We work wherever the need is greatest, carrying out life changing programmes and work for children here at home in Aotearoa New Zealand, the Pacific and around the world.
Save the Children New Zealand Chief Executive Heidi Coetzee explains why every dollar makes a difference.
Affecting long-term impact takes time. It starts with an idea, a seed of a thought that, when it’s nurtured and planted in the right conditions, can grow into something lasting and meaningful.
For almost 75 years, we’ve worked for children here at home and around the world. Across Asia and the Pacific, we utilise your support to work alongside our in-country and Government partners creating development and humanitarian programmes that matter and will affect long-term change to improve the lives of children.
The support we receive goes a long way – covering a great distance and bringing hope and change into some of the most remote communities in the world. Much of our support comes from people who are no longer with us, who have planted seeds they won’t ever see grow. For instance, a Kiwi teacher who left us a gift in her will that she wanted to go towards the education of children in Africa, and whose incredible contribution went towards a literacy programme in 20 remote communities in Mozambique. Or two Auckland siblings whose gift will improve maternal and newborn health care and services in Nepal. Or the many contributions we receive every day that ensures our vital work continues.
Over time, we have established long-standing relationships with the people we serve, enabling us to extend our reach and help far more children. Over time, we have become trusted partners of the people we work with, and understand the needs of the people we want to help. These relationships have built meaningful change – for instance our 10-year commitment to educating the children of sex workers in the Daulatdia brothel in Bangladesh, 30+ years in Laos, Nepal and Fiji.
Each of these projects started as a seed. And with your help, we’ve grown a garden.