As we look to the future, our focus is on strengthening local communities and inspiring change for generations to come.

As our founder Eglantyne Jebb once said, “Humanity owes the child the best it has to give” – and every day we strive to achieve that goal. That means enabling parents to earn enough to provide for their families, fighting to ensure every child fulfils their right to an education or to a safe home, empowering children to be heard and speaking up for them if their voices are lost.

As we look to the future, our partnerships become more important than ever. In the Pacific and Asia for example, we have an alliance with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and our in country delivery partners to support local leaders in building capacity to ensure long-term impacts – because we know that supporting local leadership is the most effective approach.

At home in Aotearoa, we’re using that approach to strengthen our partnerships with other NGOs, and empowering tamariki to understand their rights so that, over time, they can speak up for change. We’re working on a Schools Programme that we plan to launch in 2021 that is designed to educate New Zealand children on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child – a legally binding international agreement setting out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of every child, regardless of their race, religion or abilities.

By helping children to learn about their rights, we hope more will feel empowered to speak up when they feel their rights have been breached. Change is not an easy fix. As Eglantyne Jebb reminded us, we are often told that eliminating child suffering is impossible. “It’s impossible only if we make it so. It’s impossible only if we refuse to attempt it.” With your help, we will continue to make the impossible possible for children.

Read more of our Impact Report here.

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