Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t make a difference. Donating even a small amount can be of huge benefit to some of the most vulnerable people in Australia.
Whether they are in detention or are living in the community, refugees and asylum seekers currently receive only basic support, and even this is being taken away. The basic living allowance, casework support, and access to torture and trauma counselling provided by the Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) program has been cut back by the Australian Government.
This means more and more highly vulnerable and traumatised people are being asked to survive with zero financial and emotional support. But this also means whatever amount you may be able to donate can go a long way toward keeping them on their feet.
The funds you donate mostly go towards:
- Giving people, whose income is consumed by rent, a chance to buy food to eat; in 2019 we provided $52,000 worth of food vouchers
- Legal support; in 2019 we provided $16,000 worth of legal support
- Emergency support; in 2019 we provided $16,000 of emergency support to people who had nothing to live on
- Housing; in 2019 we provided $9,000 to help with rent
- School needs which amounted to $5,000 in 2019
- Supporting the payment of bills. A large electricity or gas bill can rob a vulnerable family of their entire income.
- Telephone vouchers so that they have a chance to speak to family overseas
Without access to social security payments and denied a chance to work, many refugees and asylum seekers rely wholly on the generosity of others. Your donation can make all the difference.