Archive | January 2017

Join with Oxfam to keep Syrians safe and healthy through the worsening violence in Aleppo

 

What’s happening?

Since the conflict began in March 2011, more than 400,000 lives have been lost in Syria. Today, the situation in the country continues to deteriorate. A Syrian ceasefire backed by Russia and Turkey is crumbling five days after it began. Troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad have continued with strategic offensives in the Damascus suburbs.

There are over 13.5 million people affected by the conflict and in need of humanitarian aid, including 6.1 million people within Syria who have been internally displaced from their homes. The residents of Aleppo are experiencing the brunt of the violence, with constant airstrikes.

Oxfam’s efforts

“Water shortages, power cuts, mortars, death, inflation, fighting, bombing. This is our daily life. To leave or to stay is a question I ask myself every day. People are dying a few kilometers away and the situation is depressing. We want this conflict to be over. I didn’t want to leave the country because if we left, who will rebuild it? Who will take care of the wounded? Who will keep Syria strong and help it recover? Now I have lost hope and I am packing my bags.” – Majd from West Aleppo

Oxfam calls for an immediate and complete ceasefire in Aleppo and for humanitarian organisations to have access to deliver desperately needed aid. Oxfam urges all warring parties to uphold international humanitarian law and make sure that civilians and civilian infrastructure, including water services, are not targeted, and that water, electricity and other basic services are not used as a weapon of war.

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 specialise 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

Oxfam has assisted more than 1.5 million people across Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, but the crisis continues to escalate. You can help Oxfam provide access to food, water and sanitation.

https://www.oxfam.org.au/my/donate/syria-crisis?utm_source=blog

 

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Join with Avaaz to stop the cruel practice of the pregnant horse blood trade

 

What’s happening?

Pregnant horses are being brutally tortured, hooked up to blood-draining machines in order to extract a profitable hormone. The industrial horse torture is driven by European pharmaceutical companies who use the blood to speed up factory farming –  hormones are sold to EU factory farms to make other animals, like pigs and cows, get pregnant faster.

Horses are impregnated, drained of blood, often forced to have abortions, then impregnated again. When their blood isn’t being drained, many are beaten with wooden boards, whips, and electric prods. It’s a sick cycle that sometimes only ends when the horse becomes infertile, or dies.

Avaaz’s efforts

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. Avaaz is only five years old, but has exploded to become the globe’s largest and most powerful online activist network.

The EU has among the highest standards for animal welfare compared to other countries, so it’s shocking that pregnant horse blood is making its way into EU factory farms unnoticed. The EU has said it’s considering action, but so far nothing has happened. Avaaz has created a call to action to call on members of the EU Parliament, Commission, and Council:  ban the abusive pregnant horse blood trade.

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 specialise 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 to ban the pregnant horse blood trade:

“We call on you to ban the import to Europe of any goods produced using techniques which are cruel and cause suffering to animals. As a world leader in animal welfare, Europe should apply its own standards to products it imports.”

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/horse_blood_loc/?slideshow

 

Join with Amnesty International to stop the return of the death penalty in the Philippines

 

What’s happening?

Currently, the Philippine government is trying to bring back the death penalty, and is rushing usual processes to push through the new law. The death penalty was abolished in the Philippines under the 1987 Constitution. Former President, Fidel Ramos, reinstated the death penalty in 1993, only for it to be abolished again in 2006. Since President Duterte got into power, there have been six months of killing encouraged by the government with more than 5,000 people dead. Now, the Philippine government may go back on the commitment they made 10 years ago to abolish the death penalty. President Duterte has made reviving the death penalty in the mainly Catholic nation his top legislative priority.

“There was death penalty before but nothing happened. Return that to me and I would do it every day: five or six (criminals). That’s for real.” – President Duterte

Time is running out. We haven’t got long to stop lawmakers reintroducing the death penalty in the Philippines. Help stop the death penalty returning to the Philippines. Act now and send an email to all members of the Philippine Congress voting on the bill over the coming weeks.

Amnesty International’s efforts

Amnesty International have put together an urgent action to stop the reinstatement of the death penalty in the Philippines. Join with them to stop this horrific action occurring.

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 specialise 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

Send your urgent message to all members of the Philippine Congress.

“I am deeply concerned at the possible reintroduction of the death penalty in the Philippines and I write to respectfully ask you to oppose draft legislation to this aim when it comes for your consideration …”

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/stop-reintroduction-of-death-penalty-philippines/

 

Join with Greenpeace to get plastic bags banned for good

 

What’s happening?

Plastic pollution is killing off our marine life – research has shown that now 30% of the world’s turtles and 90% of seabird species have ingested plastic debris. Plastic bags are one of the more serious offenders and it is time to get them banned for good.

“Around 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean every year. We have to act now to clean up our seas. South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and ACT already have successful plastic bag bans in place. Queensland has also committed to banning plastic bags by 2018. It’s time for New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia to step up and take plastic bags off the menu for marine life.” – Greenpeace

Greenpeace’s efforts

Greenpeace believes in the power of many; the strength of their work depends on all of us who put our beliefs into action. They are an independent campaigning organisation that uses non-violent direct action to expose global environmental problems and to force solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future. Their key values are; independence – not accepting money from governments, corporations or political parties; bearing witness – their peaceful protests work to raise awareness and bring about public opinion to bear on decision-makers; and non-violent direct action – they believe violence in any form is morally wrong and accomplishes nothing, and so take a non-violent approach to expose environmental problems.

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 specialise 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

Australians use around 4 billion plastic bags every year, or in other words, 10 million per day. An estimated 50 million of these end up in our waterways and oceans, killing our marine life. It is time to call for the end of plastic bags. Send your message to your State Environment Ministers to ban plastic bags now:

https://act.greenpeace.org.au/efforts/ban-the-bag-1

 

 

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