SecondBite Foodmate Program

March 26, 2014  |  News, Partner Update  |  Comments Off  |  Share
secondbite SecondBite has partnered with the City of Melbourne, Doutta Galla Community Health and Melbourne City Mission to deliver their 8-week FoodMate program – a cooking and nutrition program to develop ‘food independence’ amongst young people experiencing homelessness. Moving food is not enough for SecondBite.

The causes of food insecurity need to be addressed to make a lasting difference, and that’s why they’ve created the FoodMate program.To achieve food independence, FoodMate by SecondBite aims to:

1. Increase Food Access – SecondBite delivers fresh rescued food hampers of fruit, vegetables, bread, milk and eggs to the host agency. Case-workers take these hampers, complete with recipe ideas and nutrition education activity sheets, directly to the homes of their clients who are participating in FoodMate.
2. Facilitate Nutrition Education – Case workers integrate SecondBite’s nutrition education and skill-development activities into the 8-week program. There’s a new theme each week – food budgeting, healthy cooking, shopping, label reading, food safety and food storage.
3. Promote Community Inclusion – Post-program pathways are developed throughout the 8-week program by making vital connections to local food and community programs to ensure ongoing support and capacity building beyond FoodMate.

Click here for more information.

News from ARRCC

March 26, 2014  |  News, Partner Update  |  Comments Off  |  Share
ARRCC Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) recently held a prayer vigil near the site of Whitehaven’s new coal mine at Maules Creek in Northern NSW. The religious leaders and lay people blessed the work of protesters and prayed with them. They then joined in the civil disobedience action, ending in three arrests. To clarify, ARRCC as an organisation respects the law, but we recognise that individuals can rightly be moved by personal conviction to responsibly engage in civil disobedience of an unjust law. Thank you to all those who have expressed support and admiration. This has started some discussion about the place of civil disobedience.

Check out their website for more news

News from Familia Moja

March 26, 2014  |  News, Partner Update  |  Comments Off  |  Share
Familia-Moja A busy start to 2014

It has been a very busy first three months at Familia Moja. Firstly we celebrated Christmas and New Years in our own home for the very first time. Our Christmas feast included goat and quails and by night the little ones watched The Fantastic Mr Fox and the older girls swooned over Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo & Juliet. For NYE we had a music video dance party in the home. In January we started the new school year; with 25 children in primary, 11 in secondary, 1 in a special needs and 2 of children have ‘exited’ the home and will be supported in our outreach program as they commence vocational training. We had a many visitors during this time, a big thank you to each of you who visited the home, bringing gifts and helping us start the year well. A special thank you to Josh Kusch who spent two months with us and was of great assistance in the hectic re-enrolment period of the year.

Vegetable Garden

Our vegetable garden was thriving with the December rains but is now looking a little worse for wear after a hot January and February.
We are busy looking at avenues to save/recycle water, because if we can provide regular water to the vegetable garden we will be able to source all of our own vegetables from the home. Please forward any ideas you would like to share or organisations that fund food sustainability to

Baking our way to a self sustainable future

Familia Moja is proud to announce that we will be starting our very own bakery very soon! We have extended the building at the front of our land into a 2 room bakery plus a room to be used as a shop. This month we purchased the ovens, mixer, slicer, baking trays and all other equipment to start the bakery very soon. Next month we will conduct interviews to employ a qualified baker and baker assistant.

We are confident that our bakery will:
• cover over 75% of the orphanage running costs,
• reduce the monthly budget,
• enrich the diet of the children in our care,
• great work experience for the children as potential trainee bakers and working in the shop,
• employ additional local staff and;
• provide a valuable service to the wider community.

A big thank you to everyone who supported us to take this next steps towards self sufficiency. A special thank you to Isobel Knowles, Coopers Investors, The Nobuntu Foundation, The African Leaf Foundation, Chuffed and Everyday Coffee for their support.

Click here to find out more:


Update from Friends Vision

February 26, 2014  |  Partner Update  |  Comments Off  |  Share
Friends-Vision-Blog Friends Vision have been busy in Kenya helping to lay the ground work for new projects and network within the local community (amongst many other things!). Here’s the latest on what they’ve been up to:

New Sustainability Project

In the coming months we will begin our farming project on our land in Kenya as we head into the rainy season in April.  We have been slowly raising funds for this project over the last 6 months, but would still like much more to really be able to get it up and running.  We plan on farming our land with vegetable crops, fruit trees and breed animals to help us generate a sustainable income.  Visit our website to see how you can directly be involved in this project and help us towards a self-sustainable future.

