Bangladesh

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Population: 152.4 million (UN, 2012)
Capital and largest city: Dhaka
Area: 143,998 sq km (55,598 sq miles)
Life expectancy: 69 years (men), 70 years (women) (UN)
Main exports: Garments, fish, jute goods, leather products
GNI per capita: US $780 (World Bank, 2011)

Despite improvements, Bangladesh continues to face serious development challenges. Bangladesh's extreme poor are unable to afford 80 per cent of their minimum food needs. An estimated 5,500 women die every year due to complications during pregnancy or childbirth. Around one third of all children enrolled in grade one do not complete primary school. Inequity is also a challenge—twice as many of the poorest children die before the age of five as do children from the richest families. In recent years, the impacts of climate change and the challenges of rapid urbanisation have grown in importance for the government.

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Current Project - Global Concern - School - Bangladesh

on Thursday, 21 March 2013. Posted in Current Projects, Bangladesh, Schools - Education, Extreme Poverty, Infrastructure

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Location:  Dhaka, Bangladesh
Project:  Community Schools
Partner:  Global Concern

In four of the communities where development activities are being implemented free primary school education is being provided for the children in the community, the school building being used both for a school and for adult training. Funding is derived from Child Sponsorship.

Only the poorest of the poor children are selected to attend these schools.  The children are fed a hot meal at lunch time.

Part of the curriculum is teach the children hygiene and sanitation.  This education has seen the children's households transformed by teaching the older people at home about the importance of hygiene.

You can sponsor these children

Current Project - Global Concern - Sewing Training and MicroBusiness - India and Bangladesh

on Thursday, 21 March 2013. Posted in Current Projects, Bangladesh, Vocational Training - Self Sufficiency - Income Generation, India, Extreme Poverty, Sustainability

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Location:  India and Bangladesh
Project:  Vocational Training & Microbusiness - Sewing
Partner:  Global Concern - Every Home for Christ

Women's Lives are Changed!

Unskilled women in the communities where Every Home for Christ is educating children are also given an opportunity for self-development. In India and Bangladesh sewing classes train village women in the tailoring skills they need for employment and many are able to find work in garment factories, earning an income for the first time in their lives. The Indian women who formed a "Self-Help" group are so grateful to Every Home for Christ for giving them the opportunity to own their own sewing machines so they can sew clothes at home and earn a living. All these women from poor communities have developed in their self-esteem as they are able to help provide daily needs for their families.

$195 will provide a sewing machine to help one woman fight her way out of poverty

Cyclone Pam Relief Appeal

on Monday, 16 March 2015. Posted in Current Projects, Bangladesh, Vanuatu, Current News, HERO Shop, Vocational Training - Self Sufficiency - Income Generation, Schools - Education, How to Be A HERO, Human Trafficking, Cambodia

 

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VANUATU EMERGENCY RELIEF / CYCLONE PAM

A major relief effort in Vanuatu after the devastation of Cyclone Pam is already underway, we are calling on all HEROES to support the efforts of locals to help those in desperate need.pangobeahero1.jpg

News from the ground in Vanuatu...

Like many other villages, Pango Village, just outside Port Vila, was devastatingly hit when Cyclone Pam crossed from the east to the west side of Vanuatu on Friday 13 March.

Initial reports and photographs show that the community has been severely affected with many roofs and shacks destroyed, trees uprooted, subsistence gardens lost, jobs in jeopardy and lives in ruins.

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Over the past 10 years our friends at Cleveland High School have built a relationship with Pango Village, with groups of staff and students undertaking ambitious projects in the local schools and kindergartens.

Staff and students from their Sister School, Pango Centre School, have travelled to Cleveland for personal development and expanded education.

People urgently need shelter, clean water, food and sanitation and as we find out more information we will alert you to specific needs like housing and infrastructure rebuilding.

While it is exciting to build relationships in good time, the test of these relationships comes in times of need.

