ChildFund and World Rugby ‘pass it back’ to change children’s lives through sport

by Diana Quick / Rugby

ChildFund and World Rugby ‘pass it back’ to change children’s lives through sport

Pass It Back: World Rugby and ChildFund changing lives

World Rugby and ChildFund are joining forces to build a better future for disadvantaged children in Asia. Drawing on the intense global interest in the Rugby World Cup 2019, ChildFund and World Rugby will promote and develop the game of rugby, and support vulnerable children and youth. Funds raised will help young people from developing communities in Asia to learn essential life skills through the ChildFund Pass It Back rugby for development program, and assist with emergency relief efforts in disaster-affected areas in Japan.

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New York, NY, 4 September 2018 — World Rugby and ChildFund have today launched a major international partnership to change children’s lives through the transformative power of sport, as part of Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.

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ChildFund is a global alliance of child-focused international development organizations which assists more than 14 million children and their families in over 60 countries.

With a long-standing and trusted presence in many of the world’s poorest communities, ChildFund works in partnership with children, their families and local organizations to achieve lasting change, respond to humanitarian emergencies and promote children’s rights.

ChildFund implements programs to improve education, healthcare and child protection. It also delivers programs to build the resilience of children and youth, including sport for development – most notably the highly successful ChildFund Pass It Back program.

ChildFund Pass It Back is an innovative sport for development program led by ChildFund in partnership with World Rugby, Asia Rugby and Women Win that delivers an integrated life skills and rugby curriculum for children and young people in disadvantaged communities across Asia. With a focus on gender inclusion, more than half of all players and coaches are female. The program’s objectives are to equip children and young people in Asia to overcome challenges, inspire positive social change and ‘pass it back’ to their communities.

World Rugby is the international governing body of rugby union and is committed to the growth and sustainability of rugby around the globe, underpinned by the values of integrity, respect, solidarity, passion and discipline.

Linked to the objectives of its Spirit of Rugby programme, World Rugby recognises the important role rugby has in fostering societal development and has a proud history of leveraging the global reach of its showcase tournament, Rugby World Cup, to engage fans and support programmes which use rugby as a tool for positive social change.

World Rugby and ChildFund have been working in partnership in recent years to deliver the successful ChildFund Pass It Back program. Both organisations are committed to ensuring that Rugby World Cup 2019 leaves a lasting legacy in Asia – to promote and develop the game of rugby in the region, and to build stronger communities. ChildFund Pass It Back is a key component of World Rugby’s Impact Beyond 2019 Programme.

Funds donated in the lead up to and during, Rugby World Cup 2019 will help children and young people from disadvantaged communities across Asia and assist with emergency relief efforts in disaster-affected areas in Japan.

The ChildFund Pass It Back program will be expanded to support more young people in Laos, Vietnam and the Philippines, and will be extended to other developing countries in the region. Many more young people will develop their leadership and life skills through this rugby-based development program.

Children and young people will also benefit from other (separately funded) ChildFund programs in areas such as education, healthcare and child protection.

ChildFund International Joins World Cup Campaign to #PassTheHappiness to Teens Where It’s Needed Most

by ChildFund International / Blog

Today, thousands of people worldwide are beside themselves with excitement at the kickoff of the world’s foremost soccer tournament. Here at ChildFund International we have something else to celebrate: We have teamed up with Coca-Cola, Walmart International and One World Play Project to #PassTheHappiness. Through this worldwide campaign, we will receive a share of 100,000 unpoppable soccer balls for teenagers in our programs.

As the voice behind the Coca-Cola Anthem for the 2018 World Cup, artist Jason Derulo joined Coca-Cola as spokesperson of the #PassTheHappiness campaign to help bring the power of play to underprivileged youth globally.

“This is a great opportunity to give back, not only to my home country of Haiti, but to teenagers around the world,” Jason Derulo says, juggling a One World FutbolTM at his home outside Los Angeles. “This ball is amazing.”