Christmas in Kenya 

Last year we were able to raise just over $1100 in our Annual Christmas Appeal which allowed us to put on a combined Christmas party for over 200 children living in rescue centers so we and the children’s center managers would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated to this cause! We had a lot of people donating their Christmas presents for friends and family to our appeal which is a great way to help spread the Christmas joy to those who truly are in need.

Our team in Kenya organised the day filled with laughter, fun and games with a jumping castle, volleyball matches, singing and dancing, lots and lots of yummy food and a special visit from Santa himself! We also organised for principles and teachers from a school we send our sponsored children to, to join us for the day which allowed them to spend more time with our children and gain a better understanding of where they have come from.  It was a great day enjoyed by all (especially the kids) so we are very grateful for all who were able to donate and to our staff and volutneers on the ground in Kenya.  We cannot do this without you all!  I’ve attached a few photos from the day and if you want to see more, visit our Facebook page as well.

Children’s Home

Our final building plans for our children’s homes and community center in Kenya have finally been approved by the local council in Naivasha.  This has been an extremely long (and costly) process, but we have been given the go a-head for our buildings.  We also started to get our first round of quotes and are looking at around $35,000 for each individual children’s home and $60,000 for the community center. This year will see us doing some serious fundraising and grant/proposal writing to try and raise funds to begin building our first children’s home.  If you have any fundraising ideas or would like to run a fundraisers yourself, please let me know and I can send you some promotional material for this.

Sponsorship Program

Our sponsorship program has been running well over the last 4 years with 38 children been successfully sponsored and placed into quality schools.  The improvements we have been able to see in our children has been amazing as they learn and grow into young persons.  This year we had 3 new students entering into High Schools with great scores in their end of year 8 exams in 2012 which gained them admittance into good performing High Schools so we are very proud of them.  We also had a change of school for 6 children and had early visiting days where we took the children out for swimming, lunch and games at a local resort.  I’ve attached a few photos of the children enjoying themselves at our last visiting day for you all.  We are always in search for more sponsors to help us maintain our program and send more children to school.  If you would like to be involved and sponsor a child for only $25 per month visit our website to see how you can join up and help us make a brighter tomorrow.



Go Ethical in Your School

January 31, 2014  |  Partner Update  |  Comments Off  |  Share
ethical-consumer-blog It’s the start of a new school year and the Ethical Consumer Group have some great tips for making sure your school suppliers are free from exploitation or introducing ethical purchasing in a creative way.

Many school uniforms in Australia are made by exploited sweatshop workers who are not receiving their legal entitlements or a fair wage. Whether you are a student, teacher, parent, principal or part of a school council, there are simple steps you can take to make sure your school uniforms are not made by exploited sweatshop workers.

Many sports balls used in Australia, are made in India and Pakistan.  Often women and children, as young as six, hand stitch balls to bring in much-needed income. These home-based workers are often exploited, earning very low wages and their human rights, including the right to basic education and health, are neglected in the process.

Are you a teacher or parent who is passionate about helping the next generation live a more sustainable, conscious life? Everyone has the right to know what future they’re creating with the dollars they spend.

Click here to find out more.

Help Kailash Humla to Finish Their School

January 31, 2014  |  Partner Update  |  Comments Off  |  Share
Humla-blog As we approach world day of social justice on February 20th Kailash Humla are helping to highlight a few of the overwhelming inequalities the people of Humla are facing.Everyone should be treated fairly, have access to education and healthcare, and have access to a descent standard of living. These are currently missing for the community of Humla, NW Nepal.

Kailash Humla currently care for 16 children of this region and are hoping to expand in the future once they raise the remaining funds required to build the school.

This year their goal is to raise $14,500 to complete the school.

Click here to help out.

New to the ARRCC Website

January 31, 2014  |  Partner Update  |  Comments Off  |  Share
ARRCC-blog Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) have had a busy start to the year and their website has some great new resources to inspire action on climate change.

You’ll find some useful advice on how to write to your local MP about climate change legislation. There’s also a new GreenPower factsheet and a link to the terrific ‘Go Fossil Free’ guide for institutional investors. It’s also worth checking out a fascinating article about socially responsible investment and the big four Australian banks.

Check out the latest on their website today!

ACT Fair Trade Collective and Oxfam Shop: EcoAction Night Market

November 29, 2013  |  Event, Partner Update  |  Comments Off  |  Share
The ACT Fair Trade Collective and Oxfam Shop will be holding a stall as part of the EcoAction christmas market, on Friday 6 December.The night market runs from 5pm-9pm, at the Canberra Environment Centre, corner Lawson Cres and Lennox Crossing, Acton.

