Natures Organics are proud to support the following causes:
The School of St Jude
In February 2002, Gemma Sisia (nee Rice) from Northern NSW in Australia, founded The School of St Jude in Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa.
The mission of The School of St Jude is to educate disadvantaged, bright students from the Arusha region to become moral and intellectual leaders in their country and for St Jude's, thereby demonstrating educational leadership in Tanzania. Every single St Jude’s student was chosen because they combined academic promise with a desperately poor background and a great attitude to work.
The classroom doors at The School of St Jude have been open for twelve years now. As a charity funded school, St Jude’s provides a free, high quality education to approximately 1,800 of the poorest children in the region, who — due to poverty and social pressures — would otherwise be unlikely to complete their schooling. They also provide boarding for over 1,200 students. Additionally, the school now provides employment to over 450 Tanzanian staff and purchases the essential goods required to run the school every day from the local community.
Each child at the school represents another family who has the opportunity to escape the cycle of poverty. The ripple effect of these benefits on the community and beyond has been incredible.
Drawn from families who often live on less than $1.25 per day, the pupils of St Jude’s are shining examples of what students can achieve when they are given the opportunity to receive a quality education.
St Jude’s relies upon the generosity and ongoing support of its donors and sponsors to obtain their funding in order to sustain the school. As a result, the school now has three campuses filled with happy and healthy children in a country where children are frequently forced drop out of school.
Natures Organics’ donations over the past several years have contributed towards extensive building works, critical food and educational resources at the School of St Jude, which has allowed more students to receive a free, high-quality education and help them to escape the cycle of poverty.
Reaching the Unreached
Reaching the Unreached is an inspiring non government organisation that Natures Organics is proud to be involved with.
RTU is a secular organisation operating in the Tamil Nadu area of Southern India. It was founded in 1975 by Brother James Kimpton to help tackle the extreme poverty he saw in the villages.
Over the years RTU has developed into many areas, originally founded to help find homes for orphaned children the NGO now provides health care, child care, education and housing whilst still keeping a very personal and community based approach.
RTU now has 4 Children's Villages with 76 homes housing 942 children, some of these children are HIV/AIDS+ and receive specialised medical treatment.
Natures Organics has chosen to become directly involved with the RTU Housing Project. This project was set up to provide a better living environment for the rural poor who typically live in shacks made of mud and thatched palms. The shelters provide little respite from the harsh weather conditions in Southern India and have to be replaced every year.
The Housing Project which was established in 1976 by Brother James aims to replace these shelters with a solid concrete and cement structure which he designed himself. The project also provides work for villagers as all the materials are made on site at RTU.
For detailed information about RTU please go to http://www.rtuindia.org/
Natures Organics first visited RTU in February 2010. After witnessing the wonderful work being carried out by this organisation we donated the funds to build one house. We have now committed to an ongoing monthly donation which we hope will make a difference in the lives of many people.
As at the end of March 2012, Natures Organics are proud to have been able to build 93 houses for needy families. We will have built another 11 houses by the end of June.
Cambodian Children's Fund
We chose to become directly involved and support this organization because it's a perfect example of one man's strength, courage, self-sacrifice, and vision to make this world a better place.
Scott Neeson left his entire life behind him when he walked away from a highly successful career as CEO of 20th Century Fox International and moved to Cambodia to establish his first orphanage after he discovered that children were living on the Steung Menchey Garbage dump in some of the worst living conditions you will find on the planet.
Scott started with three children, placing them in a loving and caring environment and providing them with nourishing food, hygiene, and schooling. Seven years on he has built six orphanages, housing 520 children. Scott has also recently established a free Medical clinic and Daycare centre for the children still living at the site.
When I read about Scott's plight and the hardship he was facing ahead, I felt compelled to visit him.
What I personally saw there profoundly changed me. I knew immediately that Natures Organics had a higher calling and this was part of it! When I showed my mother and father, Terry & Kaye Dowel the founders of Natures Organics, what I had seen and why we needed to get involved, they did not hesitate.
Scott had informed me on my visit that most of their funding had come from the US and that the economic crisis had seen significant reductions in their funding. So much so that the Cambodian Children's Fund was only three months away from having to close CCF5 which houses 150 children. Natures Organics agreed to cover the cost of CCF5 to keep it open. As well as continue to find more supporters in Australian business to help make up for the lost support from the US.
