The Aroha Partnership

Help give children in Vanuatu, Timor-Leste, Kiribati and the Solomon Islands the best start in life - Donate Now.


About this appeal

Every child deserves the best start in life.

But kids in our Asia-Pacific neighbourhood don't always have the basics like early childhood education, or even clean water and sanitation facilities.

Without clean drinking water, access to pre-school or even simple sanitation facilities - these children cannot thrive and reach their potential.

The Aroha Partnership is all about changing that. Because like you, we believe that no matter where you're from, every child deserves the best start in life.

Become an Aroha Partner by making a one-off or monthly donation now.

UNICEF Aotearoa is partnering with the Government's New Zealand Aid Programme to co-fund ongoing sustainable work in the Asia-Pacific. Together we'll be delivering clean watersanitation, and culturally relevant education to tamariki who need it most. 

But we need you to join us today.

Your donation can help give kids in Vanuatu, Kiribati, Timor-Leste and the Solomon Islands, access to the basics that we take for granted.

And thanks to the New Zealand Government co-funding the Aroha Partnership, it means your donation will have even greater impact. 

We can achieve more, together. But it starts with you.

In the unlikely event that the funds raised exceed UNICEF’s funding requirements for this appeal, your one off or monthly gift will also go to our Global Parents Fund.

Appeal information updated 26th July 2021.


How will you help

All kids deserve the best start to life, but in reality many are missing out.

You can change that as an Aroha Partner.

You'll be helping give children a healthy, stimulating, and safe environment to thrive in today and for generations to come.

It starts with providing clean water, toilets, hand-washing facilities and early education. And you'll be supporting tamariki close to home in Vanuatu, Timor-Leste, Kiribati and the Solomon Islands (with more to come).

Kiribati | ©UNICEF/UN0202329
Kiribati | ©UNICEF/UN0202329

Water and Sanitation

Kids are getting sick due to not having clean water. More access to clean water for drinking and hand-washing, and improved sanitation facilities will mean kids are healthier and more resilient.

As part of the Aroha Partnership* we'll be delivering:

  • Water for drinking and hand-washing for approximately 67 primary, and 14 secondary schools in Vanuatu.

  • Safe drinking water, toilets and hand-washing facilities to children in 42 schools across the Solomon Islands.

  • Water and sanitation systems to up to 140 schools and 38 health clinics in 16 outer islands in Kiribati.

You can find out more about the programmes of work here

Education & Preschool

Not enough kids have easy access to education. More education & preschool services that are culturally relevant and fully resourced, and positive parenting will mean kids have a better start to their learning years.

As part of the Aroha Partnership we'll be delivering:

  • A fully resourced and culturally relevant preschool curriculum and guidelines for the Kiribati Ministry of Education.

  • Community preschool locations and services to approximately 440 young children aged 3-5 years in informal settlements in Kiribati.

  • Preschool education to 120 rural communities in Timor-Leste, reaching 5,200 children and 2,000 parents over five years.

You can find out more about the programmes of work here

Preschool, Solomon Islands
Preschool, Solomon Islands

*Source: Estimated number of children impacted and delivery is based on projected implementation plans and enrolment numbers outlined in the UNICEF Aotearoa and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) - Negotiated Partnership Agreement 2021.

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Tax Credit

Individuals can claim a 33.33% tax credit for all donations over $5 they make to this appeal.

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