Giving Back

At Salt Living we believe in the importance of giving back to our community, which is why we sponsor children through The Smith Family.

The Smith Family believe that education is one of the world’s most powerful change agents. That’s why they focus on helping young Australians to overcome educational inequality caused by poverty. As a national, independent charity, every day they work with thousands of children and their families to help them unlock better futures for themselves.

Not all children get an equal start in life.

Today, one in six Australian children and young people are living in poverty1, where even life's basics are hard to come by. 

When families are experiencing financial disadvantage children can fall behind with their learning, leaving them more vulnerable to experiencing hardship themselves later in the life. 

Research shows children and young people living in disadvantage have access to fewer books and learning materials in the home. Access to support and resources forms the foundation for learning. In many cases, the parents of disadvantaged children may not have the skills or experience to support their child’s education. As these children get older, they have fewer role models, and access to mentors and networks that are critical for creating educational opportunities to help them build their aspirations and be motivated to learn.

The Cycle of Disadvantage

The effects of growing up in poverty go beyond the home environment. For over 1.2 million Australian children and young people1 this can negatively affect their school life and mean they are less likely to achieve the educational outcomes (and in turn employment outcomes) that then limit their overall life outcomes, passing on disadvantage to the next generation.

100 years of working with Australian families

The Smith Family has been working to improve the lives of children living in disadvantage for 100 years.

Over that time, The Smith Family has evolved to become a modern, dynamic, evidence-based organisation that helps children in need create better futures for themselves through long-term support for their education.

Today we’re supporting students through the flagship Learning for Life program, helping to break the cycle of disadvantage through targeted, long-term support for their education – and expanding their careers education programs, providing even more opportunities to help students transition from school, tertiary education or training into the workforce.

If you are interested to learn more, to make a donation or to set up a regular sponsorship please visit The Smith Family website here