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Soup Kitchens For The Homeless In Perth

A fast growing figures of people sleeping on the streets becomes apparent in Perth. There are heaps of reasons of this and they are also quite complex. It is probably caused by the soaring living expenses, troubling housing shortage, mental illness, escaping from an abusive relationship, or unforeseen financial catastrophe.

Individuals usually find themselves homeless for causes that are often astonishing. It is one of the more challenging issues that a state government can confront.

As the gap between the rich and poor rises, the level of homelessness in the community also increases- one thing that is pretty obvious regarding homelessness.

As winter occurs each year, homeless people in Perth are particularly vulnerable to any sickness or diseases living in rough streets that are potentially dangerous and psychologically damaging. However, these individuals are still driven to the streets and endure the struggles and pain while living there.

The desire to make our community more caring has triggered concerned citizens to take part in helping homeless or destitute by providing free food in some places in Perth. They are entirely selfless and spend some of their time serving meals to disadvantaged people. These so-called soup kitchens are continuously helping our community a better place to live. They work and give knowing that their deeds will make a difference to the lives of those who are unfortunate.

Manna’s kitchen for instance, operates similar to a soup kitchen but it has much more extensive meals programs. They serve meals to homeless through Hot ‘n’ Healthy Meals Program. This has grown to be Perth’s largest humanitarian food outlet of meals to the homeless and disadvantaged. The group provides soup, a main meal, plus a dessert and a drink six days a week, from Sundays to Fridays. The dishes are prepared fresh every morning and distributed for free to the homeless at 1:30 pm in the park at Weld Square near the Perth city. Everything is given with no expectation and that they have to contribute financially. Their volunteers serve from the Manna van or set up tables around the van so they can interact with them. Unfortunately, the growing numbers of homeless they feed are unstoppable which means there is an increasing need for more resources.

Other soup kitchens, on the other hand, do their bit anonymously and some organizations position in different places in the area. Their contribution is appalling. It is encouraging people to play their part in making the world a better place.

Are Sex Workers Community Workers?

Are Sex Workers Community Workers?

Despite being the oldest profession, prostitution isn’t fully accepted by the society. In fact, there are some stigmas associated with this line of work. This being said, sex workers are said to perform a valuable community service. How we treat them gives a preview as to what kind of community we have.

Even if these ladies who serve the community engender good economic conditions, some argue that they are a blight on the society who undermine family morals. Can sex workers be considered as community workers? Or do they bring more harm than good in our society?

Are Sex Workers Community Workers?

Undoubtedly, prostitution has a strong impact in the community. For instance, this job is instrumental in the objectification of women. There are men who see women, especially prostitutes, as no more than an object. This kind of attitude explains why crimes are committed against women, in general. With prostitution, this mentality continues to persist in the community.

Basically, community workers are people who work for the welfare of his/her community. Sex workers can be considered as community workers, well, in certain aspects. One, communities where there is prostitution have a good economic system.  However, this is not always the case, particularly in poverty-stricken communities.

Prostitutes also give attention and affection to certain people in the community. If social workers attend to the people’s social needs, sex workers address their sexual needs. There are instances where spending a night with a prostitute helps rebuild the self-confidence of men who just got out of a relationship.

Despite the positive outcomes brought by sex work, the sex trade is seen as a menace to the society. Many attribute their involvement in prostitution because of destitution and unemployment, which is not completely true. Greed and the intense desire for easy money are more responsible for their engagement in the sex trade. Such reasons morally corrupt the society. Moreover, some say that a morally upright individual won’t sacrifice his/her dignity and self-respect for money.

In certain religions, such as Islam, promiscuous sex practices and adultery are prohibited. These are considered as serious transgressions that have repercussions on the society. Furthermore, numerous evidences have shown that prostitution makes a mess of marriages, families, lives, spirit and soul.

Keeping Our Children Secure in the 21C

As parents and carers of children, we are all, I am sure, concerned with keeping our kids safe from harm in this volatile 21C. Terrorism strikes fear into our hearts every time we see the news or read about attacks happening. The atrocities which have occurred in France, Sweden and the United States are truly terrible. That the people who are committing them can link them to their religious beliefs in a god is as far-fetched as it is ironic. Political and very human aspirations and concerns are being disguised in divine dress like wolves in sheep’s clothing.

Keeping Our Children Secure in the 21C

That these people want power over the world and wealthier lives are very earthly concerns; but humans like to declare divine right to bolster their cases in the eyes of the gullible. Gods have been evoked by wannabe kings and rulers for millennia; it is how we have ended up with most of our religions. Putting pinpricks into the inflated balloons of so-called religious madmen and women is not, however, the aim of this article. Dealing with the dangers as they currently are, is more the domain of this piece.

Securing the institutions where are children our educated and recreate is more important today, than ever before. The public venue locksmith services are vital, if we are to keep potential danger at bay. No more lax attitudes toward securing the safety of our children can be tolerated; we must beef up security across the board. All individuals involved in security must be screened regularly, including locksmiths, security guards, school janitors and anyone else that may be involved in locking down venues and securing them. Our kids must be protected and we cannot leave it all up to the police and intelligence agencies.

