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:

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:






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