Category: SCL Help Fund

Bringing the Gift of Education to Impoverished Children


Bangladesh is a remarkable country, but it is plagued by desperate poverty. Formerly East Pakistan, it became Bangladesh in 1971 after a war of independence. The country is located on the Indian subcontinent and has a population of more than 160 million – roughly 1,000 people per square kilometre – making it one of the ...

Doctors Without Borders and White Helmets: Helping the Victims of Aleppo


Since 2011, violence and air strikes have been a daily occurrence in Aleppo, Syria, terrorizing the local population. Buildings including schools and hospitals have been reduced to rubble, the air has become thick with dust and pollutants, and basic necessities such as food and water have slowly disappeared in this horrific civil war that’s killed ...

Cambodian Children’s Fund and Chab Dai: Helping Impoverished Kids


Cambodia is one of south-east Asia’s most impoverished countries. The nation still recovering from the effects of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime, during which dictator Pol Pot ordered the deaths of hundreds of thousands of his own people. Despite their economic situation, Cambodian people are warm and hospitable, as our principal discovered during his recent ...

Greyhound Adoption Program and Friends of the Hound: For the love of dogs


With the Greyhound racing industry reeling from the NSW government’s decision to ban dog racing from July 2017, there is widespread concern about what’s to become of the tens of thousands of dogs that will no longer be needed, or wanted. Two charities that are doing great work to help destitute dogs are the Greyhound ...

ANERA and Heifer International: Changing the lives of poverty-stricken families


Two years on from the day war ended in Palestine, life for Palestinians remains desperate. 75,000 are still homeless. There are not enough shelters, there are not enough building materials to make more shelters. Power operates only a few hours a day, making cooking, cleaning and washing difficult. Many families use candles, and last month ...

Love 146 and HAART Kenya: Freeing Children from Sexual Slavery


Love 146 “We found ourselves standing shoulder to shoulder with predators in a small room, looking at little girls through a pane of glass. All of the girls wore red dresses with a number pinned to their front for identification. They sat, blankly watching cartoons on TV. They were vacant, shells …. Their light had ...

‘Carpets for Communities’ and ‘The Orangutan Project’


Carpets for Communities Cambodia is a cultural wonderland: with its incredible architecture, breathtaking natural beauty and rich history, the country has become a tourist hotspot in recent years. But beneath its natural beauty, Cambodia carries the scars of a brutal dictatorship and suffers from endemic poverty – with millions living below the poverty line and ...

Animal Welfare League: Helping Abandoned Pets Find Loving Homes


Australians have very few rights compared to those in many other developed countries – but our furry friends have even less. While there are some laws in place to protect animals against cruelty and mistreatment, this legislation is far from perfect, and is seldom enforced. Many animals are subjected to abuse, abandonment or neglect – ...

Helping the Homeless: StreetSmart and the Melbourne Period Project


Life on the streets can be tough, and for whatever reason people find themselves homeless, it can be hard to escape the poverty trap. Fortunately, there are a number of great charities which work towards providing support to the homeless, dealing with the pressing day to day problems that arise from living on the street, ...

Supporting those in need this Christmas


Christmas time should be full of joy and celebration, but for many it’s a time of sadness and loneliness. Thankfully, there are charities out there which make the time a little more bearable for the less-fortunate. Red Cross Christmas Appeal The Australian Red Cross helps people all around the year, but their Christmas appeal is ...