ChildFund New Zealand believes it has a significant role to play in bringing change to children and families in the neighbouring Pacific. ChildFund has been working in Papua New Guinea for several years, supporting projects focussing on gender-based violence, child protection, education and livelihoods.
In 2016, ChildFund Kiribati was established. A New Zealand Aid Programme-funded project commenced there in May 2017 and includes working with local Councils on a new ‘model’ community development project to improve health and opportunities for youth and families.
ChildFund New Zealand has also been supporting ChildFund Australia to up-skill agencies working in child protection in Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Kiribati.
· 20% of the Pacific population are estimated to live in serious hardship, unable to meet their basic food and non-food needs.
· Traditional coping mechanisms fail to provide enough protection for children, families and communities.
· Population growth, urbanisation and the growing youth population are huge problems in the Pacific, especially when there is no land for subsistence farming.
What Do Children Want?
Children want a community where they have:
· A safe home and community.
· Better nutrition.
· Clean, drinkable water.
· Safe and clean toilet facilities.
· Quality pre-school education for children.
· Work for youth.
· An income for families.