Issue 5
September 2016
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 Newsletter from Victoria Australia

Raising Awareness                   Taking Action
(This RAG is not an agency of or controlled by, Rotary International)

A New Name and a New Look!
We are pleased to advise our Action Group has a new name – Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery (RAGAS). The name change is purely that. We have only changed the title, not the way we work.

Our emphasis is still on Child Slavery but our work is expanding into other areas and we work with some NGOs that do not specialise in child slavery, and some that do.

We have a new website link :         

Although the old link will still take you there for the time being, we encourage you to put the new link in your “Favourites” now.

And we are excited to announce our new format, using Mailchimp, which opens up new possibilities for reaching a far wider audience, and enables us to include videos as well as links. We hope you will find it a big improvement!

We are delighted to welcome two more new members of RAGAS in Victoria;  Gaynor Schols and Ian McKay. We now have 14 in Victoria, so plenty of scope for more!

RAGAS coordinator for Victoria, Australia:
Tony Stokes:
Great 'End Slavery' Projects
for your club to  support in 2016/17
all with International District Grant applications already drafted
get in quick - email
Miraj Boys Home                                                    INDIA
Miraj Boys Home provides an education, school uniforms and books plus nutritious food, clean water and medical care for around 24 boys whose mothers are sex workers, thereby giving them a chance to escape a life of abuse and neglect.
Needed from clubs                                           
Potential District Grant (varies by District)   
For details, visit          
AUD 5,988 - 4,494
AUD 3,000 - 4,494
AUD 8,988
Sangli Education Centre                                         INDIA
The Sangli Education Centre is a place where the daughters of sex workers can escape the danger, violence and abuse of the brothel environment. It is a place to sleep while their mothers work. It also provides food, medical care, clothes and toiletries to around 25 girls.
Needed from clubs              
Potential District Grant       
AUD  2,683
AUD  2,682

AUD  5,365
For details visit
Project Hope (Saikalo/Makwati)                                    ZAMBIA
Two projects available. Two schools. Same budget.    Entrepreneurship training and microloans for 25 widows, leading to community empowerment.  Education support for orphans and other vulnerable children, helping them to dream of a better future and protecting them from child labour, early marriage, domestic trafficking.
Needed from clubs
Potential District Grant 
AUD 2,850
AUD 2,850
AUD 5,700
For details visit
Deep Core Bore Wells                                         INDIA

Bring life changing impact to the lives of the poor in north India, by providing sustainable supplies of fresh water through provision of five wells, sunk deep into the aquifer, supplying safe water throughout the year.
Needed from clubs 
Potential District Grant (varies by District) 
AUD 5,225 - 7,225
AUD 3,000-5,000

AUD 10,225
For details visit
 Hosamane Child Survival Program                         INDIA 
Children in Karnataka, India, are caught in a cycle of inter-generational poverty, exploitation and abuse. Parents must take them with them to work in dangerous conditions such as rock quarries.
This program provides an alternative safe environment with child care, medical services and nutrition plus ongoing support for the mothers.

Budget: AUD 9,370
Save The Girl Child                                                INDIA
The Banchara people believe their god wants their daughters to work as prostitutes. However, a small number are seeking a better life for their girls, and have placed them in a home away from family pressure from where they are sent to school and taught to dream of a better life.
The school currently supports 46 girls

Budget: AUD 15,600
You may recall that we introduced you to this exciting program in the End Slavery Newsletter Issue #1.
Well, it is back on again this year, bigger and better than ever!”

We urge Rotarians and Clubs
  1. Form a team or teams of members, family and friends, find a local venue and seek sponsorship. Ask your Rotary Club to match your sponsorship dollar for dollar.
  2. Introduce the project to your local school’s Interact Club; the students will have a lot of fun while doing something worthwhile and gaining some awareness of the issue of slavery.
For more information and details visit:


Gary Haugen, CEO and Founder of International Justice Mission, urged Rotarians to take action to put an end to slavery during his presentation at the Rotary International Convention in Seoul.

Watch here:

A modern-day slave in Australia's suburbs
The Global Slavery Index says there could be thousands of people in Australia living in conditions amounting to slavery, but ,....... prosecutions are rare.
Read more at   
Modern Slavery:      Theresa May vows to defeat 'evil'
Britain will lead the fight against modern slavery, Theresa May has said, vowing to make it her mission to help rid the world of the"barbaric evil".
Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, the prime minister called it
"the great human rights issue of our time".
Read more at :    

Australian cyber predators using live streaming technology to abuse children overseas.

The AFP is warning of an alarming trend where Australians are sexually abusing overseas children without leaving their own home, using live-streaming technology to groom victims and direct the abuse.

To watch this 7:30 Report click above 7:53min.
Issue 66 at          
Features include:
  • Carol Metzker (USA) provides a further update on the Schools4Freedom project in India.
  • Malcolm Baird (Australia) writes on ‘Tackling Modern Day Slavery in Supply Chains).
  • Having now completed 43 of 100 speaking engagements across the USA, Matt Friedman CEO of The Mekong Club, provides insight into his finding so far.

Issue 67 at  

A special edition providing a briefing paper, entitled Just One+, showing how we can address slavery by supporting Rotary International’s Areas of Focus

Issue 68 at
Features include:.
  • Exploited children in French refugee camp, 
  • PepsiCo supplier Indofood accused of child labour violations,
  • Speaker availability – “Slavery: Vast, Brutal… and according to our partners International Justice Mission (IJM), Stoppable”,
  • Carole Metzker introduces the human trafficking Red Sands Project, Letters on Slavery and supply chains.
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