Imagine you lost everything. How would you start again? Most refugees have….
Refugees are victims of war and persecution, who have been forced to flee from their homelands and cross international borders to try and find safety. Knowing that they will have a better chance of survival if they go to UN camps, that is where they usually end up. Most refugees have suffered great trauma – often seeing loved ones brutally tortured and killed.
We receive many emails from desperate refugees, asking for help and sponsorship. We submit their application to Government for processing and if they are lucky enough, they have an immigration interview, medical and security checks. The majority are rejected.
What Sanctuary is doing
For over 25 years our organisation has been providing the following for refugees:
- Sponsorship and interest-free travel loans (gradually repaid and used again) for recognised refugees accepted under Australia’s 202 Humanitarian Program.
- Advocacy to Government on behalf of refugees
- Sanctuary Refugee Support and Advice Program, helping to reunite families separated by war.
- Resettlement through our national network of community support groups.
- Direct emergency aid for small but vital needs (ie. medicines, food).
- An education grant for a child or adult previously sponsored by SAF.
- SAF can put you directly in touch with a refugee through our email Pen
Friend Scheme, giving hope and friendship.
- donations of eye glasses for refugee camps gratefully received
*If you have a preference for how your donation is used, please let us know on our contact page.
Donations are tax-deductible. We are a multi-award winning charity, with small overheads and large integrity. Patrons – actor Jack Thompson, Yalda Hakim (SBS), Prof. Peter Singer and Philip Adams (ABC).
“I have deep respect for your work and it’s impact.”
Kerry O’Brien, former ABC television 7.30 Report Presenter speaking at the 2007 Sanctuary Dinner.