Fast Facts

  • Fact 13500-4000 people enter Victoria each year under the Humanitarian Program
  • Fact 2Children and young people aged up to 19 years make up half of these entrants
  • Fact 311% of children suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Fact 440% of children have been separated from their family at some point
  • Fact 5Children take 5-7 years to reach the English standard of native-born speakers

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Do we need ambassadors for us to care?

On May 2, the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced the appointment of Academy Award winning actor, Cate Blanchett as a Goodwill Ambassador. This announcement came as Blanchett returned from a mission in Jordan, where she witnessed the ongoing humanitarian support to people displaced by the conflict in Syria. In light of meeting those seeking refuge UNHCR released a video (here) of Blanchett speaking of the importance of compassion and our innate desire to connect is what makes us human. ‘We have a deep vain of compassion …. It seems we are at a fork in the road, do we go down the compassionate road or the path of intolerance’? Capitalising on the influence of prominent public figures plays an important role in bringing to light many of the issues NGOs, grass-roots, and many other organisations are striving to aid. … Visit Blog