Archive | April 2017

Join with Oxfam to break the cycle of poverty in Zimbabwe

 

What’s happening?

For five years, there was a punishing, unrelenting drought in Zimbabwe and this was followed by devastating floods. Now, Zimbabwe is facing an urgent hunger crisis. Farming has become almost impossible after the drought and floods, and 4.1 million people are directly affected by severe food shortages, with most families eating only one meal every two days. No food and water means that the children of Zimbabwe don’t have the energy to go to school, and so the cycle of poverty continues.

“Most of the time they will be staying at home due to a lack of food. My fear is that if I send them [to school] on an empty stomach they might collapse.” – Fiona, Zimbabwe

Oxfam’s efforts

Oxfam has been working on the ground in Zimbabwe to help end poverty in the country. They have rehabilitated the local borehole and now the locals have access to clean, safe water. This has resulted in improved attendance at schools. Oxfam have also distributed mobile phones so that locals can receive mobile cash transfers to pay for basic food items via text.

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

You can join with Oxfam in providing aid to Zimbabwe and your donation can provide nutritious food, clean water and save lives. You can help break the cruel cycle of poverty in Zimbabwe.

$70 can train volunteers with hygiene awareness training and equipment that will help Zimbabwean families protect themselves against deadly waterborne diseases.

$150 can provide hungry families with cash transfers via mobile phones to help them pay for nutritious food, covering 50% of their estimated needs for one month.

$300 can provide training and equipment for volunteer village women to learn how to use water points safely and sustainably.

Join with Oxfam and help break the cycle of poverty in Zimbabwe today;

https://www.oxfam.org.au/breakthecycle/

 

 

Join with Avaaz to stop the slaughterhouse torture

 

What’s happening?

Activists have installed secret cameras in slaughterhouses and they have caught on camera animals being hacked, dismembered and decapitated all while alive and conscious. Due to this footage, and also massive public pressure, France has just passed a law forcing slaughterhouses to install cameras in abattoirs following all the shocking revelations about their conditions and the unbearable levels of animal cruelty that they allow, revealed in the secret footage. The Government in Israel now also requires 24 hour slaughter surveillance.

Scientists have proved that many animals have the same emotions and awareness as toddlers and thus it is inhumane that they are mistreated this way in slaughterhouses. It’s time to stop torturing them in this sickening way. We can join with Avaaz to stop the slaughterhouse torture.

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.

Avaaz wants to take this campaign global and bring 24 hour surveillance to every slaughterhouse.

“If each of us chips in now, Avaaz’ll buy the cameras, fund undercover journalists to get footage, and then run massive exposé campaigns in the media to force governments to make this violence illegal, and continue fighting to protect animals everywhere.” – Avaaz

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 stop the slaughterhouse torture today:
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_sick_slaughter_loc/?slideshow

 

Join with Animals Australia to help ban the sale of shark fins

 

What’s happening?

Shark fin soup was once considered a Chinese delicacy that only the most wealthy could afford. Demand for shark fin soup has now grown and this has been driving a practice that is seeing shark populations dwindling, and individual animals suffering painfully cruel deaths.

With the fins being the only ‘valuable’ parts of their bodies, fishermen are often known to cut off sharks’ fins while the animals are still alive and then dump their bodies overboard. Unable to swim, mortally injured sharks sink to the ocean floor where they slowly drown or are eaten alive.

Animals Australia’s efforts

Animals Australia are Australia’s leading animal protection organisation. They represent some 40 member groups, over 1.5 million individual supporters, and they (along with their global arm, Animals International) have an unprecedented track record in investigating and exposing animal cruelty and for conducting world-first strategic public awareness campaigns.

There are many devastating effects and impacts of shark finning. These include the loss and devastation of shark populations around the world. Experts estimate that within a decade, most species of shark will be lost because of long-line fishing. Also, the massive quantity of sharks harvested and lack of selection deplete shark populations faster than their reproductive abilities can replenish populations. And, local waters are invaded by large industrial, foreign fishing vessels that threaten traditional sustainable fisheries.

“Finning at sea is illegal in Australia — where laws require fisherman to bring the whole shark to shore. But these laws are hard to police and in many parts of the world sharks have no protection at all.” – Animals Australia

Supporting Animals Australia

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

Animals Australia believes that most effective way to protect sharks from cruelty and extinction is to stop the demand for shark fins with a sales ban. Join with Animals Australia and call on your MP to help introduce a ban on the sale of shark fins in Australia.

https://secure.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/ban-shark-finning

 

Join with Greenpeace and call on Commbank to stop investing in new coal projects

What’s happening?

CommBank is funding dirty coal projects by investing in destructive coal projects, even though they had agreed to support a deal to keep the global warming limit under 2 degrees Celsius, as was discussed in the Paris Climate agreement. Last year, Commonwealth Bank invested $846 million to non-renewables, around 3.5 times less than what it did on renewables.

“The Commonwealth Bank knows it has one of the most recognisable brands in Australia, it also knows that most Australians support stronger action on climate change. (Commbank CEO) Ian Narev … needs to decide whether he wants that brand associated with dirty coal or a future powered by clean renewable energy.” – Greenpeace’s climate campaigner, Nikola Casule

CommBank is funding these coal projects, which are putting our globally renowned Great Barrier Reef in grave danger. Commbank claims to support action on climate change to keep warming to below 2 degrees, but at the same time they loan billions of dollars to fossil fuel projects that are polluting our world and making global warming worse.

Greenpeace’s efforts

Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviour using non-violent direct action to expose global environmental problems and to force solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future.

Greenpeace’s campaign to stop Commbank from funding new coal projects aims to collect our signatures to send a message to Commbank CEO Ian Narev.

“CommBank has the power to help protect the Great Barrier Reef for our kids and grandkids by not investing in destructive coal projects. Instead of propping up the dying coal industry, CommBank can create new jobs in renewable energy and help transition our workforce to the industries of the future.” – Greenpeace

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

Join with Greenpeace and send your message to Commbank’s CEO, Ian Narev:

https://act.greenpeace.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1845&ea.campaign.id=65753

 

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