We believe in the power of sport to change children’s lives. That’s why ChildFund and World Rugby are joining forces for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.


Together we will help children from developing communities in Asia to learn essential life skills through ChildFund Pass It Back, and assist with emergency relief efforts in disaster-affected areas in Japan.




“ChildFund Pass It Back helps young people to develop the skills they need to keep safe in a rapidly changing environment, and supports global efforts to end all forms of violence against children.”

Michael Rose, President, ChildFund Alliance

DONATE NOW

Your generous donation will give disadvantaged children in Asia the opportunity to play, learn and grow.

HOW DO WE HELP CHILDREN?

The ChildFund Pass It Back program uses tag rugby to teach children and young people in Asia a range of valuable life skills, which equips them to overcome challenges, inspire positive social change and ‘pass it back’ to their communities.
With a focus on gender inclusion, over half of all players and coaches are female.

WHERE IN ASIA?

ChildFund Pass It Back is implemented in Laos, Vietnam and the Philippines, where we place a focus on disadvantaged communities.

With global recognition as a best practice Sport for Development program, we hope to expand the program across Asia and beyond, so that more young people can enjoy their right to play sport.

WHY CHILDREN IN ASIA?

Asia is home to 60% of the world’s youth,
with over 1.8 billion people aged between 10 and 24.
Many of these children lack the opportunities, knowledge and skills to succeed in a rapidly changing region.

ChildFund Pass It Back is committed to building a new generation of leaders across Asia.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Linked to the objectives of its Spirit of Rugby programme, World Rugby recognises the important role rugby has in fostering societal development and has a proud history of leveraging the global reach of its showcase tournament, Rugby World Cup, to engage fans and support programmes which use rugby as a tool for positive social change.

World Rugby and ChildFund have been working in partnership in recent years to deliver the successful ChildFund Pass It Back program. Both organisations are committed to ensuring that Rugby World Cup 2019 leaves a lasting legacy in Asia – to promote and develop the game of rugby in the region, and to build stronger communities. ChildFund Pass It Back is a key component of World Rugby’s Impact Beyond 2019 Programme.

ChildFund is a global alliance of child-focused international development organisations which assists more than 14 million children and their families in over 60 countries. With a long-standing and trusted presence in many of the world’s poorest communities, ChildFund works in partnership with children, their families and local organisations to achieve lasting change, respond to humanitarian emergencies and promote children’s rights.

ChildFund implements programs to improve education, healthcare and child protection. It also delivers programs to build the resilience of children and youth, including sport for development – most notably the highly successful ChildFund Pass It Back program.

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Funds donated in the lead up to and during, Rugby World Cup 2019 will help children and young people from disadvantaged communities across Asia and assist with emergency relief efforts in disaster-affected areas in Japan.

The ChildFund Pass It Back program will be expanded to support more young people in Laos, Vietnam and the Philippines, and will be extended to other developing countries in the region. Many more young people will develop their leadership and life skills through this rugby-based development program.

Children and young people will also benefit from other (separately funded) ChildFund programs in areas such as education, healthcare and child protection.

ChildFund is an affiliate member of Accountable Now, a platform of international civil society organisations that strive to be transparent, responsive to stakeholders, and focused on delivering impact. In addition, each member of ChildFund Alliance must uphold and meet the following range of standards:

Program Code of Ethics: each member must establish clear and honest policies and procedures for monitoring and accountability to ensure programs are as effective as possible, with standards in place that guarantee that projects are focused on children and encourage the empowerment, training and involvement of the communities they help.

Child Safeguarding Policy Guidelines: these set forth our core values and commitments to children in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Fundraising Code of Ethics: these standards ensure efficiency, minimised administrative overheads, proper stewardship of funds and contributions, and complete accuracy and honesty in all fundraising activities, public statements and advertising.

ChildFund Australia, which manages the ChildFund Pass It Back program, is a member of the Australia Council for International Development (ACFID) and a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct. The Code requires members to meet high standards of corporate governance, public accountability and financial management. As evidence of this accountability, ChildFund Australia is accredited by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to receive government grants.

A request for a refund of contributions already donated will be considered and determined on a case by case basis. When a request for a refund is received, an assessment of the reason given for the refund request is undertaken. The following reasons will usually be considered favourably:

  • an error has been made by ChildFund Australia;
  • a donor decides within the first 1-3 weeks of providing contributions that they have changed their mind and the funds have not already been remitted overseas;
  • a donor’s banking details are fraudulently obtained and used;

The following reasons will not usually be grounds for a refund to be given:

  • the financial circumstances of the donor;
  • disagreement by the donor with the nature of the programs provided by ChildFund.

If it is agreed that a refund is to be made the donor will receive the refund within ten working days of the decision. Further information can be can found in our Complaints Policy.

TESTIMONIALS

As a transformational rugby for good program, ChildFund Pass It Back is a perfect embodiment of how sport can inspire social change. We are excited about the impact rugby can have for thousands of children within Asia, the world’s most populous and youthful continent.

Brett Gosper, CEO, World Rugby

In Vietnam, children in rural areas do not have much chance to play like the kids in big cities. I bring something fun for them to play and I am happy with that. Coaches also share their own real life experiences to facilitate life-skills discussions.

Huyen, ChildFund Pass It Back Coach, Vietnam

I want to help involve as many Lao girls and women from rural and remote communities as possible in rugby so they too can feel brave and strong.

Lao Khang, former coach with ChildFund Pass It Back and member of the Lao Women’s National Rugby team

It is a privilege to travel to these communities and support the development of new talent. I am particularly impressed that in Laos and Vietnam, where rugby is a relatively new sport, so many girls and young women are jumping in and giving it a go.

Nicole Beck, Aussie Sevens star and Olympic gold-medallist

During ChildFund Pass It Back life skills sessions, the players can share their thoughts or feelings with their teammates, and talk to their coaches in confidence. The players always get the support they need.

Truong, ChildFund Pass It Back Coach, Vietnam

Bringing young women and girls from disadvantaged countries into the game of rugby is great in itself, but using the game as a development tool of their young lives is amazing and innovative.

Ciaran Fitzgerald, former British and Irish Lions Captain

I am very pleased to see that World Rugby and ChildFund are joining forces for the Rugby World Cup 2019. Through this partnership, vulnerable children in Asia will get the opportunity to play rugby, and also benefit from a program which will give them important, and life-long, skills and knowledge.

John Eales AM, captain of the 1999 World Cup winning Wallabies

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