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Phone fundraising appeal October 2018

Hello 🙂 Please help us raise the approx. $37,000 we need for October 2018 for mobile phone credit for 1100 people on Nauru and Manus Island.

Mobile phone credit provides vital support for physical and mental health by allowing regular contact with family, as well as allowing access to medical, legal, media and advocacy support in Australia, access to crisis and trauma counselling, access to education and language materials, entertainment, and contact with supportive friends who offer much needed emotional support and connection when it is most needed.

Please donate if you can, and share the link below.
Thanks!

https://chuffed.org/project/gifts-for-manus-and-nauru-phone-credit-october-2018

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Help Rohim have emergency surgery

GFMAN often need to pay for medical treatment for men in PNG who are refused medical care if they can’t pay up front. Currently we are raising $5500 for a kidney stone surgery. Please share. Thanks.

https://chuffed.org/project/help-rohim

A little bit of context

As I write, Rohim Ullah* is in Port Moresby, a refugee sent to Manus Island by the Australian government when he asked us for asylum in 2013.

He is suffering pain from two kidney stones which have remained untreated for over three years. A third, smaller stone has now moved into a ureter and is stuck there, causing intolerable pain and infection: an emergency that requires surgery ASAP.

But there’s a problem

Rohim is my friend, he calls me aunty. He’s a good and honest young man, passionate about human rights and aghast, at times unbelieving, at how his own and those of the hundreds of other men abandoned by our Australian government in Papua New Guinea have been held hostage to our politics for 5 years.
Five years ago, he arrived after a dangerous journey and asked asylum of Australia, who has recognised his genuine claim. He is stateless, a Rohingyan refugee, accused of no crime, but still remains trapped in PNG, waiting on resettlement.

And now here he is, suffering pain from two kidney stones which have remained untreated for over three years, due to the shockingly inadequate medical care that Australia has provided these men, whilst preventing them from caring for themselves or their families.

A third, smaller stone has now moved into a ureter and is stuck there, causing intolerable pain and infection: an emergency that requires surgery ASAP.

Here’s what we’re doing about it

At this time, Rohim’s only hope for the emergency surgery needed is our assistance. Please help us raise the $5,500 required now, so he can go ahead with it and prepare for the new life he hopes to move on to in a few months, in the United States.
Once there, we hope he will be able to resolve his remaining medical issues, and regain the full health which would have been so easily his, if he had been given asylum in Australia.

We have a government which has no compunction about using human lives for their political ends. This is the resulting reality:
hundreds of human beings with failing mental and physical health, as a consequence of their indefinite detention and denied hope. Not one of the Manus men remains unaffected.

We must step up to help, where our government has harmed. Please give what you can, and share your awareness.

You can join us

The $5,500 is the total amount required to cover Rahim’s surgery in a private hospital in Port Moresby, to which we have arranged his admission. It is needed urgently.
The public system is struggling to meet the health needs of Papua New Guineans and wait times are lengthy. Rahim cannot wait longer.

-Anthea Falkenberg, August 2018
Please pm me in Messenger if you have any questions.
For more information on the background, please listen to this interview with George Newhouse, an Australian human rights lawyer acting in many cases for Manus and Nauru refugees and asylum seekers:

https://justice.org.au/why-australia-has-a-duty-of-care-to-asylum-seekers-on-nauru-and-manus-island/

If you prefer to donate by direct credit to the GFMAN Medical Project account, please use:

Gifts for Manus and Nauru Incorporated
BSB: 034279 (Westpac)
ACC: 532412

Please label KIDNEY

*Name changed for privacy and safety reasons

Gifts for Manus and Nauru Incorporated is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
ABN: 13886323063. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

For more information, see:
Website:
https://giftsformanusandnauru.org.au/

Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/GFMAN2016/

Facebook group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1646607628911452

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/GFMAN

Email:
giftsformanusandnauru@outlook.com.au

 

September 2018 phone credit drive

Hello 🙂 Please help us raise the approx. $37,000 we need for September 2018 for mobile phone credit for 1100 people on Nauru and Manus Island.

Mobile phone credit provides vital support for physical and mental health by allowing regular contact with family, as well as allowing access to medical, legal, media and advocacy support in Australia, access to crisis and trauma counselling, access to education and language materials, entertainment, and contact with supportive friends who offer much needed emotional support and connection when it is most needed.

Please donate if you can, and share the link below.
Thanks!

https://chuffed.org/project/gifts-for-manus-and-nauru-phone-credit-sept-2018

August 2018 phone credit drive

Hello 🙂 Please help us raise the approx. $37,000 we need for August 2018 for mobile phone credit for 1100 people on Nauru and Manus Island.

Mobile phone credit provides vital support for physical and mental health by allowing regular contact with family, as well as allowing access to medical, legal, media and advocacy support in Australia, access to crisis and trauma counselling, access to education and language materials, entertainment, and contact with supportive friends who offer much needed emotional support and connection when it is most needed.

Please donate if you can, and share the link below.
Thanks!

https://chuffed.org/project/gifts-for-manus-and-nauru-phone-credit-august-2018

July 2018 Phone credit drive

Hello 🙂 Please help us raise the approx. $37,000 we need for July 2018 for mobile phone credit for 1100 people on Nauru and Manus Island.

Mobile phone credit provides vital support for physical and mental health by allowing regular contact with family, as well as allowing access to medical, legal, media and advocacy support in Australia, access to crisis and trauma counselling, access to education and language materials, entertainment, and contact with supportive friends who offer much needed emotional support and connection when it is most needed.

Please donate if you can, and share the link below.
Thanks!

https://chuffed.org/project/gifts-for-manus-and-nauru-phone-credit-july-2018

JUNE 2018 PHONE CREDIT DRIVE

Hello 🙂 Please help us raise the approx. $37,000 we need for June for mobile phone credit for 1100 people at Manus and Nauru.

