Investment ideas to address children's needs based on what we know works
There are many ways, big and small, that you can invest in kiwi kids who need support. Here are some ideas to get you thinking about what would work in your community
The ideas for investing in children have been grouped into six interrelated areas of children's lives. Children have needs across all of these six areas, and we know that supporting any of them will make a difference for children.
Do your homework first, by following the six basics of wise giving to ensure you are not duplicating, but supporting areas of greatest need in your community.
If you need more one-on-one advice then Philanthropy New Zealand may be able to work with you to create a plan.
Ideas for supporting stable, nurturing familes
All parents benefit from more knowledge and help with their parenting skills. Good, nurturing parenting can help mitigate some of the impacts of poverty on a child.
These ideas for investment suggest ways to support, improve or establish things that help parents be better parents.
Ideas for improving accessibilty to health services
There is a strong relationship between poverty and poor health. For example, a lack of information during pregnancy, poor quality nutrition, and overcrowded homes can affect children's health.
These ideas suggest ways your investment could improve the health of children - through education, nutrition programmes and direct community support.
Ideas to help kids get the most out of education
Education is fundamental to good outcomes and for children to reach their potential. Children who grow up in poverty are more likely to do badly at school, to go to school hungry, be sick, move a lot and live in houses with no place to study. They miss out on many extra-curricular activities.
These ideas suggest ways your investment could help children attend school ready to learn, be part of school activities and achieve their potential.
Ideas for making homes healthy and safe
Housing quality and affordability are big issues facing New Zealanders, and are particularly critical for children in poverty. Some low income families pay more than half their income on rent. Many cannot afford to heat their homes which contributes to dampness and mould. Poor quality, unsafe housing and over-crowding are causes of injuries and many health issues for children.
These ideas aim to make homes healthier and safer for children.
Ideas to help build supportive communities
Children living in the poorest areas are less likely to be able to take part in activities (such as sports clubs, kohanga reo, community centres) because of the limited resources in the community. Yet volunteer-based, local organisations with strong roots in their communities provide direct support to families and children.
These ideas include ways you could advocate for the needs of children in their communities, support local organisations to do even more, and invest in communities so children have the option to take part.
Ideas for ensuring children have their basic needs met
Children regularly miss out on things they need because family income is low. Providing practical goods and items children need can make a difference. There is also a place to advocate for better incomes, and to help young people and parents into work or higher paid work.
These ideas suggest ways you could provide in-kind support of goods and services to children who are missing out.