Water for a Village - a small Australian-based charity that provides clean fresh water to villages in the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia.
In 2014 Dr Catherine Wheatley fell in love with Ethiopia while walking through the Simien Mountain National Park (SMNP) in the north of the country. She wanted to make a difference to the people who live there in complete poverty and under very challenging conditions.
She decided to install a hand dug well in a village where the women walked many hours a day to fetch water, and where the children were ill from water and hygiene related illnesses. So Water for a Village was born.
Fresh, clean water - one village at a time.
Access to clean drinking water is vital for all human beings. It’s essential for health, education and community and to break the cycle of poverty.
The United Nations Declaration on Human Rights considers clean water is essential to be able to realise all other human rights, but too many people in our world still lack access to it.
The vision at Water for a Village is clean water for everyone. One village at a time.
For more info. Go to http://www.waterforavillage.net/ and importantly, 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 $1.00 pw is all we ask - DONATE NOW
This month we have selected another Melbourne based charity – the Moira Kelly - Creating Hope Foundation https://www.creatinghopefoundation.org.au/
Moira is renowned for her work in bringing children with serious health problems to Australia whom local doctors were unable to treat. Her Foundation continues this work by providing support for children and families from overseas and from our own community here in Australia, who have not been able to receive help elsewhere. Moira takes on causes that everybody says no to and she says of her work, “There’s no saying no to hope.”
Moira Kelly’s (AO) work is funded almost entirely by charitable donations. She has been able to give hope to countless children and families who were unable to receive help elsewhere, because of the generosity of others.
Please remember that 100% of all donations to DA$AW go to charity. No salaries, No paid marketing, no fun runs or anything to do other than arrange a direct debit by card or through your bank now at http://www.givenow.com.au/donate-a-dollar-a-week– Monthly or quarterly preferred. A minimum of Just $1.00 pw or $4.33 pcm. Still less than the cost of a cup of coffee/latte!
Do feel free to contribute more if you can and do remember that One-off donations are also welcome.
For more info. Go to https://www.creatinghopefoundation.org.au/ and importantly, join us at DA$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 @ http://www.givenow.com.au/donate-a-dollar-a-week
One Voice -
One of the challenges when living on the streets is personal hygiene. Some people shower at shelters and others in public toilet blocks, either way people are constantly worrying -
‘Who is around’ or ‘Am I safe’
In 2014 One Voice launched Australia’s first Mobile Shower Service in Melbourne and provided the following service
- A safe environment to shower, shave and get clean.
- Referral services to organisations that provide support and assistance.
- Distribution of free hygiene products and clothes.
pilot was so successful with an average of 18 people using the service each night that in 2015 One Voice launched a World first Mobile Shower Bus. The service is fully self contained and has on-board
water tanks, instantaneous hot water and generated electricity. Basically the bus could go into the desert and provide showers for up to 40 people.
One Voice now have a fleet of Mobile Shower Services in the following states:
ADELAIDE - BRISBANE - MELBOURNE - PERTH & SYDNEY
For more info. Go to https://onevoice.org.au/about/
CAMBODIAN CHILDREN’S FUND believe that with the right education and support, one child has the potential to lift an entire family out of poverty and that a generation of educated children has the power to change a whole society. Through intensive, long-term investments in children, CCF is helping students build the skills, confidence and integrity they need to become the progressive spokespeople and leaders of change in their communities.
Since 2004, CCF have been working with some of the most impoverished communities in Cambodia, centred around the former garbage dump at Steung Meanchey. Back then, their world revolved around the health and wellbeing of 45 children living on the garbage dump. Today there are around 2,000 students working towards a better future for themselves and their families through CCF’s award winning education program.
The garbage dump was closed in 2009. However the need for CCF’s services continues as Steung Meanchey remains an entry-point into Phnom Penh for destitute families with no option but to try and make a living through scavenging or begging on the city streets.
Through a range of programs that focus on 6 core areas – Education, Leadership, Community Outreach, Healthcare, Childcare and Vocational Training – CCF take a holistic, on-the-ground approach to developing integrated solutions to the complex issues of poverty.
For more info. Go to https://www.cambodianchildrensfund.org/
The Les Twentyman Foundation:
Since its inception The Les Twentyman Foundation has provided crucial programs, services and resources assisting Victoria’s at-risk youth.
Raised in Braybrook in Melbourne’s West Les has devoted his life to young people doing it tough. Les is widely considered an expert on a range of community issues including youth homelessness, drug abuse, prison reform and social welfare.
He has consistently shone a light on emerging youth issues like gang violence, weapons carriage, cyber bullying and the growing trend of truancy in our education system. The hard-hitting DVD “The Realities of Cyber Bullying” and CSA “Knives Trash Lives” are testament to Les’ “pull no punches” approach to the damage caused to youth through peer pressure and social media.
Les is often called on to visit volatile regional areas of Australia in a bid to bring about harmony and cooperation where gangs and youth violence is a problem. He has also accompanied the Governor General, state Government ministers and leaders of industry to the ‘dark-streets’ of Australia they never thought existed.
Les has devoted his life to those-in-need. The Les Twentyman Foundation maintains his vision and legacy.
For more info. Go to https://www.ltfoundation.com.au/