ChildFund New Zealand and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) have partnered to create 'IMPACT,' a new programme set to reach 100,000+ children, youth and family members across the Pacific and Asia between now and 2025.
IMPACT, or Inspiring and Motivating Pacific and Asian Communities for Tomorrow, was created to create meaningful and lasting change for children in our region: we want to see them thrive! Over the next five years (2020 to 2025), the IMPACT programme will support projects in six countries, focused on building the social and emotional wellbeing of youth, keeping children safe from harm, and protecting and preparing families from disasters.
Inspiring: The IMPACT programme is inspiring because of the way it brings together individuals, communities, local civil society partners and governments to lead the positive changes they wish to see in their community. The way we help inspire communities has been learnt through many years of experience and a commitment to sound development principles.
Motivating: Using a range of different approaches, the programme motivates individuals to work together in meaningful ways - offering support to each other, inspiration, skills and assets to create something bigger than the sum of its parts.
Pacific and Asian Communities: New Zealand's development-assistance is keenly focused on our neighbourhood - Asia and the Pacific. The IMPACT programme will support work in Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, Vietnam and Cambodia. This does not mean ChildFund will abandon support for other parts of Asia and Africa, where we have established firm relationships with communities, working together with them on long-term Road Map plans and initiatives to improve their lives. We will continue this as a separate but integrated programme of work.
For Tomorrow: We live in a world where change is happening at a pace we've never before experienced. We're also living in an increasingly stressful world, where the poorest and most vulnerable bear the worst impacts brought about by modernisation, inequity and climate change. Women, children, youth and people living with disabilities are among the most affected. Young people often feel despondent when they look into their future, sometimes driving them into risky and unsafe behaviours, sparking a cycle of intergenerational problems that does not bode well for the future of the world. ChildFund's focus on social and emotional wellbeing supports young people to draw on their assets and strengths to become active citizens who contribute positively to their community.
Expected results of the IMPACT programme:
As a result of the IMPACT programme, ChildFund and MFAT expect the following to take place in the communities where the programme is implemented:
- The safety of communities will be improved, so more children are protected
- Risks associated with natural hazards and climate change are reduced
- Wellbeing and life-skills are improved to help children and youth to thrive
- Communities will be closer to self-reliance and sustainability
Engaging New Zealanders in our work:
Public support for ChildFund's work enables us to help children and youth to thrive.
For the past 30 years, child sponsorship funds have been a key income source for ChildFund's work and have helped us develop holistic, child-centered programmes in five dedicated communities in Kenya, Zambia, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste and Vietnam. While we are phasing out of child sponsorship in Vietnam in the next few years, we can make a bold story of the achievements we have made together over the past eight years in Vietnam. This phase-out will be a celebration of the successes we have achieved.
In Timor-Leste, ChildFund has phased out of sponsorship of individual children and has moved to community sponsorship model through Child Essentials. This allows us the flexibility we need to work with local partners who demonstrate strong programme performance, rather than the parent-federation model we have used in the past.
We are excited to be scaling up our work in the Pacific, but many see the Pacific as an idyllic tourism destination, or alternatively, as places where corruption flourishes. These perceptions will continue to shift as we share the need and the good news of our work int he Pacific with our supporters.
To support our work in Asia and the Pacific, click here or give us a call on 0800 808 822.