We are appealing to all school families as well as the wider Be A HERO community, to reach out with a tax deductible donation to help to help rebuild the schools, kindergartens, village infrastructure and homes of those worst affected, as well as to provide emergency aid where needed.

All money raised will go to the relief effort in Pango Village and beyond if possible.

If you want to help, donations can be made to Be A HERO Australia on the link below or bank transfer.donate

Westpac Bank - Be A HERO Australia

BSB : 034 070  ACC : 308 700

Donations over $2 are tax deductible.

The project is being managed and monitored by Global Development Group with Be A HERO Australia.

Together, we can do amazing things, come on HEROES!

                           

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Extreme Poverty

on Sunday, 30 December 2012. Posted in Bangladesh, Brazil, Myanmar, Burundi, The Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, The Facts, India, Indonesia, Ghana, FAQ, Projects, Liberia, Malawi, Mexico, Mozambique, Romania, Sierra Leone, Extreme Poverty, Swaziland, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Thailand, Kenya, Cambodia, Zambia, Papua New Guinea, The Philippines

Extreme Poverty Be A HEROAverage Gross National Income for every man, women, and child in America is $35,060. World Development Bank, 2003.

  • Of the 24 mostly Western Developed Nations (including NA, Western Europe, Australia & New Zealand etc.)  Population of 900 million, the GNI is $27,000 USD
  • Compare this to the fact that 1.2 billion people live on under $1.00 a day and 2.7 billion people live on under $2.00 USD a day.
  • 500 million people are hungry and another 500 million are so poor that they don’t consume enough food to render them productive.
  • Because of poverty 33,000 children (mostly under-five-year-olds) die every day due to preventable diseases – diarrhea, measles, malaria, and malnutrition – that is more than one child dying every 3 seconds.
  • 55% of all child deaths (17 million deaths a year) are just because the children are hungry.
  • Poverty is at the root of most of that which contributes to 'children becoming at risk'.

Gender Equality - I have an 11 year old daughter

on Tuesday, 05 November 2013. Posted in Bangladesh, Current News, Speak Up, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea

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I have an 11 year old daughter. I read a story this morning about an 11 year old Cambodian girl who has lived a very different life to my daughter. She lives with the belief that a girl is pure like white linen, but once she has been "stained" she is stained forever and no longer valuable. You can imagine what this means for that little precious girl - living in poverty - there are a few distinct industries where there is money to be made...

HERO Army News - August 2015 "Bridge to Brisbane"

on Sunday, 02 August 2015. Posted in Current Projects, Bangladesh, HERO Shop, Vocational Training - Self Sufficiency - Income Generation, Schools - Education, How to Be A HERO, Human Trafficking, Cambodia

 

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We have some exciting news to share with you; for the first time ever the Be A Hero crew will be lacing up our running shoes and participating in the 2015 Bridge to Brisbane fun run and we would like to invite you to join us!janelle_running.png

Each year over 35,000 people participate to raise money for many individual charities. For the Be A Hero team, this year’s run will be all about raising dollars to support our Hero Shop project.

The Hero Shop project has been designed to provide young girls and women who have been rescued or helped out of the from sex industry with vocational training, physical and psychological support, education and employment.

cambodia_empowering_be_a_hero_2.jpgBy joining the Be A Hero team on Sunday August 30 and participating in the Bridge to Brisbane you will therefore be assisting us in giving these innocent women a new start to a sustainable future for them and their families.

In the next couple of days we will have all the links up for you and your friends to get registered, train and start fundraising for the girls we are supporting.bridgetobrisbanebeahero2.jpg

For more information with registering, group training and fundraising please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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More Bridge to Bisbane news coming, go the HEROES!!!

David & Fiona

 

 

 

HERO Army News - December 2014

on Tuesday, 02 December 2014. Posted in Current Projects, Bangladesh, HERO Shop, Vocational Training - Self Sufficiency - Income Generation, Schools - Education, How to Be A HERO, Human Trafficking, Cambodia

 

 

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Welcome to the December edition of the HERO Army News.  So much has been achieved in 2014 but the job is not complete for this year just yet - we have uplifting ways for you, the HEROES to transform lives.

