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.

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Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at

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.




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