Archive | January 2015

Help reunite families persecuted by the government

Around the world, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters are torn apart because they have bravely stood up for human rights. Amnesty International is working to bring these people home and reunite them with their families.

Ablikim Abdiriyim

Ablikim’s situation is desperate: he’s been detained and tortured by the Chinese authorities simply for speaking out for human rights. Abuse and subsequent failing health has already caused him to fall into at least two comas. He’s been beaten so badly that he’s bled from the nose and ears.

Every day that Ablikim is not free, his life is at risk.

“You can imagine my fear,” Rebiya [Ablikim’s mother] told Amnesty International. “How my heart is broken every morning when I wake up and think of Ablikim again. Just as every mother feels when her child is in danger.”

Rebiya was also imprisoned by the Chinese government simply for speaking out. She spent two years in solitary confinement, in a dark, waste-filled room. Rebiya’s case became one of Amnesty’s many success stories. Because of their work to reunite families and free those imprisoned for defending human rights, she was released from prison in 2005.

Supporting Amnesty International

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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 can we help?

By supporting Amnesty International you are helping to reunite families, giving brave men and women around the world the chance to be back home with their loved ones.

Amnesty is committed to reuniting people being kept apart from their loved ones. With your generous support, we can continue reuniting families.

$50 Can help reunite a family persecuted by their government

$100 Can help launch a lifesaving action for someone like Ablikim

$250 Can help expose the cruel practices of governments

$500 Can help fund an overseas mission to monitor at risk people

Show your support now:

https://www.amnesty.org.au/support/index/36183/

 

Help save the Taiji dolphins

What’s happening?

In a small fishing village in Japan, dolphins and pilot whales are being herded into a quiet cove. If a dolphin like this one becomes trapped in the killing cove, his fate is uncertain. He, along with countless others, including pilot whales, are at risk of suffering the cruellest of deaths, being slaughtered in what can only be described as a bloodbath.

Fishermen hold large poles underwater and bang them with hammers to create a wall of sound that disorientates the animals and causes them to swim toward the shore. Here, mothers and babies are separated by ropes, some dolphins are tied to boats, some become injured or break their pectoral fins in the watery panic, some die from stress or exhaustion.

The bewildered animals are kept enclosed by nets overnight, and as the sun rises on the cove, the sea turns red as ‘drive fishermen’ pierce the dolphins and whales with long spears. Some fishermen use hooks to haul live dolphins into the boats where their throats are slashed.

Why is this happening?

Worldwide condemnation has yet to convince the Japanese government that this brutal butchering should end.

The reasons given by officials are varied. Some say the dolphins and whales are killed for their meat; meat tainted with high levels of mercury and served to Japanese school children. Others say the ‘hunt’ is a form of ‘pest control’ insisting the dolphins are competition for the fishing industry.

The killings have also been directly linked to the lucrative trade in dolphins for the marine park industry. Investigators have reported seeing dolphin trainers assisting fishermen in herding the dolphins in order to choose those deemed suitable for a life in an aquarium.

Whatever the reason, there is simply no excuse for such extreme cruelty.

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. 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

What can we do?

It’s up to Australian citizens to speak up for the dolphins in Japan. Please let the Japan Tourism Agency know that you will not be visiting a country that has such blatant disregard for life. The beauty and culture of Japan is only strengthened by its amazing wildlife and this should be promoted not destroyed.

Take action now:

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/Ban-Taiji-Dolphin-Hunt

 

Donate to Avaaz and support a great cause

What is Avaaz.org?

The name Avaaz was derived for the Persian word for “voice”. Avaaz.org was launched in 2007 as a global civic organisation that promotes activism on issues such as climate change, human rights, animal rights, corruption, poverty and conflict. These are the issues that most need addressing in some of the more disadvantaged countries around the world, and Avaaz works to “close the gap between the world we have and the world most people everywhere want”.

Avaaz.org is “the world’s largest and most effective online campaigning community for change” with over 25 million members in 194 countries, and operating in 15 languages.

What’s happening now?

“There’s 40 million of us now, the largest campaigning community ever. This fall, millions of us changed the game on climate change with a profound shift in political momentum on the issue. It was magical. As inspiring as the thousands of us who put our hands up to risk our lives on the front line of the Ebola fight. And the millions of us who took action to protect our oceans and defeat a Monsanto mega-project. Politicians, media and people, are saying the same thing – we’re bringing hope.

And hope is exactly what our world is desperate for. It’s the game changer.

That hope and this precious community is made possible by a just a tiny fraction of our community who have signed up to give even a small amount help cover our operational costs. We only ask once per year — so if it feels right, pledge to support Avaaz in 2015 with a one-time donation, and help us all rise to this moment — we’ll process your pledge only if we reach our goal of 20,000 new supporters.”

Supporting Avaaz

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

Pledge your support to Avaaz and donate now:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/rise_nd_loc/?slideshow

 

Shop with Oxfam and help support a great cause

Who are Oxfam?

Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations working in approximately 90 countries worldwide to find solutions to poverty and related injustices around the world. Oxfam was originally founded in Oxford, in 1942 and was one of several local committees formed in support of the National Famine Relief Committee.

Oxfam Australia is an Australian, independent, not-for-profit, secular, community-based aid and development organisation, and an affiliate of Oxfam International.

What does Oxfam do?

Oxfam has been fighting poverty and injustice around the world for more than 50 years. Their work aims to bring about positive change in the lives of people living in poverty.

Oxfam’s work focuses on four goals:

  1. Economic justice
  • Supporting people so they can make a decent living and lead dignified lives, free from poverty and hunger.
  1. Essential services
  • Bring about access clean water, healthcare, education and sanitation.
  1. Rights in crisis
  • Supporting people’s right to live safe from war, violence and natural disaster.
  1. Gender justice
  • Supporting equal rights for women and men, so they can live free from violence and discrimination.

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. 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

Tens of thousands of Australians take a range of actions in support of our campaign work each year. By taking action now, you will be helping to raise the voice of disadvantaged communities around the world.

We can help Oxfam today in a number of ways:

Just a $20 donation can provide families in Timor-Leste with vegetable seeds, increasing nutrition and market opportunities.

A $100 donation is enough to provide medicines to one village in Laos to treat common illnesses and prevent disease.

A $500 donation can provide a water harvesting system to supply clean water for 200 families in drought-stricken southern Africa.

If you prefer, you can even shop at one of Oxfam’s stores around Sydney or online. Oxfam Shop has a variety of items for every budget, including home décor, kitchenware, food and drink, accessories and more.

You can also make monthly donations to aid Oxfam’s program work in struggling communities.

Support Oxfam and you support the communities that most need our help

 

 

 

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