If there's one thing we can all agree on -- COVID-19 has forced us all to think differently about how we do things. And, after nearly two years of living and operating in the pandemic, doing things differently is now the norm for ChildFund.
As we close off another year, we thought it would be exciting to reflect on 2021 and some of the top ways we've switched things up to help children and youth to thrive. How did you do things differently in the past year? We'd love to know. Comment below!
ChildFund's top 5 ways it switched things up in 2021:
1. We made supporting ChildFund easier with new partnerships
At ChildFund, we believe wholeheartedly in forming partnerships that add value and make it possible to help even more children and youth around the world to thrive. Last year, we formed an exciting partnership with Supergenerous, helping our donors to claim their charitable tax rebates quickly and easily. This year, we wanted to grow our partnerships to create even more impact. Here are a few of the partnerships we've formed in the past year:
- ChildFund and AA Smartfuel have joined forces to provide ChildFund supporters with fuel savings! In the first partnership of its kind, ChildFund is offering supporters the ability to earn AA Smartfuel discounts for donations above $100. That means, you can help children and save! Click here to learn more about this innovative partnership.
- We've formed a new $11.2 million, 5-year partnership with New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) to reach 100,000 people in the Pacific and Southeast Asia. The programme, called IMPACT, just completed it's first year and is already seeing some amazing results in Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam and Timor-Leste. Click here to learn more about the IMPACT programme.
- ChildFund partnered with innovative Kiwi website, Chooza! With Chooza, you can help children by clearing out your garage! Chooza is an online auction platform where Kiwis can upload their items and choose a charity (like ChildFund) to receive the proceeds from the sale! Why not take a wander to Chooza today to place your bid or upload your items today!
- In 2021, ChildFund was selected to be one of 65 recipient charities on The Good Registry. Who needs another candle? The Good Registry is working to reduce waste by helping New Zealand charities through creating gift registries for weddings and birthdays, selling gift cards and promoting corporate giving on its website. Check it out today!
2. ChildFund began accepting cryptocurrency donations and launched its first set of NFTs
The world is definitely changing, and with this change comes many opportunities for donors around the world to create impact for children.
- In March, ChildFund opened an online wallet to accept donations in cryptocurrency. We were blown away by the support we have received from our donors who are looking for ways to give back after the growth of their own crypto portfolios.
- In October, ChildFund launched our first set of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), we called the Gifts that Grow Costume Party. We're thrilled to have partnered with Centrality and their Lithoverse to promote this campaign and raise nearly $12,000 NZD to help children and youth to thrive! Pretty incredible!
3. We audited our Road Map programmes and saw the real change you've been making for children!
To mark the fifth year of our Road Map approach, we asked each of our local partners to give us an update on the progress we’ve made, and how ChildFund New Zealand supporters are helping children and youth to thrive. Here are just some of the highlights from this audit:
- 34.4% more families in Batticaloa Sri Lanka have access to safe toilet.
- 42% more families in Cao Bang, Vietnam are eating 3 meals per day.
- 60% more children in Emali, Kenya are able to attend early education.
- 28% more children in Luangwa, Zambia are enrolled in school.
4. ChildFund named the official charity partner for Rugby World Cup 2021 in New Zealand!
Earlier this year, World Rugby announced the appointment of ChildFund as the principal charity partner for Rugby World Cup 2021, playing in 2022, a first in the history of the premier women’s 15s event.
- With a focus on gender equality initiatives, ChildFund Rugby works with partners, including Oceania Rugby, to provide vulnerable girls and women with opportunities to learn skills to overcome challenges and be active leaders in their communities.
- You can support our Sport for Development programme by donating sports equipment, or training for a coach.
5. We supported children and families in even more communities - thanks to you!
This year, we expanded our reach in order to help children and families who were most in need, in addition to our long-term community development programmes in Kenya, Sri Lanka, Zambia, Vietnam, Timor-Leste and the Pacific. Here are a few of the ways your support has reached even more children in 2021:
- This Christmas, we provided a $20,000 NZD donation to help Kiwi families in need through Auckland City Mission. As COVID-19 has continued to put even more pressures on families around the world, ChildFund wanted to do a little bit of good for children and families in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland this Christmas season. That's why, we reached out to the Auckland City Mission to help families in need through our Gifts that Grow catalogue. You can still help our appeal to reach Kiwi families by donating today.
- ChildFund reduced our spending so we could send $1 million more to help children overseas in 2021. We are always looking for ways to optimise and do more for children and youth. This year, we are very proud to say that we were able to be even more effective with your donations and sent $1,000,000 NZD more to our dedicated communities. This means, they can achieve their long-term goals even sooner. Awesome!
- We expanded our emergency fund to help those impacted by crisis across the ChildFund Alliance. In 2021, we were able to help children in Haiti, Syria, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, India, Bangladesh and more, thanks to your support of our Child Essentials programme. We're in need of more Child Essentials donors. For as little as $5/week you can help us reach even more children and families affected by crisis.
- We supported families in the Pacific to get their COVID-19 vaccine through the Get One. Give One. appeal. It's amazing to see the support for this campaign, which has already raised more than $144,000 NZD for the COVAX global appeal. Donate now and help deliver vaccines!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN 2021!
Despite the significant challenges that have emerged globally with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, ChildFund New Zealand has been able to continuously push forward in enabling children, youth, and their communities, to thrive.