By John Dixon
Acting General Secretary
The Federation will raise with the other state teacher unions at the federal conference of the Australian Education Union later this month, a co-ordinated long-term strategy to assist school children in those countries that have been devastated by the recent earthquakes and the tsunami.
The Federation is also having discussions with the Department of Education and Training to arrange a joint initiative that will co-ordinate public schools and colleges fund raising activities for the victims of the Tsunami.
In the short term, the Federation is encouraging teachers to donate to the emergency appeals established by various organisations. In particular we are encourageing members to donate to Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA. The Australian People for Health, Education and Development Abroad (APHEDA) was created in 1984 as the overseas aid agency of the Australian Trade Unions.
Unions, union members and supporters are donating to The APHEDA special fund for the victims of the tsunami. In addition to the immediate emergency needs, over longer periods communities will need to rebuild livelihoods, food production, housing, schools, hospitals and roads.
Sharan Burrow, president of the ACTU and of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, said "I urge union members to give generously to a special tsunami donation program being put in place by Union Aid Abroad."
Funds donated will be sent to NGOs operating in the most affected areas. We will be working with colleague organisations in the International SOLIDAR Alliance of trade union-based aid agencies. Norwegian Peoples Aid had 650 local de-mining workers in eastern Sri Lanka, and is leading a consortium of workers' aid organisations providing assistance to the region. Sri Lankan trade unions have organised a force of 20,000 volunteers to help with the emergency.
In Aceh, trade unions and international NGOs haven't been allowed to operate. Union Aid Abroad will make arrangements to send funds to local NGOs in Aceh.
At this stage we cannot assist with collections of medical or other supplies, nor by sending volunteers.
Please donate to our Tsunami Appeal by clicking here and then selecting Section C: Appeal then Donation to Project in Greatest Need.
For information on other Australian organisations responding to the crisis, please see below.
|Agency||Contact number||Website link|
|Adventist Development and Relief Agency||1800 242 372||www.adra.org.au|
|AngliCORD||1800 249 880||www.anglicord.org.au|
|Assisi Aid Projects||(03) 5439 3161||home.iprimus.com.au/assisi|
|AUSTCARE||1300 666 672||www.austcare.org.au|
|Australia for UNHCR||1300 361 288||www.australiaforunhcr.org.au|
|Australian Foundation for the Peoples of Asia and the Pacific||1800 007 308||www.afap.org|
|Australian Red Cross||1800 811 700||
The website accepts credit card donations only. All branches of the Commonwealth Bank are accepting cash donations.
|Baptist World Aid Australia||1300 789 991||www.shareanopportunity.org|
|CARE Australia||1800 020 046||www.careaustralia.org.au|
|Caritas Australia||1800 024 413||www.caritas.org.au|
1800 023 600
(choose option 1)
|Christian World Service, National Council of Churches in Australia||1800 025 101||www.ncca.org.au|
|International Needs Australia||1300 720 771||www.internationalneeds.org.au|
|Muslim Aid Australia||1800 100 786||www.muslim-aid.org.au/|
|Oxfam/Community Aid Abroad||1800 034 034||www.oxfam.org.au|
|Plan Australia||1800 038 100||www.plan.org.au|
|Rotary Australia World Community Service Ltd||All Rotary clubs throughout Australia are in a position to collect tax deductible donations.||
|Save the Children Australia||1800 760 011||www.savethechildren.org.au|
|TEAR Australia||1800 244 986||www.tear.org.au|
1300 732 240 or
1300 884 233
All branches of the ANZ bank are accepting cash donations.
|Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA||1800 888 674||www.apheda.org.au|
|World Vision Australia||13 32 40||
All branches of the National Australia Bank are accepting cash donations.