ChildFund New Zealand announces the introduction of Global Neighbour, a way for New Zealanders to help children and families in overseas neighbourhoods.

Due for release in August, Global Neighbour will allow New Zealanders to connect with an overseas neighbourhood by contributing regularly to a specific project being undertaken.

ChildFund Marketing Director Rachel Hall says providing frequent video and photo updates is a key element of Global Neighbour.

Kiwis love helping out their neighbours with projects. This takes that idea further, literally, by providing you with a link to a neighbourhood overseas and giving you the chance to see the difference your contribution is making not once a year but every two weeks.”

As a Global Neighbour, New Zealanders will be able to keep track of how their neighbourhood is progressing. The neighbourhood will provide fortnightly updates by video and photo which will be accessible via a website. Once the project goals have been achieved, a new project with a new neighbourhood in need would take its place.

Parents and children in the neighbourhood select a short-term project they believe will best improve their lives and their futures. The first project is a loans scheme with a neighbourhood in Sri Lanka to develop the businesses needed that make up a thriving local economy. Funds donated to Global Neighbour will help support the set up and initial running of the neighbourhood project until it’s sustainable,” says Ms Hall.

ChildFund believes in supporting people to find their own solutions to the problems they face. With the introduction of Global Neighbour, New Zealanders will be able to connect through the web to families, places and cultures in another neighbourhood while bringing families a step closer towards a poverty-free future.”

Check back soon for more updates on this exciting new way to give. 

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