Friends of Refugees (FOR) was formed in early 2013, emerging as a practical response to address the diverse and changing needs of asylum seekers and refugees in Victoria. FOR operates primarily in the Cities of Greater Dandenong and Casey, where over 40% of the asylum seekers on bridging visas live. Asylum seekers are one of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in Australia. Asylum seekers in Australia have no guaranteed right to income, healthcare or settlement services and live on 89% of NewStart allowance.
FOR grew from initially providing material aid to new arrivals and quickly adapted to meet additional and emerging needs. FOR supports asylum seekers and refugees in our local community by providing quality donated items, support services and employment opportunities through our Social Enterprises. All our programs are provided without any federal government funding and at no cost, to the participants – adults and children, who are refugees and asylum seekers.
How we will use your donations?
Your donation can help people at risk in important ways:
•$40 could help cover the cost of basic groceries for a newly arrived family for a week
•$100 could cover the cost of a monthly Myki costs for an asylum seeker to go back and forth to English classes, appointments and job interviews
•$200 could provide an asylum seeking family with blankets, sheet sets, pillows, pots pans, cooking utensils and dishes.
•$500 would sponsor one person to obtain driving licences, so they are able to more easily gain work and also help them (and their families) become part of the mainstream Australian community.
•$1000 would pay for the truck running and maintenance cost for a month
•$2000 could pay for one months rent for our drop in centre in Dandenong
By supporting Friends of Refugees, your generous support and our community networks enables us to give dignity and hope to some of the most marginalised, desperate and vulnerable people in our community.
Are donations tax deductible? Yes
Will I receive a receipt for my donation?
Yes, immediately sent to you by email when approved.