Archive | September 2016

Join with Oxfam and do something extraordinary for refugees

 

What’s happening?

More than 65 million people have been forced to leave their homes because of conflict, war and persecution. And these ordinary people, people just like us, do extraordinary things in the hope of a better life for their families. We too can do something extraordinary. We can do much more to support these people as they rebuild their lives, around the world, and here at home.

We can step up to welcome more people to Australia, including the refugees currently in Manus and Nauru. But right now, our government is choosing not to do this. And people and families – who have done so much with what they have – are being denied the right to live free from danger.

Oxfam’s efforts

Oxfam has been fighting poverty and injustice for more than 60 years. Oxfam works to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. They save lives and help rebuild livelihoods when crisis strikes, and they campaign so that the voices of the poor influence the local and global decisions that affect them.

People seeking refuge are ordinary, just like us. But in the hope of a better life, they do extraordinary things.

“I’m willing to take the risk … if it will help my children have a better life.”

– Ahmad.

You can do something extraordinary too. Join with Oxfam in calling on the Government to step up and help save lives.

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

Add your voice to the call and send your message to the Government to:

  • Increase Australia’s humanitarian intake to 42,000 per year by 2020/ 2021
  • Communicate a plan with a timeline for the settlement of the 12,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq that we committed to last year
  • Play a positive and proactive role in developing a Global Compact on Refugees that ensures dignity and rights are upheld
  • Increase aid to countries hosting large numbers of refugees

https://www.oxfam.org.au/migration-and-refugees/?utm_source=migration&utm_medium=Homepage

 

 

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Join with Greenpeace and take action to help stop the destruction of the Arctic

 

What’s happening?

The Arctic Ocean is home to incredible wildlife, from majestic polar bears to blubbery walruses, mysterious narwhals and graceful seabirds. But the sea ice they depend on is vanishing at a terrifying speed. Without that ice to hunt, rest, and breed, the very survival of polar bears and other wildlife is under threat. Mother polar bears, weak and starving, have trouble reproducing. Their cubs must fight the odds to survive into adulthood. The Arctic still faces threats from oil drilling, seismic blasting, industrial fishing and climate change. The Arctic is warming up at twice the rate of the rest of the planet.

Greenpeace’s efforts

People power works. Greenpeace and you have helped force one of the world’s most powerful oil companies to leave the Arctic. Shell had billions of dollars and an army of lawyers but Greenpeace had millions of passionate people. And together, we won. Every voice mattered. Each action worked. This incredible victory is a sign of hope. We can win this.

Greenpeace are campaigning for a protected sanctuary in international waters around the North Pole as part of a network of protected areas across the Arctic Ocean. They need YOUR support to make this happen.

Unless we make a global concentrated effort to prevent this, experts warn that polar bears could disappear completely from the Arctic in the next 100 years. Act now to protect their home. Ask world leaders to create a global sanctuary in the uninhabited area around the North Pole, and to ban oil drilling and destructive fishing in Arctic waters. Join the movement that is making a difference and show the world that you will stand for the Arctic for as long as it takes.

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

Join the movement that’s making history. Campaign for a protected sanctuary in international waters around the North Pole and an end to destructive industry across the Arctic.

https://www.savethearctic.org/

 

Join with Amnesty International in the fight against Boko Haram

 

What’s happening?

In Cameroon, thousands of people are caught in a cross-fire; the terror of Boko Haram on one side, and the violent abuses of the government’s response on the other. In just one year, over 170,000 people from across the country have fled their homes in the wake of the violent Boko Haram attacks that have killed hundreds in the Far North region of Cameroon.

But the response from the Cameroonian authorities to the terrorist threat has been terrifying and abusive. Thousands of security forces have been deployed, rounding up whole villages and arresting men and boys without explanation or warrant, then torturing and disappearing them.

“Our security forces made us suffer even more than Boko Haram.” – Bintou, a villager in Cameroon

Amnesty International’s efforts

The Cameroonian government’s passing of a new Anti-Terror Law has had devastating consequences for hundreds, a result of its vague and broad definition of terrorism. People have been arrested for crimes such as not having an identity card, or having recently visited Nigeria.

The new law was used to charge the journalist Ahmed Abba with “complicity and non-denunciation of terrorist acts” after he reported on Boko Haram. Ahmed was held in secret for 3 months and tortured; if convicted, he could be sentenced to death. There are more than 1,000 people accused of supporting Boko Haram in prison right now; the new law allows for them to be detained indefinitely with no access to their families or lawyers. More than 100 have been sentenced to death by military courts and conditions in the cells are horrific, amounting to torture.

Conditions in jail for suspects are horrendous – torture, malnutrition, overcrowding and poor sanitation are all rife, and in Maroua prison, up to eight people are dying each month. Those who make it to trial have limited rights in court, raising concerns that a significant number of people have been sentenced to death in unfair trials.

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

The fight against Boko Haram is the right cause. But the Cameroonian government is using the wrong means. Join us to call on the authorities to respect human rights while fighting terror.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/cameroon-protect-our-rights/

 

Join with Avaaz to save the Calais children

 

What’s happening?

Terrified children are trapped in a refugee camp in Calais that a judge said was a “living hell”. Children are being left at risk of violence and exploitation in the camp, amid mass overcrowding. Numbers have recently reached an all-time high of almost 10,000 refugees. People are outraged by shocking scenes of refugees and migrants from the camp desperately trying to get on to trucks bound for Britain. Thousands of unaccompanied refugee children are going missing across Europe and our government is breaking its promise to bring them to the UK to reunite with their families.

Avaaz’s efforts

Right now, these kids are suffering “squalor, destitution and desperation” in Calais because the government is dragging its feet. If we urgently build a huge public push, we can get these 300 frightened children here before school starts!

Avaaz empowers millions of people from all walks of life to take action on pressing global, regional and national issues, from corruption and poverty to conflict and climate change. The Avaaz community campaigns in 15 languages, served by a core team on 6 continents and thousands of volunteers. We take action — signing petitions, funding media campaigns and direct actions, emailing, calling and lobbying governments, and organizing “offline” protests and events — to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people inform the decisions that affect us all. Underlying Avaaz campaigns is a set of values—the conviction that we are all human beings first, and privileged with responsibilities to each other, to future generations, and to the planet.

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

Take action today to save the Calais children. Send your message to the Prime Minister.

“The government promised to help the thousands of unaccompanied refugee children in Europe. 300 are stuck in Calais, hoping to join family here and start school, but they’ve been left to fend for themselves. You spoke about social justice on entering Downing Street. With the new school term only weeks away, you can show that you mean it. Rescue the Calais children from this ‘living hell’ in time for the new school term.”

https://www.avaaz.org/en/child_refugees_to_school_rb/?fpla

 

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