There are groups all around the world doing amazing work on very finite resources. Given I was lucky enough to be born with access to opportunities that have enabled me to earn a decent living, I endeavour to commit a percentage of my income and volunteer time each year to supporting organisations that I think are doing amazing work. Here are the groups I’m currently supporting:
- SEED Indigenous Youth Climate Network is Australia’s first Indigenous youth climate network that trains young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to campaign for climate justice.
- The Welcome Dinner Project trains community members to coordinate and facilitate dinners and lunches where people who are new to Australia meet local people over stories and delicious food. I currently work and volunteer for WDP.
- Yayasan Cipta Mandiri (translates as the “House of Dreams”) provides educational opportunities for children of underprivileged families in Bogor, Indonesia. I met Putu, the founder of YCM when I lived in Indonesia. Through YCM, I currently sponsor two young women to attend university.
- Women’s Information and Referral Exchange (WIRE) is Victoria’s only state-wide, free and confidential information, support and referral service for women.
- Birth for Humankind provides free one-to-one continuous care and education services for pregnant women facing socio-economic disadvantage. The majority of the people they work with are women from refugee or asylum seeker backgrounds who don’t speak English fluently and don’t have a network of family and friends to support them. They also work with many young mums under the age of 25, and women experiencing domestic violence or homelessness.