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$2 million package for students affected by bushfires

Charity appeals aims to raise $4.2 million for disadvantaged students

Children’s education charity The Smith Family has launched its 2020 Winter Appeal with a warning that thousands of young Australians experiencing disadvantage are at a heightened risk of disengaging from their education, amid the challenges posed by COVID-19.

The appeal aims to raise $4.2 million by 30 June to deliver life-changing learning and mentoring programs to students in need. Read more


Crowdfunding campaign for students living in poverty

Aiming to raise $100,000 for students living in poverty, State Schools’ Relief has launched its Every Student crowdfunding initiative that will match funds raised by Victorian government schools dollar for dollar.

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Your Aid, We Deliver

Charity seeking Australian educators to help Cambodian students

An Australian-based not-for-profit, Your Aid, We Deliver aims to privide clean water, education, dental and medical services to communities in rural Cambodia.

Constantly seeking donations in the form of teaching resources and even the time of qualified teachers, Your Aid, We Deliver is currently promoting its new drive. Teachers, teaching students and student teachers are asked to consider applying for one of many positions teaching over 2,500 students English and computer skills.

Your Aid, We Deliver is fully funded through The Buddhist Library, meaning all donations and funds go directly to its projects, rather than needing to spend money on administration.

“We also have a mobile library and a Tuk Tuk library to provide education books to children in very remote areas,” said Paget Sayers, Founder of The Buddhist Library and Your Aid, We Deliver.

“The experience ​​our ​volunteers ​ha​ve​ ​in these communities and schools is incredibly enriching​​,​ invaluable​ and ​is great practical experience to develop their skills and gain global experience​,” he said. “The volunteers have a ​profound and ​long term positive impact on these communities by improving ​the opportunities for these children and giving them a chance to learn, grow and be literate.”

Your Aid, We Deliver doesn’t charge volunteers to assist them, and a contribution may be as small as the donation of an old textbook.

Visit the volunteer page on the group’s website for more details.


Sam Bonney

Give a Textbook charity launches

Melbourne beauty salon owner, Sam Bonney had been travelling to the Philippines for years before conceiving of a plan to help local students.

Her new charity, Give a Textbook, takes unused and secondhand textbooks donated in Australia and places them with schools in impoverished Filipino communities. In this way, Ms Bonney feels her idea follows the “teach a man to fish” philosophy of giving.

“It’s our way of empowering the community, and further support young people so they will be able to overcome the challenges of what the future holds,” she said.

The new non-profit is currently seeking donations of textbooks mainly for high school years 7-12, whether they be specific subject textbooks (Mathematics, Science, English etc.) or associated reference books like dictionaries, atlases and encyclopaedia.

“Currently, people can reach out to us through our Facebook page and from there they will be able to locate their nearest drop off point,” Ms Bonney explains.

The Give a Textbook Facebook page currently has 255 ‘likes’ and growing.


YGAP: Using small change to drive big change

It’s 2016 and access to education continues to be a global challenge. 1 in 5 people are unable to read or write. Over 124 million kids were denied access to education. Of those, 41 percent will never go to school. These are staggering statistics; that is over five times Australia’s population who are denied the opportunity to learn.

Across Australia, there’s over $150 million worth of five-cent coins in circulation- and it takes only a handful of these coins, just $5, for YGAP to improve access to a quality education for a child.

5 cent piece
Think the five-cent piece is worthless? YGAP has a great use for them in improving the lives of underprivileged children around the world.

YGAP is an international development not-for-profit that finds and backs early stage ventures founded by local leaders in some of the world’s toughest communities. We call these leaders impact entrepreneurs. We believe with our support they have the ability to improve the lives of one million people living in poverty by 2018.

We firmly believe that education is the solution to ending global poverty, so we started the 5cent campaign, encouraging Australians to collect small change to drive big change during the month of May. The concept of collective impact is the driving force behind YGAP’s 5cent Campaign. Individually a five-cent coin has very little value, but collectively they can achieve significant social change.

All proceeds raised by the 5cent campaign will support our local leaders removing barriers to accessing education, providing children with the resources they need to stay in school and increasing their capacity to succeed.

It probably helps to explain just how some of our impact entrepreneurs who focus on education could spend the money raised from the 5cent campaign.

  • With $5, Lyndon Galea from Eat Up Australia can provide school lunches to a partner school for a week.
  • With $25, Carol Kimari can pay for a teacher and a volunteer for the day at a library in Kenya.
  • With $45, Sharon Rapetswa could help a primary school student gain access to one year of study material, transport and lessons in South Africa.
  • With $75, Sihle Tshabalala could help a high school drop out get access to one month of technical education to ensure they get a good job in South Africa.
  • With $150, Josephine Kulea can cover 2 months of tuition for a child rescued from forced marriage in Kenya.
  • With $200, Nonhalanhla Masina could help cover 3 months of tuition costs for one student in South Africa.

By supporting 5cent, YGAP will find and support more entrepreneurs like these, making education accessible for every child.

At the 2000 Millennium Summit, the largest gathering of world leaders in history adopted the Millennium Development Goals. One of those aims was to achieve universal primary education by 2015. UNESCO reported that this would require:

  • US$16 billion
  • Two million more teachers
  • The world’s poorest countries needed almost four million new classrooms in the world’s poorest countries, to accommodate those who are not in school

While progress was made, the deadline passed and millions of children are still not in school.

The time to step up is now. Join YGAP’s 5cent movement – sign up to collect, donate or commit to five dollars a day for the month of May.

Elliot Costello is the founder of YGAP, an enterprising group of individuals dedicated to changing the lives of underprivileged people.