Amnesty is a non-government organisation focused on ensuring the respect of human rights for all people worldwide, particularly refugees and asylum seekers. Their motto is “It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness”. This non-profit organisation has more than 3 million supporters worldwide, and is financed largely by donations from the public. According to the Amnesty website, they do not accept donations from the government. This is so as to maintain full independence from government, political ideologies, economic or religious interests. According to Amnesty, “by way of ethical fundraising leading to donations from individuals, we are able to stand firm and unwavering in our defence of universal and indivisible human rights”.
The UN Refugee Agency is a United Nations organisation focused on protecting and supporting refugees. Their mission is to support the ‘uprooted and stateless’ through education, advocacy, policy-making and aid. UNHCR relies almost solely on donations for its funding.
UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) provides humanitarian aid and assistance to children and mothers throughout the world. UNICEF’s funding comes from both government and private sources. UNICEF’s focus areas include basic education, gender equality, HIV/AIDS, child protection, survival and development, and policy advocacy.
Refugee Council of Australia:
RCOA is another non-government organisation, which promotes the adoption of flexible, humane and practical policies towards refugees and asylum seekers both within Australia and internationally through conducting research, advocacy, policy analysis and community education. RCOA is funded by donations and grants from government bodies.
ActNow is a youth-focused, non-government organisation focused on improving life for young people. With a significant focus on human rights, education surrounding asylum seekers, refugees, and displaced persons is a large part of this organisation. ActNow encourages people to pursue their passion, and provides information in the form of a ‘toolkit’ relating to how to achieve goals, as well as lists of organisations which welcome volunteers etc.