Archive | July 2015

You can help save the US national forest, Oak Flat

What’s happening?

The US Government is about to allow a giant international mining company dig up a beautiful stretch of national forest held sacred by the Apache tribe. The area known as Oak Flat is part of Arizona’s Tonto National Forest, and the San Carlos Apache have used it for generations in young women’s coming-of-age ceremonies. In December 2014, a rider attached to a “must-pass” bill now gives sacred Native American land to a foreign mining company. The rider is attached to the National Defense Authorization Act and now serves to opens up National Forest land in Arizona to copper mining.

America has a long and disgraceful history of stealing land from Native Americans, but this is the first time that land has been stolen to give to a foreign corporation.

Avaaz’s efforts

Apache protesters have been rallying in Washington DC, protesting Congress’ sale of their sacred Oak Flat to foreign mining conglomerates. Avaaz stands with Apache leaders as they fight for their land and are sending a message to governments around the world that indigenous lands and culture are not for sale.

“When US lawmakers with links to mining interests used devious tactics to grant permission for the mine, the Apache fought back. It’s starting to work — right now Congress is considering whether to stop the project.” – Avaaz

Supporting Avaaz

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, 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 Avaaz and Apache leaders in Washington DC as they fight for their land. Add your message of support for the San Carlos Apache and send it through to Members of the US Congress and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

“We the undersigned demand immediate repeal or amendment of this rider, and an apology to the local Apache whose cultural heritage is being put up for sale.” – Avaaz

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

 

 

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You can help break the barriers to free choice in Burkina Faso

What’s happening?

If you are a girl in Burkina Faso, your childhood does not last long. Early pregnancy and early marriage are common amongst the girls of Burkina Faso. In Burkina Faso, if you are a woman or a girl, you are prevented from making crucial decisions that belong to you, for example about whether or when to get married, whom to marry, and whether or when to get pregnant.

“These barriers to choice are fuelled by social attitudes that value men and boys over women and girls. This discrimination results in abuses of the basic human rights of women and girls, including their right to life, to education and to quality health care, particularly sexual and reproductive health care.”

Amnesty International

Amnesty International’s efforts

Amnesty International is heralding the “My Body, My Rights” campaign in Burkina Faso.

“For the girls whose families force them to get married, for the woman who needs her husband’s or in-laws’ permission to use contraception; for the girl who becomes pregnant after being raped and has no choice but to carry that pregnancy to term; we take the My Body My Rights campaign to Burkina Faso. Together with the many women and girls there who continue to demand their rights, we call on the government to break the barriers to free choice in Burkina Faso.”

Amnesty International

With our help, they are working towards breaking the barriers to contraception for women and girls by making contraception free for all women and girls in Burkina Faso, improving the accessibility of sexual health information and services for women and girls, and guaranteeing their right to decide if and when to have children and if so, how many.

Supporting Amnesty International

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, 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

Add your voice to the cause and sign the petition today. Together, we can call on the President of Burkina Faso to make the choice to give women and girls a choice:
https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/action-mbmr-burkina-faso/

 

 

You can help fight for workers’ rights

What’s happening?

Workers in developing countries are being paid minimal wages and are often forced to work long hours in dangerous conditions. They are usually paid US $3 a day to produce some of the most expensive brands that we know, and their lives are a struggle to feed themselves and their families. The buildings that house these factories are often unsafe, meaning these workers are risking their lives to make our clothes.

Oxfam’s efforts

In 2013, since the devastating collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh, Oxfam has been demanding that companies sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord, to make all garment factories in Bangladesh safe workplaces. Oxfam are working to make companies accountable for their workers and their lives.

“…while the big wigs behind the big Australian garment brands are getting richer, the workers actually making the products are living in poverty. They barely earn enough money to care for themselves and their families, and many are forced to work long hours in treacherous conditions. In 2013, the Rana Plaza garment factory in Dhaka collapsed, killing more than 1100 Bangladeshi workers and injuring 2500.