Read + click + donate = transformed lives and a Merry Christmas...

Give a Gift Card 

Help kids be kids this Christmas, even when life won't let them.

Give friends, family and associates a gift that keeps on giving - and it's tax deductible.

This Christmas our focus is on:-

We will send your special person a specially made gift card - you can choose the information that goes in your card, eg. the project, the amount, the type of gift.

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We know thousands of children who could use the gift of life - an education - a home - a meal - hope!

Your gifts won’t just put a smile on the faces of friends and family – they’ll also help children at risk and their families who're living in poverty.picture3.png

To get started, click here to go to our website or you can choose exactly where your donation goes from the projects listed below.

 

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Please include an additional $2 per card to cover the cost of the card and postage.

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More ways to help....

9 Children need urgent sponsors

Education Centre in Myanmar

Break the Cycle 2015

Release a child from poverty today

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Make a child's Christmas in 2014 by sponsoring them for just $33 per month.

We have 9 children that urgently need sponsoring in Bangladesh
In many developing countries around the world, almost 2000 children are sponsored through Be A HERO - helping to create positive changes, not only for their sponsored child, the child's family and community, but also children in other sponsorship communities, for generations to come.

 

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Education Centre in Myanmar Starting Construction 2015

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Construction will start soon on the education centre at Be A HERO's partner, New Life Trust in Myanmar.

Myanmar ranks number 149 on the UN Human Development Index 2011.

Myanmar is also ranked number 120 in terms of education. (UN HDI & EI 2010) Many children do not have the opportunity to go to school, and those that do, receive very low levels of education.

As there are now signs that the Myanmar is opening up, economically and politically, basic education, English proficiency and computer skills are essential in assisting these communities out of poverty.

Some of the objectives of the education centre:-
new life be a hero education4.jpgA) 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.

The education centre will also provide adult classes in IT, family planning, medical care and many other community needed ititiatives.

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Whilst it is not anticipated short term, long term fee for service could occur for education services.

Be A HERO has been a proud partner of New Life in Mynamar since 2008. To make a tax deductible donation towards the education centre click on the link below.

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Get ready for Break the Cycle - September 2015

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Challenge yourself to ride hard and raise funds for those less fortunate.

Since 2008 Break the Cycle has inspired thousands of Australians to ride, support and donate to transform the lives many children in developoing countries. 
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Till next month, we love you Heroes!

David & Fiona

 

HERO Army News - February 2015

on Thursday, 19 February 2015. Posted in Current Projects, Bangladesh, HERO Shop, Vocational Training - Self Sufficiency - Income Generation, Schools - Education, How to Be A HERO, Human Trafficking, Cambodia

 

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This Easter help stop child labour and trafficking by purchasing fair trade chocolate.eggs2.jpg

Cote d’Ivoire (the Ivory Coast) is where 35% of world’s cocoa is harvested. Hundreds of thousands of children work in West Africa’s cocoa plantations. Thousands of children, as young as ten, from neighbouring countries are actually trafficked to harvest the beans from cocoa farms. 

Their freedom is taken and they are forced to work long hours on the cocoa plantations without receiving any money for their work. They work in dangerous conditions using machetes to open the cocoa beans. Most of the boys working on these farms have never tasted chocolate.

INTERPOL and Cote d’Ivoire officials recently rescued 76 children, most of whom had been trafficked from neighbouring Burkino Faso and Mali to do the backbreaking work of cocoa harvesting.

Aldi has stocked their entire Easter range with UTZ Certified products.  Congratulations to Aldi for their stand against human trafficking. There are also choices you can make at other leading supermarkets. Look for - Fair Trade, UTZ certified products.

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Tell them you are supporting farmers who are engaging in good labour practices and contributing the STOP THE TRAFFIK of children in the chocolate industry.

