Latest News and Blogs

April 17, 2014
As told to Sagita Adesywi, Communications Officer, ChildFund Indonesia
Ester, a former ChildFund-sponsored child set up the first early childhood development centre in East Sumba in Indonesia
I was a sponsored child since grade three, and ever since, my life has been with ChildFund. When I graduated from high school in 2001, the director of ChildFund’s local partner organisation in my community asked me if I was interested in teaching young children…
April 16, 2014
By Gabriela Ramirez Hernandez, ChildFund Mexico
Chucho, is a ChildFund-supported youth from Mexico who has become an inspiring youth leader in the face of a tough life
Chucho was facing many challenges in his life after he was orphaned at just 11 years old. But that has not stopped him from becoming an inspiration to other young people in his community...
April 10, 2014
By Nicole Duciaume, Regional Sponsorship Manager, ChildFund Americas
13-year-old Gisela from Mexico is sponsored through ChildFund and would like to be a teacher when she grows up
13-year-old Gisela helps her parents sew soccer balls to earn an income but she dreams of a different life for herself when she grows up…
April 7, 2014
By Silvia Ximenes and Natasha Cleary, ChildFund Timor-Leste
Community members in rural Timor-Leste at the inauguration of a new health centre, funded by ChildFund Australia
Timor-Leste may be one of Australia’s closest neighbours but for many mothers living in rural Timor-Leste pregnancy is still a life or death situation and the loss of a child remains a common story for many Timorese. This World Health Day read how ChildFund is helping to change this reality for mothers and their children…
April 7, 2014
By ChildFund Australia
Map showing districts reporting suspected cases of Ebola in West Africa
ChildFund is working with the World Health Organisation and Médecins sans Frontières to respond to an outbreak of Ebola – one of the world’s most lethal infectious diseases – in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia...
April 4, 2014
By Emma Wright, photography student, Queensland College of Art - Griffith University
2015 will mark 40 years since the end of the Vietnam War, yet for many children and families in Laos, the war goes on. These are some of their stories...
April 4, 2014
By ChildFund Australia

4 April is the International Day for Mine Awareness

Sydney, Australia, 4 April 2014 – Former deputy Prime Minister and Vietnam War veteran The Hon. Tim Fischer AC is urging Australians to do their bit on the International Day for Mine Awareness and help clear unexploded bombs left over from war in the rural villages of Laos.

March 31, 2014
By Ashleigh Yardy, Communications Officer, ChildFund Australia
Jenifer and her brother, Dave, are long-term ChildFund Australia sponsors who have decided to take on our Cambodia Water Challenge for children
Mum-of-four Jenifer and her brother, David, are part of a small group who will be trekking amidst dense forests and exploring the world-famous Angkor temples by bicycle when they embark on ChildFund’s Cambodia Water Challenge this October. Jen's story may inspire you to join them!
March 28, 2014
By ChildFund Australia

A Senate Committee inquiry into Australia’s aid program has recommended that bipartisan agreements be reached over long-term funding to Australia’s aid program in order to achieve the target of 0.5 per cent by 2025.

In the meantime, the committee also recommends that the level of aid not fall below 0.33%. Australia is currently spending just over 30 cents in every $100 of national income in overseas development assistance.

March 21, 2014
By Pisey Khun, Communications Officer, ChildFund Cambodia
ChildFund is helping children in rural Cambodia to give them access to clean water and improved sanitation so they can grow up healthy
This World Water Day, we take you on a journey to a remote, rural community in Cambodia, where children and parents share their stories of life before and after a new ChildFund project brought clean water to their villages…
March 10, 2014
By Ashleigh Yardy, Communications Officer, ChildFund Australia
ChildFund Australia sponsors, John and Di Dempsey, meeting their sponsored child, Benjamin and his family in Kenya
Camping under the stars in the Serengeti may sound pretty special, but for Aussie couple John and Di Dempsey – who have been sponsors with ChildFund for almost 30 years – even that was no match for the day they met their sponsored child in Kenya…
March 7, 2014
By Priscilla Chama, Communications Officer, ChildFund Zambia
This International Women's Day we are celebrating impressive young women like Margaret who has not only turned her own fortunes around but become an inspiring role model for other girls in her community...
March 6, 2014
By Larissa Tuohy, Communications Manager, ChildFund Australia
Larissa documented children's stories in Laos around the issue of UXOs
It is natural for an adult to worry about their child; it goes with the territory of parenthood after all. But to hear children talk of their fear of losing their parents is something else...
March 4, 2014
Mun, a mother from Nonghet, holding a photo of her daughter killed by a UXO_Photo credit: Simon Hardy/ChildFund Australia
Children make up almost half of the casualties who are injured or killed each year in Laos, as a result of unexploded bombs left over from the Vietnam War, ChildFund Australia CEO Nigel Spence said today. Next year marks the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, yet for children and families in affected parts of Laos the deaths continue...
February 27, 2014
By Andrew Johnson, Deputy Secretary General, ChildFund Alliance
Heydi from Nicaragua took part in ChildFund's Small Voices Big Dreams survey, if she was president she would get rid of violence against children
Every child has a right to feel safe and loved, yet millions of children experience abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence on a daily basis. ChildFund recently joined other child-focused agencies at the United Nations headquarters in New York to discuss the protection of children from all forms of violence…
February 24, 2014
By Rachel Murphy, Community Fundraising Manager, ChildFund Australia
Rebecca's fundraising idea of a big bake sale was a great success
Buying a farmyard may seem an ambitious goal for anyone, but nine-year-old Rebecca has already ticked that off her list! One of our youngest fundraisers to date, the young Queenslander recently decided she wanted to make a difference and help other children living in poverty...
February 18, 2014
By Ninh Dao Ngoc, Disaster Risk Reduction Coordinator, ChildFund Vietnam
Children in the Philippines at a ChildFund Child-Centred Space three months after Typhoon Haiyan
Ninh recently returned from the Philippines where he has been supporting ChildFund's emergency response effort following Super Typhoon Haiyan. This is his account of what he saw on the ground and what ChildFund will be doing over the next three to five years to help families who have lost everything…
February 14, 2014
By Patricia Toquica, Americas region Communications Manager, ChildFund International
A small ChildFund-supported community in southern Ecuador are producing flowers to generate an income for their families - Valentines Day is their biggest market.
Valentine’s Day is a day of mixed emotion for many but for a small community in southern Ecuador it is the reason many families are generating an income and children are being educated. Read why here…
February 10, 2014
By ChildFund International, with additional reporting by ChildFund Australia
ChildFund is committed to helping families and communities recover from Typhoon Haiyan.
In many parts of the world, thoughts of November's Typhoon Haiyan have faded, along with news headlines. But for 16 million affected Filipinos, the effects of the storm have remained constantly visible and inescapable..
January 30, 2014
By ChildFund Australia
The Cambodia Water Challenge to get fit, travel overseas and help provide clean water for children living in poverty..
Are you looking for a unique challenge in 2014 that will help you get fit, travel overseas and change the lives of children in need? The Cambodia Water Challenge could be just what you are looking for!