Join with Oxfam to help Sri Lankans overcome extreme drought


What’s happening?

In Eastern Sri Lanka, rice crops are the only source of income for farmers. This climate-sensitive crop relies on the availability of water and sunshine, but natural disasters such as floods and droughts regularly damage or destroy the rice harvest. This year 1.2 million Sri Lankans are suffering extreme drought, and farmer communities are the worst affected.

While the government has introduced crop insurance for rice farmers, just 2% of farmers have obtained insurance due to the lengthy and complicated procedures required to register for and benefit from the insurance. To address this challenge, Oxfam has partnered with Sanasa, a private sector insurance provider, to design an innovative Weather Index Insurance scheme which allows farmers to insure their crops against the amount of rainfall.

Oxfam’s efforts

Oxfam are a global movement of people working hard to fight poverty and injustice. One person in three in the world lives in poverty. Oxfam is determined to change that world by mobilising the power of people against poverty. Oxfam’s ultimate vision is a just world without poverty. A world in which people can influence decisions that affect their lives, enjoy their rights and assume their responsibilities. A world in which everyone is treated equally. They work with partners and communities to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. Oxfam sees a future in which no one lives in poverty. Join their movement for change and help people help themselves in the fight against poverty.

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

With our help, in 2016 Oxfam supported 500 farmers to obtain insurance for the Yala rice season which falls between May and August. Due to dry weather and lack of rain in May 2016 each farmer received compensation of LKR. 4,400 (AUD $36), making it easier to bounce back.

Oxfam and partners are working together to further develop the Weather Index Insurance for more complicated disaster scenarios in order to offer this affordable and practical product to even more farmers. Join with them to help in this effort;



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