Stories: Children, Communities, Futures

In Australia, some of the best childhood memories are made during our summer holidays.

Long days and bright evenings, coupled with lots of free time thanks to the school break and public holidays, means summer really is the festive season in so many ways. A chance to shrug off daily routines, reconnect with friends and family, and most important have some fun!

Here are five games that will put a smile on the faces of everyone in the family, young and old.


1. Touch rugby

Touch rugby is so hassle free and easy to understand that even children in the remote highlands of Laos and Vietnam, who have never heard of the game, are falling in love with it. That’s one of the reasons ChildFund Pass it Back has been so quick to reach so many children throughout Asia.

All you need is a ball (preferably a rugby ball) and some markers for the field lines. You can play with as few as four players and can set up a field anywhere: the backyard, the park or the beach.


2. Football

Throughout the globe, you will see children making balls out of everything from plastic bags to cane. If you have a ball and at least two people, you can play a game of football.

You can play football on the smallest of pitches, but it does help to have a bit of extra room (especially if you want to run around). It’s a good excuse to take your family out to the beach or local park.


With pre-emptive measures in place, 436 families were evacuated from ChildFund-supported communities in Luna and Flora in preparation for Typhoon Mangkhut.

These families were relocated to evacuation centres where ChildFund and partner organisations are providing food packs and other essentials.

ChildFund Philippines’ country office closely monitored the development of the typhoon as it approached landfall, and worked closely with local partner organisations to prepare for its arrival.

A team from ChildFund Philippines is travelling to the area to assess the needs of children and families affected by the storm.

If needed, ChildFund will deploy emergency response teams to provide food, clean water and child-centred spaces for children.

Typhoon Mangkhut has caused significant damage and destruction on the Philippines’ largest island Luzon. Wind speeds were reportedly up to 285 kilometres an hour.

The typhoon was called the world’s strongest storm this year, and has already displaced more than 58,000 families across the Philippines.

We will update you when we know more about the impact on children, families and communities in the Philippines.