Children are a target of these dreadful people, as they seek to strike terror into the west. ISIS is a vicious and retroactive organisation, which desires power over women and children. Their track record in Iraq and Syria is appalling, with women raped and their men beaten and killed. They would like to turn the clock back to a time when men could wantonly abuse women and children. Here in the west, we have battled stoically for centuries to arrest this kind of gender abuse. God has nothing to do with the filth that these peddlers of abuse wish to exert over their women and children.

 

Unheralded Community Services: Dark Ties That Bind Us

Unheralded Community Services: Dark Ties That Bind Us

Admit it or not, there’s a social stigma on industries related to prostitution and drug trade, mainly because these are illegal. But little do people know that these “underground businesses” service the unmet needs of some members of the community. When you examine how brothels serve the community or how some recreational drugs are helping people, you will realise that these things are not always as negative as portrayed in the media. Here are some of them:

Sex for the Disabled

In a survey conducted by the Observer in 2008, 70 percent of the respondents said that they won’t have a sexual relationship with people with disabilities (PWDs). As sad as it may sound, that is one of the harsh realities in life. Fast forward to 2014, a British lady announced that she plans to open a brothel for the disabled people. Guess what? PWDs also like sex.

Before, PWDs do not have the confidence to be with a fully-abled man or woman. What’s worse is that some had completely closed their doors on having sex with the people they desire. But now, a handful of sex workers in the United Kingdom have started to service those who are physically incapacitated. According to these escorts, sex is a basic right that every human should be able to enjoy. However, this right is considered as a luxury for PWDs. For them, providing sex services to the disabled is a step in changing how people see PWDs as members of our society.

Marijuana for Managing Pain

Marijuana is still illegal in most parts of the world. That being said, there are countries that allow the use of marijuana or cannabis, as part of the patient’s medical treatment. For instance, Canada is regulating the possession of cannabis through the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations. However, marijuana is still considered as prohibited drug in the country.

Even if there are establishments that sell marijuana for medical purposes, there are still some people who can’t access these facilities for various reasons. As a result, they purchase cannabis from people who sell them on the street.

Nowadays, the social stigma about marijuana use is starting to fade. Thanks to progressive scientific studies, marijuana has become the pain buddy of people who are suffering from chronic pain.

Largest Asian Communities Outside Asia

Largest Asian Communities Outside Asia

Asian communities around the world show no slowing down. With their numbers swelling each year, the Chinese people make up 3.7% of the world’s population outside the Chinese borders. In the Americas, 43 percent of the locals in Vancouver are of Asian descent. According to reports of the Canadian Statistics, the number of the city’s residents with Asian ancestry are growing at a faster rate compared to non-Asian communities. In other parts of Canada such as Toronto and Calgary, Asian communities account for 35 percent and 23 percent, respectively, of the cities’ total population. While in San Francisco in the United States, 33 percent of the locals have Asian background.

Let’s take a look to some of the Asian communities outside Asia and see what makes their areas special.

  • Indians in Australia

Based from the 2011 Australian Census, around 400,000 of the Australian public have Indian roots. Their community plays a big part in the country’s workforce as most of them are employed in the academe, research sector, banking industry, agricultural sector and medical field. Indian settlements in Sydney, Perth and Melbourne constitute to at least 3% of the total residents in these areas. Some of the notable figures from the Indian community are Lisa Maria Singh, the Senator for Tasmania, and television Anchor Anjali Rao.

  • Chinese in Africa

You can find the largest ethnic Chinese community in Africa in South Africa. Majority of these communities can be found in Johannesburg. In fact, the city houses two Chinatowns: downtown along Commissioner Street and in the eastern outskirts of Cyrildene. Most of the establishments here are run by Mandarin-speaking business owners.

  • Chinese in Europe

London, Liverpool and Paris have some of the famous Chinatown districts in Europe. London’s Chinatown enchants at least 300,000 tourists during the Lunar New Year celebration. The oldest Chinese settlements in Europe can be found in Liverpool and account for 1.7% of the city’s population. While in Paris, there are numerous Chinatowns and Asian communities in the area. Some can be traced at Avenue de Choisy and the suburbs of Le Kremlin-Bicêtre.

  • Chinese in Australia

There are Chinese communities in key Australian cities such as Sydney and Melbourne, with Asian cultural events in the city are managed in part by Sydney’s ACM Group. According to Chinatown Precinct Association, the Chinatown in Melbourne is among the world’s longest continually occupied Chinese settlements abroad. Aside from the Chinese New Year celebration, Melbourne’s Chinatown is popular for its Asian food festival which is usually held during the fall season. Meanwhile, Sydney’s Chinatown located at the central business district, is considered as the country’s largest Chinatown. Chinese locals in Sydney form 7.9% of the city’s total population.