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 $1.00 pw is all we ask. DONATE NOW
Cambodian Children’s Trust (CCT), co-founded by Tara Winkler and Pon Jedtha, is a non-profit child protection organisation based in Battambang, Cambodia that prevents children from facing adversity.
Cambodian Children’s Trust (CCT) is at the forefront of the care reform movement in Cambodia and setting the blueprint for community-led, preventative child protection.
CCT’s Village Hive model has been developed through a ‘pilot, learn and grow’ approach over 12 years in Cambodia. It has evolved with the principle that the communities and families are the experts in their own lives. The knowledge and wisdom of how best to protect children and ensure their ongoing wellbeing lies within the community. CCT’s Village Hive taps into local wisdom by mobilising community networks that drive child protection initiatives in their village. It also brings vital services into villages, so that children and their families have access to all the support they need to thrive.
Their holistic, community-led Village Hive model empowers families and achieves transformational change for vulnerable children, giving them opportunities to reach their full potential in life.
With our help they aim to put a Village Hive in 36 Villages across Battambang and reach 20,000 families by 2020.
A Village Hive mobilises whole communities to protect children from facing adversity, like ending up in orphanages (Many of which are corrupt) or on the street. It is a community-led model made up of dynamic networks of people and services that ensure no vulnerable child is overlooked.
Each Village Hive is co-created with members of the local community to ensure it meets the specific needs in the village. The networks in a Village Hive facilitate holistic interventions in children’s lives, taking families from a place of vulnerability to empowerment
For more information check out their website at https://cambodianchildrenstrust.org/ but importantly,
join us at DA$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
Sister Works (located in Melbourne):
As a medical doctor and a communication expert, Luz Restrepo arrived in Australia in 2010 seeking political asylum. Her life was in tatters and she spoke no English. She felt like a nobody: frightened, isolated and disempowered. Luz soon discovered that she was not alone.
In 2011, along with a group of 25 women experiencing similar challenges, Luz began to make and sell crafts around Melbourne. She understood that to support each other is also to strengthen each other. SisterWorks Inc. was born in May 2013 when a committee of volunteers joined Luz with legal, fund-raising, marketing and administrative skills to give support and structure to the project.
The SisterWorks’ model – Work Empowers Women – runs flexible dual programs, where women are ‘learning by doing’ and discover how to work effectively in Australia. Earning money is a key element that encourages women to improve their personal development and ensure social, emotional and economic participation while developing English literacy and business skills. More importantly, the women gain confidence, empowering them to develop skills to address and manage present challenges and barriers that otherwise prevent them from accessing individual pathways to employment, entrepreneurship, further education and community connectedness.
The SisterWorks Empowerment Hub is a child-friendly space which provides a supportive environment to empower women. SisterWorks brings women together in a safe space to learn, experience, share, support and grow through face to face and safe digital platform education and knowledge sharing. Their Empowerment Hub has Four Pillars supported by an integrated program of social, design and business mentors.
To date, Sister Works have supported more than 492 women from 56 different countries. To increase the number of migrant and refugee women empowered to access opportunities in the workforce, SisterWorks is starting to share its model into other Victorian regions - in Dandenong, Bendigo and Carringbush.
For more information check out their website at https://sisterworks.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
The Bali Children’s Foundation
Bali Children Foundation (BCF) helps thousands of children to complete school, to find employment, and to improve their lives and the life of their community.
Commencing in 2002, BCF has worked one village at a time to help a total of 76 villages. After identifying a village with disadvantaged families, our local staff members work together with the village leaders to introduce families to BCF and the opportunities our scholarships and curriculum provide.
In areas of disaster, such as in the village of Songan, which suffered severe landslides at the beginning of 2017, or in Lombok with the devastating earthquakes in August of 2018, BCF moves in to assist after disaster responses are finalised. BCF facilitates funds for our partner charities, who deliver health and dental care, disability management and environmental protection solutions during disasters, and afterwards BCF awards scholarships, English, computer programs, and ongoing education opportunities.
Educating Future Leaders
While Indonesia has experienced steady economic growth in recent years and achieved substantial development progress, development across the entire country is unbalanced and inequality remains a pressing challenge for the government. More than 72 million people in Indonesia continue to live under the World Bank’s $3.20 per day poverty line.
When viewed from this perspective, BCF’s work in Bali and nearby islands becomes even more important, providing educational dividends for Indonesia’s futures leaders. Sustainable and inclusive economic growth in Indonesia benefits Australia and contributes to regional growth and stability.
For more information check out their website at https://balichildrenfoundation.org/
join us at DA$AW Inc. today in pooling our funds to help this and similar worthy charity causes. A minimum monthly, donation of just $4.33, the equivalent of just $1.00 pw is all we ask. DONATE NOW
There are 116,000 people in Australia experiencing homelessness.
Orange Sky are helping to positively connect our friends in need through free laundry, showers and conversation.
There’s no doubt that clean clothes make all of us feel better about ourselves, but the major impact of Orange Sky does not rely on washers spinning or dryers tumbling. It happens through the hours of conversation that take place on their six orange chairs, which are pulled out at every shi...ft location.
Each week, all over Australia, thousands of volunteers put other parts of their life aside for a few hours to positively connect with those on the street, through genuine and non-judgemental conversation. Orange Sky always partner with service providers such as food vans or drop-in centres, and make sure that they set up at locations where our friends feel most comfortable. The Orange Sky community is made up of people who treat others how they want to be treated.
Sky operates 249 shifts from 27 vehicles in 22 cities every week around Australia. To date, they have provided 110,387 loads of washing, 10,003 warm showers and most importantly, 176,784 hours of genuine and non-judgemental conversation.
Join us at DA$AW Inc. today in pooling our funds to help this and similar worthy charity causes. A minimum monthly, donation of just $4.33, the equivalent of just $1.00 pw is all we ask. Why not DONATE NOW