Two decades of empowering refugees to build a better future

For the past 20 years, Australia for UNHCR has been asking Australians to imagine what it is like to be a refugee. To flee from your home and run for your life, to be separated from loved ones and to not know what tomorrow, or any day after, has in store for you.

When we first opened our doors in the year 2000, we never imagined so many Australians would respond so compassionately to our appeals, to help people living far away in remote and difficult environments.

With the help of many Australians over the last 20 years, we have raised more than $300 million providing lifesaving aid and investing in education, health and livelihoods to help women, men and children thrive.

We have supported UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in every major emergency including East Timor, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Horn of Africa, Syria, South Sudan, Central America, Yemen and Bangladesh.

Today our vision to provide refugees with a better future is more important than ever as we witness an unprecedented era of global displacement.

We will continue supporting refugees and asking Australians to not only imagine a world where everyone has a safe place to call home but to act now to turn this vision into a reality.

Roshida, 60, is helped by a UNHCR staff member to walk to a new shelter at the Kutupalong settlement in Bangladesh. © UNHCR/A.McConnell

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