The Smith Family
03/24/2017 at 05:00. Facebook
Jake’s story is truly heartbreaking. He was only two years old when his dad was diagnosed with cancer so aggressive that Jake’s mum became the sole breadwinner. Now poverty follows Jake to school. He’s teased for the way he looks and the things his family can’t afford; he feels out of place because he can’t catch up with his classmates no matter how hard he tries. And it’s destroying his hope...
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The Smith Family
03/22/2017 at 06:25. Facebook
Sustained support throughout a child’s schooling will have a significant long term impact on their future success. Our results show that 84% of Learning for Life graduates in Years 10-12 were engaged in employment, education or training 12 months after participating in our program. Read more here: [ Link ]
The Smith Family
03/21/2017 at 01:02. Facebook
Today we’re celebrating World Harmony Day! We believe that everyone should feel like they belong.
Thank you to the 70 challengers who headed to Kangaroo Valley last weekend to participate in The Smith Family Challenge, to raise funds for disadvantaged children. On average, each participant travelled 55 km by bike, 40 km on foot and swam or canoed 5 km over the two days. What an amazing effort!
Sponsorship is a simple but life-changing way to support a child in need. But if we don’t help now, many will fall behind and never catch up. Today, 3,452 children are waiting for support. Let’s show these children that they don't have to miss out. Become a sponsor today: [ Link ]
It’s time for everyone to have a Fairy Godmother or Fairy Godfather. Simply take the last digit of your phone number + the month you were born and there you have it! Share your result in the comments.
How well do you know the effects of growing up in poverty? Take our short quiz to find out the reality facing our children:
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Jake doesn’t know that children who grow up in poverty like him start school already behind their peers. He doesn’t know the school essentials and support he lacks today may affect him for the rest of his life. All Jake knows is he has less and feels “less than” everyone else.

Sponsorship gives crucial, comprehensive support to disadvantaged children like Jake. By helping them catch up and...
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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” - Dr Seuss
Every child deserves the chance to succeed in school and go on to pursue their dreams.
“If we weren’t connected with The Smith Family, we would be definitely in no position today to see Sophie graduate” - Sherrie, Sophie’s mum.

For 1 in 7 young Australians, the reality of intergenerational poverty means that the path towards university can seem impossible. Learn more about how you can help them to break the cycle of poverty: [ Link ]
Jake goes to school every day knowing he’s different. He feels “less than” for falling behind in class, missing out on school trips or not having the right shoes or uniform. Sadly, there are 1.1 million young Australians growing up in poverty and struggling at school, just like Jake. Here’s how you can help today: [ Link ]
“To see so many students that I’ve known for so long go through and graduate year 12, it’s fantastic. What an achievement.” - Sereena, Learning for Life Coordinator.

For our sponsored students, connecting with their Learning For Life coordinator can make all the difference. Thank you to our Learning for Life coordinators for being there for our students, good days and bad. Thank you to our...
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Sponsoring a child means much more than financial support. As well as being provided with books, a uniform and shoes, a sponsored child is provided with the emotional support and guidance they need to believe that they can succeed in school. Learn how your sponsorship will help a disadvantaged Australian student today: [ Link ]
When you feel like you're not good enough, school can feel like the worst place in the world. Jake is just one of 1.1 million young Australians living in poverty who feel like this every day.

Through no fault of their own, these children miss out and are isolated for being different. But by sponsoring a child like Jake, you can provide the life changing support they desperately need.

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Right now, 5,941 children are waiting for life-changing sponsorships. Will you help a child in need as they return to school? Please sponsor an Australian child today:

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Thank you for giving so many young Australians a reason to celebrate today
“I’ve seen my grades improve a lot,” Tahlia says. “Specially in English and Maths… Learning Club has kept me at school, kept me going. I've wanted to drop out so many times but I've kept my head high and Learning Club has helped me through all of it.”
Would you like to make a lasting difference to the life of a child like Tahlia? We are currently looking for Learning Club tutors – it only...
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What’s your new year’s resolution? Get fit? Tick off a bucket list adventure? Do more to support the causes you care about? Why not do them all in 2017! Trek the historic Kokoda Track, knowing every step you take will help break the cycle of disadvantage for Australian children. Find out more: [ Link ]
When she was young Shaeya got very sick, and her parents were told by specialists that she would have learning delays. But she pushed herself and is now on the way to realise the dream she had since she was in Year 5: to become a chef. ‘Shaeya was very lucky with her sponsor,’ says her mum, Wanita. ‘Getting a cookbook from her sponsor when she was in hospital one time really lifted her...
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