Santosha provides ongoing support of charities such as:
- Oxfam Australia
- Destiny Rescue
- ONE Research Foundation
I became an Oxfam supporter back in 2004 after the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. I instantly felt for the people in those countries affected. Those who had so little to begin with that were left with nothing at all. At the time I was a uni student, just finished my first of five years, and I didn’t have a job. But I realised that the fact that I had just finished my first year at uni meant that I was far better off than those people so I gave a donation. I have supported, donated, shared, read about and endorsed the work of Oxfam ever since.
The difference I see in Oxfam’s work is that they don’t just give to communities, but they educate them. They are the reality of the saying “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” They educate and empower impoverished communities to take back control, solve their own problems and become self-sustainable.
From their website:
“Campaigning for change
Poverty isn’t just about lack of resources. In a wealthy world it’s about bad decisions made by powerful people.
We form part of a global movement of people committed to achieving a fairer world by:
• Partnering with Australians to campaign on the issues that matter – more than 50,000 Australians took action with us in the 2010/2011 financial year
• Empowering communities in developing countries to realise their rights and improve their lives
• Engaging with organisations and governments to change policies that cause poverty and inequality”
Current campaigns include:
• Close the Gap
• Workers’ rights
• Make trade fair
• Climate change
• Make Poverty History
Countries they work:
• The Philippines
• Sri Lanka
• Papua New Guinea
• Solomon Islands
• South Africa
I became involved with Destiny Rescue when I was chosen to represent RMIT University on a volunteer trip to South East Asia visiting orphanages in Thailand and Cambodia. We offered general help (which at the time included knocking down, clearing out and re-building pig pens), we spent time with the children in the ophanages and in Cambodia performed health checks on children in a Destiny Rescue day care centre.
The children in the day care centre were there as part of a program supporting the children who parents made their living from collecting recyclables on the Phnom Penh rubbish dump. These children were supplied with meals and supervision while their parents and often brothers and sisters were at work. This program has sincebeen handed over to another charity so Destiny Rescue may focus on what they do best. Rescue girls.
One of the most successful campaigns that Destiny Rescue began was rescuing girls from prostitution. There are many ways these girls end up in this slave trade: they may be tricked into it through the promise of another job, they may be kidnapped and taken to a city far away, they may also be lured by extended family members and some end up there through sheer desperation for money for their family.
Team members on the ground for Destiny Rescue have the dangerous job of entering brothels and communicating with these girls to devise a plan to rescue them. For more information about this process Destiny Rescue teamed up with Red Earth Films to make a documentary called “Street Dreams”.
Once rescued the children are given medical attention, counselling and a safe place to stay. They are given an education, support, meals and most importantly a place to feel safe. Once the children are old enough they are training in certain skills so that they may earn money. Sewing, hairdressing, jewellery making, cooking and waitressing are all included in this. This gives them confidence, a sense of worth, self-sufficiency an income to keep them safe from a lifetime of prostitution.
The jewellery that is made by these girls can be purchase through jewellery parties here in Australia. I have been hosting these jewellery parties since August 2013. If you are interested in having a jewellery party for your friends and family please contact me through the contact page.
ONE Research Foundation
From their website:
“The ONE Research Foundation (ONE) is comprised of individuals who are committed to the natural, noninvasive healing of the mind and body. ONE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to making these natural methods available to all as the standard of care. Our mission is to provide scientific research to advance mind-body healthcare.
The ONE Research Foundation was established in 1993 by Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) founder Scott Walker, D.C., to raise funds for scientific research to demonstrate the validity of NET as an effective methodology for intervening in a broad spectrum of physical, emotional, and psychological conditions. NET is a safe, gentle and effective intervention used to normalize physical and emotional imbalances. NET practitioners are able to address conditions such as chronic pain, organ dysfunctions, allergies, neurological, musculoskeletal and immunological conditions. Our goal is to use the scientific research sponsored by ONE to support the work of practitioners and to improve access to NET for the general public.
ONE has published more than 25 studies in peer-reviewed journals. Over the next decade ONE will continue funding innovative and influential clinical studies demonstrating the health and healing benefits of NET. ONE is supported solely by donations and membership contributions.”