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:


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