There’ll be a pop up wine bar, food, music and more than 40 stalls with ethical and eco-friendly gifts for christmas.

Our stall will feature fair trade gift ideas from Oxfam shop, plus we will be selling our popular People and Planet calendars, diaries and gift cards.

IWDA: Gifts of Change

November 29, 2013  |  News, Partner Update  |  Comments Off  |  Share
We all know billions of dollars will be spent in Australia this festive season. Today is your opportunity to share a gift with your loved one while contributing to the empowerment of women.Gifts of Change lets you show your support for gender equality and your love for someone who cares about it

When you buy Gifts of Change, you’ll receive a card or e-card to give to your loved one explaining how their special gift empowers others and how your donation is responsible for transformational change for women.

By choosing Gifts of Change, you’ll be enabling women and girls across Asia and the Pacific receive the best support possible.

Gifts start at only $26 and reflect actual program costs. There really is something for everyone this season:

  • $26 – is a month’s worth of record-keeping books and supplies for women who do not have access to formal banking services in Solomon Island
  • $73 – is a week of food for the women who come to a safe house in Cambodia
  • $110 – is a scholarship for a legal officer to become qualified to represent clients in Timor-Leste

Celebrate the season by sharing Gifts of Change with someone you care about

Order online today at

We are the only Australian development agency entirely focused on gender equality and women’s rights in Asia and the Pacific.

IWDA’s vision is for a just, equitable and sustainable world where women enjoy the full range of human rights, where women and men interact with dignity and respect, and where women have an effective voice in economic, cultural, civil and political structures.

OASES: Special Event with Simran Sethi

October 30, 2013  |  Event, Partner Update  |  Comments Off  |  Share
 Oases-(blog) Seeds: Sovereignty & Sanctity, Resistance & Resilience

Following on from the September event with Satish Kumar, OASES joins with Dumbo Feather to present their next wonderful event at the Abbotsford Convent – An evening in conversation with internationally renowned journalist and educator, Simran Sethi, on the buried beginnings of food – the nature of the seeds, crops, diets, industries and systems underpinning our food, and how we can go about changing them for the better.

Anthony James, Head of OASES Graduate School, and Livia Albeck-Ripka, Deputy Editor of Dumbo Feather, host a conversation with award-winning journalist Simran Sethi, on the current global food crisis as an opportunity to rediscover the sanctity of the seed, community resilience and our capacity for transformation.

Individuals come to OASES to gain a better understanding of their relationship with the world and how to live truly sustainable lives. Additionally all types of organisations support OASES, companies, public authorities and not-for-profit groups. They send their staff to develop the talent to create better more sustainable outcomes in their businesses and communities. No matter what their age or background, people find OASES an inspiration and a pathway to a more sustainable and satisfying way of life.

Cost: $10 (plus optional donation if you can)

For more info & to register, click here.


OASES: A Weekend Residential Course

October 30, 2013  |  Event, Partner Update  |  Comments Off  |  Share
OASES-reclaim-(blog) Reclaiming Yourself

7-10 November, with Rev. Paul Sanders & psychologist Peter Ross

A deeply nourishing long weekend delving into various spiritual traditions to make new & inspired sense of what it means to be alive in the world today.The most difficult work for all of us is to develop intimacy with what is original or essential about the particular organism that we call ‘me.’ Our life is a mixture of self-narratives, opinions and beliefs. What is fictional, what is true? Spiritual life is a way of learning acceptance, realising the impermanent nature of our self talk.

This 4-day residential program in Dunkeld, set in the spectacular Grampians, is a deeply nourishing contemplative experience. The group experience of the retreat will provide instruction and dialogue around the themes of ego, self and offer transformative ways of listening beyond the acquired habits of time. Learning to cultivate active awareness through mindfulness meditation and reflective consciousness is a work for the world not just ourselves.

Cost: $495/$395 inc. all food & accommodation

For more info & to register, click here.

TreeProject: Film Fundraiser

October 30, 2013  |  Event, Partner Update  |  Comments Off  |  Share
tree-project-enough-said-(blog) Enjoy a first night movie premiere and help grow more trees for Victoria.

At only $22 per ticket you can help TreeProject restore Victoria’s vital ecosystem.

TreeProject extends an invitation to you and your friends and family to enjoy the premier screening of Enough Said. It’s a sharp, insightful comedy starring Julia Louise-Dreyfus (unforgettable as Elaine in Seinfeld), the late James Gandolfini (The Sopranos), Catherine Keener and Australia’s own Toni Collette.

