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Success of ‘ChildFund Pass it Back’ programme is good news for children
Dec 20, 2018

ChildFund’s sport-for-development programme ‘ChildFund Pass it Back’, has had an amazingly positive year.

Kim Chi is happy and confident thanks to her participation in the ChildFund pass it Back programme in Vietnam.

Dublin, December 20th, 2018: Brian Mac Neill

It’s been a stellar twelve months for ChildFund’s ‘Pass it Back’ programme and as a result, more and more children will benefit.

ChildFund Pass it Back is a unique sports-for-development programme that utilises the fun, competitiveness and positive values associated with rugby to inspire disadvantaged youth across South East Asia.  Through a mixture of sports, and life-skills sessions, the programme supports social change, empowering children to become leaders in their own communities and to ‘Pass it Back’ to the next generation of children.  This is especially important when it comes to girls and young women in the developing world who are often disadvantaged by rigidly enforced gender roles that exclude them from developing to their full potential, or expose them to harmful practices.

Since its inception, ‘ChildFund Pass it Back’  (CPIB), has worked with more than 9,500 registered participants; more than 100 youth competitions have been successfully organised; and over 28,000 integrated sports and life-skills sessions have been delivered.


Earlier this year, World Rugby and ChildFund Pass it Back announced a partnership for the Rugby World Cup in Japan, in 2019.  As a result, the program looks set to thrive in 2019, and that’s very good news for children!


ChildFund Pass it Back has helped Lao Khang become a role model for girls and young women, not just in Lao but everywhere!

The power of CPIB to create transformative change was evidenced recently with the naming of Lao Khang at number 46 in the BBC’s influential, ‘100 women of 2018‘.  Having begun her career with ChildFund Pass it Back through the Lao Rugby Federation, Lao is now a role model to girls and young women, and an inspiring example of how sport can be a force for good.

We look forward to ChildFund Pass it Back going from strength to strength in 2019 in what is shaping up to be great year for rugby and for children!

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