How can WE contribute to a more 'just' and 'fair' FUTURE FOR ALL?
Recently at Emmaus a group of senior students attended a Social Justice Workshop led by Caritas Australia.
Caritas Australia is an international aid and development agency. Caritas Australia help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity so the world's poor won't need to rely on charity. The organisation delivers emergency relief and sustainable community development programs across Africa, Asia, Indigenous Australia, Latin America and the Pacific.
You can find out more about Caritas Australia by clicking HERE.
During the workshop students were immersed in a number of heart breaking facts. Facts such as:
- Six million primary aged students world wide are not attending school.
- Six million children in our world die before they reach 5 years of age.
- 40% of the world population do not have adequate sanitation.
- Seven hundred and ninety five million people suffer from malnutrition.
- 7% of the world population get to go to secondary school.
- Approximately 20% of the world population has no access to water at all.
- 10% of the world population overuse the world's resources.
- Sixty million people have been forced to leave their homes due to conflict.
After being made aware that a 'JUST' future starts with EMPOWERMENT... COMMUNITY... CULTURE... EDUCATION... OPPORTUNITY and A SAFE PLACE TO LEARN, students left the workshop committed to making a difference.
Please continue visiting this page as the Emmaus Social Justice Team and our school community work tirelessly to 'aspire not to have more but to be more.'
BELOW ARE A LIST OF WAYS YOU CAN HELP TODAY:
Project Compassion is Caritas Australia's annual fundraising and awareness raising event. In 2017, $11 million was raised to help the world's poorest communities. All families have received a Project Compassion Box and we hope that all families choose to make a difference and return their money box with some money inside.
Four Emmaus mums along with their children are currently busy fundraising for the Tabitha Foundation Cambodia. The Foundation encourages volunteer house building teams to travel to Cambodia to build houses for Cambodians living in poverty. Without the safety of a home and clean water, many children will never make it to school.
The group need to raise $16,000 by July 2019, which is when they will travel over to Cambodia to build 10 houses (includes a well for each house). The building team consists of Danielle McCann and her daughter Morgan, Siobhan Gosney and her daughter Milla, Sarah Lamanna and her son Jack and Maryanne McKenzie and her son Hugh.
You can follow their journey and keep up to date on their fundraising events and ways you can show your support by following their Facebook or instagram page 'Ballarat Mums and their Teens building homes for Cambodians in need', or if you see them at school have a chat with them about their exciting Cambodian build mission.
Eureka Mums is a voluntary network in Ballarat supporting families. Eureka mums recycle nursery equipment like cots, prams, and car seats, as well as clothes and other baby essentials. They collect donations of nursery equipment and other baby essentials like prams, clothes and linen from the public and sort, quality check, and safety check them to ensure they meet current Australian safety standards. Eureka Mums receive requests from local welfare agencies and maternal child health nurses on behalf of families in need. They then try to meet or exceed each request with quality new or pre-loved donations. Eureka Mums give to people who are facing a variety of challenges and hope they feel uplifted when they receive a donation. Eureka Mums Operational Manager is Trinsa Lewis, an existing Emmaus parent.
Eureka Mums currently have a campaign to support mothers in a special way this Mother's Day. You are invited to create a bag of women's toiletries. Choose a lovely toiletry bag, fill it and leave it inside the main entrance at Emmaus in the basket provided. include a note inside the bag to show another mother that you care.
You can read more about the campaign HERE. You can also follow Eureka mums on either Instagram or Facebook.
Can you support the Uniting Care Book Fair in Ballarat this November?
Books are sorted all year and volunteers are needed year round. If you would like to contribute to this initiative call 5332 1286.
All funds raised are able to be utilised towards Uniting Care’s non-government funded programs such as the BreezeWay Meals Program and homeless support services.
If you have books that as a family you are able to donate, please do so at your convenience.