Childhood Rescue

Thank you for the difference you're making.
Kids living in dangerous places or caught in crisis are surviving, recovering and building a future– because of you.

Thank you for helping children in the world's most dangerous places.

Children growing up in the world's toughest places are just like the kids in your neighbourhood. They want to laugh, play, go to school and grow up free from fear. But instead, they're fleeing bullets and facing starvation. They can't choose a different childhood. But you can. Your gift to Childhood Rescue is changing lives. Because of you, kids who have been through so much can be kids again. You're helping them to survive, recover and build a future. None of this would be possible without you.

You're reaching the world's most vulnerable kids, when they need you the most

You're reaching the world's most vulnerable kids, when they need you the most

In the world's most dangerous places, children are frightened. For good reason. But you're helping them to stay safe and survive. You're standing with kids caught in emergencies – wherever they need you most.

From Ukraine and Afghanistan to Ethiopia, Syria and beyond, you're helping children to survive by providing life-saving food, water, medicine, shelter, protection and so much more. You're helping children to recover from trauma with counselling and specialist care.

You're helping the adults around them to keep them safe. You're empowering children who've lost everything to build the future they deserve. Thank you. 

Here are some of the places you're reaching vulnerable children:

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

27,075 families received life-saving food assistance in Herat, Afghanistan.


6.4 million children received emergency support in 2021.


4,034 severely malnourished children received therapeutic milk, medicines and special nutritional paste to regain their health and strength in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


1.1 billion meals were distributed to those in need in 2021. That is over 2,000 meals every minute.


A huge thank you from Afghanistan.

Asuntha Charles, World Vision's National Director in Afghanistan, is working in Herat and has an important message for you.

She wants you to know what a massive difference you're making in children's lives.

In Afghanistan right now, half of all kids younger than age 5 are at risk of dying from hunger. Can you imagine half of all under-5s in New Zealand being one step away from starvation?

You are helping to save many precious lives with emergency food, child health checks, support to recover from malnutrition and more. Thank you!


<h4>Protecting child refugees in Ethiopia.</h4>

Protecting child refugees in Ethiopia.

"I miss my friends from back home but I have made new friends here too. I like playing volleyball, tennis and jumping ropes," says Mastewal, age 11.

Thank you for giving children separated from their parents safe places to play and support to help them recover from trauma.

Meet Mastewal

<h4>Providing safe havens for kids fleeing Ukraine.</h4>

Providing safe havens for kids fleeing Ukraine.

"I really like drawing. It makes me happy. I’m drawing the heroes from computer games, films and cartoons," says Nikolay, age 8. Thank you for welcoming children who have left everything behind with toys, art supplies and essentials to make a refugee shelter feel more like home.

Meet Nikolay

<h4>Giving dignity and health to Syrian families</h4>

Giving dignity and health to Syrian families

"I am pregnant now, and I could not be more grateful for this toilet right outside the tent for our private use only," says Zoubaida. Thank you for giving refugee children and families living in crowded tent settlements clean, private toilets to protect their health.

Meet Zoubaida

Your kindness means so much to Ukrainian children who've lost almost everything.

Your kindness means so much to Ukrainian children who've lost almost everything.

Kira (7)

When 7-year-old Kira had to leave her home in Ukraine for Romania, the most precious thing she brought with her was her small terrier, whom she loves dearly. My dog's name is Busya. She’s very sweet,” says Kira. “She kisses me almost every day on the nose.”

Kira’s grandma, Ella, says the family brought very little from home. “We took only our documents and the clothes that we had worn for the past seven days.” Their home was destroyed after they left. “We don’t have a house,” Ella says. “We cry for our house. And we’re going into the unknown."

Thank you for making sure Kira and her grandma won’t enter the unknown empty-handed. “We can’t thank the people who helped us enough,” says Ella. “We received clothes from volunteers because we ran with only the dirty clothes on our back.”

Children can have the future they deserve because of your support.



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 are helping them recover by providing counselling, re-building infrastructure, creating safe places for kids and tools and training to help families grow their own food.

<h4>Build a future</h4>

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.

Your monthly gift has helped to transform a child's life like Mariska.

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>You've helped Mariska survive...</h4>

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."

Other ways your support can change lives.

<h4>Sponsor a Child</h4>

Sponsor a Child

You can help a child break free from poverty, for good. Your sponsorship will help bring essentials like clean water,  education and healthcare to a child and their community.

<h4>Give a Smiles Gift</h4>

Give a Smiles Gift

Smiles gift change lives! No other gift compares to a pathway out of poverty. Give a goat today and you'll provide nutritious milk and income to vulnerable families. 

<h4>Be Chosen as a sponsor</h4>

Be Chosen as a sponsor

Give a child the power to choose you as their sponsor. Sign up to be Chosen, and your photo is sent to a Child Sponsorship community, where you empower a child to choose.

<h4>Include a gift in your Will</h4>

Include a gift in your Will

A gift in your Will can make a significant difference, no matter how large or small and is a wonderfully generous way to ensure the values which are important to you live on.

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.