So we work hard to make sure nothing gets in their way.
working with children.
in 24 countries improved the lives of millions of people.
in 60 countries around the world.
In February 2016, Category-5 Cyclone Winston tore through Fiji. It devastated many parts of the island nation and left 34,000 people without homes. The cyclone was the most powerful to ever hit in Fiji. Schools, homes and community infrastructure were destroyed and 44 lives were lost.
Save the Children Fiji, with the support of Save the Children Australia, was quick to respond. In partnership with the Australian Government, we were able to reach 19,725 children.
Aside from shelter, water and food, one of the most important things for children in emergencies is getting back to school. We repaired water sources and toilets in 86 schools, and set up temporary learning centres so children wouldn’t miss out on an education.
In 2016, we worked directly with more than 25,315 Australian children and adults through 96 projects to create positive, long-term change. Our place-based strategies focused on improving collaboration between government agencies, non-profit organisations and the Aboriginal community to deliver tailored responses to youth, family and education.
children and adults were directly reached through
our education, health and protection projects.
took part in Play2Learn – a supported playgroup
assisting school readiness and parenting skills.
more than a playgroup
A child’s development between birth and the age of five is critical to their health, learning and success later in life – it provides important foundations for cognitive, physical, social and emotional learning and development.
Our national Play2Learn program is an ‘intensive supported playgroup’ for kids 0-5 years old and their families. It assists with kids being ready for school, develops parenting skills, promotes a connection to community and culture, and provides access to community services.
Children, parents or carers are supported by qualified Play2Learn staff. It’s a happy place where new friends are made, parenting ideas are shared, and a supportive environment is created.
wrote to the Prime Minister demanding a changed
approach to refugees on Nauru and Manus Island.
A line in the sand
In September 2016, world leaders convened in New York to address the global refugee crisis. Save the Children used this opportunity to lobby the Australian Government for policy change in its approach to refugees on Nauru and Manus Island.
Our policy ‘asks’ included the resettlement of refugees currently in detention; a global responsibility for the growing refugee crisis; and that no child goes without education for more than 30 days.
Partnering with other international human rights and development organisations – Oxfam, World Vision and Amnesty International – our efforts successfully raised the profile of refugee resettlement in the lead up to the New York summits. In November, a deal to resettle asylum seekers from Manus Island and Nauru in the United States was announced.
Our work around
In 2016, we worked with millions of children and adults in 24 countries to create positive, long-term change. We protect children from the threats of today and give them the potential to make a better tomorrow. Ultimately, we do whatever it takes to protect children on the frontline.
in Dhaka, Bangladesh, have an increased
ability to manage the impacts of climate change.
Save the Children, in partnership with local NGO Community Participation and Development, is working in Dhaka, Bangladesh, to strengthen community resilience to climate change.
Through community and school-based ‘child clubs’, we are engaging children in climate change action and advocacy, and getting important information into the community.
Children are well-placed to share important knowledge with their families, peers and communities. They are also key players in raising awareness about local issues and advocating for change. As part of their child club activities, children perform street dramas to share information about climate change with their broader community.
of employees in our Australian projects are
Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
A proud Kokatha woman, Joy Reid – affectionately known as ‘Aunty Joy’ – is a respected Aboriginal Elder who has been with Save the Children for six years as a Family Support Worker.
Aunty Joy helped establish Save the Children’s Early Childhood Care and Development Program in the Ceduna and Yalata region in South Australia. Now in her 70s, Aunty Joy has over 40 years’ experience working with children and is extremely proud of her early days establishing a kindergarten for Aboriginal children in Ceduna.
“We held the kindergarten in a tin shed,” she reminisces.
In 2016, Aunty Joy received the Female Elder of the Year in the regional NAIDOC celebrations for her work in the community.
helped us protect, educate and stand up for children.
Companies involved in corporate partnerships offer the services of skilled staff to help the community and provide additional resources and skills to NGOs.
The Marriott Hotels Melbourne team, as part of their annual ‘Spirit to Serve’ day, took time out from their jobs to get their hands dirty. Seven staff volunteered their time gardening and painting at our Cubbies program in Fitzroy. The Cubbies program, which has been running since 1974, provides a much-needed safe space for local children.
Jessie Roden, Marriott Business Development Executive, says the volunteering experience was a great opportunity to give back. “By physically giving up my time to assist at Cubbies, it made for a rewarding experience where I knew I could make a difference,” she says.
of funds raised goes directly to helping
children and families.
around Australia collectively raised $442,680.
sold more than 3 million items of
recycled fashion, toys and books.
was raised to help children around the world.