Archive | May 2015

You can help protect thousands of Southeast Asian refugees and asylum seekers

What’s happened?

Recently, more than 2,000 refugees and migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh have arrived in Malaysia and Indonesia after spending up to three months at sea. A further 6,000 people remain stranded at sea right now, and Thai, Indonesian and Malaysian authorities have pushed back boats from their borders. These people remain in dire circumstances and at risk of death while Thai, Indonesian and Malaysian authorities defy international human rights law and their duty to protect. Many of these people have been on boats in harrowing conditions for more than two months and are in desperate need of food, water and medical care.

International pressure has brought some progress, however it is up to us to keep up the pressure to ensure that all those in danger are brought to safety.

“On 21-22 May, Indonesia and Malaysia announced that they would undertake search and rescue operations. However, these will only operate in Indonesian and Malaysian territorial waters, leaving those in other territories – and in international waters – without hope of rescue.”
Amnesty International

Amnesty International’s actions

Amnesty International has put together a petition to send through to the Malaysian Prime Minister to stop this humanitarian crisis and protect refugees and asylum seekers in Southeast Asia.

“Regardless of their legal status, their means of arrival or where they come from, the rights of these people must be protected. People should not be detained, prosecuted or otherwise punished solely because of their method of arrival.”
Amnesty International

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/

How you can help

Join with Amnesty International and call on the Governments of Malaysia and Indonesia to stop the humanitarian crisis and protect refugees and asylum seekers in Southeast Asia:

https://www.amnesty.org/en/action-southeast-asia-refugees-and-migrants/

 

 

 

 

 

Join with Oxfam and help stop the spread of Ebola

 

What’s happening?

In West Africa, the Ebola virus is devastating entire communities. It has taken the lives of more than 10,000 people and may have infected over 25,000.

“The crisis is reaching a turning point, and we need to support governments and communities to return to normal while keeping in place measures to protect against Ebola. The outbreak has shattered the affected countries. Economies need to be restarted, jobs and incomes are urgently needed, and health services need to be rebuilt.” – Oxfam

Ebola is spread from one person to another through exchange of bodily fluids, like sweat, saliva and blood. Preventing this chain of transmission is essential for controlling the disease.

Oxfam’s efforts

Oxfam has been responding by supporting communities to prevent the spread of infection, as well as providing medical facilities with water, sanitation, cleaning equipment and protective clothing. Oxfam aims to help over 3.2 million people at risk of catching the disease.

“In both Sierra Leone and Liberia, Oxfam supplies water, sanitation and hygiene materials to Ebola treatment centres and community care centres. In other countries – including Guinea Bissau, Gambia and Senegal – Oxfam and its partners have launched programmes to disseminate educational messages surrounding Ebola through posters, SMS and door-to-door outreach.” – Oxfam

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/

How you can help

Oxfam needs your help to continue with its Ebola prevention program to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

“It takes time, but little by little people understand. Now you can see the difference. Everyone washes their hands. If someone gets sick, they will send him or her to the health centre.” – Moses Dahn, Community health volunteer in Lorplay community, Liberia

Join with Oxfam and help stop the spread of Ebola:

https://www.oxfam.org.au/my/donate/help-oxfam-save-lives-in-emergencies/

 

 

You can help stop Monsanto from silencing an important WHO report on herbicides

What’s happening?

A report from the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has found that a Monsanto weed killer ingredient, glyphosate, is probably causing cancer. The report is based on a review of existing evidence and stopped short of saying the chemical conclusively causes cancer, because these existing studies focused on a limited population of healthy male workers; they did not include young people or women.

“What the scientists do know is that the people in these studies who were exposed to glyphosate experienced a higher incidence of non-Hodgkin lymphoma than those not exposed to the chemical. Other studies found that glyphosate led to DNA and chromosomal damage in human and animal cells in vitro, which can lead to cancer.” – Quartz daily brief

Avaaz’s campaign

Avaaz are working to demand that the use of glyphosate in products be suspended. In the meantime, Monsanto are trying to get WHO to retract their report.

