New Zealand is a proud nation with an incredible history of punching above its weight in the international arena. We are a nation of people who care, and who give.
At KidsCan, we feel it is a great injustice that one in four New Zealand children*, that's 260,000, live in poverty, going without the basics most of us take for granted. As a reputable New Zealand charity, our mission is to strive to be the conduit for individuals, community, business and Government to co-operate in providing food, clothing and basic health care in schools, to enable all disadvantaged NZ children to reach their potential.
The charity was founded in 2005 and today supports the education of thousands of disadvantaged New Zealand children a day, in 500 low decile schools nationwide. See the regions we work in.
As of today KidsCan supports over 18,000 hungry children a week with food insecurity. Our tangible programmes, Food for Kids, Shoes for Kids, Raincoats for Kids and Health for Kids concentrate on giving the basics directly to children in need in partnership with the schools they attend.
At KidsCan we firmly believe education equals opportunity and we recognise that if children are to lift themselves out of the cycle they and their families are in they need to be able to take advantage of the education they receive at school.
KidsCan operates with funds donated by generous businesses, individuals and the Ministry of Social Development. Each year we also hold a number of fundraising appeals and we have recently started a regular giving programme where caring people can support a child in one of the schools we support for just $15 a month.
We hope you will enjoy reading about our work and we encourage you to join with us to support the education, health and well being of children who are the future of New Zealand.
KidsCan currently support 500 schools throughout New Zealand. See what our partner schools and the kids say about each of our programmes via the letters we receive.
Support A New Zealand Child
This is an opportunity for individuals and businesses to support New Zealand children in poverty. It costs just $15 a month to provided a child with the basics for a year and 100% of your contribution will go to the kids. Click here to find out more.
Child Poverty in New Zealand
Not every child starts on an equal footing. For the one in four New Zealand children, that’s 260,000, living in poverty* through no fault of their own, the school day may mean staying at home on a wet day or turning up cold and wet from the winter rain. It means not being sure of three meals a day and filling up with water from the school drinking fountain. Any teacher will tell you that children who have to cope with these conditions will struggle to keep up with lessons.
*source: MSD’s Household Economic Survey (HES) 1982 - 2013 (released by MSD July 2014)
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