Friends of Refugees is committed to its socially responsible role of providing support to people seeking asylum through our community programs, access to employment and practical training opportunities through our Social Enterprises and increasing awareness of the Australian people about the plight of people seeking asylum and refugees situation in Australia and to build positive relationships with each other through our Advocacy programs. This commitment not only benefits people seeking asylum to be respected and valued members of the Australian community, but also the wider community.
Since our inception we have supported people seeking asylum in many ways, the following is the social impact as of 30th June 2017 through our various programs.
Homes Established-4015 homes
Beds gifted-over 6540 valued at $327,000
Fridges gifted-over 2430 valued at $486,000
Washing machines gifted-over 2780 valued at $552,000
Couches gifted-over 2500 valued at $500,000
Bicycles gifted-over 3200 valued at $160,000
Computers gifted-over 465 valued at $46,500
FOOD AID-over 260 tonnes of donated food valued over $520,000
EDUCATION SUPPORT-30-40 children/week
Number of hours worked in FORSE -1920 hours
Number of people employed through FORSE programs-34
Number of people who have found permanent work-19
#IamWithYou-199139 Australians have said that they welcomed refugees and want better treatment for the people seeking protection in Australia.
REFUGEE WEEK-RASRA-23 people seeking asylum have been recognised for their contribution to Australian Community, 550 people attended the two awards celebrations.