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Please give a gift of hope and health to children like Chien.


Before his surgery, life for Chien was a stark contrast to the lives lived by most Australian children.

Born with a condition known as clubfeet, 9-year-old Chien, from Vietnam, had never walked for most of his young life.

For a child born in Australia, this condition would be self-corrected with the use of orthotics from birth and never require surgical intervention. Sadly, this wasn’t the case for Chien.

The lack of required medical resources in Vietnam, coupled with limited financial means to access treatment from a young age – meant that Chien’s condition continued to become worse as he grew.

His school friends would carry him on their backs to help him get around. Indoors, Chien his incredible upper body strength to scoot around, using his arms to lift, manoeuvre and move his body.

Thanks to the support of generous people like you, we brought Chien to Australia for life-saving surgery and treatment to help him get on his own feet.

Your gift this festive season will change the lives of other children, just like Chien.

Just couple of days following his surgery, Chien was alredy taking his first steps!


Chien today – happy, healthy and with a brighter future

Today, Chien is back at home in Vietnam happy and healthy, and confidently walking to school on his own two feet! 

“No more crawling on the ground, or piggyback on his friends’ backs. Chien now proudly walks to school on his own two feet, with a smile that brightens the soul of everyone he crosses paths with.”

Your gift this festive season will change the lives of other children, just like Chien.


1.7 billion children and young people worldwide do not have access to appropriate surgical care.

  • That’s almost 7 in 10 children and adolescents worldwide who miss out on surgery that could save their life, prevent a disability or allow them to reach their full potential.

  • 65% of the world’s children and adolescents without access to surgical care live in lower-middle income countries.

It is this inequality that we at Children First Foundation are passionate about addressing – because where a child is born should not govern their right to live a healthy and happy life.


Your donation will enable more children, just like Chien, to receive the life-changing medical care they desperately need  and a chance at a brighter future.

You can make a huge difference

Your gift today will help facilitate critical surgery and treatment for disadvantaged children from developing countries. Sometimes surgery is needed to save a child’s life; sometimes to change it – enabling them to attend school, live, walk and run pain-free or simply to become a more active member of their community.

Watch the video below to see how world-class medical treatment and care can transform children’s lives.

It is only through the support of generous people like YOU, that we can help these children get the medical treatment that they desperately need.

All donations over $2 are fully tax-deductible. Thank you.

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