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"Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."
- Jesus (Matthew 25:40)


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Kids suffering from natural disasters, war zones, fleeing Ukraine, living in refugee camps, facing starvation in parts of Africa, are just like the kids in your neighbourhood. Except their homes have been torn apart. They face unimaginable dangers like starvation, trafficking and child marriage.

Join Childhood Rescue now to help the world's most vulnerable children survive, recover and build a future. You'll provide life-saving food, water, medicine, shelter, protection and more. You'll help kids recover from trauma. You'll help the adults around them to keep them healthy and safe. You'll help children who've lost everything to build a future. Every $1 you give to help kids in danger will provide $6 of urgent support.

You can protect children in need

You can protect children in need

As Kiwis, we understand the significance of standing together and helping our fellow human beings, whether they’re next door or halfway across the world. Your donation to Childhood Rescue, will help children in the world's most dangerous places to survive, recover and build a future. You'll also help children in other places if emergencies arise, and be there right when they need you the most.


You'll reach vulnerable children in:

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Mali, Moldova, Myanmar, Niger, Romania, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Uganda, Ukraine

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Your monthly gift can transform a child's life.

Through the support of generous Childhood Rescue supporters like you, 12-year-old war orphan Mariska's* life has been transformed. Your support has helped her survive the tragedy of losing her parents in a violent war, recover with psychosocial support at a World Vision Child-Friendly Space, and now she is looking forward to her bright future.(*Name changed for protection).

<h4>Generous supporters like you have helped Mariska survive...</h4>

Generous supporters like you have helped Mariska survive...

"One day, I walked to the fields to join my mum and dad picking beans. There were rebels all around them. Our neighbour warned me to run because the rebels were about to kill my parents. So I ran. A few months later I felt brave enough to look for them. I found their bones in the bushes."

<h4>recover from trauma...</h4>

recover from trauma...

"There is a lot of stigma against orphans of war. People feel that we are nothing without a family. I heard about this place we can go for support. At first, I couldn't join the other children because I felt very sorry about my parents. But now we play together, and the group sessions make me feel better."

<h4>and now, she is building a future.</h4>

and now, she is building a future.

"I like this place so much... it makes me feel happy again. They also teach us to read, how to write and we get some training so I can complete my education and get a job in the future. I need to be supported with my education, to complete it. When I grow up, I want to be a school mistress."


You can help the world's most vulnerable children to survive, recover and build a future.

Every $1 you give to help kids in danger will provide $6 of urgent support. A monthly gift of $20, will provide $120 worth of life-changing support to children whose lives are on the line, thanks to our partnerships with other organisations.

Faith, hope and love drive everything we do to make incredible change in the world.

Faith, hope and love drive everything we do to make incredible change in the world.<br><br>

A story of faith: Jesus was known for spending time with those on the fringes of society, always seeing potential for change and transformation where others could not. His example motivates us to live and love at the edges and to find potential for transformation in the toughest situations.

A story of hope: Jesus presented a radically different view of how life, relationships and society could be. He said he came so that everyone might have a full life. This gives us a glimpse of how things could be and motivates us to work for justice for all. 

A story of love: We believe that love has the power to overcome all. The unconditional love Jesus demonstrated for the sick and the hungry, for children and widows, for prostitutes and foreigners, for friend and even for foe, sets the standard we aspire to today. Love drives us to serve all people in need today, regardless of race, gender, age, location, religion or social status.


FAQs about Childhood Rescue

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How does my donation to Childhood Rescue multiply 6 times? 
For every $1 you give, we can multiply it to deliver $6 in urgent aid to children fighting for their lives, thanks to our partnerships with other organisations. So, when you give $20 a month, you will actually make six times the impact, and deliver $120 worth of life-changing support to children whose lives are on the line.

Where does my donation to Childhood Rescue actually go?
You'll help children in dangerous places in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Mali, Myanmar, Niger, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Uganda, the Philippines, Honduras and DR Congo to survive, recover and build a future. You'll also help children in other places if emergencies arise, and be there right when they need you the most.

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How do I know my donations are making a difference? 
You'll receive regular updates and personal stories so you can see the life-changing difference you're making for children in the world's most dangerous places. We use your donations to make the greatest possible impact for vulnerable children and communities, and pursue the highest standards of stewardship and accountability. Learn more about our impact.

Can I change how I give to Childhood Rescue?
Yes. We understand your circumstances can change. You can contact us at any time to change the amount of your donation or pause your giving. We have flexible options to help you continue your support in a way that suits you.


We ensure all resources entrusted to us are used effectively to bring maximum impact.

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As part of an international partnership working in nearly 100 countries, World Vision New Zealand pursues the highest standards of stewardship and accountability.

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In 2022, 84.4% of World Vision New Zealand's total operating expenses were used for international program support that benefited children, families and communities in need. Learn more.