Archive | February 2016

Join with Amnesty International to help end forced evictions in Kenya

What’s happening?

In a welcome U-turn, Kenya National Highways Authority (KENHA) has admitted that it was wrong to forcibly evict more than one hundred people from an informal settlement. The Kenya National Highways Authorities (KENHA) promised to compensate all victims of the recent forced eviction in Jomvu, Mombasa and to improve the Mombasa-Mariakani project resettlement plan.

On the night of 17 May 2015 scores of families living in Jomvu, an informal settlement along the A 109 highway in Mombasa, Kenya, awoke to the sound of a bulldozer and the arrival of armed police sent to demolish their homes and businesses. The demolitions were carried out in preparation for the Mombasa-Mariakani highway expansion project.

The admission by the authorities that the demolitions in Jomvu were forced evictions is a significant victory for the community, but it will only be meaningful if KENHA provides swift and effective remedy to those who lost their homes and businesses.

Amnesty International’s efforts

Amnesty Internation welcomes the commitments made by KENHA and the funders they expect full implementation of all their promises and call on KENHA to swiftly deliver on all its pledges. The project’s funders have committed to release funding only after all affected by the forced evictions are compensated and an appropriate resettlement plan is put in place. Join with Amnesty International to make sure they fulfil their pledges.

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

Let’s end forced evictions in Kenya. Send this letter to KENHA’s Director General, Peter Mundinia, urging KENHA to promptly deliver on its commitments to Jomvu and Bangladesh residents.

“I welcome the positive move taken by KENHA to take responsibility for the forced evictions carried out by the authority in Jomvu, Mombasa, on 17 May 2015. While I acknowledge this important move, I am sending this letter as a reminder to you to keep your promises and urgently provide those forcibly evicted at Jomvu, Mombasa County, with effective remedies. Also I urge KENHA to ensure human rights safeguards against forced evictions are immediately put in place to avoid the risk of more such evictions throughout the Mombasa-Mariakani highway expansion project.”

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/help-end-forced-evictions-in-kenya/

 

 

Join with Avaaz to stop arm sales to Saudi Arabia

What’s happening?

Every minute of every day, guns kill someone’s mother, child, or dear friend. Saudi Arabia are bombing schools, hospitals, even wedding parties in Yemen. What Saudi Arabia is doing in Yemen is disgusting — and they’re doing it with weapons they buy from Europe, the US, and Canada. Weapons are very likely being used to kill innocent civilians in the war in Yemen, including over 600 children. Saudi Arabia is the UK’s largest weapons buyer. They spend millions, sometimes billions of pounds each year on war planes, explosives and guns.

The war in Yemen has led to a major humanitarian crisis — Yemen is on the brink of famine. To stop this, we need to stem the flow of weapons to the Saudis.

Avaaz’s efforts

The European Parliament is hours away from having a proposed EU-wide arms embargo put to a vote — but under heavy Saudi lobbying, some politicians are wavering.

Now more than ever, these leaders need to see that people from every corner of the Earth are looking to them to stand up and say “NO” to Saudi Arabia and their atrocities.

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

Sign the urgent petition calling for an arms embargo.

“As concerned citizens from across the globe, we strongly urge you to suspend all arms deals with Saudi Arabia until they end their assaults in Yemen and begin a genuine peace process. With 119 violations of international humanitarian law documented in a recent UN report, it’s unacceptable to look the other way when Saudi Arabia could be using weapons from our countries to indiscriminately bomb civilians.”

Sign now to send your message to members of the EU Parliament, and leaders of the UK, US, Canada, Germany, France, and all other countries that have arms deals with Saudi Arabia.

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

 

 

Join with Oxfam to help make Indigenous health equality a reality

What’s happening?

More than 200 years of institutionalised dispossession, racism and discrimination have left Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People with the lowest levels of education, the highest levels of unemployment, the poorest health and the most appalling housing conditions. Most Australians enjoy one of the highest life expectancies of any country in the world — but this is not true for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can expect to live 10–17 years less than other Australians. Babies born to Aboriginal mothers die at more than twice the rate of other Australian babies, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience higher rates of preventable illness such as heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes.

Oxfam’s efforts

Oxfam have played a lead role in transforming the Close the Gap campaign for Indigenous Health Equality from a popular campaign to a force that is shaping government policy by working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to hold our government to account.

The Close the Gap campaign has achieved a tremendous amount since its launch by Cathy Freeman and Ian Thorpe in 2006. These outcomes include:

  • a commitment by government and all major political parties to take action through the formal signing of the Statement of Intent
  • allocation of additional health funding through COAG; and
  • a stated intention to work in partnership with Indigenous health organisations and communities.

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

Change will take a generation. We need sustained action from Federal and State Governments. The Close the Gap Coalition — a grouping of Indigenous and non-Indigenous health and community organisations — together with nearly 200,000 Australians is calling on governments to take real, measurable action to achieve Indigenous health equality by 2030.

Take action now and support Indigenous health equality:

https://www.oxfam.org.au/what-we-do/indigenous-australia/close-the-gap/

 

Join with Avaaz to help refugee children find safety

 

What’s happening?

Right now, there are at least 25,000 unaccompanied children seeking refuge in Europe. They’ve fled unimaginable violence, lost their parents, and are desperate to find safe haven. But instead of urgently offering them sanctuary, authorities have abandoned them to dangerous traffickers that stalk them. Even children with relations in Europe are not being allowed to join them. Many refugees in Calais are desperate to get to Britain to escape freezing temperatures and dire conditions and to be reunited with family members here. However bureaucratic failings mean that despite there being provision in EU regulations for this to happen safely and legally, in practice it can be virtually impossible.

Avaaz’s efforts

Refugee experts have just won a legal case requiring the UK to let unaccompanied kids join their families in Britain and claim asylum there. This ground-breaking court victory for asylum campaigners is set to pave the way for thousands more refugees to come to Britain.

The court found that three unaccompanied children and a young adult currently in the Calais refugee camp known as “the Jungle” should be allowed to come to live with close relatives who are already settled in the UK while their asylum claimed are examined.

Avaaz has teamed up with the experts to use this case as a precedent and roll out a campaign to identify these children, and win urgent legal assistance, counselling and shelter for kids across the EU. But the campaign needs urgent funding, or they may still fall prey to the smugglers.

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

If enough of us donate just a small amount, we can help save these most vulnerable of victims from more trauma, and do our part to break the child smuggling trade.

In a civilised, humane world, no child would face this terror. Let’s help build that world today. Donate now to urgently launch a plan to stop these tragedies.

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

 

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