KidsCan provides food, clothing and basic healthcare in schools to enable disadvantaged Kiwi kids to reach their full potential.
Every child deserves to be warm, comfortable and nourished - but 1 in 6 Kiwi kids affected by poverty are missing out on the basics. Kids can’t focus in class if they didn’t eat the night before. They can’t participate if they’re shivering or wet from walking to school with no jacket or shoes. Founded on a belief that education is the key to a better future, New Zealand charity KidsCan provides food, shoes, socks and raincoats so children can arrive at school ready and able to learn. The goal is to ensure poverty no longer stands between them and the chance to reach their full potential.
KidsCan helps children through the schools and preschools it partners with. Whatever else is going on in their lives, tamariki are guaranteed Heart Foundation-endorsed food to sustain them throughout the day; clothing to keep them warm, cosy and dry; and products like nit treatment and hand sanitiser to keep them healthy and regularly attending school. This support is there for as long as children need it – right from early childhood education (ECE) through to high school in some cases. KidsCan now partners with more than 1000 schools and ECEs nationwide, with more coming on board all the time.
None of this would be possible without the generous support of our community: our fundraisers, donors and business partners. It certainly does take a Village to raise a child.