Mobile phone credit provides vital support for physical and mental health by allowing regular contact with family, as well as allowing access to medical, legal, media and advocacy support in Australia, access to crisis and trauma counselling, access to education and language materials, entertainment, and contact with supportive friends who offer much needed emotional support and connection when it is most needed.

April 2018 Phone Credit Drive

Australia’s ‘Offshore Processing’ refugee policy has left approx. 2000 people in indefinite limbo and harsh conditions on the Pacific Islands of Manus (PNG) and Nauru, for more than 4 and a half years now.

Gifts for Manus and Nauru currently sends gifts of phone credit to last a month at a time to around 1400 of the people held in Australia’s Offshore Processing Blacksites at Manus and Nauru.

The waiting list for people needing credit is often long, with sometimes wait times of several weeks or more between when their month of credit runs out and when they receive their next top up.

We desperately need your help to send more top ups and reduce the time people have to wait between speaking to their family and other supports.

https://chuffed.org/project/gifts-for-manus-and-nauru-phone-credit-april-2018

March Phone Credit drive

https://chuffed.org/project/gifts-for-manus-and-nauru-phone-credit-march-2018

Please contribute to desperately needed phone credit for our refugee and asylum seeker friends at Manus and Nauru. We need to do over $40,000 of top ups each month if each person waiting is to receive one.

Australia’s ‘Offshore Processing’ refugee policy has left approx. 2000 people in indefinite limbo and harsh conditions on the Pacific Islands of Manus (PNG) and Nauru, for more than 4 years now.

‘Gifts for Manus and Nauru’ is a registered charity supporting our asylum seeker and refugee friends at Manus and Nauru through trauma counselling, sending parcels of much needed items, access to medication or other medical support, and through the provision of mobile phone credit.

Mobile phone credit provides vital support for physical and mental health by allowing regular contact with family, as well as allowing access to medical, legal, media and advocacy support in Australia, access to crisis and trauma counselling, access to education and language materials, entertainment, and contact with supportive friends who offer much needed emotional support and connection when it is most needed.

Gifts for Manus and Nauru currently sends gifts of phone credit to last a month at a time to over 1400 of the people held in Australia’s Offshore Processing Blacksites at Manus and Nauru.

The waiting list for people needing credit is often long, with sometimes wait times of several weeks or more between when their month of credit runs out and when they receive their next top up.

We desperately need your help to send more top ups and reduce the time people have to wait between speaking to their family and other supports.

Phone credit costs $31-35 per person for a month…meaning we need to do over $40,000 worth of top ups each month if each person is to receive one. Any contribution you can make will be very welcome and make a big difference to the people held at Manus and Nauru and their loved ones.

MANUS EMERGENCY FUND UPDATE Sunday 26th November

Hi everyone,
So it has been a pretty terrible few days for the men.

Thursday and Friday saw PNG immigration and police using violence to forcefully move the men onto buses and into town.
Many men have been injured in the process, and there are still men who do not have a bed in town and are sleeping on the floor in classrooms and prayer rooms.

Construction of some accommodation is still not complete. Power and water is still not fully functioning in some of the compounds.
The system for getting the men food and their allowance is still not in place.
The system for the men to get free medication is not functioning yet.

Locals blocked roads in protest at the relocation of the men, and I’ve been getting lots of messages from men who are not feeling safe at all.

In short, the whole relocation has been a traumatic mess for the men. Facilities, services, healthcare and adequate security are STILL not ready….nearly 4 weeks after the closure of the RPC…yet they have forcefully and violently moved the men into the town compounds.

The men are still not safe and free, and still have no answers about their future.

Support with food, cigarettes, toiletries etc is likely to continue to be needed over coming weeks until things are in place for the men to be able to purchase these themselves.

During the attacks on the men in the RPC on Thursday and Friday, immigration and police destroyed the men’s food, water, clothes and other possessions, going room to room. They even set fire to some.
They also smashed or stole many of the men’s phones. They especially targeted anyone who was photographing or filming what they were doing.
Many men were beaten and forced onto buses without being able to gather any of their belongings at all.

Some men have been left with literally only the clothes they were wearing.

The men are rallying together to support each other, but they now need our assistance to replace phones, clothes, shoes and other posessions destroyed by police and immigration.

GFMAN are taking details of the men who have lost everything and have started the process of getting emergency purchases of clothes, shoes and phones for the men.

If you have a friend who has lost their clothes and other possessions, please get them to message me, or you can message me on their behalf.

Many of the men were injured on Thursday and Friday. Some men have required medical attention to treat serious cuts and other wounds. But they do not have the medical supplies needed to then continue to change the dressings.

GFMAN have purchased all the wound dressings we could locally for two of the compounds for the men who were injurred by police and immigration, and will be getting more supplies delivered in the coming week.
These are at Hillside and West Haus now if you have a friend needing wound dressings/antiseptics etc.

There are also many men with both chronic and accute infections and illnesses needing medication. The men are supposed to be receiving their medications for free for the first 6 months post closure of the RPC, but this system is not in place and functioning yet and the men have been expected to pay to get their scripts filled.
We will continue to try to support men with access to meds until IHMS have this sorted out.

Men can attend the IHMS clinic to get their prescriptions, then send a message to me (or you can message for them) to ask for assistance with payment.

There are hundreds of men affected by the need for financial assistance with medications and with the need for phones and clothes.
And we continue to need your support to be able to supply these.

Thanks everyone.
Ali Murdoch
Gifts for Manus and Nauru
giftsformanusandnauru@outlook.com.au
or
facebook.com/ali.murdoch