Why does Stand Up work with Refugee communities?
The issues faced by recently-settled refugee communities in Australia are similar to those faced by Jewish refugees when they first arrived after the Holocaust and World War II. Helping these newcomers settle aligns with the Jewish value of ‘welcoming the stranger.’
In 2004 the American Jewish World Service launched the global Save Darfur campaign in a bid to raise awareness about the genocide and humanitarian crisis in Darfur. Stand Up leaders attended protests in Melbourne and began building a relationship with the Darfuri leaders.
Stand Up’s refugee empowerment programs focus on creating quality and meaningful programs that lead to long-lasting impact. We are a relatively small organisation, so working with small communities in Australia enables us to develop meaningful relationships based on continual consultation and improvement. We are a well established community, paying it forward.