Impact Fund recipients: June 2020

Congratulations to all grant recipients of the June 2020 round of the Australian Volunteers Program Impact Fund. Discover the successful projects below.

Cambodia: Women's Media Center of Cambodia

Awareness raising campaign to build community resilience during COVID-19 

The Women’s Media Center’s ‘COVID-19 and Cambodia’ media campaign aims to enhance community resilience with reliable, factual information about COVID-19, making the community less susceptible to rumour and misinformation, and enabling them to take steps to protect themselves, their families, and their communities from the negative health, social, and economic consequences of the pandemic. 


eSwatini: Kwakha Indvodza 

Impending pandemic: testing and impact mitigation support of eSwatini's COVID-19 response 

Kwakha Indvodza will provide personnel support eSwatini’s national COVID-19 screening and testing processes, and run campaigns targeting men who are at risk of violence or hardship. 


Indonesia: Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR) 

Defending rights during the pandemic: building capacity of human rights defenders and enhancing  community resilience during COVID-19 

Asia Justice and Rights will support victims, build knowledge and equip change agents with the tools required to challenge abuses of power during the time of COVID-19. 


Kiribati: Kiribati Women and Children Support Centre 

Community outreach program on COVID-19 and domestic violence and gender based violence  

The Kiribati Women and Children Support Centre will visit Kiribati’s two big islands and consult with women and children about preparedness for COVID-19, and domestic violence and gender-based violence issues. 


Lesotho: Kick4Life

Good Health & Wellbeing through Sport Online 

Kick4Life will adapt their existing ‘Good Health & Wellbeing through Sport’ curriculum into online, animated content, to help reach young people with critical health messages while their physical sports programs are unable to run due to COVID-19. 


Mongolia: The Asia Foundation

Developing guidance for COVID-19 prevention and control in local schools in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 

The Asia Foundation will help Mongolia reopen schools after one of the longest breaks in the world, by piloting a reopening plan at one school, to be used as a model for others across the country. 


Myanmar: Turquoise Mountain 

Supporting artisans in the handmade textile sector during COVID-19 

Turquoise Mountain will raise health and hygiene awareness among 300 women weavers and their families in rural areas of Myanmar, and ensure they continue to access markets and generate income, while repurposing existing facilities to produce personal protective equipment. 


Nepal: Kathmandu University School of Arts 

Social, emotional and mental health impact of COVID-19 on students, faculties and teachers, and building institutional and hygiene infrastructure 

Kathmandu University School of Arts will design social and cultural programs to help staff and students respond to COVID-19 by researching the social, emotional and mental health impacts of isolation, as well as supporting the resumption of classes in 2021 with health and hygiene promotion. 


Papua New Guinea: Papua New Guinea National Museum & Art Gallery

Virtual education at the museum

The Papua New Guinea National Museum & Art Gallery will create an educational website of their collections, allowing people to access collections during COVID-19 and beyond. 


Papua New Guinea: Port Moresby Nature Park

Public hand washing and entry queuing improvements along with COVID-19 safety awareness signage at Port Moresby Nature Park

Port Moresby Nature Park will introduce hand washing stations and improved queueing to entries at the park, to improve visitor hygiene and promote social distancing.



Samoa: Samoa Fire & Emergency Services Authority (SFESA)

Securing the Samoa Fire & Emergency Services Authority and its employees against COVID-19-linked events

The Samoa Fire & Emergency Services Authority will build the capabilities and knowledge base of first responders and staff to possible COVID-19 cases.



South Africa: Malamulele Onward 

Protection of children with cerebral palsy and their families living in rural resource-constrained settings from the negative impact of COVID-19

Malamulele Onward will provide children living with cerebral palsy, and their families, with food, clothing, personal protective equipment and sanitisation products, to help support them during COVID-19, as well as providing education and testing support. 


Sri Lanka: Equality-based Community Support And Training (ECSAT)

ECSAT back to business

Equality-based Community Support And Training (ECSAT) will run training to support their beneficiaries to protect themselves and their communities from COVID-19, as well as resume their education, vocational training and therapeutic support services for people with disabilities.


Tanzania: Girls Livelihood and Mentorship Initiative (GLAMI) 

GLAMI Radio Project

The Girls Livelihood and Mentorship Initiative (GLAMI) will continue mentoring Tanzanian secondary school girls during COVID-19 and into the future by developing the GLAMI Radio Project, an innovative way to reach existing and new scholars with lessons on resilience, leadership and confidence.


Timor-Leste: Ba Futuru | For the Future

Youth-led campaign for stopping the spread of fake news and rumors of COVID-19 in rural communities throughout Timor-Leste

Ba Futuru will partner with a local media organisation to develop an entertaining and informative three-part video series on fake news, and will work with their network of 150 youth volunteers to share this in communities across Timor-Leste.


Timor-Leste: Permakultura Timor Lorosa'e

Workshop and training on horticulture, aquaculture and chicken raising

Permakultura Timor Lorosa'e will support community groups, particularly young people, with training in water conservation, aquaculture, horticulture and animal husbandry, to improve food production and income generation. 


Timor-Leste: Youth Off The Streets Overseas Relief Fund Timor Leste

Digitising youth work in Timor-Leste

Youth Off The Streets Overseas Relief Fund will upskill their team of Timorese youth workers, training them in project management, digital, and best practice youth work, as well as building their technological capacity, to better share digital resources with their community.


Tonga: Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communication (MEIDECC) - Vava'u

Vava'u communities disaster management plan review

The Ministry will consult with the community, and review and update community disaster management plans, to ensure the Vava’u population are able to minimise the risk of disasters, including COVID-19.


Vanuatu: Further Arts

Resilient youth, resilient futures

Further Arts will provide opportunities for Vanuatu youth affected by Tropical Cyclone Harold and COVID-19 to engage in education, training, employment, and psycho-social support, to help them build their resilience.


Vanuatu: Ministry of Health

Hygiene and sanitation training for Provincial Health Extension Workers

The Ministry of Health will support their staff and those of other authorities with the latest messaging and guidelines on COVID-19 response through two workshops, and the production of promotional materials.


Vanuatu: Wan Smolbag Theatre

Rainbow Disability Theatre COVID-19 awareness performances

Wan Smolbag’s Rainbow Disability Theatre will visit schools and communities, sharing messages about COVID-19 and good hygiene practices through a fun and engaging performance.


Vietnam: REACH

Developing an international accreditation program at REACH

REACH will continue their work to support Vietnam’s disadvantaged youth through vocational training, by working remotely with their Australian volunteer to upgrade their food and beverage training course.