Campaign for Australian Aid

Every year Australian Aid improves the lives of millions of people around the globe.

It plays an important part in creating a fair and just world. It supports people with promising potential to remove the barriers that prevent them from living a life of dignity.

The work supported by Australian Aid is something we can all be proud of. Helping a neighbour in need is what we do as Australians.

But with Australia’s aid budget suffering from successive cuts in recent years, now, more than ever, Australia needs strong support behind the life-changing work of aid. If you believe in a fair and just world, join the Campaign for Australian Aid today.

Australian Aid helps World Vision implement larger scale projects. For example, on the island of Flores, Indonesia, dirty drinking water meant that children often got sick with cholera, dysentery and typhoid fever. Women walked for over 30 minutes up to six times each day to collect clean water.

Community leaders from villages in East Flores asked World Vision about building a water pump from a clean water source they knew of, on the other side of a volcano – about 27km away from where the people live. Australian Aid provided funding for concrete, pipes and expert engineers to build a pipeline that pumps water to the villages in Flores. Many of the locals didn’t believe it could be done - Clean, running water was beyond their wildest dreams.

When the pump was up and running in 2007, members of the villages formed a water management committee to repair faulty equipment, and to keep the water clean and healthy.

Every household that benefits from the water project contributes the equivalent of 50c per month to the committee for ongoing maintenance. The pipeline has been providing water to the community for seven years now.

Anastasia, a mother from Flores, says, “We now find it easy to do the laundry, the washing and cooking. We can water plants and grow small gardens close to our homes. Now, we can take baths at any time but we used to have only one a week.”

That’s the kind of real change Australian Aid makes in the lives of the world’s most promising people.

You can help us make a difference by supporting the Campaign for Australian Aid, a joint initiative of the Make Poverty History and Micah Challenge coalitions, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, for all Australians who believe we can and should do more as a nation to end extreme poverty around the world.