Natural Disasters

Natural Disasters Be A HERONatural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and floods can often come at the least expected time. Others, such as hurricanes and cyclones are increasing in severity and destruction. Typically, the poor are the worst hit for they have the least resources to cope and rebuild.

When poor countries face natural disasters, such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and fires, the cost of rebuilding becomes even more of an issue when they are already burdened with debt. Often, poor countries suffer with many lost lives and/or livelihoods. Aid and disaster relief often does come in from international relief organizations, rich countries and international institutions, but sometimes poor countries are still paying millions of dollars a week back in the form of debt repayment.

Issues - Natural Disasters - Kenya

on Monday, 18 June 2012. Posted in HIV/AIDs & other diseases, Extreme Poverty, Infrastructure, Natural Disasters, Kenya, Sustainability

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Recurring drought, flooding during rainy seasons with 5 inch plus thick mud that regularly closes roads and makes it virtually impossible to move around, water pollution from urban waste such as sewerage and industrial wastes; degradation of water quality from increased use of pesticides and fertilizers; water hyacinth infestation in Lake Victoria; deforestation; soil erosion; desertification; poaching, just a few of the challenges the Kenyans face each day of their life. To face having to drink water that you can visibly see disease floating in is an everyday reality, a bottle of water is a luxury they can not imagine.

Ref: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ke.html

Issues - India

on Thursday, 05 September 2013. Posted in India, HIV/AIDs & other diseases, Extreme Poverty, Exploitation, Human Trafficking, Natural Disasters

Hunger

The main influence of the hunger crisis in this region is the overwhelming overpopulation of the country, as at July 2007, India’s population is estimated to be 1 129 866 154 people, with 63% of these aged between 15 – 64 years. Only 2.8% of their total land mass is being used for agricultural purposes. (1)  

(1) Ref:  https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/in.html  

Poverty

In the last decade India has been able to decrease their poverty rates by 10% however this amount barely scraps the surface of the problem with 25% of the population (or 282 466 538 total people) in  India still suffering extensive poverty, with the percentage of people living with less than US$2 a day at 79.9 %, that is close to one billion people who exist on $2 for the day, that’s one loaf of bread perhaps, one litre of milk, a handful of grain but not all of the above together, no butter for your bread, no coffee for your milk, The huge and ever-growing population is the fundamental social, economic and environmental problem that they face. (1) While the population faces insurmountable odds just to survive, with 8 812 920 people unemployed these odds diminish significantly. Education is virtually inaccessible to the poor of this region. India currently has 600 000 Internally Displaced Persons in their country. (1)  
(1) Ref:  https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/in.html  

Current Project - Jesus Loves the Little Children - Education Program - Pazig City, The Philipinnes

on Thursday, 21 March 2013. Posted in Current Projects, Schools - Education, Sponsor A Child, Extreme Poverty, Exploitation, Infrastructure, Natural Disasters, The Philippines

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City:  Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City, Manila
Project:  Education Program
Partner:  Jesus Loves the Little Children

Pinagbuhatan hosts the biggest depressed area in Pasig City and, based on the 2007 population census of the National Statistics Office, is home to around 105,435 residents. Being also a low-lying area, it is prone to frequent flooding which exacerbates the already strained circumstances of its disadvantaged communities.

The main objectives of this project are to to provide access to quality education to disadvantaged children in Pasig City and to help increase the number of children who have completed pre-school and elementary education.

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Current Project - Iris Ministries - Natural Disaster, Refugee Camps - Mozambique

on Tuesday, 19 June 2012. Posted in Completed Projects, Health - Natural Disaster - Community Development, Mozambique, HIV/AIDs & other diseases, Extreme Poverty, Homelessness, Natural Disasters, Orphans

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City: Refugee Camps near Morrumbala, Mozambique
Project: Disaster Relief
Partner:  Iris Ministries
Number of People: approx. 20,000

Food and aid distribution to refugees from the recent massive flooding and cyclones in Mozambique. Working with Iris Ministries, Be A HERO is organizing teams of workers, and financial aid for food, seed, agricultural implements, blankets, shelter, baby formula, and container shipping.

