Messages from the aether: World Refugee Day

Tuesday 20 June is World Refugee Day and with millions still at risk, Elsa Samuel shares three organisations that help refugees, and how you can too.

CARAD
www.carad.org.au
The Centre for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Detainees (CARAD) is a not-for-profit organisation in Perth that helps asylum seekers, detainees and refugees in Western Australia. They are volunteer-based and have helped over 5 000 asylum seekers since 2000. There are many ways you can help via CARAD. Get social while doing good in community events such as fundraiser movie nights, make a quick and easy online donation or give food to their food bank. And if you’re feeling committed sign up as a volunteer or become a member.

Act for Peace
http://www.actforpeace.org.au
Act for Peace is the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia. They help communities reduce poverty, protect refugees and prevent further conflict. Their website  stocks heart-wrenching refugee stories and ways you can help conveniently like workplace giving, the annual Christmas Bowl appeal and online donations for every budget. For example for $20  you can buy newborn supplies for a new mother in northern Pakistan and $4 000 buys a Community Disaster Kit that helps entire villages when disaster strikes in Vanuatu. How great is that?

Malala Fund
https://blog.malala.org
Catchy campaign titles like #GirlPowerTrip and #YesAllGirls rule the Malala Fund blog, which helps young refugee girls fight for their education, led by Malala Yousafzai, a prominent activist for  women’s rights and girls’ education. The harsh realities painted here are eye-opening. Take this caption from a paragraph on one of Malala’s blog posts ‘Are you with me’: “130 million girls still can’t go to school today — girls just like our sisters, daughters and friends. Every day, month and year they are out of school, their dreams for the future slip further away.”

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