We raise funds and work with Caritas, Freetown and AFEWY (Anerdan Foundation for the Empowerment of Women & Youths) who locate children needing support. We raise awareness for the child and find a sponsor for each of them. We help each of the children by helping them to receive access to basic healthcare, food, hygiene items and schooling.
Our charity’s approach is to use low-cost, highly effective solutions that work dramatically to improve children’s lives and is currently funded by private donations.
The Fig Tree Children supports projects in Sierra Leone but we are located in Fig Tree Pocket, West of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
We are different in two main ways:
The first difference is that we are making a difference to children’s development, nurturing and futures at a grass roots level, one child at a time.
The second difference is that we believe no child should be denied a family life because they are poor, disabled or from an ethnic minority. The Fig Tree Children works to support children in Sierra Leone regain their right to a family life, basic healthcare and education.
We also host events such as music gigs and movie nights to raise additional funds.
The Fig Tree Children receives donations as a one off or regular contribution and through its sponsorship program. This program is designed to provide long-term care for orphaned children. Regular donations support long-term programs to provide essential services to improve the lives of all the children participating in these programs.
So far every dollar donated to The Fig Tree Children in Australia:
Unfortunately, this can’t always be the case but all endeavors will be made to keep costs as low as possible.
Australia has the seventh highest income per person in the world according to International Monetary Fund figures. Our level of government debt is by far the lowest of any major developed country. The Australia Government only gives around 35 cents in every hundred dollars of national income even though they are well placed to give more. In reality, our government’s spending on overseas aid is relatively low compared with other rich nations who give aid. We currently rank 14th out of 23 rich countries in terms of our aid budget.
Overseas Aid has played a big part in reducing the number of children dying from preventable causes. 20 years ago more than 12 million children died every year from preventable causes. In 2010, less than 8 million children died from preventable causes. This is a 36 percent reduction in child deaths and aid has played a big part in this progress. Unfortunately, thousands of children still die every day so more still needs to be done.
The Fig Tree Children Australia office is open from 9am until 5.30pm EDT Monday-Friday. Outside of these hours and during public holidays please email us.
All our fundraisers are knowledgeable about The Fig Tree Children and will have a letter of authority from The Fig Tree Children, Australia identifying them as a volunteer ‘The Fig Tree Children’ fundraiser.
If you would like to confirm a fundraiser’s identity please contact us on 0431 895 733 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you don’t want to donate via paypal, there are two other options for donating.
Donate by Cheque/Money Order made out to: The Fig Tree Children
Please mail to:
The Fig Tree Children
PO Box 5297
For receipting purposes please include your details*
Or you can donate directly into The Fig Tree Children’s Home bank account
Account name: The Fig Tree Children
BSB: 084 255 Account: 74 304 6763
Ref: Your first name and last name
If you would like a receipt for a direct transfer, please email email@example.com with donation amount, date of deposit and your name and address.
If you’d like to sponsor one of our children then you can using the process above and letting us know who you would like to sponsor by leaving the child’s name in the comments box.
Mail: PO Box 5297, Kenmore East, QLD 4069 Australia
or Contact Paypal
Most definitely! If you go to the Sponsor Page on our website you will see the children we already have a sponsor for and those we are looking for a sponsor for. To sponsor a child just complete the donation form, selecting recurring monthly contribution and letting us know the name of the child you wish to sponsor in the comments box. If you want to donate via paypal then select ‘online payment’ or if you live in Australia and would like to donate via a bank transfer each month, you can do that also, just make sure you select ‘offline payment’ when completing the form.
We don’t currently sell greeting cards and gifts, however this is something we might consider down the track.
Unfortunately, The Fig Tree Children, Australia don’t procure supplies for our emergency or long-term projects. While it is a very generous offer to donate medical/educational supplies, food or clothing, it is administratively and logistically extremely difficult and expensive to organise to freight and distribute items overseas from Australia.
The Fig Tree Children, Australia is unable to accept work experience placements due to our small staff and limited resources.
As our role in Australia is advocacy and fundraising, we do not directly recruit volunteers or employees to work with The Fig Tree Children in Sierra Leone. However in order to assist those who are keen to volunteer and work overseas with The Fig Tree Children, we are happy to forward your details on to the administration personnel for us in Sierra Leone.
If you are interested in volunteering for The Fig Tree Children, Australia, please email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will keep record of your application and contact you if any volunteer work becomes available.
We offer a limited number of internships for tertiary students and graduates each year. The internships are unpaid, and require a minimum of two days/week over three months at our office in Brisbane, QLD. For more information email: email@example.com.
Yes we can! If you would like a poster to display in your classroom please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your address details or call 0431 895 733 and speak to Jane.