development program in rural India is helping families to raise healthy, educated children, like Manali and her children
ChildFund’s early childhood development program in rural India is helping families to raise healthy, educated children. This Mother’s Day we are celebrating the determined efforts of mums like Manali to give their kids opportunities they never had…
May 9, 2014
By ChildFund Australia

Humanitarian disasters like the typhoon in the Philippines six months ago today have cost the world economy nearly $2 trillion over the last 20 years and brought the humanitarian system to the brink of collapse, warns a new report.

May 6, 2014
By Rachel Murphy, Community Fundraising Manager, ChildFund Australia
Aussie classical music group, K@mel, organised a huge concert in February and raised over $2,500 towards ChildFund's response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines
Read how a group of talented young Aussies organised a huge concert in February to raise funds to support children and their families who were affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines…
May 1, 2014
By ChildFund Australia
Host a trivia event for The Big Ask in support of ChildFund Australia
ChildFund Australia has today launched The Big Ask, Australia’s biggest trivia challenge to fight global child poverty. From 16-22 June 2014, ChildFund Australia is calling on all Australians to host a trivia event and raise money to help children living in some of the poorest parts of the world...
April 30, 2014
By Priscilla Chama, Communications Officer, ChildFund Zambia
Phanny is a ChildFund former-sponsored child from Zambia who is now the only female and a supervisor at a prestigious company
“I never imagined when I was growing up that one day I would work as a supervisor in one of the most prestigious companies in my country…”
April 30, 2014
By Nalada Phomvixay, Global Supporter and Communications Manager, ChildFund Laos
ChildFund is helping children in Nonghet to map out the hazards in their community
Children's voices are often gone unheard in community development. Yet, we believe children have the right to participate in decisions that affect them. Read what ChildFund Laos is doing to help make this a reality in rural, northern Laos...
April 29, 2014
By Le Thi Ngoc, Communications Assistant, ChildFund Vietnam
Aussie sponsor, Judy Ogden, meeting her 15-year-old sponsored child Dao in Cao Bang in northern Vietnam
Judy and Greg Ogden have been supporting children and their communities in rural Vietnam for more than a decade. Read about the day they met the young woman they have been corresponding with for the past seven years, ate mandarins and played cat and mouse…