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30. Mar, 2020

CORONA VIRUS - COVID 19 

These are unprecedented and difficult times. In the battle to save lives during the COVID-19 crisis, millions of people are being thrown out of work, entire sectors are collapsing, and the economy at large is taking a hit that will take months or even years to recover. As the world braces for this challenging period, we need a strong community now more than ever. Measures designed to protect Australians have also posed a serious economic challenge to all of us.

So as millions of people are thrown out of work, entire industries collapse and the world braces for the medical ramifications of the COVID-19 emergency, if you have your job and your health, there’s no doubt you’re in a better place than most right now.

The crisis may drag on for many months and the ramifications may be felt for years. So, with this in mind we at DONATE A $ A WEEK have again activated our Emergencies & Disasters page https://www.donateadollaraweek.com/353411187  in order to encourage additional donations to be made (ie; over and above those committed by existing donors on a regular basis.) for accumulation and re-distribution to causes at the forefront of this emergency. Details of recipients will be advised in our monthly Newsletter and on our website at  https://www.donateadollaraweek.com/353411206.

Please DONATE now at https://www.donateadollaraweek.com/353411203

Thank you.

1. Mar, 2020

The Pollinate Group who empower women as leaders of change to distribute household products, such as solar lights and cooking appliances, that improve health, save time and money for the world’s most neglected communities. Between India and Nepal 288.5 million people still live in poverty (World Bank), living on less than the International Poverty Line of US$1.90 a day (United Nations, 2018).

Pollinate, identify, train and develop local women entrepreneurs who serve hard to reach families. Women entrepreneurs earn respect and meaningful income and act as role models who raise awareness about better product alternatives.

Many people work low wage jobs that are not monitored by the government (known as the informal economy). These jobs include construction or domestic labour and offer little ability to move up the socioeconomic ladder.

Families become trapped in intergenerational poverty cycles because:

  • Unskilled men are forced to work manual labour jobs generating only a subsistence income without enough extra money to save.
  • Children are forced to leave school early as families cannot afford to continue their education in favour of earning money.
  • Women retain the full burden of household chores and use low quality solutions like kerosene for light, open fires for cooking, and manual grinders to make flour and basic foods. This deteriorates their health, prevents them from allocating time to income-earning, and are also expensive (kerosene costs $US1.00 every week).

People living in slum communities are just like anyone else – striving for opportunity and a regular income to look after their families. Find out more at https://pollinategroup.org/  and

please Donate now at https://www.donateadollaraweek.com/353411203

1. Feb, 2020

HOLY FOOLS (Lilydale – Vic.) an independent, grassroots, not-for-profit charity focusing on the Yarra Ranges (Victoria), offering hope to individuals and families experiencing disadvantage, homelessness, addiction, mental illness and isolation. 

Holy Fools is involved in several different programs that include Matt’s Café, a free community meal held every second Friday in Lilydale, to individual advocacy and assistance.

Holy Fools have been involved with promoting and hosting speakers such as Peter Rollins, as well as promoting and being a voice for the silent minority in the local community.

For more information see their website https://www.holyfools.org.au/

Please donate now at DONATE NOW

 

FEBRUARY 2020 - # 2

As a result of generous donations to our emergencies & disasters appeal (https://www.donateadollaraweek.com/353411187) in respect to the recent bush fires, this month, we have been able to make small donations to two additional organisations directly assisting those affected by the fires:

Taronga Conservation society Australia 

The recent catastrophic bushfires and ongoing drought have ravaged our country and the impact on our forests and wildlife has been devastating.   

The fires, combined with the ongoing long-term drought, have decimated already fragile animal populations.  The number of animals believed to have perished as a result of these catastrophic conditions is estimated at more than 1 billion with fires alone, many more when the effects of the drought are considered. 

Taronga Conservation society Australia is calling for urgent funds to help address the emerging koala crisis as well as Taronga’s long-term work that aims to change the trajectory of koala populations and care for any injured koalas treated at the Taronga Wildlife Hospitals. 

