Archive | September 2014

Help end enforced disappearances in Syria

What is an enforced disappearance?

According to international human rights laws, an enforced disappearance occurs when a person is secretly abducted or imprisoned by a state or political organization or by a third party with the authorization, support, or acquiescence of a state or political organization, followed by a refusal to acknowledge the person’s fate and whereabouts, with the intent of placing the victim outside the protection of the law.

What’s happening in Syria?

Enforced disappearances in Syria are continuing more than half a year after the UN demanded that Syria put an end to this abhorrent practice. Since protests broke out in Syria in February 2011, thousands of suspected opponents of the government have been arbitrarily arrested and detained; many appear to have been subjected to enforced disappearance. Some remain missing – their fate or whereabouts unknown to their families, who are often left in anguish and despair. Others who were subjected to enforced disappearance but eventually released after languishing for months in secret detention have told Amnesty International about the torture and other ill-treatment they endured.

“People in Syria are hauled off into the abyss of secret detention on a regular basis, providing clear evidence of the authorities’ systematic use of enforced disappearance as a tool to crush dissent,” – Philip Luther, Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.

What can we do?

Amnesty International is holding a petition to the President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, to express concern about reports that the Syrian state has subjected individuals to enforced disappearance and to call on him to ensure that the authorities immediately cease this practice and that all those suspected of criminal responsibility are brought to trial.

Supporting Amnesty International

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in the Sydney greater metropolitan area and Hunter Central Coast of N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in N.S.W, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

How you can help

Join with Amnesty International and sign the petition to help end enforced disappearances in Syria:

https://campaigns.amnesty.org/actions/end-enforced-disappearances

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Join with Greenpeace and stop the super trawlers fishing in our waters

What’s happening?

Currently, there is a two-year super trawler ban that ends in November. But there is an international fleet of freezer-factory trawlers on our doorstep and the industry is still trying to bring them into our waters.

About super trawlers

Super trawlers are large freezer-factory fishing trawlers that threaten our unique marine life and fisheries, and the recreational fishing, commercial fishing and tourism industries that rely on these. Fish that are caught in the net are sucked on board with a large pipe and into an on-board fish factory that automatically sorts, packs and freezes them. Super trawlers are part of a global problem that has led to the devastation of the world’s fisheries, marine life and local livelihoods.

“These super trawlers are really like giant ocean vacuum cleaners that have got the capacity to suck up thousands and thousands of tonnes of fish out of the ocean.” Greens MP Kim Booth.

Super trawlers kill turtles, dolphins, seals and other marine animals. This indiscriminate fishing method has a high level of bycatch, that is, unwanted marine life. In the past 15 years, bycatch from 20 super trawlers fishing off West Africa has killed an estimated 1,500 critically endangered turtles, more than 18,000 giant rays, and more than 60,000 sharks.

Greenpeace says NO to super trawlers

“In 2012, together with our supporters, we stopped the Margiris super trawler from causing irreparable damage to our marine life and coastal fishing communities. Australians united to have super trawlers banned for two years.” – Greenpeace

Supporting Greenpeace

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in the Sydney greater metropolitan area and Hunter Central Coast of N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in N.S.W, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

How you can help

The super trawlers ban ends on the 19th of November. You can write to your Federal MP and call for a permanent ban on super trawlers. Join with Greenpeace now and say NO to super trawlers:

https://action.greenpeace.org.au/no-supertrawlers/

You can help Oxfam manage the crisis in Syria

The crisis in Syria is one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes of our generation. More than 10 million people need humanitarian aid inside Syria and from the 3 million refugees, half of them are children.

What’s happening?

The Syrian civil war, or the Syrian uprising, is an ongoing armed conflict in Syria between forces loyal to the Syrian Ba’ath Party government and those seeking to oust it. The conflict appears to have begun early 2011, with popular demonstrations that grew nationwide by April 2011. 9 million Syrians have been forced to flee their homes and find shelter away from the devastating violence, including as refugees in neighbouring countries. Washington Post has compiled three grim statistics on the impact that the Syrian conflict has on the Syrian people, on what unfolds on average each day that it continues, using figures taken from last year.

With more than 25% of the country being driven out of their homes, the situation in refugee camps is dire. In a camp opened one year ago in Jordan for 60,000 people, more than 150,000 people are now living there. Every day the camp costs $500,000 to run and relies on 350 tankers trucking in water and 300 tankers removing sewage.

What can we do?

Oxfam is heading the campaign to provide funding for the humanitarian appeal in Syria.

“The United Nations has asked wealthy governments to contribute urgently-needed funds to a humanitarian crisis appeal. Based on the size of our economy, Australia’s fair share would be $106 million. The government has contributed just $30 million so far in 2014 – less than a third of Australia’s fair share.

[We] call on the Australian Government to give an additional $70 million in humanitarian aid to Syria by the end of 2014.

This $70 million could provide safe drinking water to over 140,000 refugees, assist over 250,000 people through employment programs, or immunize over 3 million people against polio.” – Oxfam

Supporting Oxfam

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in the Sydney greater metropolitan area and Hunter Central Coast of N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in N.S.W, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

How you can help

Join with Oxfam and sign the petition to send Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and the Australian Government a message to support the crisis in Syria.

https://www.oxfam.org.au/my/act/crisis-in-syria/

You can help Animals Australia buy an animal ambulance for Brightside Farm Sanctuary

Brightside Farm Sanctuary

Brightside are a not-for-profit Farm Sanctuary and Shelter for animals set on 50 acres in Tasmania’s Huon Valley. They educate, advocate and campaign for farm and companion animals. They provide education sessions to students in schools and at Brightside. They provide hundreds of abused and neglected animals with a permanent loving and secure home at our Sanctuary. Brightside rescues and re homes hundreds of animals each year including about 300 rescued dogs.

Animal Ambulance

Brightside use an animal ambulance to transport hundreds of animals to their sanctuary. However, the vehicle is now in its dying days. Without an ambulance, Brightside is unable to reach animals that are in desperate need of rescue. Brightside has been responsible for saving the lives of thousands of animals, and with your help you can ensure that more abused, neglected and unwanted animals find their way to safety — and a loving forever home.

Helping Brightside

Animals Australia have taken it upon themselves to help fund the new animal ambulance. Animals Australia staff have even made personal contributions to Brightside’s animal ambulance appeal.

“For many of the animals rescued by Brightside, the first beacon of hope came in the form of the sanctuary’s makeshift animal ambulance. A bright and happy future awaits countless more animals who are yet to be rescued … all they need is a lift!” – Animals Australia

Supporting Animals Australia

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in the Sydney greater metropolitan area and Hunter Central Coast of N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in N.S.W, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

How you can help

“Any contribution will help us get a little bit closer to our dream of a new Animal Ambulance. Your donation will help countless animals through rescues as well as facilitate education at many schools and events. Any money that we raise over our target will go directly to establishing animal shelters at our new larger sanctuary which will be open to the public in 2015. “ – Brightside Farm Sanctuary

http://chuffed.org/project/brightside-a-vehicle-for-change

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