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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 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...
January 23, 2014

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.

November 29, 2013

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.

November 25, 2013

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.  

November 13, 2013

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.

November 11, 2013

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.

August 13, 2013

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]

February 19, 2013

By joining this overseas challenge, you'll get fit, experience one of the world's most exotic islands and fundraise to provide goats to poor families, making a real difference in one of the most disadvantaged regions of the world.

You’ll also have the opportunity to learn about development issues in Sri Lanka as you visit rural villages that ChildFund supports, meeting some of the children and families in communities benefiting from your fundraising.

February 12, 2013

Almost half (45%) of Australian children think alcohol is the main cause of violence in Australia, according to a new ChildFund survey, released today, of almost 6,500 children across the world. This was three times higher than the global result (16%) and the third- highest response in the world.

February 12, 2013
ChildFund Australia welcomes the incoming Prime Minister Tony Abbott and commends the Coalition Government for its long-term commitment to increasing Australia’s aid budget to 0.5 per cent of Gross National Income.

Nigel Spence, CEO of ChildFund Australia said, “The Abbott Government has a real opportunity to continue the success of Australia’s aid program and make widespread improvements in the lives of the world’s poorest people.

February 12, 2013

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.

March 29, 2012
 

4 April is the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

The Australian Government should rethink its proposed legislation on cluster bombs to protect children across the world now and in the future, ChildFund Australia CEO Nigel Spence said today.

March 5, 2012

Recent media reports have raised serious allegations and criticisms about the fundraising methods of charities. It is deeply regrettable that the alleged actions and attitudes of a small number of operators, and the sensationalist reporting of these instances, are damaging the Australian charitable sector.

February 12, 2012

Does your Dad work hard to bring home the bacon? Then why not thank him this Father’s Day (5 September) by getting him his very own pig! 


ChildFund Australia’s Donations with a Difference website gives you the opportunity to find a fantastic gift for your dad, while also helping to improve the lives of children and their families around the world. 



By spending just $35, you can buy Dad a cute little piggy and give a family in Indonesia the chance to improve their income so they can provide good care for their children. 

February 12, 2012

Young people in Africa are proving to be a powerful force for change, ChildFund Australia CEO Nigel Spence said ahead of the launch of the United Nations International Year of Youth on 12 August.

February 12, 2012
 

With less than a year to go to meet the 2010 targets for reducing malaria, this World Malaria Day (25 April) is a time to focus on children at risk of the disease, ChildFund Australia CEO Nigel Spence said today.

February 12, 2012
 

With less than a year to go to meet the 2010 targets for reducing malaria, this World Malaria Day (25 April) is a time to focus on children at risk of the disease, ChildFund Australia CEO Nigel Spence said today.

February 12, 2012

There's nothing a mother wouldn’t do to keep her child healthy and safe, so why not help a mum care for her child this Mother’s Day.

ChildFund Australia’s Donations with a Difference website offers a range of unique gift ideas that will put a smile on your mum’s face and also help change the lives of mums and bubs living in poverty around the world.

February 12, 2012

Concerns raised by the media today over fraud allegations in Australia’s overseas aid program must be taken seriously but should not undermine support for aid, ChildFund Australia CEO Nigel Spence said today.

While all fraud is serious, the cases being investigated represent a tiny proportion of the thousands of aid activities and billions of dollars that AusAID is managing across more than 70 different countries.

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