Catastrophic fires have torn through huge areas of vital koala habitat. When fires rage through forests, koalas have little defense, and often sadly perish. Koalas were already at high risk of extinction before the east coast fires ravaged their numbers. The situation was dire for koalas. Now it’s devastating. 

Pressures on the Koala were already compounding – habitat loss and land degradation, disease, highly fragmented populations, droughts and heatwaves, climate change, predation by non-native species, and urban growth. 

Once these bush fires pass, there will still be a crisis for koalas. To learn more visit the Taronga Zoo website  https://taronga.org.au/media-release/2019-11-15/taronga-calls-urgent-help-save-australias-koalas

 

FEBRUARY 2020 - # 3

BlazeAid   a volunteer-based organisation that works with families and individuals in rural Australia after natural disasters such as fires and floods. Working alongside the rural families, volunteers help to rebuild fences and other structures that have been damaged or destroyed.

Equally important, volunteers also help to lift the spirits of people who are often facing their second or third flood event after years of drought, or devastating losses through bushfires. BlazeAid volunteers work in a disaster-affected area for many months, not only helping individuals and families, but also helping rebuild the local communities. 

Not just rebuilding fences, but helping rebuild lives. 

See BlazeAid website https://blazeaid.com.au/ for more information.

 

1. Jan, 2020

Project Respect which was founded in 1998 by Kathleen Maltzahn to challenge violence against and exploitation of women in the sex industry. Since 2000 the organisation has provided intensive support through activities such as outreach, counselling, education assistance, legal and financial support, and social activities to encourage peer support and relaxation. Advocacy and work for systemic change has always been at the heart of Project Respect’s work.

Project Respect is a support and referral service for women trafficked for sexual exploitation and women in the sex industry who assist women one-on-one, create a safe community and advocate for women’s rights. They exist because women matter. They are a non-profit, feminist, community-based organisation.

Project Respect believes that every woman who is trafficked for sexual exploitation or is part of the sex industry has the right to feel safe and respected, regardless of her views or circumstances. There is an understanding that each woman experiences the industry differently. She could find it empowering, or deeply harmful, or somewhere in between. Our work is fundamentally about human rights – Project Respect want to see an end to human trafficking for sexual exploitation. But they also want to see an end to situations where women feel they have no choice but to enter the sex industry. No choice but to put up with disrespectful clients. And no way to access the support they need, if they ever do want to leave. Project Respect exist for the women who seek and need support, without judgement.

In 2003 Project Respect spearheaded a country-wide campaign to put trafficking on the national agenda. That campaign resulted in the end of the mandatory detention of trafficked women, prosecutions of traffickers, support for trafficked women and changes to Australia’s laws on trafficking. 

Since this time Project Respect has continued its vital outreach to women in the sex industry. Additionally Project Respect has contributed to policy formation, legislative reform and research to benefit women in the sex industry, and particularly those trafficked to Australia.

Project Respect has also established a program for law enforcement agencies, government departments and non-government organisations offering training on working with women in the sex industry, including survivors of trafficking.

Project Respect acknowledges that women's experiences in the sex industry are different - there is no clear right or wrong.

For more information check out their website at http://www.projectrespect.org.au/

but importantly join us at DA$AW Inc. today in pooling your funds to help this and similar worthy charity causes. A minimum monthly, donation of just $4.33 or just $1.00 pw is all we ask. DONATE NOW

1. Dec, 2019

 

 For the month of December we will be supporting  the RETT SYNDROME ASSOCIATION.

Formed in Melbourne in July 1989, the Rett Syndrome Association of Australia Inc. (RSAA) is a not-for-profit organisation which is managed by a Committee of volunteers, most of whom are parents of children with Rett syndrome.

The Association seeks to enrich the quality of life for persons with the syndrome and their families, and be of assistance to anyone interested in the disorder. July 2019 marked the 30th anniversary of the Association’s formation.

For further information about this terrible disease and the Association visit the RSAA website at http://www.rettaustralia.com/ but importantly, join us at DA$AW Inc. today in pooling your funds to help this and similar worthy charity causes. A minimum monthly, donation of just $1.00 pw is all we ask.  DONATE NOW