Last month the Australian Government sent an Australian born baby and her family to Nauru detention centre, reminding all Australians that our policy is now to not only deny a safe haven for those who arrive uninvited by boat, but also to deny a home to babies born here to women seeking asylum.
The team at #saveasha reached out to the community to call on the government to bring the baby and her family back, and to provide appropriate food, support and services for the family while they are held in a detention centre in tropical conditions, in a tent, without access to basic amenities that help to make it possible to care for babies safely.
Babywearing Education Australia responded by setting up the Safe Space to Sleep initiative, and with the support of babywearing companies such as Babes in Arms, Boba Australia, Ankalia, Lillebaby and Wrapture Australia, as well as some very generous individuals we have been collecting carriers to be sent to asylum seekers in Australia and those being held offshore for processing. We have been in contact with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Dassan, MITA and with volunteers who visit with asylum seekers to ensure that the carriers reach the families that need them most.
At this time we have restricted the call out to buckle carriers that can be used on the front and on the back. Many of these families lack support and few have access to much in person support, so a carrier that can be used for children beyond infancy, which is usable without a learning curve and which is unlikely to need too regular washing was considered imperative. You can visit the call out on our facebook page HERE.
Every baby deserves somewhere safe to sleep. Every parent needs to be empowered to feel like they can protect their children.
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