 

Current Project - New Life - Orphanage - Yangon, Myanmar

on Monday, 25 March 2013. Posted in Current Projects, Myanmar, Health - Natural Disaster - Community Development, Vocational Training - Self Sufficiency - Income Generation, HIV/AIDs & other diseases, Extreme Poverty, Homelessness, Infrastructure, Natural Disasters, Orphans, Sustainability

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City: Yangon
Project:  Orphanage
Partner:  New Life Foundation

Work commenced by a small group of dedicated people in South East Asia over a decade ago to care for the orphans in Yangon.

Over 300 children have been rescued, and now live in a loving environment where they receive their daily needs, medical care and education. Based in three different locations, they will be nurtured to become leading citizens within their respective regions.

Currently New Life has a rice paddy for sustainable growth. This will provide income, training and employment. To date, 44 acres is under crop, with a number of small crops grown in the off season.

Volunteers have also assisted in disaster relief, building medical clinics, building new housing and joining education teams.

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Issues - The Philippines

on Thursday, 19 September 2013. Posted in HIV/AIDs & other diseases, Extreme Poverty, Homelessness, Human Trafficking, Natural Disasters, Orphans, Slave Labour & Exploitation, The Philippines

In the cities, neglected and abandoned children find themselves in the streets fending for themselves and vulnerable to the various evils of the urban jungle such as drug addiction, crimes and commercial sexual exploitation. Children who are neglected or abandoned are easy prey not only to accidents but to commercial sexual exploitation, drugs, crime and unwanted pregnancies.   Incidents of child abuse is still on the rise especially child sexual abuse. Also on the rise are reports of physical abuse and maltreatment of children. According to the statistics, there are approximately 40,000 to 50,000 street children of all categories in Metro Manila.  Studies conducted reveal that the number of street children range from 2 to 3% of the child and adult population.  The national project on street children estimated the number of street children at over 220,000 in 65 major cities as of 1993.   There are now about 350 government and non government agencies that are responding to street children and their families.  The government has given special focus on helping street children with programs focused on health and nutrition, educational assistance, parenting sessions, livelihood and skills training, residential care, foster care and adoption. However for as long as there would be squatter colonies sprouting in urban areas and for as long as there are not enough jobs, street children will continue to dominate in the streets.   In a 1993 survey of households, some 16% of households surveyed have children below 12 years old who are left unattended with no supervising adult in the house. This translates to one in six households where children are without adult supervision.  

Current efforts to fight child abuse are focused on tri-media campaign, information dissemination, raising awareness in the family, school and community of the evils of child abuse.  There is also a need for a more systematic effort at helping victims deal with the psychological trauma and scars of child abuse through proper psychological counseling programs that target not only the abused child but the family as well.

Background

The growing number of street children found in urban areas has long been a concern of the government.  Continuing efforts by the government and non-government agencies to provide services for both the street children and their families never seem to be enough. Street children are the largest number of vulnerable and exploited children in many countries with ages ranging from 5-18 years old. These children ply the sidewalks in a desperate attempt to eke out a living.   The Salvation Army Joyville Children’s Home is a rehabilitation center located in Pantay Road, Barangay Bukal, Tanay, Rizal, South of Manila. It is an ideal place for rehabilitation program because it is far from the city and the facilities offer better opportunities for wholesome development.     The major issues facing the children of this region are:-      Hunger & Poverty
    Diseases
    Natural Disasters
    Exploitation & Discrimination.

Hunger & Poverty   

In Metro Manila, where population growth, urbanization and migration continuously increase, children are often forced by circumstances to help their families earn a living. Most street children are of poor parents who have migrated from rural areas to find better job opportunities in the city, but lack of education renders them ill-equipped to earn or survive in the city.  Current population projections for July 2007 are 91 077 287 people, of this 31 458 591 or 34.5 % are children.    Statistics from the World Fact book, note that the percentage of the population of the Philippines who are living below the poverty line is 40%. The unemployment rate from the same source states that as at 2006 the rate is 7.9% of the population or approximately 7 200 000 persons. For comparison that is 1/3 of the Australian Population. The Philippines public debt is estimated to be 61.6% of their GDP. (1)   (1) Ref: (https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/)  

Diseases

“Every minute of every day, a child under the age of 15 becomes infected with HIV”.  (1) Many diseases affect the children of the Philippines the most prevalent are HIV/Aids, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Dengue Fever, Malaria and Bacterial Diarrhoea.   Of the 15 years to 49 years age group there are believed to be 7 195 105 people affected with the HIV/Aids virus. (2)  

