By Lindsay Bennett, Digital Media Executive at ChildFund New Zealand

One of my New Year’s resolutions this year (along with the usual eat less, exercise more, give my mother-in-law a call) is to get to know You better.  You are, more than likely, a child sponsor, a ChildFund supporter, a staff member, or someone who’s just interested in what ChildFund does.  Thank you for everything you do!

My name is Lindsay, and I’ve started this year as ChildFund New Zealand’s new Digital Media Executive.  I get to share stories, successes and thank you’s online through Facebook, Twitter, our blog and our website.

While there is a lot of exciting stuff on the horizon, I think it’s worth sharing some of the amazing things ChildFund New Zealand has accomplished in the past year with your support.

During the 2010-2011 financial year we were able to raise and send more than $12 million to projects and partners overseas.  And thanks to generous Kiwis, 22,108 children were sponsored in 22 different countries.  Because child sponsorship also helps the sponsored child’s family and community, many more lives were positively impacted by this generosity.

Many of you also helped us to respond to the natural disasters of 2011 with emergency care, including the Sri Lanka flooding, the Christchurch earthquake, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, and the famine crisis in the Horn of Africa.

Here is a small sample of our achievements in 2011:

Incomes:
55 households were provided with goats
400 households were provided with low-interest loans
100 households received training in business skills

Education:
92 teachers were trained
150 schools received equipment such as desks, water filters and books

Water:
104 farming households were provided with water pumps
2 water pipeline extensions were built for 684 people and 9800 livestock

Health and Nutrition:
12,000 malnourished children were fed
1,500 seedling fruit and shade trees were planted in schools
9,350 mosquito nets were provided

What a year of generous giving!  I’m looking forward to sharing our stories with you throughout 2012, and I’m also looking forward to reading all of your comments and hearing feedback.  Let’s get to know each other better.

Happy New Year!

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