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April 12, 2017
By Natasha Sum, Communications and Advocacy Officer, ChildFund Australia
Photo: Students Mansi and Bronwyn have had the unique opportunity to put theory into practice in north Vietnam – with support from ChildFund Australia, the School of Social Sciences at UNSW Sydney, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s New Colombo Plan Mobility Program
It was the first of January 2017 when Sydneysiders Bronwyn Thomas and Mansi Bhatt, both 22, touched down in north Vietnam. They were on their summer break from uni, but this wasn’t a holiday…
April 6, 2017
By ChildFund Australia
Photo: Children and youth across Asia are taking part in ChildFund Pass It Back
On the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, #WePlayTogether and #WePassItBack!
April 6, 2017
By ChildFund Australia
Photo: Australian Rugby Sevens star and Olympic gold medallist Shannon Parry says: "Sport creates inclusiveness and peace by its remarkable ability to break down barriers between different nations and cultures."
This International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, we asked rugby players and coaches from Australia, Laos, Vietnam and the Philippines to tell us about the power of sport to promote peace, unity and inclusion…
April 6, 2017
By ChildFund Australia and Australian Rugby Union
Photo: Australian Men’s Rugby Sevens Captain Lewis Holland visited Vietnam to run coaching and referee clinics with ChildFund Pass It Back
This International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, two Australian organisations are highlighting the importance of sport in a unique partnership...
April 3, 2017
By ChildFund Australia
Photo: Dibo and her daughter Roba in Turkana County, one of Kenya's most drought-affected areas
Unprecedented drought conditions in north and eastern Africa have resulted in the worst food crisis the region has seen in decades. South Sudan has already declared a state of famine; and Ethiopia, Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen are in the midst of severe food shortages. Now, Kenya is also struggling with an impending disaster...
March 24, 2017
By Jo Chandler
Photo - Jo Chandler writes: "What we found in Daru Hospital were conditions beyond the worst I had seen in hospitals in Kinshasa, hitherto my baseline for as-bad-as-it-gets."
This World Tuberculosis Day, award-winning journalist Jo Chandler recounts her investigation into the small Papua New Guinean Island of Daru, where she witnessed a TB outbreak of epidemic proportions…
March 22, 2017
By ChildFund Australia
Photo: ChildFund is helping villages in Nonghet, Laos, to install Fog Water Traps
This World Water Day, find out how Fog Water Traps are helping to solve one of the most serious problems for children and families in Laos’ remote Nonghet District…
March 15, 2017
By ChildFund Australia
Photo: 38-year-old Anab and baby Mary are from South Sudan, where more than one million people are at risk of starvation
Severe drought, a three-year civil war and economic collapse have resulted in a state of famine being declared in South Sudan. Thirty-eight-year-old Anab, a mother of six, is struggling to keep her family alive...
March 9, 2017
By ChildFund Australia
Photo: 38-year-old Anab and baby Mary are from South Sudan, where more than one million people are at risk of starvation
The ChildFund Alliance has today released a statement highlighting the worsening situation for children and families in north and east Africa, as a result of ongoing drought, civil conflict and economic fragility...
March 8, 2017
By ChildFund Australia, with reporting from ChildFund Laos
Photo: 32-year-old Mai is one of the many women who have benefitted from ChildFund’s Improving Gender Equality and Livelihood Security program in Laos
At ChildFund, equipping girls and women with the skills and training to be able to make informed life decisions, and have secure livelihoods, is a key aspect of our work. On International Women's Day, we celebrate women like 32-year-old Mai from Laos, who are actively improving their family’s and community’s economic position…
March 8, 2017
By ChildFund Australia, with reporting from ChildFund Vietnam
Photo: Rugby star Nicole Beck congratulates girls taking part in the Pass It Back Cup in Vietnam
Today is International Women’s Day, and this year’s theme is: Be Bold for Change. Aussie Sevens star and Olympic gold medallist Nicole Beck has made this a reality, by taking part in Pass It Back’s coaching and referee clinics in Vietnam, giving girls and young women the chance to learn new skills and inspire positive change in their own communities...
February 27, 2017
By Lynda Perry, ChildFund International
Photo: ChildFund India is raising awareness among communities about the dangers of child labour and the value of children staying in school
ChildFund India is raising awareness among communities about the dangers of child labour and the value of children staying in school. Families are taught to resist the temptations of traffickers who give them gifts and promises of money, in exchange for young children to work in the cotton fields…
February 22, 2017
By ChildFund Australia
Photo Credit: Kate Holt/AP
More than one million people, including 345,000 children, are at risk of starvation as the worst famine since 1985 devastates communities in South Sudan...
February 20, 2017
By ChildFund Australia and Habitat for Humanity
Photo: ChildFund Australia partnered with Habitat for Humanity to respond to Cyclone Winston in Fiji
Today marks one year since Tropical Cyclone Winston made landfall in Fiji, causing massive devastation to local communities. The strongest tropical cyclone to hit the country and the South Pacific Basin in recorded history, it flattened entire villages in its wake...
February 14, 2017
By ChildFund Australia, with reporting from ChildFund Ethiopia
Photo: Many communities in Ethiopia have been experiencing ongoing drought since 2015
In drought-stricken Ethiopia, ChildFund is working with the United Nations, government agencies and local partner organisations to provide access to nutritious food, clean water, healthcare services and other necessities…
February 13, 2017
By ChildFund Vietnam
Photo: As a young person, Quan found it difficult to secure decent work in rural Vietnam
Twenty-eight-year-old Quan is from Bac Kan Province and has a secure, well-paying job as a welder in a factory. However, finding decent work has not always been easy for Quan, and many young people from his community…
February 6, 2017
By ChildFund Australia

ChildFund Australia has joined more than 70 organisations – including the Refugee Council of Australia, the Australian Council of Social Services, international aid agencies, unions and church groups – in calling on the major political parties to end the mandatory offshore detention of refugees.

In an open letter to Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, published in The Australian today, the organisations express deep concern for the fate of the children and families currently resident in camps on Manus and Nauru.

February 2, 2017
By ChildFund Australia
Photo: uptous.org.au
Right now, the Australian Government is beginning to develop a long-term plan for how Australia engages with the world, and we all have the opportunity to put forward our ideas...
January 23, 2017
By ChildFund Australia
Photo: Investing in young people and giving back to the community are driving forces for LinkedIn boss Cliff Rosenberg, who is donating his time to ChildFund's MentorMe campaign for the second year in a row. Cliff (pictured right) is with MentorMe 2016 winner Joshua Haines.
Investing in young people and giving back to the community are driving forces for LinkedIn boss Cliff Rosenberg, one of 11 industry leaders going under the hammer for ChildFund’s MentorMe auction…
January 14, 2017
By ChildFund Australia
Photo: ChildFund aims to raise $100,000 from the MentorMe campaign to help 400 girls in Myanmar access a leadership and life-skills program that will help them make informed life choices and determine their own futures.
For a girl growing up in rural Myanmar, there is little choice for her future. Through ChildFund’s MentorMe initiative, you can help change this…

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