Meet Abdul, trafficked to harvest the cocoa which ends up in our chocolate. Watch this short clip and share Abdul’s story bit.ly/abdulsstory

Find out more about Stop the Traffik.

 

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Take up the challenge of rescuing more trafficked girls by promoting Be A HERO into schoos, work places and sporting asssociations.

We offer many styles of garments and now also offer custom design for your clothing needs (conditions apply).

Fact - In factories in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Cambodia and others, the people who make our clothes live in poverty, usually earning just half of what they need to meet their basic needs and care for their families.

This is an industry that, on paper, supports the principle of a living wage, which means they earn enough to live on.

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You can be sure by purchasing clothing through Be A HERO, the staff that make the clothes are treated with dignity and respect and are able to support their families because the wage is at least double the industry standards.

You can make a huge difference in the lives of others through the simple purchase of clothing.

Orders from 10 - 10,000 garments welcome.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Call David Crawford today on 0402 137 305 to discuss or email.

Till next month, we love you HEROES!!!

David & Fiona

 

 

HERO Army News - November 2014

on Thursday, 30 October 2014. Posted in Current Projects, Bangladesh, HERO Shop, Vocational Training - Self Sufficiency - Income Generation, Schools - Education, How to Be A HERO, Human Trafficking, Cambodia

Welcome to the November edition of the HERO Army News, three uplifting ways HEROES transform lives, read below...

  1. Super HERO Dinner - This Friday night we have our annual Super HERO Dinner, join us for a great night.
  2. Bangladesh Child Sponsorship - Uplifting news from the ground with Katherine Franks at child sponsorship projects we support in Bangladesh.
  3. HERO Army funds for sewing program - How your tax deductible donations are being used to provide self sustainable solutions for the girls in Cambodia.

HERO Army News - October 2014

on Monday, 13 October 2014. Posted in Current Projects, Bangladesh, Current News, HERO Shop, Vocational Training - Self Sufficiency - Income Generation, Schools - Education, How to Be A HERO, Human Trafficking, Cambodia

 

 

HERO ARMY News October 2014

Welcome to the October 2014 HERO Army News. This month we share about our Cleveland District State High School uniforms; our upcoming Super HERO Dinner; and how one girl can help those in need with a little help. Enjoy...

Super HERO Dinner - Friday 7 November, 2014

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JOIN US FOR A FUN NIGHT DRESSED AS YOUR FAVOURITE SUPER HERO TO TRANSFORM CHILDREN'S LIVES

Cost: $65.00 per person or $500 for a table of 10 people

Time:  6.30pm for a 7.00pm start

 

Where:  Pacific Resort, Middle Street, Cleveland 4163

MC: Nova Radio Host - Kip Wightman

Guest Speakers: Everyday Super HEROES - Ryan and Anna Cuthel

How can you easily "Be A HERO"

Lucky Door Prizes - Best Dressed Super HERO - Raffles/Auction

Click the register now button to book or contact David Crawford 0402 137305 for Table Bookings and/or Sponsorship.
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Cleveland High School Uniforms

 

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After a meeting with school principal, Paul Bancroft in 2013, Cleveland District State High School decided to take its already extensive social justice programs to new frontiers by giving Be A HERO the opportunty to make the school's senior uniforms through our HERO Shop!agape 3.jpg

The HERO Shop concept is to make transformational change of lives in developing countries as well as helping to engage Australians who purchase clothes made by extremely poor, rescued or "at risk" girls in developing countries.

The Cleveland High students can actively participate by wearing and feeling the difference they are making in the lives of rescued girls, thus empowering the next generation so they can be part of the solution for others through this training, empowering and income generating process.

The two projects that Be A HERO work with in Cambodia support over 85 girls and they have been busy making the school uniforms.

agape 1.jpgThe uniforms will be delivered over the coming weeks to be ready for the 2015 school year.  This will be an incredibly exciting time for all of us at Be A HERO and our project partners.