“Monsanto is demanding the World Health Organisation retract their ground-breaking report. And experts say the only way to ensure the science is not silenced is if the public demands action, now.
The regulatory system is renowned for being secretive and captured by the agro-chemical industry. But we have a unique moment right now — glyphosate is officially being reassessed in the EU, the US, Canada, and Brazil, and the Netherlands, Sri Lanka, and El Salvador are all looking at a ban.”

Avaaz

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/

How you can help

Support Avaaz and help stop Monsanto from silencing this important WHO report. With your help we can get glyphosate banned from use. Send your message now;

“Until glyphosate can be proven safe, you must ensure people are not exposed to it.” – Avaaz

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/monsanto_dont_silence_science_loc/?slideshow

 

 

Join with Amnesty International to stop torture – a global crisis

What’s happening?

We are witnessing a global crisis on torture. All over the world, people just like you are being tortured. Since 2009, Amnesty International have had reports of torture in 141 countries. They have documented the use of 27 different torture methods, including pins pushed under fingernails, being burnt with cigarettes and even being stabbed in custody.

A new global poll, specially commissioned by Amnesty International, has revealed that 44% of people around the world fear being tortured in their own country.

“Torture happens behind closed doors. It happens when there are no lawyers or doctors present, when police and others with power to wield do not fear the consequences of their actions. But by ensuring such safeguards are in place, you can stop torture.” – Amnesty International

Amnesty International’s campaign

Reports from Amnesty International show that torture is still practiced across the globe.

“For decades, Amnesty has exposed governments who torture. We have supported torture survivors to get justice. We also led international pressure that resulted in the UN Convention against Torture 30 years ago. Today, laws against torture are in place almost everywhere.

Yet you only have to glance at the news to know that laws alone are not enough.

Torture is thriving because rather than respecting the law, many governments are either actively using torture or turning a blind eye.”

Amnesty International

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/

How you can help

There is no excuse for torture.

“Torture is abhorrent. It is barbaric and inhumane. It can never be justified. It is wrong, self-defeating and poisons the rule of law, replacing it with terror. No one is safe when governments allow its use.” – Amnesty International

You can help stop torture by joining with Amnesty International and taking action:

https://www.amnesty.org/en/campaign-stop-torture/

 

 

 

Join with Oxfam to help keep kids safe from disease

What’s happening?

In places like the Mukuru slums of Kenya, human waste lines the streets. Clean toilets are far and few. Water and sanitation facilities are completely inadequate, disease rates are high and poverty is rife. Disease is such a threat that the average lifespan is just 40 years old.

Oxfam’s efforts

The innovative Fresh Life Toilet is saving lives in disease-ridden countries. They can protect against deadly diseases such as cholera, increase school attendance by 47%, provide jobs to the local community and generate income for things like school fees, and create a real chance to stop the cycle of poverty from continuing to the next generation.

“From the day they brought us the Fresh Life toilets, the number of children coming has increased … by over 200. More and more will keep coming.”

 – Winifred Maingi, Head teacher, Reuben Baptist School in Mukuru.

The Rueben Baptist primary school is one of ten schools in Mukuru that have been selected to receive Oxfam funded Fresh life toilets provided by pioneer, Sanergy. The innovative toilets are constructed without a pit and operate as part of a wider business within the community.

The Fresh Life toilets in schools are free for the children to use and are helping create a clean and healthy environment for the children to work and play in, while also teaching them the importance of hand washing and general health and cleanliness.

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/

What can we do?

Join with Oxfam and help keep kids safe from disease.

“Our lives have changed since we received the Fresh Life toilets. The children don’t get sick anymore and they even come to school early so they can use the toilets before classes begin. I used to have just 200 pupils here and now I have over 400. Every parent comes to me and asks if their child can come to school here because they’ve heard we have the Fresh Life toilets.” – Winifred Maingi

“Many more children still need your help. Help kids survive and live their dreams today.” – Oxfam

https://www.oxfam.org.au/keepkidssafe/