Childhood Rescue

You can help children in the world’s most dangerous places to survive, recover and build a future.
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Children in the world's most dangerous places urgently need your help.

Kids in Afghanistan, in war zones and refugee camps are just like the kids in your neighbourhood. Except their homes have been torn apart. And they've seen their family members killed. They're living in refugee camps traumatised and scared. Facing dangers like starvation, sexual exploitation, abuse and child marriage.

Join Childhood Rescue now to help the world's most vulnerable children to survive, recover and build a future. You will provide life-saving food, water, medicine, shelter, protection and so much more. You'll help children to recover through counselling. You'll create safe places where they can learn and play. You'll help the adults around them to keep them safe. You'll help children who've lost everything to build a future.

<span style="color:#00acca">1 in 6</span>

1 in 6

children live in a war zone.

<span style="color:#00acca">23 girls</span>

23 girls

are forced to marry every minute.

<span style="color:#00acca">18.4 million</span>

18.4 million

Afghans need humanitarian assistance.


Children in danger need you now more than ever.

Children in danger need you now more than ever.

Imagine if tomorrow, the street behind you was bombed. The next week, your primary school was destroyed. Running for your life to find safety in a camp, but not having any food. Not knowing where your parents are. Not being allowed to go to school. And now COVID-19, a new danger you can't run from.

As Kiwis, we understand the significance of standing together and helping each other. Right now, children in the world's most dangerous places desperately need you. You can make sure they're not alone. You can save precious lives today.

Every $1 you give will provide $6 worth of urgent support, thanks to our partnerships with other organisations. So, if you give $20 a month, you'll provide $120 of support to kids whose lives are on the line.

You can give children the future they deserve – here’s how...



When children are weak with hunger, at risk of disease, homeless, exhausted and scared. Your support brings immediate relief and life-saving supplies like food, water, medicine and shelter, with child protection and safety the number one priority.



During a crisis, many kids lose their parents, homes, and life as they once knew it. You can help them recover by providing counselling, re-building infrastructure, creating safe places for kids and tools and training to help families grow their own food.
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Build a future

It's almost impossible to think about the future when you're fighting for survival. Your support gives children who have lost everything the chance to build a brighter future. You'll deliver long-term solutions, bringing lasting peace to communities. 

You can be there for children like Sara, when their world is torn apart by horror, violence or war.

"Shooting, fighting, people dying. They bombed our houses. It was horrible. It wasn't a life there, it was nothing at all. Fear and horror. I felt fear and horror."
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Sara (14), Syrian refugee in Lebanon

You can protect children in the world's most dangerous places.

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Children were already facing horrific hunger due to droughts, floods, conflict and COVID-19. Today, they face even more uncertainty for what their futures hold. "We can't abandon them now," says Asuntha Charles, World Vision Afghanistan
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10 years on and a violent and deadly war is still raging. "All of the houses were destroyed. I could hear loud screaming from the pain," says Shamia, a Syrian teenage refugee. No child should witness what those in war-torn Syria have suffered.
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Tribal conflict, civil war and natural disasters are robbing children of their futures. People are displaced, children are malnourished and famine is looming. Girls as young as 10 are being forced to marry, violating their rights to health, education and opportunities.
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Akot with his sister Dut

South Sudan

8 years of conflict is causing destruction and death. Families are fleeing for safety. Children have been abducted, forced to become child soldiers or raped. "We can't go to school, have no food to eat, no place to sleep," says 7-year-old Akot.
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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).

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You've 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."

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

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.

FAQs about Childhood Rescue


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.


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.



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

In 2020, 83.9% 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.