Archive | March 2017

Join with Oxfam to tackle the ongoing emergency food crisis

 

What’s happening

The world is currently on the brink of experiencing an unprecedented four famines in 2017. In parts of South Sudan in February, famine has already been declared. In northern Nigeria, in some areas that are cut off from aid, it’s likely that some 400,000 people are already suffering famine. Somalia and Yemen are also at risk of the same fate. The UN recently declared that 20 million people are at risk of famine across the four countries in the coming months, and they’ve warned as many as 1.4 million children could die of starvation.

In South Sudan, when the rains begin in April or May, conditions will become even more difficult for the people in need and for the humanitarian groups trying to reach them. Flooding makes roads and airstrips impassable and can cause a rise in cholera and other water-borne diseases.

“It’s hard to keep water sources clean and cases of cholera and diarrhoea will needlessly take even more lives. The rainy season is difficult under any circumstances, but this year will likely be worse, as so many people are already malnourished, away from their homes and have fewer resources to withstand this demanding time.” – Sara Almer, country director for Oxfam in South Sudan

Oxfam’s efforts

On some of the larger islands in Nyal, Oxfam has been able to dig wells and build latrines, but many of the other islands are remote and hard to reach. Oxfam is calling for more funding to help reach people before it’s too late. They have been distributing food to more than 415,000 people as well as providing more than 140,000 people clean water and sanitation services—both essential to keeping people healthy and famine at bay.

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

Join with Oxfam to deliver urgent, lifesaving help to people facing starvation across South Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria and the Horn of Africa.

https://www.oxfam.org.au/my/donate/hunger-and-famine-threaten-millions/

 

 

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Join with Avaaz and help end the ivory trade

What’s happening?

Every 15 minutes an elephant is brutally slaughtered for its tusks, and at this rate they will be extinct in just a few years. Elephants are smart animals. They are as close to humans as apes, and they are intelligent enough to know and be obsessed with their death. They understand what is happening to them and their families, even identifying elephant bones and spending hours crying over them. Poaching is so emotionally devastating that it can take a herd 20 years to recover.

100 elephants a day are dying. They are shot sometimes from helicopters, their faces cut off by machetes often while they are still alive, all just to produce ivory trinkets. We’re about to wipe elephants from the face of the Earth. It’s so bad, some are now being born without tusks in an evolutionary bid to survive.

Avaaz’s efforts

For the first time ever, China, the world’s biggest ivory importer, has announced it is banning ivory. Now, if enough of us demand it, we can get Europe, the world’s biggest ivory exporter, to follow suit! Last year, Avaaz shone a light on Europe’s thriving ivory markets and stirred up a storm. Now momentum is building to shut them down.

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 and call on Europe to ban the ivory trade:

“As citizens from across Europe and the world we call on you to close Europe’s domestic trade in ivory, end all ivory exports, and support efforts to ban the global ivory trade. Europe has led the fight against illegal poaching, but these efforts are being undermined by the continued legal trade in ivory in EU countries. In the context of China announcing its ban on ivory, Europe must now do all it can to prevent elephants being driven to extinction.”

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/eu_ivory_loc2/?slideshow

 

Join with Oxfam in the fight to support people’s right to refuge

 

What’s happening?

Right now, more than 65 million people worldwide have been forced to leave their homes to be free from war and persecution.  This includes around half the Syrian population; almost five million of whom have left the country. Millions more are on the move because of natural disasters and poverty. These people seeking refuge are people like you, who have seen their lives upended by extraordinary circumstances. In many cases, they’ve lost their homes, loved ones and life as they knew it.

We all deserve to live in safety. And we all have the right to refuge when our safety and dignity is threatened. When people are on the move, they are often at their most vulnerable. Right now ordinary people forced to flee for their lives because of circumstances beyond their control are being confronted by exploitation, trafficking, police brutality, barbed wire and human rights abuses.

Australia is the 12th richest nation on the planet, but we are not pulling our weight internationally to help deal with the biggest refugee crisis since WWII. Last year, Germany hosted more than one million refugees and asylum seekers, equivalent to 1.3% of its population.

Oxfam’s efforts

Oxfam are campaigning to call on the Australian Government to support people’s Right to Refuge and you can join the effort by signing the petition to be sent to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

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

Join with Oxfam in calling on the Australian Government to step up and support people’s Right to Refuge.

“I support those seeking safe refuge by calling on Prime Minister Turnbull to:

1. Treat all people seeking refuge in Australia with dignity and respect, and in accordance with the Refugee Convention.

2. Increase Australia’s intake of people seeking refuge to 30,000 by 2018/19 and then to 42,000 by 2020/21, based on the current size of our population and economy

  1. Increase aid to countries hosting large populations of people who have been forced to flee.”

https://act.oxfam.org/australia/right-to-refuge/?utm_source=WINhome

 

 

Join with Avaaz to help protect the indigenous community in the village Bethany, Israel

 

What’s happening?

The hilltop village of Bethany in Israel, called Pope Mountain, is home to an indigenous community. Their land is about to be bulldozed to the ground along with their homes and their way of life being completely wiped out. The brave families of Pope Mountain are peacefully protesting by rising up against the bulldozers and non-violently “sitting-in” their homes. They are hoping that their act of courage will inspire people around the world to help stop the bulldozers before they crush them.

This can only happen if there is no media coverage of the crisis and so we can work with Avaaz to make sure we protect Pope Mountain and its indigenous community.

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. The Avaaz community campaigns in 15 languages, served by a core team on 6 continents and thousands of volunteers. They 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.

The Avaaz team plans on joining the community and projecting our names onto their homes — so when the military bulldozers come, they won’t just see a small village huddling in fear — they’ll see the world standing as a protective shield around the families of Pope Mountain.

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 add your name to the cause:

“As citizens from around the world, we want you to know that you are not alone. We stand with you and support your nonviolent sit-in to defend your homes, land and way of life. We call on all world leaders to demand that Prime Minister Netanyahu cancel all plans to destroy this community. We specifically call on the European Union and International Criminal Court to urgently make clear to the Israeli government that destroying this community crosses red lines and will have serious repercussions.”

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

 

Join with Oxfam to build hope in Tanzania

 

What’s happening?

Currently, there are 55,000 people who have fled violence to live in the overcrowded Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania. For people living in this camp, life is hard and filled with uncertainty. There are food shortages, malnutrition, dirty water and no way to earn a living.

“My life as a refugee started when I was three. It has been a difficult life, full of struggles. I have never seen happiness.” — Refugee from Nyarugusu camp, Tanzania

Oxfam’s efforts

Oxfam is working with local partners in Tanzania to provide families with clean, safe water. But to break the cycle of poverty and hunger, they need sustainable, long-term solutions. By donating today, you can create pathways for people in these refugee camps to earn a living, and work their own way out of poverty.

Just $60 can help provide a person with the training, equipment and protective clothing to become a sustainable and successful beekeeper.

$120 can help provide a person with a sewing machine along with all the required tools (machine oil, iron, scissors and tape measure) to create their own clothing.

$280 can help fund the purchase of an iron oven, frying plates, as well as the ingredients including wheat, flour, salt, sugar, cooking oil and yeast that can be used to bake fresh bread that can feed a family and provide an income.

“The money I make here as a tailor is what I use to buy extra food. People survive in different ways; it would have been very difficult for me if I had not had this job.”

— a member of an Oxfam-supported tailoring group.

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

Join with Oxfam to help support refugee families in Tanzania to survive and thrive:
https://www.oxfam.org.au/my/donate/help-build-hope-for-the-future-in-tanzania

 

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