The international partnership between ChildFund Pass It Back and World Rugby


World Rugby and ChildFund launched a major international partnership to change children’s lives through the transformative power of sport, as part of Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.

ChildFund Pass It Back is a sport for development program initiated by ChildFund Alliance, which aims to equip disadvantaged children and young people in Vietnam, Laos and the Philippines with important life skills.

Implemented in Vietnam since 2015, ChildFund Pass It Back has benefited more than 3,200 children and young people in Hoa Binh province through 8,488 hours of study including 2,172 lessons on life skills. In particular, the program has proritised the equal participation of female in activities, which contributes to the empowerment of girls and women across Asia. Currently, more than 50% of players and coaches participating in the program are female.

The partnership with World Rugby marks a milestone in the development of ChildFund Pass It Back as it opens up many opportunities for ChildFund Pass It Back to expand activities and reach more disadvantaged children across Asia in general and in Vietnam in particular.

ChildFund Alliance President Michael Rose said: “This is an exciting opportunity. We believe every child should have the right to play, which is why ChildFund’s Pass it Back program was originally established for children in rural and remote communities of Laos and Vietnam. These are children who face significant challenges around poverty and inequality.

Ms. Nguyen Thi Bich Lien, Country Director of ChildFund Vietnam said, “Through the partnership with World Rugby, ChildFund will reach more marginalised young people in Asia – girls, children from poor communities, young people living in rural and remote areas who have never had the opportunity to take part in organised sport before. So ChildFund Vietnam is proud and excited to be part of this major global initiative to improve the lives of impoverished children in Asia.”

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