Public Service Announcement: Sponsor a kid with KidsCan

A first-hand account of what it’s really like for families living in hardship in New Zealand as they send their kids back to school.

KidsCan visited the Waikato with Tristram Clayton and saw Kihikihi School, which is waiting for their support. Mum, Renee Hei Hei, and School Principal, Andy Morgan, talked about the challenges of hungry tummies and making a little money stretch a long way for their kids. They also visited a current KidsCan partner school, Waihi Central School, and spoke with the principal about how KidsCan is helping the school and their kids focus on the important stuff – their education.  

Today KidsCan provides over 114,000 children in 530 low decile schools with access to their food, clothing and health programmes.

Sadly, though, there are still 14 schools, that’s 1,661 children, waiting for their support. You get involved by supporting a child for 50c a day to help provide the basics they need to engage in the classroom, simply visit

Sending kids back to school can be a stressful time for many low income families. We currently have 14 schools, which equates to 1,661 kids, waiting for our support as they start the new year. We are looking for more caring Kiwis to support a New Zealand child for $15 a month. That’s less than 50c a day.

You will provide a child with:

  • Food at school
  • A waterproof, fleece-lined raincoat
  • A pair of shoes
  • Two pairs of socks
  • Basic health and hygiene items.

Your support provides a child with the essentials they need to engage and learn in the classroom.

As a supporter:

  • 100% of your contributions will go directly to the kids
  • You can choose the region in New Zealand you would like to support
  • See the tangible difference your contribution is making through our quarterly newsletter
  • Receive an annual tax receipt as all donations $5 and over are tax-deductible



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