Archive | March 2017

Join with Oxfam to tackle the Yemeni crisis

 

What’s happening?

The Yemeni Civil War began in 2015 between two factions claiming to constitute the Yemeni government, along with their supporters and allies. Two years since the escalation of the conflict, and life continues to get worse in Yemen. There are daily airstrikes across the country, accompanied by intense fighting. There is no electricity, no taxis or public transport, more than half of all health care facilities are closed, drugs are no longer readily available, malnutrition is on the rise, cholera had been spreading until only recently, and the number of people in need continues to increase.

Oxfam and other humanitarian agencies are providing basic essentials including food and water and sanitation, as well as cash-for-work. By paying those in need to repair the water and sanitation infrastructure, Oxfam are giving them not only the chance to choose which food they want to buy but also giving them back their dignity.

Currently, the international media focus on the war in Syria and its devastating impact and the huge number of refugees flooding into different parts of the globe. The Yemeni crisis is largely forgotten, with the country under total blockage and few journalists allowed to enter. The people of Yemen are experiencing one of the world’s gravest humanitarian crises, with 7 million people on the brink of starvation. Join with Oxfam and don’t forget Yemen.

https://www.oxfam.org.au/2017/03/how-were-scraping-by-through-the-yemen-war/

The Wishing Well foundation

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.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

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/

 

 

 

The importance of play; a guide for carers

Play is considered the universal language of children. It is a vital part of their upbringing as it is through play that children are able to use their creativity and develop their imagination, dexterity, physical, cognitive and emotional strength. It is through play that children learn to engage and interact with the world around them, and it also teaches many important social skills such as sharing, taking turns, self discipline and tolerance of others. In play, children are in charge of what they are doing and in control, allowing them to learn to manage their feelings. When they build things in play, they are also building confidence in themselves.
It is essential to make time for children to play and you can do this by arranging specific play time for children. Give them a safe place to play – indoors or outdoors, and provide them with some play things such as building blocks, play dough and paints. You can join in play time with children if you are invited and stop when children prefer to play their own games, and you can follow their lead and resist the temptation to direct, criticise or to turn play into a lesson. You can also play with children through reading and storytelling.

The Wishing Well foundation

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.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

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/

Join with Save the Children to support Syrian children’s mental health and wellbeing

 

What’s happening?

Over the past six years, the children in Syria have been bombed and starved, through the war that continues on, inviting new and previously unimaginable depths of violence against children, and violations of international law by all sides. They have seen their friends and families die before their eyes, be buried under rubble when missiles strike their homes, they have watched their schools and hospitals destroyed, been denied food, medicine and vital aid, and been torn apart from their families and friends as they flee the fighting.

The longer the war is allowed to continue, the greater the long-term impact on children will be.

“The children are psychologically crushed and tired. When we do activities like singing with them, they don’t respond at all. They don’t laugh like they would normally. They draw images of children being butchered in the war, or tanks, or the siege and the lack of food.” – Teacher in Madaya, Syria

Research conducted by Save the Children found that, in relation to these children’s mental health and wellbeing;

  • ongoing bombing and shelling is the number one cause of psychological stress in children’s daily lives.
  • two out of every three children have either lost a loved one, had their house bombed or shelled, or suffered war-related injuries.
  • 50% of people said they knew of children who had lost the ability to speak or suffer from speech impediments since the start of the war.
  • loss of education is having a huge psychological impact on children’s lives, with half the children who are still able to attend school saying that they never or rarely feel safe there.

It’s not too late – join with Save the Children to urge the Australian Government to be part of a global commitment to support children’s mental health and wellbeing in emergencies.

https://act.savethechildren.org.au/savechildrenaus/invisible-wounds/invisible-wounds-petition/

The Wishing Well foundation

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.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

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/

 

Join with Avaaz to help fix a law that would force girls to marry their rapists

 

What’s happening?

Bangladeshi’s parliament recently passed a law aimed at ending child marriage, but unfortunately it could include a ‘special circumstances’ clause where young girls may be forced to marry their rapists. Local activists are taking to the streets in protest and we can join with Avaaz to call on the Prime Minister to drop the child rape loophole and speed up a national action plan to keep Bangladeshi girls safe. Even though the law has been passed, if we add our names to the cause, keep up a global call for action and strong local activist opposition, the fight to keep Bangladeshi girls safe will continue and we will persevere to end the child rape loophole.

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/bangladesh_child_marriage_law/?slideshow

Avaaz’s efforts

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. They 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.

The Wishing Well foundation

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.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

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/

 

 

Join with Save the Children to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people grow up safe and cared for in family, community and culture

 

What’s happening?

There is a great over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of- home car. At the moment, there are almost 15,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care and that number is expected to triple over the next few decades. They are 9.5 times more likely to be removed by child protection authorities than non-Indigenous children, and 10 times more likely to be removed into government supported services. This is a national crisis and they deserve to grow up safe and cared for in family, community and culture.

To address this, the Family Matters coalition is calling for a comprehensive national strategy to be adopted by state and federal governments. Save the Children is a leading child rights organisation and a key partner with the Family Matters campaign. Save the Children have delivered early childhood services for children under six years old, as well as parenting support programs, and have 100 sites across Australia in urban, rural and remote areas.

You can support the Family Matters: Strong Communities. Strong culture. Stronger children campaign by signing up with Family Matters or find out more by visiting Save the Children:
http://www.savethechildren.org.au/take-action/campaign-with-us/family-matters

The Wishing Well foundation

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.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

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/