Archive | April 2016

Join with Oxfam to provide clean water to families in the Democratic Republic of Congo

What’s happening?

Almost 900 million people in the world do not have access to clean, safe drinking water, while 2.6 billion live without basic sanitation. Across the globe, more than 6,000 people die each day from diseases caused by dirty water — two-thirds are children. (World Health Organisation).

One of Africa’s largest countries, with a population of 65 million, DRC is ranked in the bottom 10 countries worldwide on the Human Development Index, despite its vast potential wealth. Years of conflict have created one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. While DR Congo is a country abundantly rich in resources, it has struggled to realize its full potential since independence.

Oxfam’s efforts

Oxfam is providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene education in some of the world’s poorest countries. In fact, it is one of the things we do best — our solutions are saving lives. They work with communities that are hosting tens of thousands of displaced people in the east of the country. Their focus is on providing clean water and sanitation facilities to minimize the spread of disease.

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

The armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has forced thousands of people to flee for their lives. Access to clean water, hygiene and sanitation is vital. It can save lives, keep families safe and give kids a chance for a happy, healthy future.

$60 can provide a family with a hygiene kit containing soap, towels and basic toiletries, helping to prevent the spread of disease and save lives.

$120 could help purchase a tap stand, giving clean and safe drinking water to up to 3,000 people in communities like Buporo camp.

$300 could go towards purchasing locally-made toilets that can be used by 100 people.

Join with Oxfam to provide clean, safe water to families in the Democratic Republic of Congo:

https://www.oxfam.org.au/my/donate/give-clean-water-to-families-in-the-drc/?utm_source=CleanwaterDRC&utm_medium=Homepage

 

 

Know your eggs: 10,000 hens per hectare should not count as ‘free range’

What’s happening?

The government has decided on new rules for free range egg labels that fail consumers. Their proposed information standard allows egg producers stocking at 10,000 hens per hectare to call themselves free range. Their proposed standard does not require that chickens are outdoors.

Choice, consumer advocate’s efforts

Free-range eggs cost more, but they aren’t all equal. Some come from hens with plenty of space to roam. Some may be laid by birds in cramped conditions. When you buy free range, you should have confidence that the eggs are what you expect. Certification standards exist, but the detail and requirements of these schemes vary. The maximum outdoor stocking densities allowed under each scheme can range from 750 to 10,000 chickens per hectare, and the industry has admitted to ‘free range’ production at over 20,000 birds per hectare.

“Many consumers are paying extra assuming hens are staying in the equivalent of a comfortable bed and breakfast, but instead they’re stuck in a crowded backpacker hostel,” CHOICE director of campaigns and communications Matt Levey says.

Supporting Choice

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 government’s standard leaves consumers with no choice but to boycott bad eggs that are using the free range label but not living up to the claim.

Eggs that come from chickens that don’t go outside and have high stocking densities don’t meet consumers’ expectations and don’t deserve the free range label. Boycott these eggs and tell Ministers responsible for this decision about your pledge. To identify which producers are bad and stock at 10,000 hens per hectare, use CHOICE’s new free range egg app. CluckAR.

Tell State, Territory and Federal Ministers who voted on a bad standard that you will boycott bad eggs because labelling requirements aren’t strong enough:

http://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1965&ea.campaign.id=49455

 

 

Join with Amnesty International to protect Qatar’s World Cup workers

 

What’s happening?

FIFA has a responsibility to make sure the 2022 World Cup is not built on abuse. When it awarded its showcase tournament to Qatar, it knew, or ought to have known, that most construction work in Qatar involves migrant workers and that migrant workers were subjected to serious and systemic labour exploitation.

Migrant workers need their employer’s consent to leave the country and change jobs. Bosses’ excessive control over their workers’ lives puts workers at risk of exploitation, and sometimes even forced labour. World Cup stadium construction will increase dramatically in the next two years and is expected to peak in mid-2017. If FIFA does not act, every woman, man and child who visits Qatar to see the 2022 World Cup is likely to directly encounter migrant workers – in hotels, sports venues, shops – whose human rights have been abused.

Amnesty International’s efforts

Amnesty International has exposed exploitation of migrant workers building Khalifa International Stadium: a ground slated to host a World Cup semi-final in 2022.

Despite promising to improve protections, Qatar has failed to adequately reform its exploitative migrant labour system.

Amnesty International is calling on major World Cup sponsors like Adidas, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s to pressure FIFA to address the exploitation of workers on Khalifa stadium, and disclose its plan for preventing further abuses in World Cup projects.

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

You can join with Amnesty International to send your message to FIFA and their sponsors. If FIFA’s new President Gianni Infantino wants to end the body’s shocking indifference to the appalling treatment of migrant workers, he and FIFA must publicly call for urgent and fundamental reforms to protect migrant workers in Qatar. FIFA should push Qatar to publish a comprehensive reform plan before World Cup construction peaks in mid-2017. FIFA itself should carry out, and publish, its own regular independent inspections of labour conditions in Qatar.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/stop-fifa-and-sponsors-world-cup-exploitation/

 

 

 

 

Join with Avaaz to call on world leaders for a humane, fair refugee response

 

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. While governments struggle to come up with a humane, effective response to the unfolding refugee crisis, hundreds continue to die in the Mediterranean – 440 have drowned alone this year.

Avaaz’s efforts

The United Nations is calling on all nations to meet the challenge of the biggest displacement crisis of a generation and to think out of the box to find solutions. This includes resettlement and humanitarian admission programmes as well as student, work and health visas for Syrian refugees.

Massive citizen calls to welcome refugees forced leaders to pledge to help last year. Now, whether they act or turn their backs, depends on how much they feel the public demands it. Join the urgent call for a global plan to give refugee families a real chance to rebuild their lives.

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 sign the petition to all Governments:

“We call on you to urgently lead the world to a humane 21st century refugee policy that saves lives and protects people fleeing war and hunger. This means drastically increasing resettlement and relocation of refugees in a way that reunites families and shares responsibility across Europe, and the world; giving financial and technical support to countries on the frontline of the crisis; and ensuring security actions do not put those seeking sanctuary at risk. The magnitude of this crisis requires united, urgent and massive humanitarian action.”

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

 

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