Archive | August 2017

Join with Oxfam to end sweatshops exploiting women and children

 

What’s happening?

Four years after the devastating collapse of the Rana Plaza Factory in Bangladesh, some large clothing brands and retailers in Australia are still refusing to protect the women making their clothing. Sweatshops still exist – overcrowded factories where workers, often women or children, work long hours under dangerous conditions and with managers concerned more about the bottom line than the safety. These are the very conditions that lead to the collapse of the Rana Plaza Factory in 2013 which claimed the lives of over 1100 workers, mostly young women.

Despite the leadership of big international brands like Levis, Kmart and H&M, some companies are still refusing to take meaningful action to ensure that women are not working in dangerous sweatshops.

Oxfam’s efforts

Oxfam are a global movement of people working hard to fight poverty and injustice. One person in three in the world lives in poverty. Oxfam is determined to change that world by mobilising the power of people against poverty. Oxfam’s ultimate vision is a just world without poverty. A world in which people can influence decisions that affect their lives, enjoy their rights and assume their responsibilities. A world in which everyone is treated equally. They work with partners and communities to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. Oxfam sees a future in which no one lives in poverty. Join their movement for change and help people help themselves in the fight against poverty.

How you can help

Hundreds of clothing companies from around the world have signed the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord and some have taken the extra step of publishing the locations of their factories, both in Bangladesh and around the world. This enables independent audits of working conditions and empowers workers to raise problems more easily up the chain.

Join with Oxfam to call for full transparency to ensure that all brands are accountable;

https://actions.oxfam.org/australia/end-sweatshops-now/petition/en/

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/

 

 

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Join with Amnesty International to release Ahmed H back to his wife and children

 

What’s happening?

In August 2015, Ahmed left his family home in Cyprus to go and help his elderly parents and six other family members flee Syria and find safety in Europe. One month later, they found themselves among hundreds of refugees stranded at the Hungarian border after police fenced off the crossing with Serbia.

Clashes broke out as some refugees attempted to get through. Hungary’s police responded with tear gas and water cannon, injuring dozens. Some people threw stones, including Ahmed. But news footage also clearly shows Ahmed using a megaphone to call on both sides to remain calm.

For this, a Hungarian court found him guilty of an “act of terror”. This law comes under Hungary’s extremely vague counter-terrorism laws, and has resulted in Ahmed being sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Amnesty International’s efforts

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. They are campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. They investigate and expose the facts, whenever and wherever abuses happen. They lobby governments, and other powerful groups such as companies. Making sure they keep their promises and respect international law.

By telling the powerful stories of the people they work with, they mobilize millions of supporters around the world to campaign for change and to stand in defence of activists on the frontline. They support people to claim their rights through education and training.

How you can help

Ahmed remains in prison, separated from his wife and young daughters, waiting for an appeal hearing in the hope of being able to return to them in Cyprus. Join with Amnesty International to call on Hungary to release Ahmed H and stop abusing terrorism laws, to stop making statements linking migration and terrorism, which could prejudice the prosecution of Ahmed and to coordinate efforts to ensure Ahmed’s swift return to Cyprus as soon as his appeal hearing is finished.

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 scrap Jordan’s ‘marry your rapist’ law

What’s happening?

When Lubna was 14, she was top of her class and her parents hoped she’d grow up to become a doctor. Instead, she was raped by her cousin, and then forced to marry him by a law designed to “protect her family’s honour.” The law also let her rapist off without punishment.

Jordanian lawmakers could scrap this law, but a few conservative MPs are looking to keep it alive. Let’s quickly build a massive petition telling them this law’s got to go. Our voices will be delivered directly inside Parliament during their debate!

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.

How you can help

Join with Avaaz and sign the petition to stop this awful law:

“As citizens from across the globe, we strongly urge you to completely scrap Article 308 which provides rapists with a loophole to escape punishment. No matter what amendments are proposed, they won’t protect women as strongly as repealing Article 308 would.”

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

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 Unicef to support the El Nino children’s food crisis

 

What’s happening?

The region’s worst drought in decades has ruined harvests, dried up water supplies and left 1.2 million children with severe acute malnutrition, struggling to survive. Families across East and Southern Africa have endured two years of erratic and failed rains, only to be hit by the worst El Niño weather event ever recorded. As crops and animals wither into the dirt, there simply isn’t enough food for parents to give their children. The food crisis is ruining lives on a staggering scale, with 26 million children across 10 countries at risk of malnutrition, water shortages and disease. Children are hit hardest, with 1.2 million under five years of age suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

Unicef’s efforts

UNICEF is helping them recover with lifesaving supplies like Plumpy’nut, a high-protein paste that can help bring a severely malnourished child back to a stable condition within weeks. But their teams and resources are stretched to the limit in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and throughout East and Southern Africa. They urgently need your help to reach more children in remote villages, where food and water are desperately short and every day counts.

How you can help

Your generous donation today will deliver therapeutic food or other lifesaving supplies to children suffering from malnutrition.

https://www.unicef.org.au/appeals/children-food-crisis

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/