Archive | July 2016

Join with Amnesty International to stop the killing of people with albinism in Malawi

 

What’s happening?

People living with albinism in Malawi are at risk of being abducted or killed in murders associated with witchcraft. There have already been 6 reported killings in 2016 – both adults and children. Albinism is a rare, non-contagious, genetic condition present at birth that results in absence of pigmentation in the eyes, skin and hair. It is estimated that between 7000-10000 people live with albinism in Malawi.

Erroneous beliefs and superstitions have put the safety and lives of people with albinism at risk, including from killings, abductions, and mutilations. Societal attitudes about albinism are not changing, and people with albinism continue to be at risk of attacks with some children being abducted and sold by family members.

Two-year-old Whitney was abducted from her bed while she was sleeping in April. Baby Whitney’s skull, teeth and clothes were later discovered in a neighbouring village. Her brutal murder follows that of 9-year-old Harry, snatched from his home in February and found beheaded soon after. Even after death, the bodies of people with albinism are subjected to grave robberies. Their bones are stolen and sold for use in witchcraft rituals. The few perpetrators who have been arrested in the past have either been acquitted or given lighter sentences.

Amnesty International’s efforts

There is an urgent need to address these issues. The president of Malawi has expressed concern and support for efforts to improve the lives of people with albinism, but this has not been followed by action. People with albinism are paying for political and social inaction with their lives. This is a matter of life and death.

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 in calling on the president of Malawi to protect people with albinism from attacks and bring the perpetrators of albinism-related crimes to justice.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/stop-albinism-killings-in-malawi/

 

 

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Join with Avaaz and protect the elephants from poachers

 

What’s happening?

There are 500,000 Elephants left, and with organized crime getting in the game, poaching has gone industrial, with 35,000 killed every year. We have to save these magnificently intelligent, gentle, and emotional fellow creatures from the horror of brutal genocide.

Dozens of heavily-armed hunters rode into a national park in Cameroon, butchered over 600 majestic elephants, then hacked off their faces for their tusks. Poachers have annihilated half of central Africa’s last elephants. And no one’s been able to stop them. Until now! Brave investigators have gone undercover in poaching rings in eight African countries, and already 1,200 traffickers have been jailed!

Elephants are super smart — as close to humans as apes, yet we are literally killing them to extinction. Elephants understand what is happening to them and their families, even identifying elephant bones and spending hours crying over them. Poaching is so emotionally devastating that it can take a herd 20 years to recover! Four elephants are killed an hour. What’s worse is that this savagery is managed by organised criminals who help fund some of the most dangerous terror groups in the world. It’s a race against time before we lose these gentle giants forever.

Avaaz’s efforts

It’s awe-inspiring stuff, and it’s won awards, but many funders are wary of going head-to-head with organised crime. Avaaz may be the best community to scale this extraordinary operation, fast. If we each give now, this team can expand to more countries, lock up more kingpins and complicit officials, and we can campaign to rescue these beautiful creatures from industrial-scale slaughter.

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

It’s a tipping point moment in this fight for these majestic animals, so join the fight now and help save the elephants:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/hunting_the_poachers_loc/?fp

 

Join with Greenpeace to get super trawlers banned from our oceans

 

What’s happening?

In 2012, Greenpeace and their supporters stopped the Margiris super trawler from causing irreparable damage to our marine life and coastal fishing communities. Australians united to have super trawlers banned for two years.

All over the world – in Europe, West Africa, the South Pacific – local fisheries have collapsed in the wake of these super trawlers. The European Union bears the greatest responsibility for the destruction of the oceans and many of its boats travel all over the world seeking access to distant waters – like Australia’s. Super trawlers are able to process, package, and freeze thousands of tonnes of fish and keep trawling for weeks at a time, these enormous boats – up to 144 metres in length – really are of the monster kind. Now Australia’s fish stocks and the livelihoods of our fishermen are threatened by the return of these foreign-owned factory ships. In the waters around Tasmania we have already seen a dramatic decline in the once-large surface schools of jack mackerel. Inviting super trawlers into our fishery would risk repeating that mistake. Jack mackerel and similar species are an important food source for endangered blue fin tuna, protected Australian sea lions, and other important species.

Greenpeace’s efforts

The Australian Government can stop the threat of foreign super trawlers fishing Australian waters by making the ban permanent. The global industrial fishing fleet is 2-3 times too big for the world’s fish stocks to sustain. This excess fishing capacity has meant that now the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates that around 30% of fish stocks are depleted or overexploited and more than half are fully exploited, meaning fish stocks won’t be able to match the growing demand for cheap seafood.

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

Join with Greenpeace to call for a permanent ban on super trawlers:
http://www.greenpeace.org/australia/en/what-we-do/oceans/No-Super-Trawlers/

 

Join with World Animal Protection to stop bear baiting

 

What’s happening?

In rural Pakistan, large crowds gather to watch bears battle groups of trained dogs. The bears are captured and forced to endure immense pain even before they fight, with their canine teeth broken, muzzles painfully pierced with nose rings and claws often removed. The bears suffer terrible injuries, rarely living past the age of eight. When one bear dies, the cycle starts again, with more young wild bears forced into captivity and torment.

World Animal Protection’s efforts

World Animal Protection works to stop bears being cruelly exploited in bear baiting. Since 1997, they’ve been working with the Pakistan Bioresource Research Centre (BRC) to end bear baiting. As a result, together we’ve decreased the number of bear baiting events dramatically. Bears are now able to live better lives, and so are their owners.

World Animal Protection’s work includes;

  • Preventing bear baiting events, by working with wildlife officials and local partners to share information
  • Strengthening legislation and making sure laws banning bear baiting are enforced
  • Seeking new legislation that will make it illegal to own a bear, or will at least ban the use of bears for baiting, dancing and begging
  • Reducing demand for bear baiting, by working with teachers, religious leaders and influential landlords to promote animal protection and raise awareness that bear baiting contravenes Islamic teachings
  • Offering alternative livelihoods for bear owners, so that they leave bear baiting behind for good
  • Providing sanctuary for bears who are surrendered or rescued from bear baiting – though our ultimate goal is for bears to remain in the wild
  • Exposing cruelty, by monitoring, uncovering and tacking the exploitation of bears, including bear dancing and begging, which may be increasing as bear baiting declines.

Supporting World Animal Protection

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

Take action now with World Animal Protection. With your support, we can stop bears being subjected to a lifetime of pain and distress in Pakistan.

http://www.worldanimalprotection.org/our-work/animals-wild/ending-bear-baiting