Archive | March 2016

Join with Oxfam to help the victims of the Cyclone Winston in Fiji

 

What’s happening?

On Saturday 20 February 2016, Cyclone Winston — a powerful Category 5 storm — passed through the Fiji Islands. While the extent of the damage is still unfolding, Cyclone Winston was generating devastating wind speeds of up to 325kph.

The destructive force of the storm has left at least 42 people dead, whole villages destroyed and 117 schools damaged or wiped out. The areas worst hit include the Lomaiviti province (including Koro Island) and towns in the north of Fiji’s main island Viti Levu between Lautoka and Rakiraki. These towns were in the direct path of the cyclone’s eye and there are reports of whole villages destroyed, with only one or two buildings still standing.

Almost 30,000 people are sheltering in more than 700 evacuation centres around the country. An estimated 350,000 people live within the ‘very destructive’ zone 50 kilometres either side of the path of the eye of the storm. Now, the greatest worry is for the people living in crowded evacuation centres. There is urgent need to ensure improved water and sanitation conditions to prevent the outbreak of waterborne disease.

Oxfam’s efforts

Oxfam, other aid organisations and local organisations are working together with the Government of Fiji to implement a response as effectively as possible. Oxfam’s first priority was to bring clean water. Survivors now face secondary threats like the spread of disease. Clean water for drinking, cooking and hand washing is essential for the prevention of waterborne disease after a disaster. Two portable water filters arrived in Suva on Wednesday, along with an Oxfam water and sanitation specialist. Two more water filters will arrive soon. Oxfam will be assisting with the delivery of water and hygiene kits to evacuation centres.

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

This is an unprecedented emergency in Fiji. Please donate to the Fiji Cyclone Appeal to help deliver urgently needed aid to the people who need it the most. Your donation can help deliver essential items in the aftermath of disaster like clean water and sanitation.

https://www.oxfam.org.au/my/donate/cyclone-tears-through-fiji/

 

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Join with Avaaz to protect Somali women and girls from genital mutilation

 

What’s happening?

Six-year-old Hibo Wardere was told, “You are brave, you are courageous, tomorrow you are going to be a woman,” then she was led to a makeshift hut in the Somali capital of Mogadishu anda local ‘cutter’ used a razor to remove her genitalia.

Hibo is one of 200 million women and girls in 30 countries across the world that have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM). But in Somalia, where an astounding 98% of girls are cut, the Minister for Women is developing a ban right now. Local experts say that a global wave of support for nationwide zero tolerance could help win an outright ban on this cruel practice in weeks!

Avaaz’s efforts

Puntland, in northeast Somalia, just proposed a full ban, and there is precedent of the central government adopting their progressive legislation. If enough of us praise these bold leaders for taking a stand for girls now, we can bolster their initiatives, and help push through a law in this next Parliament.

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 send your message to Hassan Mohamoud, President of Somalia, Omar Sharmarke, Prime Minister, and Zahra Samantar, Minister of Women and Human Rights Development.

“As global citizens concerned about the rights of girls and women, we want to congratulate you on your push to ban female genital mutilation (FGM) in Somalia. We fully commend the total ban proposal by the government of Puntland and encourage the central government to consider urgent comprehensive legislative action. If Somalia enacts a full ban law now, and follows with massive public education campaigns, it could become the champion to lead the world to zero tolerance.”

Join with Avaaz and help stop this abominable practice:

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

 

 

Join with Greenpeace to help save the reef

What’s happening?

Off the north-east coast of Australia, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders is at threat from the coal mining industry and in urgent need of your help.

If the coal industry gets its wish, huge coal reserves in central Queensland will be opened up for mining and millions of tonnes of seafloor will be dredged in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area to construct massive coal port expansions.

Hundreds more coal ships will pass through the Reef, heightening the risk of accidents and oil spills and negatively impacting coral at a time when the health of the Reef is already in decline.

The science is clear: we can have the Reef or coal, but not both.

Greenpeace’s efforts

The health of the Reef is already in decline – 50% of its coral cover has declined in the past 30 years.

At a critical moment for the Reef, the coal industry’s plans to export coal through the Great Barrier Reef to be burned in other countries will drive climate change – the number one threat to the Reef.

Climate change will increase ocean temperature and lead to acidification, which cause mass coral bleaching events and reef erosion.

People all across the world are joining the movement to save the Reef. This is a fight we can win. We’re on the right side of history. Together, we can turn the tide and save the Reef.

Supporting Greenpeace

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

The Abbot Point Growth Gateway Project (EPBC 2015/7467) will have unacceptable impacts on the outstanding universal values of the Great Barrier Reef. The science is clear: we can have the reef or coal, we cannot have both.

Together our voices can rise above those who want to put our Reef at risk.

http://www.greenpeace.org/australia/en/what-we-do/climate/reef-at-risk/

 

Join with WSPA and help stop the cruelty to animals in Spain

 

What’s happening?

It’s been estimated that some 60,000 animals die every year in Spain as part of bullfighting during traditional festivals, with 11,000 bulls killed or tortured.  In festivals such as the Toro Jubilo, a young bull has balls of inflammable material attached to its horns, which are then torched and set ablaze. Hot sparks and burning embers rain down on its head and the bull pants in fear and terror. After enduring this relentless terror for up to an hour it stands exhausted, panting and with its hide singed and burnt from the hot sparks that have cascaded down on it.

WSPA’s efforts

WSPA are calling on the leaders to take a stand, to make a resolution that 2016 will be the last year these despicable traditions will take place. Not just in bullfighting but in all fiestas and festivals where animals are treated cruelly, or terrified, taunted and tortured. They want a commitment to end cruelty in the name of culture and tradition.

Supporting WSPA

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

The torture of exhausted, frightened animals and celebration of cruelty towards them should have no place anywhere – least of all in a modern, progressive nation like Spain.

It’s time to end the use of Spanish taxpayer’s money to prop up these festivals of cruelty. Time to end torture masquerading as culture. Time to stop the killing and the cruelty and to send these traditions into the history books. Time to make history by committing to making this happen.  Send your message to Spain’s political leaders:

“We ask you to hear our request, and to heed the voices of your own people. There is no place in the country you wish to govern, or anywhere in the world, for continued barbarity towards animals in the name of tradition.”

http://www.worldanimalprotection.org.au/torture-not-culture?id=K0216W53

 

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