As friends & colleagues, we're mobilising kiwi's to help raise funds for UNHCR's urgent Covid-19 appeal to support and protect refugees.
COVID-19 is a situation unlike anything we’ve faced before – it has already hit refugee settlements in Bangladesh and threatens millions of refugees worldwide.
Refugees and other displaced people belong to the most marginalized and vulnerable members of society. They are particularly at risk during this coronavirus disease outbreak because they often have limited access to water, sanitation systems and health facilities.
Over 80 per cent of the world’s refugees and nearly all the world’s internally displaced people are hosted in low- and middle-income countries. They frequently face specific challenges and vulnerabilities that must be taken into consideration in COVID-19 readiness and response operations. Keeping the most vulnerable safe means keeping everyone safe.
We are all doing all we can to protect our families. But imagine going through this crisis with no access to soap or water. No hope of isolating yourself and your loved ones because you don’t have a home to stay safely inside.
That’s the reality for millions of refugees. And that’s why we need your help to act now. As friends and colleagues, we've teamed up to help raise at least $10,000 for UNHCR's urgent Covid-19 relief appeal in the lead up to World Refugee Day (20 June) - but we need your help to achieve our ambitious target.
We (Guled Mire & Ange Minchin) have teamed up with the recently established New Zealand branch of 'Australia for UNHCR' - The UN Refugee Agency's official fundraising partner in the wider Australasia region (visit http://unrefugees.org.nz to learn more about the work of this organisation) to help us pass our funds to the right channels in order to deliver lifesaving supplies & support to refugees in places like Bangladesh, Yemen & Syria.
With your help, we are collecting urgent donations so we are:
- Ensuring clean water and soap are readily available
- Providing lifesaving information to families
- Airlifting medical aid and hygiene items to areas affected by the virus
- Increasing the number of hand-washing stations, isolation and treatment centres in refugee camps
- Equipping health care workers with the supplies and training they need
But we can’t tackle this pandemic alone. Please donate today.
We will only overcome this crisis if we unite and help the most vulnerable refugees together.
$100 provide 12 medical professionals with masks, gloves & sanitiser to prevent the spread of COVID-19
$200 can provide primary healthcare services to 13 people ($15 pp)
$500 can help pay for medical staff
$800 allows for water/sanitation facilities
Thank you for your donations and update on the next steps 10 August 2020
Thanks so much for your donation and support. As you know we’ve been fundraising since 31 May – and have kept our page open a bit longer to ensure that we met our &10,500 target - with our final tally now at $10,845.
Our goal was to ensure that as much as possible of the money raised could go directly to support the people in Refugee camps via the UNHCR COVID-19 appeal, which meant talking directly with the Australian UNHCR team to confirm the best option for transferring the money without losing additional fees for transfer etc.
The charity entity (Third Culture Minds (https://thirdcultureminds.org.nz/) that we’ve been using as an umbrella organisation for our fundraiser campaign on givealittle doesn’t have a ‘overseas donee status’. As such there are limitations around our ability to collect funds on behalf an internationally focussed charitable organisation without the required approval status. The approval isn’t hard or impossible to secure but can take a bit of time as it entails a couple of steps which will likely slow things down, so we’ve instead confirmed an option that won’t result in incurring additional transfer fees and that can allow for the speedy release of the funds. ‘Givealittle’ will directly deposit the donations to a verified bank account, which we can then make a one-off online payment to forward the collected funds in its entirety to ‘Australia for UNHCR’ via the UNHCR NZ website’s built-in donations function.
This has been both an emotional and uplifting experience for both of us - thank you all sincerely for opening your hearts and minds to talk about the situation for displaced people around the world and, whatever the amount thank you for donating to make a tangible difference in their lives. COVID-19 is still a very real threat to vulnerable communities around the world and this money is desperately needed.
He waka eke noa
Ange and Guled