Some countries grant visas to refugees if there are people willing to sponsor refugees once they have arrived in country. Although each country has its own system on how private sponsoring works the general idea is that the group/organisation takes on the responsibility of accomodation, food, clothing and orientation, once in country. The hope is for the community to help the refugee become self-sufficient after a year. In some countries the government will give some financial aid for a limited time.
If you are interested in whether such a programme exists where you are, and how you might be able to help, please contact us.
There are three types of work we do, where volunteer help would be of enormous assistance:
Applicatons. We have a large number of refugees seeking resettlement and much of our work involves helping the refugees complete the forms; this requires the building up of trust over time, and careful, sensitive attention to detail. Following this we offer advice on how to prepare for the important interviews and if accepted, finally we provide orientation for the transition into a new culture and life often far from the world they have known.
Practical Needs. Much of our work involves visiting families, seeing a need and trying to meet that need. This could be as simple as supplying a fridge or helping a family find alternative accommodation.
Educational. We are currently exploring how we can provide educational programs for refugees that for one reason or another do not have access to a school. The work will involve visiting families on a regular basis, primarily teaching English. We are also looking at opportunities for assisting those children that do attend schools with extra homework help.
Please contact us if you would like to volunteer