Our Charities

 

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Promoting Social Connection and Inclusion

Research shows the more physically active and connected with others we are, the better our chances of ageing well. People who participate in recreational groups tend to have a sense of belonging and attachment, which leads to higher self-esteem and lower levels of stress, anxiety and depression.

The Social Café addresses the issue of loneliness and isolation by providing a café that is set up specifically to encourage people who are frail and elderly, have a disability or experience poverty to come out of their home, enjoy a free coffee and snack, social engagement and have access to community activities, programs and allied health services.

For further information please contact the project coordinator Alex on  9399 3511

socialcafe@gatewaycommunityservices.org.au

Deaf Children Australia

Deaf Children Australia is a non-for-profit organisation that supports deaf and hard of hearing children, young people and their families to remove barriers to their personal development and social inclusion.

Deaf Children Australia provides a range of services to families with deaf and hard of hearing children. These services help families build confidence and connections with others in the community.

Promote opportunities for families and children to:

– Access unbiased information,
– Get connected with each other,
– Participate in peer to peer support,
– Access community, recreational and youth activities,
– Develop skills in advocacy, relationship building

Support all forms of communication and believe in equal opportunities for all.

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The Sri Lankan Tea Industry

Arguably Sri Lanka’s most important industry, the tea sector accounts for 19 per cent of the nation’s foreign earnings and provides direct employment to over 310,000 people, the majority of them women. It is also strongly linked with the national identity; handpicked Ceylon tea is renowned for its high quality. Increasingly, however, the industry is at risk. Both international and internal challenges face the tea sector. Globally, exports compete with cheaper products from Kenya, India and other producers, where mechanised production is more common and production costs are lower. Read more about the tea industry in Sri Lanka and how we’re empowering workers in the tea sector.

Our Work: Food & Farming

The Rainforest Alliance works with the farmers on the front lines of the global movement to build food security through sustainable agriculture. We train farmers in some of the world’s most vulnerable landscapes to farm in a way that boost crop yields, conserves forests, protects streams and rivers, and nurtures soil health. Meet Sri Lanka’s evangelists for chemical-free tea farming. On behalf of the Rainforest Alliance, they are training tea estate workers and smallholder farmers in climate-smart agriculture methods that safeguard soil health and water quality and protect workers from dangerous chemical exposure. The end result: higher crop yields, cleaner water, and less pressure to expand cropland into the virgin rainforest nearby.

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Help a Farmer Run a Beekeeping Business

Running a beekeeping business can be a sustainable and ongoing way of income generation for farmers and entire families. Having a stable source of income can help not only families, but also smaller communities to improve together, have access to nourishing food, a safe living environment and high quality education for the upcoming generations to break the poverty cycle.

The project is managed by : The Mango Tree Orphan Support Trust

Plant a Tree and Support Reforestation

Plant a tree at our reforestation site, and it will pay back two-fold. At our health care clinic, people can barter with diverse seedling species to cover their care. Your gift will not only plant and take care of the tree, it will cover the cost of providing care to those who care for the forest. In 2007, there were an estimated 1,350 logging families near Gunung Palung National Park – a rain forest in Borneo, home to one of the world’s last orangutan populations. Communities told us they needed two things to stop logging: affordable health care and training in sustainable farming. . And because rain forests are the lungs of the planet, absorbing greenhouse gases, our work also helps protect the climate we all depend on.
The project is managed by : Health In Harmony

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Save the Daintree Rainforest

The Daintree is Australia’s LARGEST rainforest. It is arguably the most biodiverse rainforest on the planet. It has been continuously evolving and growing, living and breathing, for as many as 180 MILLION YEARS. By comparison, the Amazon is 55 million years old. The Daintree is of international conservation importance as one of the most significant regional ecosystems in the world. Our vision is to buy back and protect all remaining high conservation value properties in the Daintree lowland rainforest by 2030. There are roughly 180 Daintree properties that Rainforest Rescue needs to buy back. We want to see all of these protected by the year 2030. Although the clock is ticking, there is still time for us to achieve this vision, and make a serious difference to the preservation of this critically important region with its remarkable biodiversity. We believe the many values of the Daintree rainforest should be protected for future generations so that they too can be inspired and amazed by its incredible beauty and diversity, and that the Daintree can continue to protect and nurture biodiversity, mitigate against climate change, and be available for study as rainforests around the world often hold treatments and cures for illnesses…and for so many other reasons. Perhaps the best reason to protect the Daintree is simply to protect Nature from development – to stop its destruction. Until Nature has rights under law and until it can speak for itself, its up to people like us – like you and me – to stand up for Nature. Ultimately, to buy back every one of these properties, we need to raise approximately $15 million. But what is a rainforest worth? Can we put a price on its irreplaceable values? Not really. Which is why we feel this 2030 vision is not only attainable; it’s exactly what we should be doing. We hope you’ll agree that this vision is vital, tangible and achievable.
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