Join with Oxfam to help keep children safe from hunger


What’s happening?

In Zambia, where  about 75% of people live below the poverty line, every day women like Barbara risk their lives collecting water from a river infested with crocodiles to tend to crops that feed their children.

“If you are unlucky, you can be eaten by the crocodiles in the river. I know a lot of people who have been killed … we are scared we might die, but there’s no other way to get water… we are hungry … we go to sleep hungry. There is nothing I can do …” — Barbara.

Oxfam’s efforts

In Barbara’s village, Oxfam are training a group of 20 women in banana farming who are achieving extraordinary results. Now, they have vital income for food, clean water and an education for their children.

“Oxfam provided a water pump and training. When we first harvested bananas, I was extremely excited. I spent the money on a celebration with my children. We bought food. Now, I get the benefits from the work I put in. I can send my children to school and food is not an issue.” — Irene.

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:

How you can help

Donate today and you’ll help provide more women like Barbara with training, irrigation and solar-powered electric fencing to plant their own banana crop; and help keep their children safe from deadly hunger now and in the future.

$60 could help provide important business training, which will teach women farmers like Barbara how to wash and clean their bananas, record and track finances and manage their plantations resources effectively.

$120 could go towards training women on how to keep the water pumps on their plantation clean and working, providing a reliable source of water for their community’s bananas.

$300 could provide women with tree saplings enabling them to setup a thriving banana plantation which will help their whole community flourish.




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