(1) Ref:  http://www.unaids.org/en/HIV_data (2) Ref:  http://www.unaids.org/en/HIV_data  

Natural Disasters

The Philippines lie within the typhoon belt for this region. There is an average of 15 typhoons per year and 5-6 cyclonic storms affect this area as well. Mudslides caused by the uncontrolled deforestation of the area also contribute to the natural disasters of the area along with landslides, active volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis. (1)  

(1) Ref:  https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

Exploitation & Discrimination  

    Child sexual abuse remains controversial, the most concealed and under reported form of sexual abuse. To date, reported cases of sexual abuse and exploitation of children are increasing. In 1997, the reported cases of child abuse received by the Department of Social Welfare and Development were 4,394 - 53% of which were sexually abused.  The real extent of this problem is greater than what statistics show because of a number of unreported cases.
      Accurate figures for trafficking are difficult to obtain due to the illicit & illegal nature of the practice.
    It was estimated by the UN in 2003, that over 1 million children are being illegally involved around the world in Child Sex Trafficking.  It is more than likely this figure has increased according to past data information.  Of this number one third are believed to come from the Asia region and a significant majority of these are young girls between the ages of 12 – 18 years old.”
    Prostitution exists in nearly all the Countries of the World… “It is exacerbated by economic & social upheaval, extreme poverty, deprivation and excessive consumerism”… (2)
    You can, for $ 1.00 (AUS) buy a 12 year old girl off the street and own her for the night; she will be yours to do whatever you want.
    The demand for domestic servants, cheap labour, adoption, prostitution, and pornography are what drives the illegal practices of human trafficking. (1)
    The street child works under the heat of the sun or in the dark of the night from 6 to 16 hours, seven days a week, often in a combination of “occupations” each considered their only means to survive. Street children have a bleak present and an uncertain future.  Life in the street is a constant struggle to overcome the various negative elements that threaten to overtake and destroy the hope for survival.  In the cities, neglected and abandoned children find themselves in the streets fending for themselves and vulnerable to the various evils of the urban jungle such as drug addiction, crimes and commercial sexual exploitation. Children who are neglected or abandoned are easy prey not only to accidents but to commercial sexual exploitation, drugs, crime and unwanted pregnancies.

  (1) Ref:  http://www.childwise.net. (2) Ref:  http://www.crin.org/themes/ViewTheme.

Become A HERO Army Financial Member

on Monday, 18 June 2012. Posted in Join the HERO Army, How to Be A HERO, Projects, Infrastructure, Natural Disasters, Sustainability

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Being a Hero Army Financial Member is a way for ordinary people to Be A HERO everyday - to work together to help children who can’t help themselves.

Hero Army membership raises money for infrastructure and income generation projects.

It enables communities to address their long-term needs by building houses, class rooms, wells and medical centres and create sustainability through training and business start up.

Everyday HERO $15/month
Family HERO $40/month
Super HERO $100/month

HERO Army membership enables communities to:

  • send children to school (pre-school, primary, secondary)
  • have vocational training facilities
  • have technology available for learning and business
  • care for their orphaned and homeless children and widows
  • run successful businesses
  • run adult education classes (hygiene, literacy, human trafficking issues)
  • have sufficient food to learn and grow
  • have access to medical care

AND BECOME THE LEADERS OF THEIR NATIONS

 

 

 


 

The Facts - State Of The World - Children

on Tuesday, 19 June 2012. Posted in The Facts, Projects, HIV/AIDs & other diseases, War and Conflict, Extreme Poverty, Exploitation, Homelessness, Human Trafficking, Natural Disasters, Orphans, Slave Labour & Exploitation, War and Conflict

  • An estimated 10 million children have been forced into the sex industry
  • About 500 million children live with debilitating hunger
  • 134 million children have no access to any school whatsoever
  • 15 million children are orphaned as a result of AIDS
  • 246 million children work, with 171 million engaged in the worst forms of child labour
  • 265 million children have not been immunized against any disease
  • Over one third of children have to live in dwellings with more than five people per room
  • Over half a billion children have no toilet facilities whatsoever
  • Almost half a billion children lack access to published information of any kind
  • 376 million children have more than a 15-minute walk to water and or are using unsafe water sources
  • 300,000 young people are exploited as child soldiers

