Asylum Seekers' Support Trust

$10,050 of $10,000 goal
Given by 123 generous donors in 25 days

To help asylum seekers who have no access to their usual support systems due to lockdown. For food parcels, emergency grants and lobbying.


Asylum Seekers Support Trust (ASST) is supported by the Foundation North who will double every dollar donated up to $10,000.

ASST supports Asylum Seekers. We provide accommodation for those newly arrived refugee applicants who have no means of support, including food, shelter and other necessities such as health and legal advocacy support.

Currently our clients are being denied access to WINZ, with their offices closed due to Covid and the online application system excluding them. This is putting them under huge pressure and we have given out over $1,500 in cash food grants to those without an income and over 300 food parcels since lockdown began. We do not currently have the resources to advocate at WINZ for all our clients, trying to get forms signed and scanned, arguing over entitlements, IRD numbers, bank accounts etc.

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Running an online fundraiser to support their work.

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Use of funds

These donations will help to lobby the government to reinstate welfare benefits for asylum seekers currently locked out of the online system at WINZ as well as provide emergency support for their clients who are without money and food.

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Latest update

Help us unlock our match funding!  29 April 2020

Kia Ora,

Our friends at Foundation North have pledged $10k in match funding for this amazing work, so for every $20 donated by you wonderful people, Asylum Seekers Support Trust gets $40.

Thank you for your support,

The Funding Network

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Latest donations

Sue on 13 May 2020
Best wishes. 💖💖💖
Kathryn on 12 May 2020
Nick on 12 May 2020
Tim on 12 May 2020
Congratulations and thanks for the work you do!
Rebecca on 12 May 2020

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Created by, and paying to a verified bank account of, The Funding Network New Zealand Charitable Trust (Charity) on behalf of Asylum Seekers Support Trust (Auckland Refuge Council Inc.)
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