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/

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