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.
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.
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.
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!
Sydney, Australia, 23 January 2014 – ChildFund Australia is on the hunt for 20 adventurous Aussies to take part in an unforgettable trip through Cambodia.
Sydney, Australia, 29 November 2013 – The international 2013 ChildFund Connect Family Film Festival has launched this week, involving young filmmakers from Australia and around the world.
More than 700 children from Australia, Brazil, Ecuador, Laos, Timor-Leste, Sri Lanka and Vietnam submitted films for the festival, exploring the theme of ‘family’ and the role it plays in their lives. Over the next few weeks, film festival events will be held in all seven countries with the participation of the children, their families and communities.
25 November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Sydney, Australia, 25 November 2013 – To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Australian aid organisations are drawing attention to the plight of women in Papua New Guinea (PNG). With one of the highest rates of violence against women, urgent assistance is needed so that work can continue to address this problem.
ChildFund is on the ground responding to Super Typhoon Haiyan. More than 9 million people, including as many as 4.5 million children, have been impacted in the Philippines. Many are now struggling to survive without food, shelter and clean drinking water. At least 10,000 people are feared to have been killed, and thousands of survivors desperately require aid. Philippine President Benigno Aquino has declared a state of national calamity, and the UN has called for a "massive response" to the humanitarian disaster.
One of the most powerful typhoons ever to hit land has torn across the Philippines, with possibly thousands of people dead and towns flattened. ChildFund staff in the Philippines report the destruction is on a massive scale, while a UN official has compared the disaster to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
At least 10,000 people are feared dead, homes and infrastructure have been wiped out and thousands of people are taking shelter in evacuation centres. More than 17 million people could be affected by the storm, which is now sweeping across Vietnam.
Jessica and Molly grieve the death of their older sister Margaret, who was killed by her violent husband. They are now taking care of her young children. [Photo: Vlad Sokhin/ChildFund Australia]