Issues - Cambodia

on Monday, 18 June 2012. Posted in HIV/AIDs & other diseases, War and Conflict, Extreme Poverty, Exploitation, Homelessness, Human Trafficking, Natural Disasters, Orphans, Slave Labour & Exploitation, Cambodia, War and Conflict

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The UN ranks Cambodia as one of the world’s poorest countries and the people of Poipet have very little. As a border town Poipet is home to many Cambodians who hope to find work in Thailand. Most fail, and are relegated to the huge slum communities, becoming drawn into the town’s underground world of illegal gambling, prostitution, and sex trafficking. At particular risk are the 300 street children who daily carry packages across the border for the equivalent of only seven cents per delivery, sleeping in the open at night. Many of these children are kidnapped, trafficked across borders, and forced to work in the international sex trade.

Road 2 Relief - Bohol Earthquake Relief Needed

on Thursday, 17 October 2013. Posted in Current Projects, Volunteer, Pray, Current News, Join or Run a HERO Event, Give A Gift Card, How to Be A HERO, HIV/AIDs & other diseases, Homelessness, Natural Disasters, The Philippines

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A 7.1-magnitude earthquake smashed the Cebu province including the central island of Bohol, The Philippines on Tuesday morning, ripping apart bridges, tearing down centuries-old churches and triggering landslides that engulfed entire homes.

 

The number of people confirmed killed on Bohol and neighbouring islands climbed from 93 on Tuesday to 151 on Wednesday night as the full scale of the disaster became clear, and there were no tales of miracle rescues.

 

Our partner has over 800,000 meals ready to deliver to residents of Bohol Island.  Immediate financial support is required to be able to deliver the meals.

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Many people are now homeless and shops are closed, so hunger over the coming days and weeks will become a real problem.

 

In the coming days we want to help transport all the food from Manila to Bohol Island and then distribute it to the hardest hit of the 1.2 million residents.

 

 

 

*Make your tax deductible donation to help the distribution.               (All donations over $2 are tax deductible)

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bohol newsletter012.jpgOur project partner on Bohol Island has over 50 staff and does amazing work helping to transform the lives of thousands of locals every year through the Transform program.

 

They are such an inspiration to us and we know that they are already helping those in need, so we just need to support them at this time through donations to get the shipping and food distribution organised.

 

Your support would be greatly appreciated at this time.

 

If you have any questions please call or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

David: 0402137305  - Fiona: 0412335792

 

More about the earthquake...

 

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Cebu province, with a population of more than 2.6 million, is about an hour away by plane from Manila. Neighbouring Bohol, a favourite of tourists because of its sandy beaches, is a short boat ride away from Cebu.

There were reports of aftershocks following the quake.

Nearly 3 million people were affected by the 7.1 magnitude quake on Tuesday, which caused landslides and widespread damage to infrastructure in the tourist destinations of Bohol island and the nearby Cebu islands.

The number of injured rose towards 300, with at least 23 people missing.

The national disaster agency said at least 134 of the dead were on Bohol Island, which took the brunt of the quake. The island is located 630 km (390 miles) south of the capital, Manila.

Officials feared the toll would rise as communications with remote areas were re-established.

 

Find out more at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24530042

 

 

*Make your tax deductible donation to help the distribution.         (All donations over $2 are tax deductible)

 

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*In Australia, tax deductible receipts for gifts over $2 with a preference for this GDG-approved emergency relief project J700N will be issued by the Be A Hero Australia Ancillary Fund (ABN: 28 521 795 320).  Global Development Group (GDG; ABN 57 102 400 993) is the AusAID approved NGO responsible for the project. Excess funds may go to other approved project activities.

HERO Event - Road to Relief The Philippines Fun Run/Walk Wrap Up

on Wednesday, 13 November 2013. Posted in Current Projects, Current News, Join or Run a HERO Event, Health - Natural Disaster - Community Development, Give A Gift Card, Speak Up, Extreme Poverty, Homelessness, Natural Disasters, The Philippines

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Inaugurual Road to Relief Wrap Up!

8 December was a beautiful day for a fun run/walk. The sun was shining, there was a sea breeze and we had over 40 participants for our innaugural fun run/walk. 