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While Fiona was in Cambodia recently she caught up with one of our great friends Sophy. Sophy works on the ground in Phnom Penh helping keep babies from being trafficked.

Sophy is an amzazing example of helping her own with all of her energy and talents, so when she shared with Fiona how much she needed proper transport to get around, naturally Fiona was empowered to help raise some money to by a moto.

So, the text mesages went out and the "Super HERO" Break the Cycle Cambodia team pitched in and raised $1200 and 48 hours later Sophy took possession of her new (second hand) Honda. We are blessed to have such incredible friends and now Sophy can help more of those in need - awesome!! Michael De Jong (Be A Hero supporter) said, "It was great being involved again in what Be A Hero does best - making a difference and helping those like Sophy be able to help others in Cambodia".

Till, next month when we see you at the dinner... we love you Heroes!

David & Fiona

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HERO Army News May 2015 Cyclone Pam Appeal

on Wednesday, 27 May 2015. Posted in Current Projects, Bangladesh, Vanuatu, HERO Shop, Vocational Training - Self Sufficiency - Income Generation, Schools - Education, How to Be A HERO, Human Trafficking, Cambodia

 

 

As you are already aware, Be A HERO is currently conducting a major relief effort within Vanuatu following the occurrence of Cyclone Pam. To this effect, we have received correspondence from our project officers detailing both what your wonderful donations have thus far helped us to achieve, and also what still needs to be done to help those who have been worst affected. 

News from the ground in Vanuatu….

Poulu Kindergarten, Epau.

toyscyclonepambeahero.jpgPoulu Kindergarten is located in the Epau Village in North East Efate, one of the areas that were worst hit by Cyclone Pam. The kindergarten suffered extensive damage as a result and is currently unusable.

This has left approximately 60 small children without access to schooling.

Thanks to the kind donation of Cavalry Christian College we have been able to purchase 2 tubs worth of children’s toys, which are currently being used to occupy and enliven the children of Epau kindergarten while they are consigned to a temporary tent which is being used in the absence of a working school building.

While both teachers and children are grateful for the help that has been offered thus far, we here at Be A Hero know there is still much more to do.  

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As kindergartens within Vanuatu receive no funding from their government we are calling on our HERO army for help!Donate directly for the Kindy by clicking the donate now button.

Jonny and Heather’s House

newsmaycyclonepambeahero2.jpgA lovely couple from Pango, Jonny and Heather, are in dire straits. Their house was severely damaged by Cyclone Pam and is now uninhabitable.

As a result, they and their 3 children are currently staying in the house next door with their neighbour, a widow, and her 3 children.

That’s 9 people in one small house!  

In addition, the structural damage done to their home has meant that many of this family’s possessions have been and/or are currently in the process of being lost or destroyed due to exposure to the elements.

Our resident project officer has communicated that it will cost roughly $2000 to restore this sweet family’s home to working order.

We at Be A HERO are therefore calling on our wonderful HERO army for help! 

We are appealing to all school families as well as the wider Be A HERO Australia community, to reach out with a tax deductible donation to help rebuild this home.donate button small.png

If you can help, donations can be made on the link below or  if you would like to do a direct bank transfer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  us and we will send you the bank details.

The project is being managed and monitored by Global Development Group with Be A HERO Australia.

 

In other news, a fundraining event is being held for the New Life Orphanage that we support in Myanmar.

LADIES FASHION REVIVAL

FASHION - FREINDS - FOOD - COFFEE

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Saturday June13th @ 11am

Cnr Sturgeon & Delancey street, Ormiston

COST: $15

(Includes a glass of bubbly and morning tea)

Phone or text Julie: 0432 802 439

 

Together, we can do amazing things, till next month, come on HEROES!

