Join with Unicef to stop famine and save lives


What’s happening?

Continuous war and drought have left children facing deadly famines in Somalia, Nigeria, Yemen and South Sudan. Famine leaves families facing extreme food shortages, and in these regions one third of children are already acutely malnourished and people are starving to death.

In Nigeria, Boko Haram’s violence is forcing farmers off their lands and crushing the food supply. In Yemen, ruthless attacks on ports are preventing communities from importing food, while two years of war have left the country’s health system on the verge of collapse. In South Sudan, conflict has forced families to flee from their homes, assets and livelihoods, leaving parents unable to buy food for their children. In Somalia, a severe drought has left crops and livestock withering into the dirt.

Unicef’s efforts

Children are already dying from malnutrition, hunger, thirst and disease but we can join with Unicef to stop the worst of this unfolding catastrophe. UNICEF teams are working around the clock to save as many lives as they can as fast as they can. But without more supplies of therapeutic food and medicine, their best efforts will not be enough. They have less than half of the funds they need to get the job done.

How you can help

UNICEF needs you now. Together we can provide life-saving nutrition, water and medical care to save children’s lives.

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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