Join with Save the Children and support the Mosul Emergency Appeal


What’s happening?

Children in Mosul have had to flee their homes when life under ISIS rule became impossibly dangerous. The military offensive to drive IS out of Mosul continues to impact children and families in catastrophic fashion. Mosul families are in desperate need of assistance, whether inside the city or in areas of displacement. Residents are warning of an unfolding crisis, as children are drinking unsafe water and eating polluted food. They face the grim prospect of bombs, crossfire and hunger if they stay – or execution and snipers if they try to run.

Samer had no option but to flee, leaving his mother and siblings behind. He left his home in Mosul with his cousins and elder brothers and walked between the buildings until they reached a point where they waited for someone to come to pick them up and take them to the other side. But when the guy came and saw that there were so many people, he refused to take them, saying they will be spotted by ISIS and probably won’t be able to cross. They were left stranded between the destroyed buildings, until they figured out where to go. They walked for a few hours in the dark until they reached the military area where they were transferred to the camp.

Save the Children’s efforts

In the camp, they were able to get a message to their mother that she had made it out safely and now they were in another camp. Save the Children were able to bring Samer’s family to his camp and now they are reunited.

How you can help

Since the start of the Mosul response, Save the Children has provided psychosocial support for 13,246 children through Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) located in various camps. Child Friendly Spaces offer children psychosocial support to help them overcome the psychological difficulties and traumas caused by living amid conflict.

Donate now to the Mosul appeal:

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:





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