David & Fiona

 

 

HERO Army News November 2013

on Saturday, 02 November 2013. Posted in Current Projects, Bangladesh, Current News, HERO Shop, Ethical Shopping, Vocational Training - Self Sufficiency - Income Generation, India, Speak Up, Cambodia

 

 

Looking for a christmas gift idea for those men in your life ?

 

Make this Christmas gift one that helps transform lives in Cambodia by purchasing 3 Individually hand sewn Mens Business Shirts for just $140 .

  • Choose between black (cotton/spandex), white and/or white with grey pin stripe (100% cotton)
  • We can deliver to you or your loved ones
  • Corporate branding embroidery available
  • Order this week to have delivery before Christmas

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us to order today for Christmas delivery

David Crawford 0402 137 305

 

To find out more about how buying garments made through HERO Shop is helping transform lives click here.

 

 



Total Shade Solutions love HERO Shop Polo's

FROM OUR HERO SHOP CLIENTS

Total Shade Solutions are delighted to be wearing company apparel supplied by Be A HERO through the HERO Shop.

TSS says, “The guys are very impressed with their new work shirts, they look and feel great!  We are happy that we have been able to help out others that are in need by doing this.”

To order Mens and Ladies Business Shirts, Polos and T Shirts for your organisation, team or next event This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today.



Knowledge is Key for a Bright Future

FROM CAMBODIA

placeholder150.jpgThese kids are hungry for knowledge and so happy that they have a chance to study in a ‘class’. They know that this is their chance to have a bright future!

Two village outreach projects for children are out in the back blocks of the province. One ‘class’ takes place under a big old tree and at a second location the ‘class’ takes place under a house. White boards are replaced with flip charts and chairs replaced with tarps.

The children travel along the wet pot holed roads, slipping and sliding in the mud and rain, as they excitedly make their way to their ‘classrooms’ much earlier than they need to. 

Mums’ and Dads’ sit around the boundary of the class and the joy on their faces can’t be hidden.

Many of these parents would not have had an opportunity like this and have no doubt struggled through their lives as a result of illiteracy. The teachers are passionate about imparting their knowledge to the children, so class time is special for all involved.




Women’s Lives are Changed

FROM BANGLIDESH

placeholder150.jpgUnskilled women are given an opportunity for self-development in the communities where Be A HERO project partner, Global Concern is educating children .

In India and Bangladesh sewing classes ares part of the community development program training village women in the tailoring skills they need for employment. Many are able to find work in garment factories, earning an income for the first time in their lives.

The Indian women who formed a “self-help” group are so grateful for the opportunity to own their own sewing machines so they can sew clothes at home and earn a living.

All these women's self-esteem has improved as they are able to help provide for the daily needs of their families.

placeholder150.jpgA one off donation of $170 will provide a  sewing machine to help one woman fight her  way out of poverty.

Ongoing support of just $33 a month to support a child also provides training for these women.  

 



Be A HERO - Share your heart for others

 

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Just start talking to those around you about the issues of today: poverty, AIDS, child labourers, orphans, street children, child soldiers, sexual exploitation, slavery, unsafe water, children not in school, maternal death rate, refugees, night commuting children, human rights, justice – pick one that you are passionate about, study it, and SPEAK UP!

Join the Be A HERO Facebook and share it out to your friends and asscoiates.

Find Out More Ways to Be A HERO

David & Fiona

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Human Trafficking - More Info

on Monday, 18 June 2012. Posted in Bangladesh, Brazil, Myanmar, Burundi, The Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, The Facts, India, Indonesia, Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Mexico, HIV/AIDs & other diseases, Mozambique, Romania, Sierra Leone, Extreme Poverty, Swaziland, Exploitation, Uganda, Human Trafficking, Zimbabwe, Slave Labour & Exploitation, Thailand, Kenya, Cambodia, Zambia, The Philippines

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Add your voice to Stop Human Trafficking through Stop the Traffik Australia

Warning: Some of the content of this article is disturbing - reporting treatment of trafficking victims.

What is human trafficking? According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), human trafficking is defined as, "the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation."

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.

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