Since 2013 more than 160 companies have signed onto the accord including Australian companies Cotton On, Kmart, Target, Forever New, Specialty Fashion Group, Woolworths, Pacific Brands and Pretty Girl Fashion Group.” – Oxfam

A few companies have not yet signed the Accord and, together with Oxfam, we can work to convince them to do the right thing.

Supporting Oxfam

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, 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

Oxfam Australia is working along other international and local organisations to persuade major companies to improve the rights and conditions of workers. You can join their efforts and support workers’ rights by sending your message to the companies that have not yet signed the Accord.

Support workers’ rights and sign now:
https://act.oxfam.org/australia/bangladesh-garment-workers-petition

 

Join with World Animal Protection and help over 270,000 animals in need in Nepal

What’s happening?

This year in April and then again in May, major earthquakes rocked Nepal causing much death and destruction. The earthquakes in Nepal didn’t just affect the people living there – many of the animals were left in need of urgent medical care. In some of the worst hit areas of Nepal, 95% of local families own animals and rely on them for their personal income. After the earthquakes, the animals have been left injured, open to disease and without shelter. The livelihoods of these people and their animals are at stake.

Animals in Nepal are vulnerable to the extreme weather conditions of Nepal, and with most shelters destroyed or damaged by the earthquakes, this has been a pressing need for the animals. The stress has also caused many of the animals to refuse the damaged and rebuilt shelters, and has had a severe impact on milk production in cows, buffalos and goats.

World Animal Protection’s efforts

World Animal Protection’s disaster response team is on the ground in Nepal, working with local vets and communities to assess the needs and deliver much-needed emergency treatment to animals in Nepal. World Animal Protection takes our donations and uses them to protect as many animals as they can. They carry out comprehensive assessments alongside the emergency treatment of the animals, to ensure that the funds are used effectively.

“Thanks to your donations we can provide the materials for the construction of 1,400 brand new shelters in the worst hit areas. Over 8,000 animals will benefit immediately and an estimated 250,000 will come to benefit from the shelters over the next 7 years.” – World Animal Protection

Supporting World Animal Protection

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, 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

Read more about the plight of the people and animals of Nepal and donate now to help them:
http://www.worldanimalprotection.org.au/news/we-are-using-your-donations-help-over-270000-animals-nepal

 

You can help save the whales

What’s happening?

There is a worldwide ban on commercial whaling, but unfortunately this is not protecting the whales in Iceland. Iceland is one of three countries still engaged in commercial whaling, using the loophole of ‘scientific whaling’ to get past international restrictions.

The Icelandic whaling fleet is about to embark on its next hunt to kill 150 endangered fin whales. One wealthy businessman in Iceland claims that these whale hunts are traditional, but all his catches are exported to Japan. Public pressure has previously succeeded in preventing a shipment of whale meat from being sent to Japan via Germany, and sent it back to Iceland. Now, stockpiles of whale meat are being kept in freezers in Iceland and even being used as dog food, just to use it up.

Currently, the ship The Winter Bay is getting ready to ship 1,700 tonnes of whale meat to Japan. The shipment is from last year’s hunt. The ship is sitting at the port of the tiny Caribbean nation of St. Kitts & Nevis, and if they remove their flag from the ship, it won’t be able to leave the port.

Avaaz’s efforts

Avaaz have previously helped push European countries to shun the whaling trade, and are now working to stop the hunts in Iceland by reaching out to the nation of St.Kitts & Nevis.

“Tourism is the main pillar of their country’s economy and we can put their reputation on the line by throwing them into our giant global spotlight.” – Avaaz

Supporting Avaaz

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, 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

You can add your voice to the cause and help stop the shipment of whale meat to Japan, and hopefully put an end to the hunting and killing of endangered fin whales.

“We also call upon St. Kitts to stop supporting Japan’s lethal research in the Southern Ocean at the IWC and support whale conservation instead. No country should engage with the slaughter of these majestic creatures.” – Avaaz

Sign now:
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/days_to_save_whales_loc/?slideshow

 

 

 

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