Archive | March 2016

Join with Oxfam to help the victims of the devastating earthquake in Nepal

 

What’s happening?

On Saturday 25 April 2015, a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. It was followed by hundreds of aftershocks and, just days later, a second 6.7 magnitude earthquake. The earthquakes caused widespread destruction in 13 districts, including in the capital Kathmandu, and tragically left 8,857 people dead.

An estimated 8 million people — more than a quarter of the population — have been affected, and at least 600,000 houses were completely destroyed with another 280,000 damaged. There are millions of people in Nepal relying on humanitarian aid and it will take them many years to rebuild homes and livelihoods.

Oxfam’s efforts

Oxfam and other organisations began work within hours of the first earthquake and continue to respond to the ongoing humanitarian needs. As the response moves from initial emergency relief to longer-term recovery, ensuring those affected have access to clean water and sanitation, shelter, food and livelihoods support remains our focus.

Oxfam has been providing emergency relief to communities in seven of the worst affected areas — Gorkha, Nuwakot, Sindhupalchok, Dhading and three districts in Kathmandu. This has included providing clean water, toilets, hygiene kits, emergency shelter, food and rice seeds.

While communities are beginning to recover from the initial devastation, there is still an enormous need for humanitarian support and ongoing assistance to rebuild homes and livelihoods. During the ongoing recovery through the winter months, Oxfam will distribute warm clothing, hot water bottles, mattresses, and blankets as well as items to insulate shelter such as thermal floor mats, tarpaulins and groundsheets. Shelter for livestock and dry storage for food supplies will also be crucial to ensure communities can survive the winter.

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 teams have been in Nepal responding with lifesaving essentials — clean water, sanitation and emergency shelter — and helping the people of Nepal to rebuild and recover. Your generosity will help. Please give what you can today.

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

 

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Join with Avaaz to protect Pakistani women from ‘honour’ killings

 

What’s happening?

For marrying the man she loved, Saba’s own father shot her in the head, stuffed her in a bag, and dumped her in a river. Then he walked free because of a ‘forgiveness’ loophole in Pakistani law that allows men to commit so-called “honour killings”. But, incredibly, Saba survived and she has created a ray of hope to finally stop these outrages.

Avaaz’s efforts

Saba’s story is now an Oscar-nominated documentary, and it’s all over the news. In response, the Pakistani PM just promised to end these heinous crimes, and sources say he’s instructed his daughter, Maryam, to be part of the reform process. But activists fear that the bill will only be passed if the Oscar buzz is massive and public pressure is sustained.

The film won at the Oscars and so our voices will be delivered in a full page newspaper ad in Pakistan. If we keep signing and sharing we can make sure the Pakistani Prime Minister acts urgently to end the ‘forgiveness’ loophole.

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

Let’s urgently get 1 million of us behind a reform bill to ensure Saba’s story has the global spotlight, and then deliver it directly to the Prime Minister to help him push for a strong law. Sign and share with everyone, before we lose this moment.

Send your message to Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain and all Pakistani Parliamentarians:

“We applaud you for promising to take action on honour killings. We urge you to immediately change the law to close the forgiveness loophole that protects perpetrators, and make sure they are brought to justice. We also urge you to launch a major public awareness campaign to curb these crimes against women and set up infrastructure that enables women to seek protection.”

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

 

Join with Greenpeace to stop deforestation

What’s happening?

Ancient forests are destroyed every day to supply cheap timber, pulp and paper, and palm oil to the world. The illegal and destructive logging operations are pushing species such as the orang-utan towards the brink of extinction and devastating local communities. What’s more, forest destruction accounts for around 20% of global carbon emissions. That’s more than the world’s entire transport sector. We need to act fast to save the last remaining ancient forests.

The last remaining rainforests in our region – which span across Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands – are disappearing at an alarming rate. In fact, Indonesia has been awarded a Guinness World Record for being the country with the fastest rate of forest destruction on the planet.

Agri-business is responsible for massive rainforest destruction as forests are cleared or burned to make way for cattle ranches, palm oil or soya plantations. Irreplaceable rainforests are converted into products that are used to make toothpaste, chocolate and animal feed. If expansion of the palm oil industry continues unabated, that figure can only rise.

Greenpeace’s efforts

Brands like Johnson and Johnson, PepsiCo and Colgate-Palmolive who use palm oil must stop hiding behind promises and pledges. They must start delivering real change on the ground to protect forests and prevent another forest fires crisis.

Greenpeace demands real commitments, real timelines and real action to make sure palm oil companies stop putting lives at risk by destroying forest and peatlands.

Supporting Greenpeace

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

Our Earth’s extraordinary and irreplaceable forests need to be protected – urgently. You have the power to end the destruction of our forests. Send your message to the CEOs of Johnson and Johnson, PepsiCo, Colgate-Palmolive and companies that use palm oil.

“Your palm oil policy is failing to stop deforestation in Indonesia. We demand you take urgent action to stop the destruction of forests and peatlands for palm oil – before another fires crisis does even more damage.”

https://act.greenpeace.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1845&ea.campaign.id=48088&ea.tracking.id=RHC

 

Join with WSPA to back a universal declaration on animal welfare

 

What’s happening?

Animal cruelty and suffering is a global issue. Animals are sentient – they feel pain and they need to be protected – urgently. A Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare would show a global commitment to making the protection of animals a priority. It would inspire international, regional and national change, and it would drive industries that use animals, to protect animals.

Whether it’s the millions of animals forgotten after natural disasters or the 1 billion stray cats and dogs at risk of being needlessly culled, animals need our help. As well as the individual actions we can take, our governments have a crucial role to play in creating lasting change for animals.

WSPA’s efforts

WSPA are leading a global movement calling for a Declaration. Two million people have already added their voice and 330 animal groups and 46 governments are on board too.

A declaration will create a baseline for animal care and treatment that every nation in the world can work towards… It will make animals a global priority, to be included as we seek solutions for the big issues we face, like poverty and climate change… It will make animals matter.

Supporting WSPA

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 WSPA and have your message heard. Tell the world that animals matter: back a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare.

“Animals matter to me.  They need to matter to us all. Better animal welfare globally is vital if animals, people, and our planet are to thrive. For this reason, I support an international initiative to improve animals’ lives: I support a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare. A declaration backed by the United Nation is necessary to create a new international landscape – one in which respect for animal wellbeing is recognised as inextricable from how we live and treat our planet.”

http://www.worldanimalprotection.org.au/take-action/back-universal-declaration-animal-welfare