Australia's 'Offshore Processing' refugee policy has left approx. 1500 people in indefinite limbo and harsh conditions on the Pacific Islands of Manus (PNG) and Nauru, for nearly 5 years now.
‘Gifts for Manus and Nauru' is a registered charity supporting our asylum seeker and refugee friends at Manus and Nauru through trauma counselling, material aid such as food/cloting vouchers and parcels of much needed items, access to medical and dental treatment and medications, and through the provision of mobile phone credit.
Mobile phone credit provides vital support for physical and mental health by allowing regular contact with family, as well as allowing access to medical, legal, media and advocacy support in Australia, access to crisis and trauma counselling, access to education and language materials, entertainment, and contact with supportive friends who offer much needed emotional support and connection when it is most needed.
Gifts for Manus and Nauru currently sends gifts of phone credit to last a month at a time to around 1100 of the people held in Australia's Offshore Processing Blacksites at Manus and Nauru.
The waiting list for people needing credit is often long, with sometimes wait times of several weeks or more between when their month of credit runs out and when they receive their next top up.
This year, the wait times have become extremely long and this is very distressing for many of the people at Manus and Nauru who rely on us to be able to have access to mobile phone credit and communication with loved ones and their support networks.
We desperately need your help to send more top ups and reduce the time people have to wait between speaking to their family and other supports.
Phone credit costs $35-42 per person for a month...meaning we need to do approx $37,000 worth of top ups this month if each person is to receive one. Any contribution you can make will be very welcome and make a big difference to the people held at Manus and Nauru and their loved ones.
Gifts for Manus and Nauru Incorporated is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
ABN: 13886323063. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.
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