International China Concern (ICC)

Community Outreach – Changsha city, China
Although China is experiencing rapid economic growth there remains a deficit in social welfare for the disadvantaged, especially the disabled. Hundreds of thousands of babies and children with disabilities continue to be abandoned each year.

ICC believes that WHERE a child lives should not dictate IF that child lives.

Specialized training for Chinese nationals working in social welfare is limited and many have little or no understanding of how to care for those with special needs. This leads to high child mortality rates. In many state-run orphanages

Sepheo Foundation (Lesotho)

School Fence Costs
Josh and Belinda Groves (Australians) founded Sepheo in 2013 in response to the needs of children on the streets in Lesotho, Southern Africa. Prior to this, Belinda spent 18 months on the streets understanding root causes and building relationships with children there.

Sepheo is the first point-of-call for children on the streets,

Kids Arthritis Australia

Juvenile Arthritis Support Group
1 in 1000 Children in Australia live with Arthritis and Kids Arthritis Australia is Australia’s first and leading organisation solely dedicated to supporting them.

Founder and CEO Sarah Hammond has lived with Juvenile Arthritis since birth and by the age of 19 was half blind with UVitis (Arthritis of the eye), and also had Medication induced Lupus. In October 2015 she officially registered Kids Arthritis Australia to advocate for change and support.

In 2 Life

Training Online Support for Youth Suicide Intervention – Adelaide
Established in 2001, In2Life began as an organisation to assist in the aid of at-risk youth throughout Australia.

Originally it successfully established relationships in communities throughout Australia through the RUSH Youth Mentoring programme involving secondary schools, local police, churches, local members of government and locally based volunteers and families.

In recent years however in2Life has re-evolved and its modern face was born out of the development of technology and social media. The Coming Together to Prevent Youth Suicide Facebook page was begun by two students recognising the need for a supportive community for those in trouble.

Mission for African Mothers (MAM)

Rural Youth Reproductive and Sexual Health Education Campaign (Uganda)
In October 2014, UCF awarded a small grant of $2,000 AUD to Mission for African Mothers (MAM) to run this project in Olio sub-county. You can read about that first grant here.

The aim of this project is to use a youth-to-youth based approach as a means of creating awareness among the rural youth on sexual and reproductive services, information and rights.

Nabilala Community Development Programme (Uganda)

Hospital beds for the Nabilala Children Health Centre
Nabilala Community Development Programme is a grass roots organisation which constructed Nabilala Children Health Centre to offer medical services to the poor rural children of Nabilala and the neighbouring villages. They applied to UCF for a grant to purchase 10 hospital beds for the Nabilala Children Health Centre.

Mahboba’s Promise (Afghanistan)

Hope Begins With Water
Water is a scarce resource in Afghanistan. Often there isn’t any plumbing system to ensure a reliable supply of water. Every house and every building has to find their own water source, often this entails digging a well, often it entails children walking long distances and then carrying the heavy loads back home.

Second Chances SA

Teen Girls PK Mentoring Camps
Children of prisoners are almost seven times more likely to go to prison than their peers. With an absent father these young women need positive mentors in their lives to help steer their behaviour away from criminal tendencies.

Second Chances SA (SCSA) commenced 1 February 2015 after having 20 years experience with a national organisation. They exist solely to give ‘Second Chances’ to prisoners upon release and to their families, especially the children who are the most vulnerable and innocent victims of crime.

Youthinc

Youthinc Employment Placement
In November 2015, another 10 young people between the ages of 16-25 and who live in South Australia, will be invited to participate in Youthinc’s pre-employment programme. One of these will be partially supported by a UCF small grant.

Following the programme, each participant is assigned a suitable job with a relevant host employer, as well as a mentor to provide ongoing support, motivation and guidance. Furthermore,