Archive | January 2015

Help free the Al Jazeera staff

What happened?

In June 2014, an Egyptian court imprisoned Australian journalist Peter Greste and his Al Jazeera colleagues – Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed. They were convicted of terrorism charges after what essentially amounted to a sham trial. Fahmy and Greste were sentenced to seven years in prison for spreading false news and aiding the banned Muslim Brotherhood. Their Al Jazeera English colleague Baher Mohamed was sentenced to 10 years, due to the additional charge of possession of ammunition. Court proceedings were marked by a complete and utter lack of proper judicial process and legitimate evidence to substantiate the charges.

The three were among 20 individuals charged with offenses that include “membership of a terrorist organization, disturbing public peace, instilling terror, harming the general interests of the country, possessing broadcast equipment without permit, possessing and disseminating images contrary to the truth.” Throughout their imprisonment they have been placed in horrible conditions.

Amnesty International considers these men prisoners of conscience. They have been imprisoned simply for doing their jobs – reporting the news.

What can we do?

Amnesty International has put together a petition to send to the President of Egypt. In it, we can call on the President to use his powers to release Peter, Mohamed and Baher immediately and unconditionally.

I call for the immediate and unconditional release of Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed. Amnesty International considers the three men to be prisoners of conscience.

I also call on you to quash the convictions of the three men and any other defendants based solely on their peaceful exercise of the rights to freedoms of expression.

Finally, I urge Egypt to respect, protect and uphold the right to freedom of expression.”

Supporting Amnesty International

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

You can help

Act now and sign the petition to free the staff of Al Jazeera:

http://www.amnesty.org.au/action/action/36153/

 

 

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Be a voice for the animals and take action with Animals Australia

You can help create a kinder world for the animals. Animals, like us, are emotional beings. Their desire to be free from suffering is not unlike our own. Yet unlike us, they cannot vote, object, or speak out against violence — making animals among the most exploited, and in need of our protection.

It is up to us to be their voice.

Animals Australia – the voice for the animals

Animals Australia is Australia’s foremost national animal protection organisation, representing some 40 member societies and thousands of individual supporters. Animals Australia has an unprecedented track record in investigating and exposing animal cruelty and for conducting world-first strategic public awareness campaigns.

Animals Australia’s vision is a world where all animals are treated with compassion and respect and are free from cruelty. They believe that we can create a kinder world for all by fostering respect for animals and that our treatment of animals reflects who we are as individuals and as a society.

What can we do?

Most Australians — regardless of what they choose to eat — care about animals, and support action that helps protect them from cruelty. Animals raised for food outnumber humans by a staggering degree — yet they are underrepresented to an equally staggering degree. They cannot vote. They cannot cry out against cruelty. They have no voice to oppose injustice. Most are not even afforded the same basic legal protection from cruelty that protects our pets at home… In short, they need the voice of every caring person willing to speak up for them.

So, Animals Australia does not exist to represent vegetarians, vegans, or meat-eaters. They exist to represent animals. And they stand side-by-side with every person who wishes to see them protected from cruelty and who wishes to join us to create a kinder, more compassionate world.

Supporting Animals Australia

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

Be a voice for the animals

A monthly donation to support Animals Australia’s vital campaigns is the single best ethical investment you can make to help protect animals from cruelty. There are a number of other ways you can help, just check out the website:

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/

 

Honour the memory of the children of Peshawar

What happened?

On December 16th, seven heavily armed Taliban gunmen, an umbrella organisation of militant groups officially known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), scaled an outer wall of an army-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan, and began shooting indiscriminately. By the time army commandos regained control of the compound, 141 people, most of them teenagers and younger children, had been killed. This is the deadliest terrorist attack in Pakistan’s history.

Why did this happen?

More than 100 children were massacred. What kind of person would do this to innocent young children? Someone who sees schools as a primary driver to keep young people from recruitment into a life of violence. Education isn’t just the best antidote to poverty, it is one of the best anti-terrorism tactics — it helps kids get out of hopelessness and into opportunity.

Let’s meet this tragedy with a massive global call to get every child in school.

What can we do?

Our governments promised they would get all kids in school across the world by the end of 2015. Let’s make it happen now for Pakistan and other countries — join the campaign to honour the memory of the children of Peshawar — it will be delivered by Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy on Education, to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, and leaders who can make it a reality.

“To honour the more than 100 children killed in Peshawar, we, the world’s youth, teachers, parents and global citizens appeal to our governments to keep their promise, made at the United Nations in 2000, to ensure all out-of-school children gain their right to education before the end of 2015. We are standing up to bring an end to the barriers preventing girls and boys from going to school, including forced work and early marriage, conflict and attacks on schools, exploitation and discrimination. All children deserve the opportunity to learn and achieve their potential. We are #UpForSchool.”

Supporting Avaaz

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

You can help

Add your name to the petition now:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/honour_peshawar_children/?bwORKhb&v=50142

 

Help Tereza feed her children in Mozambique

What’s happening?

Mozambique is one of the most disaster prone countries in the world. Regular droughts cause life-threatening hunger for the many people relying on crops to survive.

An alarming 44% of children under five in Mozambique are stunted (WHO, 2013).

In Mozambique, families depend mostly on crops for survival. Besides growing food to consume at home, the produce is a valuable source of income. But in a country recognised as one of the most disaster prone countries in the world, regular drought can mean severe hunger for entire communities.

In the poorest and hardest hit areas of Mozambique, men often leave the family home to migrate to surrounding countries to look for work. It was in these circumstances that Tereza’s husband died as he attempted to cross the South African border — his last option to provide for his family.

For Tereza and her children, hunger is a daily reality. Her home is about a 10 minute drive from the main road. It’s surrounded by trees and feels very secluded. Her only neighbour is her mother-in-law; since her husband died, Tereza has lived alone with her four children.

At night they sleep in a small round hut with mud walls and share just one blanket between them. Life here is very basic, Tereza lives from day to day not knowing where the next meal will come from.

“Children don’t understand. When they want something to eat I am the one who has to worry about it. The grown ones do complain if they are hungry and the little ones cry. I tell them to keep quiet and wait until I prepare the food. The older ones do keep quiet because they understand, but the little ones may cry because they don’t know that I don’t have money. They just carry on crying,” said Tereza.

What can we do?

By introducing the tools and skills they need to grow a garden in the desert, you could help create a different future – one where everyone has enough to eat.

Please donate today to help mothers like Tereza grow a garden in the desert of Mozambique.

Supporting Oxfam

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

You can help

Your donation can help stop hunger in Mozambique:

https://www.oxfam.org.au/my/donate/stop-hunger-in-mozambique/