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Help young Kiwis out of poverty

Closed Cause page created in the Kiwi Kids category by First Foundation

$3,565 of $150,000 goal
Given by 20 generous donors in around 3 months

Bright young Kiwis born into poverty could lose life-changing support due to Covid-19. This impacts their futures not just now, but forever.

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Bright young Kiwis born into poverty are at risk of losing life-changing support due to Covid-19.

These talented school leavers, selected for First Foundation’s four-year programme, were on a path to change their own lives and those of their families and communities. Now they urgently need support from Kiwis like you.

By giving to First Foundation, you’ll help provide vital education, mentoring and work experience to highly capable students with few financial resources. This dramatically improves each student’s opportunities in life, giving them access to the support and professional networks many of us take for granted.

The majority of our funding usually comes from generous businesses who want to help young people reach their potential. But the impact of Covid-19 means many organisations we rely on are no longer able to support these young New Zealanders.

Your gift will help break the cycle of intergenerational poverty that Covid-19 threatens to entrench in New Zealand.

With support from kind-hearted people like you, hundreds of bright young New Zealanders have already had their lives changed through First Foundation. But we can’t stop now.

Covid-19 will disproportionately affect young people disadvantaged by poverty. With cuts to their already low household income due to Covid-19, the priority becomes survival. Young Kiwis who would otherwise have gone to university will now need to work to support their families – leading to another generation in low-skilled jobs. We can’t let these talented students slip through the cracks.

Young people in our programme are more likely to complete their university degree, and many use their improved finances to help support their parents, siblings, or wider community, creating a ripple effect throughout all their lives.

One of those young Kiwis is Susana Vunipola, who like many of our students was the first in her family to attend university.

“My income is now higher than my mother, who has been working for more than 30 years,” says Susana, who began the programme in 2013. “This allows me to help support my family and save toward my goal of owning a family home.”

By donating now, you’ll help change the futures of deserving young Kiwis who urgently need your help – as well as those of their whānau and communities for generations to come.

Please donate what you can to help young New Zealanders born into poverty.

We truly appreciate your support.

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Unleash the potential of talented young New Zealanders from financially challenged backgrounds. You can change the lives of our future leaders, creating a powerful legacy that will impact communities for generations.

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By giving to First Foundation, you’ll help provide vital education, mentoring and work experience to highly capable students with few financial resources.

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Terry on 27 Jul 2020
Keep up the great work
First Foundation

Thanks for your awesome support Terry.

First Foundation
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 27 Jul 2020
From the children of Te Akau School
First Foundation

Tu meke Te Akau School, you rock.

First Foundation
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 12 Jul 2020
Remembering my Aunty today on her birthday who always gave from her heart.
First Foundation

Thank you so much. We have some amazing young people who will go on to make the world a better place because of your support.

First Foundation
Ruth on 24 Jun 2020
First Foundation

Awww, thanks Ruth. You do so much for us.

First Foundation
Colin on 10 Jun 2020
First Foundation

Amazing support. Thank you Colin.

First Foundation

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