Community Support and Community Benefit

Deng Family

Malual Kuir and Dabora Moses first became aware of Canberra Refugee Support (CRS) when they needed help to transport two of their five sons to swimming lessons.  With no license, no car and a busy life juggling occasional casual work, schooling, learning English and settling into a new community, the trip to swimming lessons was just one challenge that the …

Refugee support group appeals to caring Canberra

Fraji Family playing Soccer

Anja de Rozario September 28, 2021 – Canberra Weekly In Kabul 2012, an internationally regarded boxer abandons his success in the sporting community, to gather his wife and sons and flee Afghanistan. He was a successful businessman, a national champion, and upon realising his parents were closely tied with the ex-government, he chose to start from scratch, seeking refuge on …

“Call Out to Caring Canberra”

Thank you Canberra our appeal is now closed. We have reached our target! If you would like to donate we are still accepting donations through our normal donations page. Canberra Refugee Support (CRS) is launching a fundraising appeal with a target of raising $30,000 to support refugees and asylum seekers in Canberra. With the continuing impact of Covid and the …

CRS stands by our Afghan community

Refugee Council of Australia image

The situation we are seeing in  Afghanistan is extremely distressing. CRS is supporting refugee families from Afghanistan who are of course very worried for their country and friends and family who are still there. Some of these families are on temporary visas with no certainty about their own future and are deeply concerned that they could be sent back to Afghanistan …

Refugee Council of Australia Media Release

CRS Media Release

Over 300 organisations, businesses, and community groups have signed on to a joint letter to all Federal MPs and Senators calling on them to take urgent action on the devastating situation in Afghanistan. The joint letter was sent to all Parliamentarians on 18 August and urges 7 practical steps that the Australian Government can take to provide safety for people …

COVID19 Lockdown Relief

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Emergency Food Relief – If you are unable to feed your family or yourself during the 7-day lockdown in the ACT, help is available COVID-19 Disaster Payment – Support if you couldn’t work due to an Australian Capital Territory COVID-19 public health order. Emergency Food Relief If you are unable to feed your family or yourself during the 7-day lockdown …

The Deng Family Portrait

The Deng Family portrait

Highly Commended There is a something special about a family portrait. Everyone is brushed and polished for the day. The photographer arrives. Kids squirm. The baby cries. Furniture is rearranged. Tripods unfold. Lights go up. Everyone is marshaled into pose. The occasion is over soon but the results create lifetime memories. Most refugee families cannot afford those special memories.   …

2021 Geoff McPherson Scholarship Program

Nuria Carolina CASTILLO CRS Scholarship recipient

CRS was delighted to be able to run the Geoff McPherson Scholarship Program again this year, after Covid caused the program to have to be deferred in 2020. This was the program’s 17th year, and it is an important complement to the broader goal of CRS to support refugees and asylum seekers settle in Canberra. In 2021, the program provided …

Links in a Web of Kindness – Sameer’s Story

Sameer & Moya

“Our relationships with Sameer, Inas and their children have enhanced our lives” In many ways Sameer, his wife Inas and their four children are typical Canberra residents. They’re involved in the community and have a strong network of friends; their children attend local schools and love their soccer, and they are both studying at Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT). Sameer …