2,604 Children need our help this winter

2,604 Children need our help this winter

Friday, June 3, 2016

2,604 children are on the KidsCan waiting list in need of raincoats, shoes, food and basic health and hygiene products before winter sets in.

That’s 14 schools from Northland to South Dunedin (full list below) waiting for tangible support from KidsCan to help their students get through the gates ready to learn.

 “Kiwi kids are living in hardship and it’s not their fault.” Says KidsCan CEO Julie Chapman. 

A third of children living in hardship in New Zealand currently have access to KidsCan’s programmes – more than 119,000 Kiwi kids in 544 low decile schools across the country.

Julie says, “It’s a human right to have your basic needs met and many families struggle with providing raincoats, shoes and food meaning their children often stay home from school. Those who do go to school turn up wet and freezing cold, making it difficult to participate in class.”

According to the Office of the Children’s Commissioner many low income families struggle with the cost of housing with many families spending 60% of their income on rent, not leaving enough money for bills, food and essentials such as transport and clothing.

Two years ago the average number of children needing food support in KidsCan partner schools was around 15% but has since risen to more than 20%.

“The most vulnerable children need our support and continuing to debate whose fault it is and laying blame isn’t going to change that.” Says Julie, “My challenge to people is: do something about it.”

For $15 a month (50 cents a day) you can support a child through the In Our Own Backyard™ programme, which will enable KidsCan to provide these 2,604 children with food at school, a raincoat, shoes and socks and basic health and hygiene products.

“These kids deserve a shot at a better life and by supporting KidsCan you can make a real difference,” says Julie.

Sign up to support a child at KidsCan.org.nz

Schools waiting for KidsCan’s Support:

Northland College, Pukepoto School, One Tree Point

One Tree Hill College
Aorere College
Paerata School

Hawke’s Bay:
Flaxmere School

Bathgate Park

Rotorua / BOP:
TKKM O Huiarau

National Park School

West Spreydon School
Waimate Centennial School