TreeProject is a non-profit (Charitable), non-government, volunteer-based organization leading the way in sustainable re-vegetation throughout Victoria by providing low cost indigenous seedlings to landholders.TreeProject believes that re-vegetation of our indigenous flora is the primary way Victorians can tackle these major issues in a practical, communal and measurable way.

Book your ticket now

Friends Vision: Help us to Achieve Self-Sustainability

October 30, 2013  |  News, Partner Update  |  Comments Off  |  Share

Friends Vision is aiming to achieve self-sustainability and they need your help.

Sustainable projects will ensure the success of the organisation for many years to come. You can become involved by purchasing one of their products which will generate income and employment opportunities for people in need.

Friends Vision own 3 acres of land just outside Naivasha town where they plan to build homes for their children in the close future. While they continue to fundraise to build these homes, they have began small sustainable projects to help them become fully self-sufficient and move away from relying on donations.

These projects include farming the land to produce good quality crops that can be sold at the local market, creating fruit orchards, and breeding animals to sell and live off in the future. By purchasing plants, fruit trees, vegetables and farm animals you can help Friends Vision on the road to becoming self-sustainable and have access to fresh food for their children to grow up happy and healthy.


Reverse Garbage: November Eco-Art Workshops

October 30, 2013  |  Event, Partner Update  |  Comments Off  |  Share
Wacky Wednesday Pre-school Eco-Art Workshops

Event:  Bugs & Creepy Crawlies Pre-school Eco-Art Workshop (3-5 years)
Event link:
Date: Wednesday 6 November 2013
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Location: 20 Burke Street, Woolloongabba, Q 4102
Cost and RSVP: $20 per child with a guardian (includes materials, tools and facilitator), bookings essential
Contact: 07 3891 9744
About the Event: Come along and create some bug eyed creepy crawlies using industrial discards. Ideas include slippery spiders, quirky caterpillars, sticky stick insects and big butterflies all bursting with colour and character.

Event:  Christmas Decorations Pre-school Eco-Art Workshop (3-5 years)
Event link:
Date: Wednesday 20 November 2013
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Location: 20 Burke Street, Woolloongabba, Q 4102
Cost and RSVP: $20 per child with a guardian (includes materials, tools and facilitator), bookings essential
Contact: 07 3891 9744
About the Event: Bring out the joy and excitement of Christmas by making your own special tree decorations. In this workshop children can create earth friendly trimmings from industrial discards, such as shining stars, angelic angels and beautiful baubles. 

Adult Eco-Art Workshop

Event:  Christmas Wreaths Adult Eco-Art Workshop
Event link:
Date: Saturday 16 November 2013
Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm
Location: 20 Burke Street, Woolloongabba, Q 4102
Cost and RSVP: $45 per person (includes materials, tools and facilitator), bookings essential
Contact: 07 3891 9744
About the Event: Create your own handmade non-traditional Christmas wreath using old book pages, fabric off-cuts, paper, felt, cork and an array of other re-used materials. Beautify your front door or dinning room table with an eye catching wreath that is also eco friendly. 

HAT: Run for Tanzania

October 18, 2013  |  Event, Partner Update  |  Comments Off  |  Share
The Coburg Harriers Athletic Club is conducting a Fun Run on Sunday 3rd November 2013, at 9:00 am, Harold Stevens Athletics Track, Coburg North.There are two distances 6km run/walk or 12km run.Entry is $20 for adults ($18 online) and $5 for juniors. There are also special Family entry packages.The event will raise money for Health Australia & Tanzania (HAT) Inc. to improve the health of rural communities in Tanzania, by providing access to health-related facilities and information, empowering local communities, and engagement with Australians.Plenty of parking with morning tea/ breakfast, a raffle, give-aways, trophies for placegetters and certificates for all finishers.

Come along, have fun and support a great cause!

This event is conducted by Coburg Harriers Club in partnership with HAT (Health Australia Tanzania Inc.).



Familia Moja: Crowdfunding Campaign for New Bakery

October 11, 2013  |  News, Partner Update  |  Comments Off  |  Share
Mercy-Auma-2012b_web(blog) Familia Moja bakery campaign - Baking our way to a self sustainable future

Our campaign begins with bread. The smell, the warmth, the crunch on the outside and the wholesome middle. We think a bakery can be the beginning of self-sustainability.

From the beginning Familia Moja Children’s Home has collaborated with the local community to create and develop sustainable projects benefiting the children and the community.

A bakery is a low risk Income Generating Activity (IGA) that looks towards the future by providing a practical business today.

A bakery can:
• cover over 75% of the orphanage running costs,
• reduce the monthly budget,
• enrich the diet of the children in our care,
• employ additional local staff and
• provide a valuable service to the wider community.

