Join with Save the Children to help children in crisis


What’s happening?

Luganville is a town on the island of Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu with a population of just over 16,000, making it the second biggest in the country. But almost overnight, the population has increased by half. At the end of September, when the volcano on the nearby Ambae Island threatened to blow, a state of emergency was called and every resident was evacuated – now many are in and around Luganville, living in temporary accommodation, waiting until it’s safe to go home.

Save the Children’s efforts

Save the Children has worked in Vanuatu since 1984 and their teams have responded to emergencies here before. In 2015, they helped children and families affected by Cyclone Pam, which damaged and destroyed thousands of homes and schools. Save the Children is setting up Child Friendly Spaces for children at multiple evacuation centres, so they have somewhere to play, spend time with other children and cope with the experience of evacuation. Volunteer teachers from Ambae are helping us run activities to get kids moving, thinking and working together.

How you can help

Save the Children teams are doing all they can to support children and families who have been evacuated from Ambae. You can make sure they’re always ready to help when children need them by donating to their Children in Crisis fund;

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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