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Dear readers,

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Family Matters, our magazine for our wonderful supporters.

If you have been involved with Family for some time, you will know that we work in a range of different ways to make life better for children and families. Our global network of member organisations undertakes research, shares practice, runs campaigns, directly supports children and families, and provides vital aid in emergencies. Independently, all of this work is crucial – but the different actions can also work together to deliver real, tangible and long-lasting change.

Our recent success in Zimbabwe highlights why this holistic approach is so important. Through our network’s ability to collaborate on a global scale, we’ve been able to impact and shape a major new law. This bill will better protect children in a myriad of ways, ultimately improving lives for years to come. How did we do it? Well, our research gave us the evidence we needed to lobby people in power. Our insight from working day-to-day in local communities helped us to truly understand what matters to people. Finally, our advocacy and campaigning meant we could amplify the voices of those who often go unheard. Combined, all of this work helped us influence this bill amendment for children – and it was made possible through generous donors like you.

Inside this issue, you can also find out how our Ukraine appeal has given a young family the chance for a new life, and read about this year’s Blue Umbrella Day campaign. Together, we’re shaping a global fight against sexual violence affecting boys. 

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for continuing to support our work. It means the world to us.

Rita Panicker

Chair of the Board

You can have a flick through and download the magazine below, or scroll down to read the individual articles.

Page 1

Our most recent news – in brief

Here, you can read about some of the latest news from the Family alliance – what have been some of our recent achievements? Have there been any milestones? 

Page 2 – 3

A major milestone for children in Zimbabwe

Our member in Zimbabwe – the Farm Orphans’ Support Trust (FOST) – achieved an incredible outcome for the children and families in their communities. Read about the groundbreaking law change.

Page 4 – 5

Ukraine crisis: Marina finds safety for her family

Read about Marina and her family – a young mother who was forced to flee her home in Ukraine. We recently reached out to  our partner organisation to find out how she was doing. This is her story. 

Page 6 – 7

Blue Umbrella Day’s growing impact

This year, the Blue Umbrella Day campaign was bigger and more impactful than ever before. We’ve captured all of the impact, and collected all of the images from around the globe.

Page 8 – 9

Empowering young people to change the care system

Family for Every Child’s newest member organisation ‘VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai’ was established to ensure that children and young people in care have their voices heard. Here’s how they do it.

Page 10

Appeal: protect children against future crises

These are tumultuous, unprecedented times. Emergencies are increasing in scale and impact around the world, fuelled by conflict, inequality and a changing climate. Any child or family could find their life drastically changed within seconds. Be the first to help them.