Wednesday 8th February 2023
Sanctuary Northern Rivers: Working for refugees worldwide.

Sanctuary Northern Rivers is a local community based not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers that assists off-shore refugees to come to Australia under the Government’s Humanitarian Settlement program.  Founded in late 2003, Sanctuary has assisted approximately 200 African refugees to settle in Lismore and Mullumbimby.  It provides advice and sponsorship when applying for a visa under the program, financial assistance in the form of airfares for these people to come to Australia when a visa is granted and personal support throughout the settlement process.  

In addition, it auspices the Universal Declaration of Human Rights project to schools as one of the organisation’s key objectives is to educate young people and the community about the plight of refugees.  Article 14 of the Declaration says people have the right to seek asylum in another country when under persecution in their own country.

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Association Objects

Sanctuary Northern Rivers Inc. is an organisation committed to the betterment of the life and welfare of refugees throughout the world. It accepts that persons flee their home and country for fear of persecution — be it for their race, their religion, their nationality, political opinion or because they belong to a particular social group. Many of these people are unable to return home. Frequently, they remain in intractable situations, in makeshift shelter, dependent upon in adequate sources of food and water, living with prevailing hostility and daily vulnerability. Their fundamental human rights of freedom, and their aspirations of hope are elusive, their lives seemingly without opportunity for a future of stability and joy. Sanctuary Northern Rivers Inc. brings together people and institutions of all persuasions and common interest, in an effort to better the lives of refugees in a compassionate and just manner.

The objects of Sanctuary Northern Rivers Inc. are to...

  1. Support refugees who seek to settle in the Australian community through sponsorship, financial, material and pastoral assistance;
  2. Assist friends and families of refugees and others in refugee settings in developing an ongoing livelihood;
  3. Promote an understanding of refugee issues in the local community;
  4. Assist in the development of public policy;
  5. Seek to promote a deeper understanding of refugee concerns amongst the youth of the local community.


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