COUPE DU MONDE DE RUGBY 2019 : World Rugby s’engage aux côtés de ChildFund ‘Pass it back’ pour améliorer la vie de 20 000 enfants en Asie grâce au sport

by Diana Quick / Statements

A l’occasion de la 1ère coupe du Monde de Rugby en Asie qui se tiendra au Japon en 2019, World Rugby et le réseau ChildFund auquel appartient Un Enfant par la Main officialisent leur partenariat pour améliorer la vie des enfants grâce à la pratique du rugby.

En s’associant au réseau ChildFund et grâce aux fonds collectés lors de la Coupe du monde de Rubgy 2019, World Rugby permettra de soutenir le programme ChildFund ‘Pass It Back‘ au Laos, au Vietnam et aux Philippines et d’étendre son action à d'autres pays en développement en Asie. Les fonds vont également bénéficier aux enfants des zones sinistrées au Japon. A travers ce programme, 20 000 enfants des communautés défavorisés vont être soutenus.

Girls score a goal to end child marriage in India

by Alys Matthews, with reporting by Rashmi Kulkarni / Member Spotlight

Soccer is widely regarded as an excellent way for kids to stay physically fit, build social skills and develop self-confidence. In several small Indian communities where ChildFund works, the world’s most popular sport has another, more surprising benefit: empowering girls to resist early marriage.

Meet 16-year-old Raniya. Her home state of Jharkhand, India, is rich in natural resources, known for its waterfalls and ornate Jain temples, but nearly 40 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. Here, the rate at which girls marry before age 18 — which hovers around 47 percent nationwide — jumps to 51.8 percent.

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.

Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour a big hit in Philippines

by Diana Quick / In the News

The seventh leg of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour spent four days in the Philippines.

... the last event of the tour was a rugby clinic for 100 children at the Concepcion Elementary School in Marikina City. The activity was delivered by Rugby World Cup 2019 Worldwide Partner DHL in collaboration with the Philippine Rugby Football Union, Davao Durian Rugby Club and ChildFund, through their Pass it Back programme. The children enjoyed rugby-based sessions as well as learning important life skills centred around key rugby values of passion, solidarity, integrity, respect and discipline.

Team Tomatoes: Playing rugby and learning essential life skills

by ChildFund / Blog

Kim Chi is a young girl from northern Vietnam. She plays for a team called Tomatoes, and rugby is her chosen sport.

But joining team Tomatoes wasn’t easy. First, Kim Chi had to get her parents’ approval: “They told me that I should stay home and help them with housework; that there is no use for a girl to play tag rugby, and that I should spend my free time doing my homework. They also thought I should not play sport because I got sick quite often.”

World Rugby and ChildFund ‘pass it back’ to change children’s lives through sport

by Diana Quick / Statements

New York, NY, 4 September 2018 -- World Rugby and ChildFund have today launched a major international partnership to change children’s lives through the transformative power of sport, as part of Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.

“We awarded the tournament to Japan because we knew that it could be a powerful game-changer for sporting and social change in Asia," said World Rugby Chief Executive Officer Brett Gosper. "As a transformational rugby for good program, ChildFund Pass It Back is the perfect embodiment of that objective and we are excited about the impact rugby can have for thousands of children within the world’s most populous and youthful continent.

“Rugby is a sport of character-building values and we have witnessed the solidarity of the rugby community in rallying behind Kamaishiand I am sure that fans purchasing tickets for Asia’s first Rugby World Cup will be generous in supporting rugby programs that will make a real and lasting difference to thousands of disadvantaged children.”

World Rugby y ChildFund hacen un “pase” para cambiar la vida de niños y niñas a través del deporte

by Diana Quick / Statements

Mañana, World Rugby y ChildFund iniciarán una importante colaboración internacional para cambiar la vida de niños y niñas mediante el poder transformador del deporte, con motivo de la Copa Mundial de Rugby 2019 en Japón.

En palabras del CEO de World Rugby, Brett Gosper, “Japón fue elegido para la celebración del torneo porque sabíamos que podía ser un poderoso factor de cambio para el deporte y de cambio social en Asia. Como programa de rugby transformador y saludable, ChildFund Pass It Back es la encarnación perfecta en este sentido y estamos entusiasmados ante el impacto que el rugby pueda tener para miles de niños y niñas en el continente más poblado y joven del mundo.