'Unrecognised crisis': 160km from Australia, women in serious danger

by The Sydney Morning Herald / In the News

Australia’s near-neighbour Papua New Guinea is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a mother and there are signs the country’s health crisis is getting worse, a report has found.

Women in PNG are 35 times more likely to die during pregnancy than women in Australia (1 in 120 in PNG compared to 1 in 8700 in Australia), according to an evaluation of maternal health by the aid agency ChildFund Australia.

1-Tok Kaunselin Helpim Lain: A report on the first two years of operation in Papua New Guinea

by ChildFund Papua New Guinea / Reports

The 1-Tok Kaunselin Helpim Lain is the first toll-free telephone counselling service in Papua New Guinea with professional counsellors available seven days a week, 12 hours a day, from 7am to 7pm. This essential service provides survivors of gender-based violence and their families with an immediate and comprehensive support package that includes access to information, confidential counselling and referral to other service providers, and is available in three languages – English, Tok Pisin and Hiri Motu. The hotline is a collaboration between ChildFund Papua New Guinea, The Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee (CIMC) and FHI 360. The project is funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme, with contributions from USAID, ChildFund New Zealand and ChildFund Australia. The hotline has received calls from just under 8,000 women, men and children in its first two years of operation (August 2015-2017).

ChildFund Australia brings direct sponsorship to the community

by Diana Quick / In the News

ChildFund Australia was facing a conundrum. For years, the organization had funded much of its development work by linking donors directly to a single beneficiary, through child sponsorship. But the model had come under scrutiny in recent years, with questions over how tightly donor money needed to be linked to individual children. Moreover, a number of countries where ChildFund Australia works simply weren’t good fits for individual sponsorship, for legal and cultural reasons.

ChildFund Laos Country Report 2015/2016

by ChildFund Laos / Reports

ChildFund Laos is a representative office of ChildFund Australia. ChildFund began work in Laos in 2010, implementing community development programs in Xieng Khouang Province, one of the poorest areas in the country. ChildFund has a strong focus on improving access to quality education, and is expanding its work to include pre-primary education to ensure that children get the best possible start in life. In partnership with communities, ChildFund has also established projects to improve water, sanitation and hygiene, mother and child heath, food security and nutrition, and to provide opportunities for children and youth to participate in local decision-making. ChildFund has a strong focus on protection, child rights, and developing life-skills through tools including sport and multimedia.

ChildFund Myanmar country report 2015/2016

by ChildFund Myanmar / Reports

ChildFund Myanmar is a representative office of ChildFund Australia. ChildFund Australia began working in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) in 2012, following the country’s shift from decades of military rule to a newly elected government. Child-focused development programs are being delivered in a partnership approach working with local groups and organizations, focusing on the areas of child protection, education, sustainable livelihoods, water and sanitation, health and HIV and AIDS.

ChildFund Papua New Guinea country report 2015/2016

by ChildFund Papua New Guinea / Reports

ChildFund Papua New Guinea is a representative office of ChildFund Australia. ChildFund began work in Papua New Guinea in 1994, and undertakes child-focused community development programs in Central Province and the National Capital District. Key programs are implemented in the areas of maternal and child health, including nutrition, and water and sanitation, education through the Child-Friendly Schools framework, protection and resilience against family and sexual violence, and disaster and child protection. ChildFund PNG has established a Family and Sexual Violence Counselling Hotline which operates in Port Moresby and provides national coverage.

ChildFund Pass It Back Cup - Belfast 2017 Appeal

by Diana Quick / Statements

Help support a group of young Lao, Filipino and Vietnamese women embark on a life-changing event through sport and travel.

The ChildFund Pass It Back Cup - Belfast 2017 is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for girls from some of Asia's most disadvantaged communities to take part in an international rugby competition, meet role models, and explore about the role of girls and women in sport across the world.

ChildFund Vietnam country report 2015/2016

by ChildFund Vietnam / Reports

ChildFund Vietnam is a representative office of ChildFund Australia. ChildFund began working in Vietnam in 1995 and operates community development programs in the areas of education, water and sanitation, sustainable livelihoods, child rights and child protection, food security, and maternal and child health, including HIV prevention. With a strong focus on building the resilience of young people, ChildFund also gives children and youth the opportunity to take part in sports, vocational and life skills education, and supports their participation in local decision-making processes.

Dial for help: The surprise hotline helping quake survivors in Papua New Guinea

by IRIN / In the News

More than two months after Papua New Guinea’s strongest earthquake in almost a century, stranded survivors are turning to an unexpected lifeline: a small domestic violence hotline run by a non-governmental organisation [ChildFund].

Although the risks of violence against women rise after disasters, most callers aren’t women. They’re men reaching out for support, enquiring about how to obtain food, shelter, and other services, or fearful of violence that has broken out in some areas after tribal clashes.

Ending violence against children in the Asia-Pacific

by ChildFund Australia / Uncategorized

ChildFund Australia has significant experience in the development and implementation of programs that respond to the multiple risks faced by children, strengthening the capacity of governments and their communities to keep children safe from harm, and assisting in developing child protection laws and services. ChildFund Australia, with support from Australian Aid, is working with governments and community groups in the Asia-Pacific region to develop preventive and responsive child protection systems.

Giving female rugby players from Asia’s poorest communities a once in a lifetime opportunity

by ChildFund Ireland / Statements

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND and SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, 8 JUNE 2017: Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 is set to inspire young girls in Asian communities as the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), World Rugby, and ‘ChildFund Pass It Back’ bring girls from across the world’s most populous continent to Ireland to take part in an international rugby competition.

HOPE in Papua New Guinea

by Diana Quick / Blog

In Papua New Guinea, ChildFund Australia has implemented the HOPE (A Haus (house) for Protection and Empowerment) project, which aims to reduce the widespread violent abuse of children’s and women's rights by empowering survivors and training human rights defenders. The project has provided a safe refuge center for survivors of violence, better prevention mechanisms and a group of human rights defenders trained and empowered to intervene in sexual violence cases and encourage survivors and families to seek legal justice and medical attention.

Keeping kids safe online: in Australia and beyond

by Mark Kavenagh, Child Protection Advisor / Blog

Digital technology is changing childhoods, with one in threeinternet users now under the age 18. The worldwide web brings new opportunities for young people to learn and connect, but it also represents new threats to their well being. Fortunately, a new program from ChildFund Australia is helping to keep children safe from harm online, writes Mark Kavanagh.