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Ways to Donate

Thank you very much for your interest in supporting our work. There are many ways to make a donation to ChildFund Ireland:

  • Through our Make a Donation page
  • You can phone us at 1800 22 10 10 (Freephone) or 01 6762128 to arrange a donation.
  • Cheques, drafts and postal orders can be sent to ChildFund Ireland, 22 Windsor Place, Dublin 2 (please make cheque/postal money order payable to ChildFund Ireland, and especify where should the donation go to – for example, write “Dream Bike campaign” or “Emergency appeal” on it)
  • Through our JustGiving page
  • If you wish to donate in person through your bank, you can do so using the following details:

Name of Account: ChildFund Ireland
Bank Address: Bank Of Ireland, O’Connell St, Dublin 1
A/c: 68054267
S/c: 90-00-33
BIC Code: BOFI IE2D
IBAN Code: IE50 BOFI 90003368054267

You can decide how you want to support ChildFund Ireland’s work, choosing where your contribution should go to. Please see some options below:

Donate to our Emergency Response Fund

Your contribution to our Emergency Response Fund allows us to respond effectively and immediately when an emergency occurs in any country where we work at. ChildFund was heavily involved in responding to the Typhoon Haiyan disaster which devastated the Philippines in 2013. In January 2015 ChildFund received a prestigious international humanitarian award for its Ebola relief efforts, which included airlifting three shipments of critically needed medical supplies to West Africa and the setting of an interim care centre in Liberia for children who had lost parents or caregivers to Ebola. When the devastating earthquakes struck Nepal in April 2015, ChildFund was quick in responding to the emergency, working with other aid agencies and local authorities to assist children and families affected – providing emergency food and non-food supplies, setting up Child-Centred Spaces, and creating temporary shelters. ChildFund continues to work in Nepal, but the response has now shifted from relief to reconstruction.

ChildFund has recently launched its Ethiopia Food Crisis appeal and is working to bring immediate assistance to millions of children and their families affected by the draught in the country and in growing danger from malnutrition. For more information, please click here.

Being able to respond swiftly in an emergency is absolutely crucial to saving lives, and your donation can help us do that.

Donate to the Dream Bike campaign

ChildFund Ireland and the Camogie Association have teamed up to help vulnerable girls in developing countries get to school safely and on time. Just €100 can make a huge impact: it buys a girl a bicycle and provides her with the opportunity to continue her education and development. Your donation to the Dream Bike campaign can make all the difference in a girl’s life. For more information, please see our news posts here and here.

Sponsor a Child

Sponsoring a child is a unique experience and allows you to contribute in an unparalleled way to the life of another human being.  For more information, see Why Sponsor?

Donate to our General Fund

A general, unrestricted donation provides the flexibility for ChildFund to quickly allocate funds wherever need is greatest, funding gaps exist, or costs cannot be met from other funding sources.

Donate to a Direct Action Project

Direct Action donations are used to fund immediate, small-scale interventions in areas such as:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Women’s Empowerment
  • Child Protection

Find out about our current Direct Action project

title: PLAYGROUND FACILITIES FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT CENTRE
location: Okwece, Mutunda Sub-County, Kiryandongo District , Mid-Western Uganda
COST: €4,600

Donate now to make this project happen!

School Girls Playing - Uganda

School Girls Playing – Uganda

 

 

With financial support from Irish Aid, ChildFund is currently working on a programme to improve early childhood development (ECD) in Uganda. As part of our goal to help improve the development of children we want to provide a selected school with good playground facilities.

A new ECD centre for children has been built in Okwece in the Kiryandongo District of mid-Western Uganda. It lies approximately 225 kilometres Northwest of Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city. The Okwece centre (pictured below) is the only ECD centre that meets basic standards in the area, and as such is viewed as a model centre from which best practices are copied by other satellite ECD centres. The installation of improved external play materials will provide a good example for the other centres to aspire to, and ultimately that will benefit many children. By leading the way, Okwece can help encourage the development of play facilities for kids in other education  centres, and help establish the importance of providing these for children’s development.

The New ECD Centre for Kids at Okwece in Kiryandongo, Uganda.  We want playground facilities to fill this picture and we want children playing there!

The New ECD Centre for Kids at Okwece in Kiryandongo, Uganda. We want playground facilities to fill this picture and we want children playing there!

What exactly is ECD and why is ‘playing’ so important for Children’s development?   

