Archive | June 2015

You can help ban the Taiji dolphin hunt

What’s happening?

In Taiji, a small fishing village in Japan, thousands of dolphins are being herded into a cove and slaughtered. These dolphins are killed with permits given to the fishermen from the Japanese government.

“This modern day atrocity has also been captured on film and is the subject of the Academy Award winning documentary ‘The Cove’. Yet worldwide condemnation has yet to convince the Japanese government that this brutal butchering should end.” – Animals Australia

The reasons given by officials for the killings are varied – some say they are killed for their meat, though the meat shows very high levels in mercury and is then sold to school children. Other officials say it is a form of ‘pest control’. Investigations have also directly linked the dolphin hunt to a lucrative trade in dolphins for marine parks and aquarium life.

No matter the reasons, there is no excuse for this extreme cruelty that doesn’t take into account how important and intelligent dolphins are.

What can we do?

The Labor party and the Coalition are refusing to condemn this brutal slaughter, and so it’s up to Australian citizens to speak up for the dolphins in Japan.

Animals Australia’s efforts

Animals Australia are coordinating an action for the Japan Tourism Agency. You can add your name to the cause by signing the letter to send to the Japan Tourism Agency, making your views heard.

“The picturesque beauty of Taiji, could well become a tourist hotspot creating employment and income for local people if the government took a stand to end the killing. Japan will be applauded worldwide when this decision is finally made, and many tourists, including myself, will arrive on your doorstep.” – Animals Australia

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/

How you can help

Help ban the Taiji dolphin hunt by sending your message to the Japan Tourism Agency.

“The beauty and culture of Japan is only strengthened by its amazing wildlife and this should be promoted not destroyed.” – Animals Australia

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/Ban-Taiji-Dolphin-Hunt

 

Join with Amnesty International and stand with Indigenous kids in Australia

What’s the story?

Children that feel connected to their family and community have healthy, happy childhoods that allow them to flourish and will set them up for life. But our government is separating Indigenous kids from their communities. Kids as young as ten years old are being locked up in jails and detention centres, all across Australia. Indigenous kids are 24 times more likely to be locked up than their non-Indigenous classmates.

“By locking up kids as young as ten, we are repeating our past mistakes and threatening our future as a fair, just and harmonious community.” – Amnesty International

Amnesty International’s research

Amnesty International Australia’s researchers have gathered the full story on Australia’s high rate of Indigenous youth incarceration and released the report, “A brighter tomorrow: keeping Indigenous kids in the community and out of detention in Australia.”  This report details how the Australian Government can reduce the numbers of young Indigenous people incarcerated across the country.

“Amnesty’s researchers have identified many brilliant Indigenous-led solutions to keep Indigenous kids in communities for a brighter tomorrow. But first the Australian Government needs to meet its international legal obligations, and provide ongoing federal funding to these successful Indigenous-led initiatives.” – Amnesty International

These Indigenous-led community programs will be able to support Indigenous children, and if they get in trouble, help them address the reasons why. With our help, we can speak up for a brighter future for Indigenous kids.

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

Show your support and sign up to a ‘commitment to kids’. We can show our government that Australians everywhere believe in better solutions than locking kids up. Amnesty International will be sending our messages of support to politicians across Australia.

“Australians — Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike — stand together for harmonious communities and a brighter tomorrow.” – Amnesty International

Act now and sign the petition:

http://www.amnesty.org.au/action/action/37304/

 

You can help the people of Nepal

What’s happening?

Two weeks after a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed more than 8,000 people in Nepal, another powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit. The situation in Nepal is now critical. The UN estimates that 8 million people across the country are affected by the disaster – more than a quarter of the population. Over 750,000 houses have been destroyed or damaged. Tens of thousands of people are already displaced, with their homes flattened or damaged to such an extent that it is not safe for them to return.

Oxfam’s efforts

Oxfam is one of the leading non-government organisations responding to the Nepal Earthquake. They are working in seven districts in Nepal, delivering aid and supporting:

  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH): by delivering clean water, water trucks, water tanks, water pumps, pipes, wells, hygiene kits and toilets
  • Emergency Shelter
  • People to make a living: by providing cash vouchers, paying local people to work for us, and helping families rebuild their livelihoods.

What can we do?

Oxfam are stepping up their relief efforts and is aiming to reach 400,000 people with emergency relief. With our help, Oxfam can continue to work in Nepal to get relief to those who most need it.

“The people of Nepal were already incredibly vulnerable before the latest earthquake hit. The situation is critical. Please make a donation to help get emergency relief to those most affected.”

– 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

You can help the people affected by the earthquakes in Nepal. Your donation makes a difference. $49 would pay for an emergency hygiene kit with items such as soap, blankets, underwear and basic toiletries, or $99 can provide 11 families with life-saving water kits that contain jerry cans and water disinfection material. Or you can donate an amount of your choosing.

Join with Oxfam and help make a difference;

https://www.oxfam.org.au/my/donate/earthquake-devastates-nepal/

 

You can help protect young girls in Paraguay

What’s happening?

A ten year old girl in Paraguay was reportedly sexually abused by her stepfather for years. She had asked authorities for help, however none was given to her. Now, she has become pregnant through this abuse and is being forced to have the baby. Abortion in Paraguay is banned in all cases except when the mother’s life is in danger, and this child’s life and mental health will be in jeapordy if she is forced to go through with the pregnancy.

“Every day in Paraguay, two girls between the ages of 10 and 14 [will] give birth to children that are conceived as a result of rape. It’s an epidemic. The law could give access to abortion in these cases but government officials refuse to allow it. Now the tragic case of this 10-year-old girl has dropped a global media bombshell that is forcing them to reconsider.” – Avaaz

Avaaz’s actions

Avaaz are campaigning to protect this girl’s rights and fighting to change the laws in Paraguay to better protect young women and girls.

“This is the chance to change everything for this 10-year-old and ensure that no young girl has to fight this battle again.” – 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

Add your voice to the cause and help demand that the right laws be applied to this girl and children like her, who most need to have a choice.

“Article 109 of the Paraguayan Penal Code allows abortions when the mother’s life is in danger. Girls under 15 are five times more likely to die from birth complications than older women. You have the power to improve the lives of thousands of Paraguayan girls by making sure that Article 109 is enforced to allow terminations for minors and to give all the assistance needed to the 10-year-old girl whose case is currently under consideration.” – Avaaz

Sign your name to the cause now:

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