Archive | August 2015

You can help demand justice for the people of north-east Nigeria

What’s happening?

In north-east Nigeria, at least 20,000 people have been arrested by the Nigerian Military on suspicious of being Boko Haram members, since 2011. More than 7000 suspects died from either torture, starvation, disease or were just shot.

Boko Haram are an Islamic extremist group that seeks the establishment of an Islamic state in Nigeria, and advocate a strict form of Sharia law. Since 2009, Boko Haram has killed, abducted and tortured thousands of civilians in north-east Nigeria. More than a million people have been forced to flee their homes and a report from Amnesty International finds that these acts amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The response by the Nigerian Military has been brutal. They have executed more than 1000 people and many more have died.

“Former detainees told Amnesty International that they could only sit on the floor in turns, and took turns sleeping. Suspects were often beaten by soldiers. They received little food and had no access to toilets or medical care. Due to these horrific conditions, more than 7,000 people have died in military detention since 2011.” – Amnesty International

Amnesty International’s efforts

Amnesty International are fighting to have justice served in Nigeria.

“Despite human rights organisations raising these concerns with the former Nigerian government, no adequate investigations took place. On 29 May 2015 a new government, led by President Buhari, was inaugurated. The President has the opportunity to make a break with the mistakes of the past by providing justice for the people of north-east Nigeria.” – Amnesty International

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

Join with Amnesty International and sign the petition put to President Buhari. His administration has the ability to put an end to these atrocities and provide justice for their victims, drawing a line under the mistakes of the past.

Sign now:
https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/war-crimes-nigerian-military/

 

 

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You can help end slavery in Mauritania

What’s happening?

Slavery in Mauritania is considered to be deeply rooted in the structure of its society and closely tied to the ethnic composition of the country. It was only in 1981 that slavery was abolished in Mauritania – being the last country to abolish this practice. However, no criminal laws were passed to enforce the ban. Later, in 2007, the government passed a law allowing slaveholders to be prosecuted, but this didn’t curb the problem. Since 2007, only one slave master has been prosecuted, and anyone that challenges the law is detained and tortured. Now, in 2015, 10 – 20% of the population of Mauritania are slaves – the highest proportion on earth.

Avaaz’s efforts

Haby mint Rabah was forced into slavery at the age of five. She spent her days herding animals and her nights being raped by her ‘master’. She thought this life was normal. One day, her brother escaped his masters and found an organisation working to stop slavery and asked them to help free Haby.

“…when they came to take me away, at first I completely refused. I couldn’t imagine a life away from my masters, a life where you worked no matter what, even if pregnant or giving birth. This was the only life I had ever known.” – Haby mint Rabah via Avaaz

The man who freed Haby is called Biram Dah Abeid. He is now behind bars for daring to speak out against slavery. Avaaz is working to releasing Biram and calling for the President of Mauritania to make real progress to end slavery in their country.

“We call on you to do everything in your power to ensure anti-slavery leader Biram Dah Abeid and his colleagues are freed immediately and unconditionally, repression of abolitionists stops, legal recognition is given to anti-slavery organisations, and real progress is made to end this human cruelty in Mauritania.” – 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 help save Biram and abolish slavery in Mauritania.

“If we build a petition calling for Biram’s release and shaming the country’s slavery apologists — and pressure Mauritania’s western allies to do the same, leading a high-level advocacy trip with media and government representatives, we can win this brave man’s freedom and strike a critical blow against one of the last bastions of slavery in the world. Sign now!” – Avaaz

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

 

Join with Oxfam and power up against poverty

What’s happening?

Many countries around the world are harnessing the power of renewable energy. China is the world’s leading renewable energy investor, Bangladesh has the world’s largest solar home program, Brazil leads in wind power, Costa Rica achieved 100% renewable energy in 2015 and Samoa is well on its way.

Renewable energy is a cheaper, quicker and healthier way to increase energy access. Climate change impacts all of us, and as a wealthy developed country, Australia has a responsibility to tackle this important issue. Coal is a major threat as the biggest single contribution to climate change.

“The message is simple: if the Australian Government really cares about reducing poverty and inequality, it must shift its focus from coal and fossil fuels towards supporting renewable energy, both here and abroad.” – Oxfam

Oxfam’s efforts

Oxfam is leading the charge against coal with an action for a fair climate. They have compiled a report, Powering up Against Poverty, that debunks the Prime Minister’s statement that “coal is good for humanity.” The report explores the devastating impact of coal on communities, health and the climate. It outlines how renewable energy sources reduce poverty and improves lives in some of the poorest countries.

“The failure of rich developed countries to curb their carbon pollution by moving swiftly away from fossil fuels is increasing the risk of disasters like cylcones Haiyan and Pam, and the recent deadly heatwaves across India and Pakistan.” – Oxfam

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

Join with Oxfam and send your message to the Prime Minister to join the global energy revolution so that Australia can do its part to effectively tackle climate change and eliminate poverty.

“With phenomenal renewable energy potential and expertise, we have all we need to create a brighter future for Australia and the rest of the world. All that is lacking right now is the political will and foresight.” –  Oxfam

Join with Avaaz and stand with Adam Goodes

What’s happening?

Adam Goodes is on the verge of retiring from AFL because he has been subjected to relentless racist bullying from crowds. Months ago, when a 13 year old in the crowd called him an ape, he called her out and had her escorted from the match. From that point onwards, Goodes has been booed whenever he is in possession of the ball.

Adam Goodes speaks out about racism in Australia and celebrates his Indigenous culture on the field and it is for these reasons that he has been booed for the good part of this whole year.

“Goodes’ recognition as Australian of the Year has given him a platform to confront racism in a very public way, but it would appear to have come at a personal cost. ADAM Goodes accepts that his stature as Australian of the Year and his desire to be outspoken about indigenous rights, makes him a lightning rod for racist attacks.” – The Australian newspaper

Avaaz’s efforts

Avaaz are building a petition to send to Adam Goodes to show support for his struggle. We can all sign the petition to show our support for Goodes and to demonstrate that we will not stand for racism in our country.

“Our voices combined can tell the story of the Australia most people want — a country that values our cultural heritage and diversity — and inspire others to do the same.” – 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

Add your name to stand with Goodes against racism.

“As Australians of all ages and backgrounds, we applaud your courage and leadership in speaking out about the issues of race that still exist in our nation. We are deeply disappointed by the crowds that have booed you — they do not speak for us or for the majority of Australians who want to live in a country that values our Indigenous people and our cultural diversity.” – Avaaz

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_adam_goodes_loc_1/

 

 

 

 

 

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