Archive | September 2016

Join with Oxfam to keep our neighbours in PNG safe

 

What’s happening?

Last year, the weather phenomenon known as El Niño caused a drought across Papua New Guinea. With the drought came hunger, thirst and disease. At the time, PNG was the worst affected country by El Niño in the Pacific region. Crops were destroyed. Rivers dried up. Disease was on the rise. Mothers like Lodwina had to experience the pain of watching their children go hungry.

We go hungry at times because there is not enough rain … I feel burdened because my children are not going to school because they’re hungry.”
– Lodwina

As rivers and creeks dried up, families like Margaret’s would often drink contaminated water. Disease became a real risk. When Margaret’s family tried to drink the water from the river, they became sick because the lack of rain meant the rivers and streams “flowed smaller”.

Because it [the river] is smaller than usual, it is more contaminated and it affects them. When the children are sick, they look pale and they look malnourished and they have sunken eyes. These are some of the symptoms we see so we take them off to hospital.”
– Margaret

Oxfam’s efforts

Though El Niño and drought have now passed, it can take months before families can access food and income from their harvests. Even then, it’s not enough. Longer term crop and drought adaptation training is needed so that families have better survival skills during extreme weather conditions. Your generous donation can help Oxfam provide food, clean water and save lives. Help keep our neighbours safe from hunger, thirst and disease. Donate generously today.

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

Help keep our neighbours in PNG safe from hunger, thirst and disease. With your support, Oxfam can help train farmers, provide clean water and continue hygiene training.

https://www.oxfam.org.au/my/donate/keep-our-neighbours-safe-from-hunger-thirst-and-disease/

 

Join with Greenpeace to call on the Government to label our fish

 

What’s happening?

Australians want to buy sustainable, locally caught fish. While most of us think we’re eating Australian seafood, about 72% of what we eat is imported. Around the globe many fish stocks are declining. Poor practices in some fisheries are threatening fish species, destroying habitats and undermining workers’ rights. Consumer health is at risk. For example some shark species contain high levels of mercury, but because of poor labelling people eat it unaware of the consequences. Australia’s weak seafood labelling laws mean we’re eating in the dark.

“Australia’s seafood labelling laws are weak. We should know what fish we’re eating, where it’s from and how it was caught.” Matthew Evans, Chef

Greenpeace’s efforts

Citizens of the European Union already enjoy clear seafood labelling. With better labelling we’ll be able to choose sustainable seafood that’s good for our health and good for our oceans. The Label My Fish Campaign is designed to see new Australian laws requiring more complete and accurate information on seafood labels, in particular; what species of fish it is; where it is from and; how it was caught or farmed.

“Giving consumers more information about what fish they’re buying and eating will help our oceans and local fishers.” – Heidi & Pavo Walker, Walker Seafoods Australia

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 campaign for accurate labels on our fish.

Tell the Federal Government: I want to know what seafood I am eating – and demand accurate labelling. Send your message today:

“I do not want to purchase seafood which might be unhealthy, caught or farmed using unsustainable fishing methods, or produced under unacceptable labour and human rights conditions. I am also keen to buy local seafood, which in turn supports Australian fishers and their local communities.

Please develop effective laws which require labelling of:

  • what fish it is
  • where it was caught
  • how it was caught or farmed.”

http://labelmyfish.com/

 

 

 

Join with Amnesty International to take action for Lonmin’s employees

 

What’s happening?

In August 2012, 44 people died in events leading up to and during a strike by mineworkers at Lonmin mine, Marikana, South Africa. These included 34 striking mineworkers killed by the South African Police Service, who had been called to put an end to the strike.

A commission of inquiry set up by the South African government to investigate the deaths concluded that inadequate living conditions for mine workers at Marikana contributed to the terrible events of 2012. Thousands of Lonmin employees were living in squalor in informal settlements around the mine, without access to electricity, running water or sanitation.

Amnesty International’s efforts

Lonmin was well aware of the situation and had committed to construct 5,500 houses for workers by 2011. By 2012 it had built just three. During the commission, Lonmin conceded that the living conditions in Nkaneng and other informal settlements around the mine were “truly appalling”. Four years later, little has changed. Many of the approximately 20,000 miners still live in bleak informal settlements, despite a legally binding commitment from Lonmin to build more houses.

“The catastrophic events of August 2012 should have been a decisive wake-up call to Lonmin that it must address these truly appalling living conditions. The company’s failure to improve employees’ housing is baffling and irresponsible in the extreme. Lonmin is aware that dire housing contributed to the unrest four years ago that ultimately led to the death of dozens of miners.” – Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s director for Southern Africa

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

Amnesty International is calling for the South African Ministry of Mineral Resources to investigate and consider sanctioning the company. Join with them and tell Lonmin to fulfil its legal obligations and to ensure that living conditions for mine workers and their families are improved.

“We are calling on you to

  • Develop a proposal to address the appalling housing conditions for employees in Marikana.
  • Publish all reports made to the Department of Mineral Resources since 2006 and commit to publishing all future reports.
  • Develop proposals, in consultation with all affected people and local municipalities, to upgrade to upgrade informal settlements on Lonmin Mine licence areas and improve access to essential services such as water, sanitation and electricity.”

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/lonmin-broken-promises/

 

 

 

Join with Avaaz to stop the deep sea mine in Papua New Guinea

 

What’s happening?

A Canadian mining company has a license for an insane idea that could become a planetary disaster: the world’s first deep sea mine. We all know how toxic mines can devastate land-based ecosystems — imagine corporations unleashed to dig up the ocean floor for minerals, far from any scrutiny. It’s the last thing our dying oceans need!

The good news is the company is having trouble raising funds. Let’s drop an ocean of condemnation on this project, scare any further investors away, and make sure this horrific new threat to our environment dies quickly.

Avaaz’s efforts

Avaaz are organising a petition, which will be publicised and sent to every potential investor!

Avaaz empowers millions of people from all walks of life to take action on pressing global, regional and national issues, from corruption and poverty to conflict and climate change. The Avaaz community campaigns in 15 languages, served by a core team on 6 continents and thousands of volunteers. We take action — signing petitions, funding media campaigns and direct actions, emailing, calling and lobbying governments, and organizing “offline” protests and events — to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people inform the decisions that affect us all. Underlying Avaaz campaigns is a set of values—the conviction that we are all human beings first, and privileged with responsibilities to each other, to future generations, and to the planet.

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

You can join in with Avaaz’s efforts to stop the deep sea mine in Papua New Guinea by signing the petition and sharing it with your family and friends.

Send your message to the government of Papua New Guinea and prospective investors:

“As concerned citizens from around the world, we call on you to do your part to halt Nautilus Minerals’ efforts to rip apart the ocean floor in Papua New Guinea. Deep sea mining could be catastrophic for our climate and biodiversity. Our ecosystems are fragile and we simply don’t know the risks posed by this kind of industrial activity. You have the power to unlock untold damage to the health and future of our planet, or to set a critical precedent of protection — we ask you to act with that responsibility in mind.”

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