The simplest way to think about it is that ‘play’ is children’s work! It provides a powerful link to learning, growth, and development. Play can influence the development of social competence, intelligence, language development and creativity. It is a natural, universal experience that is grounded in everyday life processes. Throughout the world, children play alone and in groups, actively creating meaning and exploring their environment. Play is central to children’s learning, regardless of the actual content. The process of play is a powerful, multifaceted learning experience.

Early Childhood Development (ECD) refers to the holistic development of a child from the prenatal stage up to about eight years, and it includes physical, cognitive, linguistic, and socio-emotional development.  This learning and development occurs in a variety of places including the home, and it involves a range of activities from child care to nutrition to parent education. As children get older, their understanding and engagement with the world around them increases, starting with ECD centres and moving into the formal education system.

Kids play in a Playground at a ChildFund ECD Centre in Fantale, Ethiopa

Kids play in a Playground at a ChildFund ECD Centre in Fantale, Ethiopa

ChildFund’s programme in Uganda supports children, their families and their communities to improve the quality of ECD services that are available to the poorest children.  It includes the construction or redevelopment of early childhood development centres, and the provision of play materials.  As play is such an important element of ECD.  It is hoped the Okwece centre will be equipped with a basic but safe supply of indoor and outdoor equipment and as such, materially affect the lives of the children who attend there.

If possible ChildFund hopes to expand this Direct Action project to other ECD centres in the near future.

Playgrounds provide crucial and vital opportunities for children to play. There is substantial research showing the clear link between play and brain development, motor-skills, and social capabilities. Emotional, social, motor and cognitive learning is accelerated, facilitated, and fuelled by the pleasure of play. Aside from the positive impact it has on children’s development, we should not forget also that every kid deserves to laugh, to have fun and to be happy playing with their friends. What better way than playing in the school yard on purpose built facilities designed for this very purpose?

It is proposed to equip the Okwece centre with the following: 3-person Swing, Double Climber, Slide & Balance, See Saw, Platform, and a Merry-Go-Round. We are trying to raise €4,600 for this programme and we need your help and good will to get there! Your donation can help, not just childhood development, but to put a smile on hundreds of children’s faces.

Please donate now to make this project happen!

Alternative Options

If you wish to contribute in any other way, we will be more than happy to accommodate your request – simply contact us by your preferred method.  Other ways that supporters of ChildFund Ireland have chosen to have their contribution distributed in the past are as follows:

Donation ON BEHALF of someone

If you want to mark a special occasion (such as the birth of a child, a christening, a graduation, etc.) or remember a beloved one in a positive and impactful way, please consider making a donation to ChildFund Ireland. Your donation will contribute to our programmes in education, healthcare, water, food, child protection and more. Let us know who the donation is on behalf of and we can send them a card to celebrate this special moment.

Make a major donation

You can fund a specific child-focused project in one of the countries where we work. A major donation is a once-off donation in excess of €3,000. Such large donations help us to plan ahead and also provide opportunities for us to leverage further funding from institutional donors. This means we can make significant and sustainable impacts on the lives of the children and the communities we work with.

Corporate donations

Your hard earned money will bring about lasting change in the lives of very vulnerable children in the developing world while enhancing your company’s reputation locally. Corporate donations are considered business expenses and can therefore be set against your company’s tax liability. Corporate involvement with ChildFund can also be extended to involve your staff through sponsorship, other fundraising or gifts.

Leave a legacy

By remembering ChildFund in your Will, you will leave a legacy that lasts for generations. Your donation can be the gift of a lifetime that changes the difficult, and sometimes tragic, reality faced by so many children. Our vision is a world where children are happy and free to enjoy their childhood. Gifts in Wills, no matter how big or small, can make a huge difference to the work we do by enabling us to develop long-term plans which will help make this vision a reality for children. Your gift can provide children – and generations to come – with life essentials, such as clean water, nutritious food, healthcare, education, protection and more. It will enable you to continue supporting the work we do beyond your own lifetime.

Making a Will and keeping it up-to-date is one of the most important actions you will ever take. It ensures that all those you care about benefit from your generosity when you are gone. So when the time is right for you and after taking care of your loved ones, we ask that you consider leaving a gift to ChildFund Ireland in your Will.

If you would like more information, please contact us and we would be very happy to speak to you.

 

If you would like more information about any of the options listed above, please contact us and we would be very happy to speak to you or to send you more information.