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Twenty-One Years Of Childfund In New Zealand

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Twenty-One Years Of Childfund In New Zealand

A unique 21st birthday celebration takes place in Auckland on Wednesday (22 June) as a group of some of the longest serving child sponsors gather to celebrate 21 years of supporting children in developing countries through ChildFund New Zealand.

The attendees represent more than 300 Kiwis who have sponsored a child with the organisation since its inception in New Zealand in 1990.

Collectively this group has supported 664 children and are joined by tens of thousands of other Kiwis who have sponsored a total of 54,000 children in developing countries over the last 21 years.

ChildFund CEO Paul Brown says the enormous impact New Zealanders have made in the developing world through child sponsorship and other programmes deserves recognition.

?Personally, our sponsors probably know the change they have brought to these children?s lives through sponsorship, but they may not be so aware that their commitment has enabled specialised, dedicated programmes that amplify our impact in these developing countries.

?Kiwis are enabling entire communities to be provided with the necessities of life, and with ChildFund?s help, they can become sustainable in their own right.?

?It?s little-known that more than 1,600 New Zealand sponsors support children in Emali, a dedicated project in Kenya funded solely by Kiwis who have enabled dramatic improvements across the community in just 9 years.*

?Emali is effectively an entire neighbourhood where Kiwis have affected demonstrable change for good.?

Over the last 21 years and in 30 countries, sponsorship has enabled ChildFund New Zealand to:

Provide greater access to quality education through the construction of numerous schools and leading teacher training programmes, and increase access to schooling for disabled children.

Develop the concept and practice of ?Child Centred Spaces? as a global standard for NGOs.

Improve hygiene, access to clean water and increased food security through safe water programmes and infrastructure, and agricultural training.

Improve child health through supplementary feeding, immunisation and regular health monitoring as a key measurement of success.

Develop safer and more prosperous communities by working to safeguard the rights of children, strengthening community governance and promoting women?s roles as community stewards and leaders.

Provide 20,000 practical gifts of blankets, first aid kits, farming resources and animals such as chickens, sheep and cows to name a few through the Gifts that Grow programme.

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