One in Seven Australian Children and Young People are Living in Poverty?
When families are experiencing financial disadvantage children can fall behind with their learning, leaving them more vulnerable to experiencing hardship themselves later in the life.
Research shows children and young people living in disadvantage have access to fewer books and learning materials in the home. Access to support and resources forms the foundation for learning. In many cases, the parents of disadvantaged children may not have the skills or experience to support their child’s education. As these children get older, they have fewer role models, and access to mentors and networks that are critical for creating educational opportunities to help them build their aspirations and be motivated to learn.
The effects of growing up in poverty go beyond the home environment.
For the 1.1 million Australian children and young people this can negatively affect their school life and mean they are less likely to achieve the educational outcomes (and in turn employment outcomes) they need to build a better future for themselves.
We sponsor children whose families are experiencing financial hardship – so that those children have improved educational options. We do this by working closely with the Smith Family
Our founders, Gerard Kerr and Elizabeth Kingston are passionate about giving back.