In 2015, more than 120,000 caring Kiwis registered for the 40 Hour Famine raising an incredible $1.8 million to help kids like Oli in Bangladesh break the cycle of poverty.

Your support has meant that:

• 6,700 severely malnourished children and their parents have received support through a 12-day nutrition programme
• 3,800 families have received training on starting veggie gardens and raising chickens and goats as a source of nutrition and income.

Many of you got creative this year creating your ’40 Hours’ – one group completed a swim-athon, another chose to do 40 good deeds, a brother and sister walked 40 kilometres – all to raise awareness and much needed funds for those in need in Bangladesh.

An amazing effort by all!

Together we’ll be raising money to support the children of the current refugee crisis. With your help, we can help kids be kids again.

We’ll have more information about how you can get involved from March next year so keep an eye on your email inbox or check back here.

Every year since 1975, thousands of young Kiwis have taken a stand to raise money for children living in poverty through a 40-hour challenge. Traditionally, this meant going without food. But over the years, people have become really creative, finding fun new challenges such as living in a box, doing 40 good deeds and some have even gone as far as taking a 40-hour vow of silence.

So far, over $74 million has been raised – helping to transform thousands of lives in over 40 countries.

The next 40 Hour Famine will be taking place on 10th-12th June 2016. Mark it in your calendar today! All funds raised will be used to support the children of the current refugee crisis.

  • 60,000

    CHILDREN SPONSORED by over 50,000 Kiwis

  • $1.2 million

    donated so far by Kiwis to the Forgotten Millions crisis appeal

  • 120,000

    young Kiwis took part in the 40th year of the 40 Hour Famine

  • 78 CENTS

    in every dollar allocated to our overseas work

  • $895,000

    raised through SMILES gifts


    World Vision provides a new person in the developing world with access to clean water