Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 - Christina Noble Children's Foundation
Children’s rights champion, Christina Noble OBE, who was voted by Time Magazine Europe as ‘one of 36 most inspiring heroes of our world’ is currently visiting Australia.

Ms Noble’s incredible story of resilience and courage in overcoming a childhood of abject poverty, abuse and homelessness in Dublin; and turning her life around by fighting for other underprivileged children, has inspired millions of people around the world.

Described as one of the great humanitarians of the world for having transformed the lives of more than 600,000 children in Vietnam and Mongolia, Ms Noble founded the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation (CNCF) in 1991. The Foundation now operates in more than 10 countries, including Australia.

The purpose of Ms Noble’s visit in August this year is to raise awareness among the community about the current issues facing street children in Vietnam and Mongolia; including her work rehabilitating and reintegrating children who have been subject to trafficking.

With 70 per cent of the Vietnamese population being under the age of 30, it is estimated that there are more than 2.6 million children in Vietnam in need of special protection; including disabled and orphaned children, as well as those living in poverty.

In Mongolia, more than 30 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line. Due to the life difficulties faced by families, many children drop out of school at an early age to help support the family income, or survive on the streets by themselves.

Ms Noble was awarded an OBE by the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, in 2003 for her work with street children in Vietnam and Mongolia and for ‘a lifetime of incredible achievement.’ She has received more than 100 humanitarian and lifetime awards.

CNCF’s programs seek to protect children at risk of economic and sexual exploitation, while ensuring these and other children in need have access to basic care and educational opportunities. This includes emergency and long-term medical care, nutritional rehabilitation, educational and vocational training and job placement.

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Media: For interviews with Ms Noble or further information, please contact Amanda Webb at CNCF Australia on mobile: 0410 069 140 or [email protected]

http://www.time.com/time/europe/hero/noble.html

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Christina Noble Children's Foundation


The Christina Noble Children's Foundation is an International Partnership of people dedicated to serving underprivileged children with the hope of helping each child maximize their life potential.

Our Vietnam and Mongolia charity programmes seek to protect children at risk of economic and sexual exploitation, while ensuring these and other children in need have access to basic care and educational opportunities.
Amanda Webb
P: 0410 069 140
W: www.cncf.org.au/

Keywords

humanitarian, street children, child trafficking,

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