The Children

Every child’s journey with Children First is different. It begins because someone, somewhere in a developing country meets a child who touches their heart – a child who needs life-saving, life-changing surgery.

Most of the children we help have conditions that are also found in children from developed countries like Australia. The difference in Australia, for example, is that a child born with a clubfoot would be treated in infancy. Whereas the children we are seeing will have been walking painfully on their ankles for years.

More than 400 children have had their lives transformed through Children First. They come to us with conditions such as untreated cleft palates, limb deficiency, devastating burns, heart disease and craniofacial abnormalities. When their treatment is complete, they return home to a brighter future.

Where do our children come from?

The children we have helped come from developing countries all over the world, including:

  • Albania
  • Bangladesh
  • Bosnia
  • Djibouti
  • East Timor
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Macedonia
  • Nauru
  • Nigeria
  • Palestine
  • Papua New Guinea
  • The Philippines
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Tanzania
  • Tibet
  • Uganda
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia

Discover their stories

For all their differences in circumstance, illness or injury, each child we help knows what it’s like to be different, to be in pain and unable to live life as others can. Until now.

We invite you to meet just some of the 400 children who have been helped through our Miracle sMiles program and the many remarkable people and organisations who partner with us to make this possible.

Witnessing the children’s stories is the best way to understand the Children First vision and gain a sense of just how important your support really is.

Discover the children’s stories →

Watch Martino’s transformation

Martino’s experience was captured by videographers and Children First volunteers, Teagan Glenane and Melanie Faith Dove. This video tracks his arrival from East Timor, right through to his surgery, recovery and departure back home, all with mother Elsa by his side.

To learn more about the holistic approach taken to Martino’s care, you can read Martino’s full story.