Baking bread can make all the difference. Chip In to start Familia Moja Children’s Home to be self-sustainable.

A big thank you to Isobel Knowles for making the amazing animation featured on our Chuffed campaign page. Check out her work here:



Reverse Garbage: October Eco-Art Workshops

September 25, 2013  |  Event, Partner Update  |  Comments Off  |  Share
Eco-Art Fascinator Wacky Wednesday Pre-school Eco-Art Workshops

Organisation: Reverse Garbage Co-op Ltd
Event: Hocus Pocus Spooks & Sprites Pre-school Eco-Art Workshop (3-5 years)
Event Link:
Date: Wednesday 16 October 2013
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Location: 20 Burke Street, Woolloongabba, Q 4102
Cost and RSVP: $20 per child with a guardian (includes materials, tools and facilitator), bookings essential
Contact: 07 3891 9744
About the Event: It is the spooky season with Halloween just around the corner. Come along and make something for Halloween – a witch’s hat, cauldron, pumpkin or black cat. Will it be trick or treat?


Adult Eco-Art Workshop

Event: Fancy Fascinators Adult Eco-Art Workshop
Event Link:
Date: Saturday 26 October 2013
Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm
Location: 20 Burke Street, Woolloongabba, Q 4102
Cost and RSVP: $45 per person (includes materials, tools and facilitator), bookings essential
Contact: 07 3891 9744
About the Event: Be the toast of the town with your own handmade eco-art fascinator. Design and create a fancy fascinator using re-used silk, lace, wool, feathers and beads to turn heads on Melbourne Cup Day in the office or at the racecourse.

SecondBite: Nutritious Food Rescue Commitment

September 25, 2013  |  News, Partner Update  |  Comments Off  |  Share
SecondBite Volunteers Founded in 2005, SecondBite is a national not for profit food rescue organisation. We are committed to ensuring access to fresh, nutritious food for people in need across Australia.

Recently we announced SecondBite’s Nutritious Food Rescue Commitment and launched the Commitment at the Public Health Association of Australia’s national conference (September 2013). This Commitment is a guideline on food rescue and redistribution processes that are in line with the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. It ensures that 95% of the food we rescue and redistribute is nutritious food.We have made this Commitment because people accessing community food programs deserve nutritious healthy food. SecondBite works in collaboration with programs to help ensure tasty and fresh food is available – building healthier communities across Australia.

Every day our staff and community partners record the food that is rescued, using a purpose-built online system. The food is weighed and categorised into nutritious and non-nutritious, then collated. It helps ensure more nutritious meals, parcels and food programs are available for community members.

SecondBite will continue to work with supporters to achieve our Commitment.  In 2014 SecondBite aims to redistribute 4.5 million kilograms of fresh food across Australia – reducing waste and improving health.

OASES: October Sustainability Events and Courses

September 25, 2013  |  Event, Partner Update  |  Comments Off  |  Share
OASES Breakfast Food
Sustainable Eating – Is it possible?
A special breakfast event, 9.00am – 11.30am, Saturday 5 October
Emmy-award winning journalist Simran Sethi, and founders of Local Organics, Angie Orrego and Marcus Garafillis, chat about how we can feed ourselves sustainably on a planet with over 7 billion people
Open Day
12.00pm – 4.30pm, Saturday 5 October
Stick around for a delicious lunch as we kick off our Open Day with food, performance and information about all our courses on sustainability and wellbeing.
Tao of Sustainability
13-19 October
A unique urban residential short course in sustainability, that goes beyond quick fixes and problematic assumptions, to renew and inspire how we think and act in the world. All backgrounds and experience welcome.

ARRCC: Meat-free Cooking Workshops

September 25, 2013  |  Event, Partner Update  |  Comments Off  |  Share
Participant at ARRCC cooking class As part of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) campaign to encourage people of faith to consider reducing the amount of meat they consume, we are running a series of Meat-Free Cooking Workshops.

The workshops will be participatory and hands-on, with participants being able to get in there and make many of the meals, under the guidance of our expert, volunteer chefs. At the end of the workshop, everyone gets to sit down together to share the meal and enjoy the fruits of their labours.

Upcoming workshops:

  • Sat 28th September in Woolloomooloo, Sydney
  • Sat 5th October in Parramatta, Sydney
  • Sat 26th October in Greystanes, Sydney

For more information, or to register for a workshop, please go to the ARRCC website.

ARRCC is looking to hold more workshops all around Australia. If you’d like to see a workshop in your local area, please contact us and we’ll see what we can do! We’re also keen to work with faith communities who would like to host workshops – check out what’s involved in hosting!