ChildFund Australia release life changing Impact Report creating hope for thousands across the Pacific and Southeast Asia

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  • ChildFund Australian received $48M income and created 73 projects delivered across Cambodia, Loas, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, The Philippines and within Pacific Island nations throughout the last financial year.
  • Close to 150,000 children received critical support in the areas of Health, Education, Child Protection, Disaster Risk Reduction and Social and Emotional Learning.
  • Approximately 120,000 Women and girls received protective services, access to vital medicine and pre and post-natal care and education and learning services through the period.

 (Sydney, Australia). The 2023 ChildFund Australia Impact Report highlights some of the incredible stories of resilience from across the Pacific, Southeast Asia and around the world. Throughout the year, ChildFund have been instrumental in providing critical services to children and communities in nations that are under increasing economic pressure. 

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As the world continues to battle challenging economic times, those hardest hit are often in the most disadvantage countries. Rising inflation, climate change, the persistence of COVID19 and political instability continue to create challenges, but youth are resilient and committed to creating a better future. This Impact Report tells the important stories of a handful of individuals who are determined to provide a better future, both for themselves and their community. 

Stories like that of Maria, 21 from Papua New Guinea, a country with one of the highest rates of gender-based violence in the world. Maria talks about the grief of losing her baby and how she overcame the emotional distress through connecting with others in the program. “Once I joined the group it helped me,” Maria said. “It made me feel like I was going to be OK.” 

Maria learnt emotional and social skills to build her resilience to overcome everyday conflicts and challenges. “I learnt that I could share my experience with other girls,” she said. “We need to have good peers and good friends.” 

The Report also highlights the experience of fifteen-year-old Seila from Cambodia who dreams of becoming a teacher. However, from the age of nine Seila had a cyst on his hip that prevented him from walking or riding his bike the 10km journey to attend school. ChildFund were able to fund surgery and a brace for his leg giving him greater mobility and school attendance. “Now that I’m going to school regularly, I’m doing better at my studies,” he said. “I placed sixth out of 28 students this year.” 

ChildFund CEO Margaret Sheehan reflected on the work completed across the region and the impact of the organisation in difficult times. 

“The global environment is placing increasing pressure on us all. As the cost-of-living increases at home and overseas, it creates a pressure cooker environment in our ability to continue vital programs to uphold basic human rights around the world.” 

“We thank our community and donors here in Australia and around the world for their generous contributions to ChildFund and their help in delivering all we have achieved this year. With ongoing 

support, we look forward to continuing to provide these essential services to even more people in the coming year,” she concluded. 

To read this years Impact Report click here

Sydney, Australia – The proposed Codes, drafted by industry, were deeply problematic. The Codes offered Australian children less protection than they currently have and undermined Australia’s global position in providing safety for our children online. If implemented, the Codes would have left young people in Australia with less protection than European or Californian children as a consequence.

The Taskforce is pleased that the draft Codes are not being registered. The eSafety Commissioner has realised another opportunity to raise safety standards for children.

ChildFund CEO Margaret Sheehan reflected on today’s decision.

“Sending these Codes back to the tech industry sends a strong message. In Australia we will not accept less for children,” she said.

“It is of fundamental importance to the safety of children and young people that the eSafety Commissioner prevents the potential for serious harm to children.”

Drafting comprehensive online codes that meet community safety standards is a task that requires the full cooperation of the Australian Government, of the tech industry and civil society.”

“Australia’s new online safety codes must ensure children are not exposed to the risk of abuse and online exploitation which can have negative lifelong impacts,” said Doctor Katrina Lines, Act for Kids CEO.

“Any steps that can be taken to safeguard Australian children online should be a priority.”

Rys Farthing from Reset Tech said, “Today’s announcement from the eSafety Commissioner is welcomed. This demonstrates a commitment to putting the rights and safety of Australian children first, and Australia’s commitment to stand up to Big Tech. For too long, they’ve put profit before kids and it’s time this stopped”.

The Taskforce would welcome opportunities for further consultation during this next stage of redevelopment. It will be of critical importance that the industry ensures the views and voices of children and young people are reflected in developing the new standards.