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Not our future prisoners

Closed Cause page created in the Kiwi Kids category by Pillars

$740 of $60,000 goal

Given by 15 generous donors in around 3 months


Pillars is a charity for children of prisoners and we have children right now waiting for the gift of a mentor. We need your support.

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Pillars is a charity dedicated to supporting some of the the over 20,000 children of prisoners in New Zealand who are sadly over 9 times more likely to go to prison as adults.

No child grows up dreaming of going to prison and these children deserve a chance of hope and happiness and to grow into positive living adults like all children. Mentors can make a huge difference to how they feel about their place in the world.

This Children of Prisoner's Week we are launching a campaign to get 20 children off our waiting list for a Pillars mentor. We need your support to make it happen.

The direct cost of funding a mentoring match for one year is $3,000 to recruit train and support a volunteer mentor and give a child of a prisoner the hope and guidance they need.

Your donation can help be the difference for one more child to come off our waiting list and get the gift of a mentor and help make generational change.

Pillars' involvement (page creator)

I am proud to be supporting Pillars and Children of Prisoners Week so more children of prisoners can get the support they need. Through this campaign we hear their voices,we see their innocence, and we are reminded that these are just children. They have not committed any crimes, they do not aspire to go to prison, and they deserve to have dreams and the resources to realise them. It is so important that we support children of prisoners to have the kind of life we want all children to have, and to help create the communities that we all deserve. - Miiriama Kamo, Pillars ambassador

About us

On any given day there are over 23,000 kiwi kids with a parent in prison, a situation they didn't choose. The social deprivation and isolation children of prisoners can face leaves them vulnerable and all too often this leads to cycles of crime. Without proper support, children of prisoners are over 9 x more likely to end up in prison than other kiwi kids.

Pillars are the experts in the crisis that is imprisonment of a parent and our research-based programme empowers and supports these children and their families to break the cycle.

Your donation helps us fund our mentoring programme so we can recruit, train, match and support volunteer mentors to be a positive and and stable model at a time when these children most need consistency and support.

We can also provide a range of support services to parents and caregivers of these children around their wellbeing and care while their parent is in prison.

By supporting Pillars you are making a difference in the life of these children and helping to make generational change.

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Can you be a Christmas angel?  20 December 2016

Posted by: Pillars

Thanks to the generous donations of gifts and treats more than 500 children of prisoners in New Zealand will have a brighter Christmas through the Pillars Christmas appeal. We personally give these gifts to the children and know how special they will feel when they receive them. But what more of these children really need is the life changing gift of a mentor. A stable, consistent, positive and caring role model to guide and support them in the coming year. Pillars are still raising funds for 20 more children to have a mentor in the next school year. Every dollar you contribute to this page goes towards that effort. We need to raise $60,000 to make it happen. What better gift in the season of giving than helping a vulnerable child have the life changing gift of a mentor?

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  • Laura keddell

    Laura keddell on 21 Dec 2016



    • Pillars

      Hi Laura Thank you for your donation in this season of giving to the children we support at Pillars. Merry Christmas.

  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 20 Dec 2016



  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 20 Dec 2016


    God Bless your work and a very Merry Christmas to you all xx


    • Pillars

      Many blessings for your support of Pillars in this season and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  • Beks from Celia Lashlie Projects

    Beks from Celia Lashlie Projects on 15 Oct 2016


    What wonderful work you are doing. thank you xx


  • Michele

    Michele on 02 Oct 2016


    Tell these children that people do care about them. Would love this donation to be bigger but I guess it all adds up.


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