Join with Amnesty International to stop the Nicaraguan government from forcing families from their homes


What’s happening?

Thousands of people in Nicaragua could be removed from their homes at any minute because of plans to build a huge canal that will divide Nicaragua in two, and cross the most important freshwater source in Central America. This includes families with young children, being forced to leave their homes.

In 2013, the Nicaraguan Government signed a secret multi-billion dollar deal with a private company based in Hong Kong. As part of this deal the government passed Law 840 that may lead to the forced eviction of thousands of people to make way for the canal and a number of related sub-projects. For thousands of families with young children, this means having to forcibly abandon their land and way of living which are their basic form of survival. Congress passed the law without consulting those that would be affected. By doing this the Nicaraguan government violated national and international law.

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

Despite facing threats and harassment many of those affected have built a movement demanding that the law 840 be repealed. You can join Amnesty International and support these groups in their fight to keep their homes. Sign the petition and call on the government to:

  • Repeal Law 840 to comply with human rights standards and prevent forced evictions
    • Guarantee genuine and effective consultation with all those likely to be affected by the construction of the canal.

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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