So far we have raised over $2500 for the Philippines Natural Disasters Relief.

Well done everyone for your participation and willingness to help our neighbours!

 

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Weather Update

 

Due to the storm bringing down some power lines at Wellington Point, we are rescheduling the Road to Relief to Sunday December 8th. Same Time. Same Place.

 

 

Event Information

Our project partner has food ready to distribute for the natural disaster ravaged The Philippines.  We have computers that need to be shipped to get communications up and running again.

We need YOU to raise the transportation money to get all this out to the families and NGOs who need them to get their lives back...

Join Us for your Sunday afternoon stroll or training run
Sunday 8 December, 2013

 

Registrations open 3pm.

Walk/Run Starts @ 4pm.

Download registration form here. Then click below to pay registration.

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Register Your Family

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Here's the link to the route - Southern Foreshore, Wellington Point Reserve, Main Road - Christina Street, Wellington Point

In the event that we have to cancel the run/walk, there will not be any refunds, but the funds will be used to get food and computers to our Filipino neighbours.

*Registration opens 3.15pm

*Runners leave at 4pm

*Walkers leave at 4.10pm

 

 

Thank you to our sponsors:-

Bradbury Education and Training  Redlands Kayak Tours  Royal CDS 
   Jaipur Palace  Terra Cottage

Current Supported Project - New Life - Education Centre - Yangon, Myanmar

on Tuesday, 19 March 2013. Posted in Current Projects, Myanmar, Orphanages - Childrens Homes - Rescue Centres, Schools - Education, HIV/AIDs & other diseases, Extreme Poverty, Exploitation, Infrastructure, Natural Disasters, Orphans, Sustainability

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City:  Yangon
Project:  Education Centre
Partner:  New Life

Currently there are no suitable environments for learning in this region of Yangon. This activity will provide a long term suitably built learning facility for decades to come.

The main objectives of this project are:

A) to increase educational standard in English/Burmese literacy and computer literacy in this community.
B) to establish a preschool facility for community children.
C) to develop a designated library area within the Educational Training Centre.
D) to increase the employment opportunities and thereby reduce poverty in this community.

Issues - Bangladesh

on Friday, 06 September 2013. Posted in Bangladesh, The Facts, HIV/AIDs & other diseases, War and Conflict, Extreme Poverty, Exploitation, Homelessness, Human Trafficking, Natural Disasters, Slave Labour & Exploitation

Bangladesh is one of the world's most densely populated countries, with its people crammed into a delta of rivers that empties into the Bay of Bengal.

Poverty is deep and widespread; almost half of the population live on less than one dollar a day. However, Bangladesh has reduced population growth and improved health and education.

171,000 children under five die in Bangladesh every year. Unclean water, contagious diseases, pneumonia and poor nutrition take their toll. In a country with 11% inflation and growing inequality, keeping children alive and healthy is a huge challenge.

The major employer is agriculture, but it is unable to meet the demand for jobs. So, many Bangladeshis - in common with citizens from other countries in the region - seek work abroad, sometimes illegally.

The low-lying country is vulnerable to flooding and cyclones and it stands to be badly affected by predicted rises in sea levels.

Issues - Brazil

on Monday, 09 September 2013. Posted in Brazil, The Facts, Extreme Poverty, Homelessness, Natural Disasters

There are several programmes and community initiatives in place to assist the hungry and the homeless, as well as to ensure that children from all areas of the communities have access to education because, although the education itself is free, there are many factors affecting whether or not children can actually access and attend these schools.

Natural Disasters

on Wednesday, 04 September 2013. Posted in Bangladesh, Brazil, Myanmar, The Facts, India, Indonesia, FAQ, Mozambique, Swaziland, Natural Disasters, Thailand, The Philippines

n dNatural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and floods can often come at the least expected time. Others, such as hurricanes and cyclones are increasing in severity and destruction. Typically, the poor are the worst hit for they have the least resources to cope and rebuild.

When poor countries face natural disasters, such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and fires, the cost of rebuilding becomes even more of an issue when they are already burdened with debt. Often, poor countries suffer with many lost lives and/or livelihoods. Aid and disaster relief often does come in from international relief organizations, rich countries and international institutions, but sometimes poor countries are still paying millions of dollars a week back in the form of debt repayment.

 

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