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:

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.


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