Auckland Refugee Family Trust

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  • September News from the Auckland Refugee Family Trust      02 September 2018
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    Dear friend of the Auckland Refugee Family Trust

    We have so much good news to share since our last update, thanks to the kindness of all of you who support us and the assistance of the Refugee Family Reunification Trust in Wellington. Since May we have helped seven adults and ten children from four different countries travel to New Zealand to be reunited with their loved ones here.

    However the success of the past few months in bringing so many families together has meant that we are once again extremely low on funds. We have interviewed three more refugee background individuals this month, who are desperate to bring their loved ones to safety. In addition, we have just received two new applications for a total of seven adults, twelve children and three teenagers who would all benefit immensely from the opportunities living in New Zealand would offer. Without your generosity we will simply not be able to support them all. These people all have visas - all that is stopping them form being able to settle here is the cost of the airfares. Please help us ensure we won't need to turn anyone away.

    Your kindness will bring profound, positive change to the lives of former refugees and their families. Here are just some of the comments we have received recently from people you have helped:

    “I don’t know, you people deserve a medal. All of you. You help poor people who are struggling and don’t ask for anything. Please thank everyone. This is really helps. People say they help others. But this help is real and makes a BIG difference. Thank you”.

    “I couldn't sleep last night, I was so anxious and excited and they (his wife and children) didn’t sleep for three nights for the same reason. Still it's like a dream for me, and for them. When I hugged them your spirit (the spirit of everyone who had donated) was with me, all around me. Today, sometimes we've laughed and sometimes we've cried." 

    As always, any donations received go directly towards airfares and related travel costs that will reunite refugee families. Our regular donors are the life blood of the Trust – a donation equivalent to a cup of coffee a week can change lives.

    With thanks for your ongoing support.

    The Trustees

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  • With heartfelt thanks!     09 April 2018
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    Dear Supporter of the Auckland Refugee Family Trust,

    It is with a full heart that we extend our deepest thanks to all of you who answered our call for funds to bring more families to New Zealand. We are beyond delighted to let you know that thanks to your extraordinary generosity and support from the refugee sector we have been able to assure all our current applicants that we will have funds to help bring their loved ones here. To go from having to turn people away - to being able to say welcome - has been overwhelming for us!

    The families will be arriving over the coming weeks. One family with teenage children, who have previously survived an ISIS siege, will be travelling here to be reunited with their father very soon. They are currently living in very unsafe circumstances but are in daily contact with their dad here who had this to say when we spoke to him: "I just told my family the news and they prayed for you all. You can’t imagine how happy they are. Grateful words can’t express how thankful my family and I are." We want to pass that gratitude on to all of you who have made it possible for us to support their application.

    ARFT also wishes to thank the Refugee Family Reunification Trust for responding so generously to our appeal and funding the reunification of several families.

    We have been humbled by your support!

    With heartfelt thanks,

    The Trustees.

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  • A Special Appeal      04 March 2018
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    Dear Friend of the Auckland Refugee Family Trust,

    This is an urgent plea. We have applications before us for travel for fifteen people including twelve children or teenagers. Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of many of you, our supporters, we have funds to help some of the applicants. But not all.

    Most urgently we need funds to bring a wife and daughter who have lived through an ISIS siege to New Zealand to be reunited with their husband and father. The women’s living situation is currently extremely unsafe. To pay for their airfares we need to raise $4,000 dollars.

    The need is vast but our goals are achievable. We know we can only ever help one family at a time. And right now we are asking for your help to reach our goal of $4,000 to enable us to reunite one family.

    As always, any funds received will go directly towards airfares and related travel costs to reunite refugee families.

    We have never been more in need of your support. For the first time since the Trust was established we may need to refuse further applications until we have the funds. Please help.

    The Trustees

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  • With thanks from the Auckland Refugee Family Trust     05 December 2017
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    Dear Friend of the Auckland Refugee Family Trust,

    Since 2012 the Auckland Refugee Family Trust has been able to help 118 individuals come to this country to be reunited with their loved ones. That’s 40 families who have been brought together, thanks to you – a total of 79 adults, 35 young children and 4 babies are now living in safety in New Zealand with people who care for them. You have facilitated extraordinary, life transforming change in many lives – deepest thanks from the Trustees and each and every person who has benefited from your kindness.

    We wish all the Friends of ARFT a safe holiday season and ask that you consider the new families who have applied to us for help in being reunited with their loved ones – it could be the greatest gift you give this Christmas.

    With all our gratitude for your ongoing support, the Trustees

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  • 25 families reunited     14 April 2016

    We’re absolutely delighted to let you know that together we’ve just helped reunite our 25th family.

    On 9 March a father was finally back with his wife and 4 daughters after a separation of 4 years. When we gave him a call to check they’d arrived safely he told us:

    “...I am very happy – very good, very happy. It is a very happy day in my life because I see my wife, my kids - I am very happy....”

    So thank you, because this wouldn’t have happened without your support.

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