Through decades of experience, we have learned that the most effective way to help a child overcome poverty is to strengthen their family and transform their entire community. We partner, plan and work alongside local communities, governments and other stakeholders over 10 to 15 years to address their challenges and needs. We believe this is the most effective way to help communities take ownership of their own development and become self-sustainable.
We currently have 29 Area Programmes across 13 countries. Area Programmes are distinct geographical areas that encompass multi-sector programmes to benefit children, families and their communities.
Everything we do has just one goal: the sustained well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable. Our work is unique to each community, based on their needs, and we continually review our programmes to ensure the greatest possible impact for all children.
We sit down with children, families, community and faith leaders, and listen to what their unique challenges and needs are.
We work with the community to develop a long-term action plan that will address the root causes of their challenges.
We help the community put the plan into action and work with them to address the needs that were identified.
We train and empower the local community, and support them to make changes that will last long into the future.
The children, families and communities we serve are at the heart of our work. Throughout our time working in their community, we learn, collaborate, equip and empower them so that when the community have grown healthier, safer and more self-sustaining, we can transition out and move on to the next community.
Every year, more than one billion children are affected by some form of violence. We aspire to create safe and secure childhoods so we work alongside communities to protect children who are vulnerable to violence and abuse.
More than 689 million people are forced to live on less than USD1.90 (RM7.85) a day. We work with families to strengthen their capacity to provide for their children, breaking the cycle of poverty through economic empowerment.
Today, nearly 15,000 children will die of mostly preventable causes before their fifth birthday. And with COVID-19 still spreading, proper healthcare and nutrition is needed more than ever. We deliver health and nutrition interventions to ensure a healthy community.
We believe education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty. However, 58 million primary-school-age children are not enrolled in school; 53 percent of these are girls. We address barriers to education and improve the quality of children’s learning.
For most of us, clean water is easily obtainable with a turn of the tap. But 785 million people worldwide still lack basic drinking water services, while 2 billion still lack basic sanitation. We work to improve sanitation and access to clean water for children and communities in need.
When it comes to helping those in need, there's no better place to start than at home. The Malaysia Assistance Fund supports children and child-related development work in Malaysia.
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In 2022, 84.8% of donations collected were used for programmes that benefit children, families and communities in need.