Our support for the Cambodian Children's Fund has now become more than just financial. Kaye Dowel (Director - Natures Organics) has become the campaign manager for CCF Australia in Victoria and I am making regular trips to support Scott and help with the future direction of CCF.
Scott also has a much bigger vision to use the model he has created and take it to other countries around the world. This is now our shared vision, with sustainability being the key.
Although every cent that is donated is enormously appreciated and put to very good use, there is only limited value in giving once, as these children need support all the way through to adulthood. Their potential to become the future Doctors, Lawyers, Business Leaders is huge because they are so eager to learn!
Scott introduced me to an incredible little girl who was eight years old, but looked no bigger than a four year old due to her malnutrition prior to her life at CCF. This little girl had only been at CCF for 18-months but in front of my own eyes was typing in English at 100 words per minute! This blew me away, and it cemented to me how important it was to support Scott's work, because all these kids want is the opportunity to learn!
The wonderful thing about the CCF is the fact that every cent you give goes directly towards providing for these children.
It is our hope that others will be inspired, as we are, in seeing the amazing things that one man can do. He is an example to all of us. Scott has changed the lives of 520 children and wants desperately to help many more. Providing them with the education needed to help re forge their country's future.
So please, if you want to help make a difference, have a look at their web site, and see for yourself, we need every cent we can get.
You can choose to sponsor a child or make a donation at http://www.cambodianchildrensfund.org/
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Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia
Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia) Limited (HFEA) was incorporated on 27 July 2012 at the request of Dr Catherine Hamlin AC. They are a charitable organisation based in Addis Ababa who runs the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, five provincial Hamlin Fistula Centres, the Hamlin College of Midwives and Desta Mender, a farm and training centre. In Australia, HFEA acts as a charitable organisation who raises funds and awareness for their work in Ethiopia.
Natures Organics alignment with the HFEA stems from our ongoing belief in supporting self sacrifice for others. Our monthly donations are provided to ensure they can remain sustainable in their work providing a compassionate holistic service to women with childbirth injuries, specifically obstetric fistula as well as to be the world leader in training and research for the treatment, care and prevention of obstetric fistula and to participate actively in prevention activities leading to future eradication of obstetric fistula.
For further information on the Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, visit hamlin.org.au
Student Sponsorship program
Natures Organics sponsors the education of 9 year old Samuel Mwalami and 7 year old Liza Esaparel who were once living in the slums of Kangemi, Kenya. With the help of our sponsorship and their hard work this year both students will proceed to the next year level in 2014.
The Jane Goodall Insititute Australia (JGIA)
The Jane Goodall Institute Australia (JGIA) is an Australian not-for-profit and registered environmental organisation. Their Philosophy is centered around Animals, People and the Environment (APE) and their Purpose is to “inspire actions that connect people with animals and our shared environment”. They work to promote the conservation of chimpanzees and other great apes and their habitats and surrounding human communities. Through their Roots & Shoots program, they aim to empower the next generation to be socially and environmentally conscious citizens of our shared planet.
Dr Jane Goodall DBE, world-renowned primatologist, humanitarian, conservationist and UN Messenger of Peace, founded the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977. There are now offices in 35 countries around the world and JGIA was founded in 2007.
At JGIA there have two main programs that we support and fund:
- The Roots & Shoots Program empowers young people and equips them with the tools, motivation and support they need to address the problems that matter most to them. The program creates an ever expanding network of Australians who are inspired to be change making global citizens.
- The Africa Programs conserve and protect chimpanzees, habitat and surrounding communities in Africa. The community centred conservation programs include a range of activities from basic needs such as education, health and water sanitation to park rangers who protect animals from poachers. The program also supports chimpanzee sanctuaries which provide a lifelong home for orphaned animals.
Some of the recent JGIA accomplishments include:
- More than 9,300 mobile phones recycled.
- 51 Roots & Shoots projects around Australia.
- $70,000 in support of the 153 rescued orphan chimpanzees at our Tchimpounga sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Support for various community projects - including our Peer to Peer in Uganda which supports girls education.
Put simply, everything they do is underpinned by their philosophy of connecting Animals, People and the Environment.
Earth Choice supports the Jane Goodall Institute Australia monthly newsletter.
For more information visit: www.janegoodall.org.au/