Australia's 'Offshore Processing' refugee policy has left approx. 2000 people in indefinite limbo and harsh conditions on the Pacific Islands of Manus (PNG) and Nauru, for more than 4 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, sending parcels of much needed items, access to medication, and through the provision of mobile phone credit.
Communication in the camps is very limited, making regular access to calls home to family and to other supports difficult.
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 over 1400 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.
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.
***NOTE: It has become even more desperate of a situation on Manus recently, as they have now withdrawn all landline phones from the detention centre and cut the men off from the points system and cigarettes (therefore removing any means the men had of trading to purchase any of their own credit).
With the imminent closure of the detention centre and still nowhere safe for the men to go, the pressure on the men is enormous, and the need for communication and other support is greater than ever.
Phone credit costs $31-35 per person for a month...meaning we need to do over $40,000 worth of top ups each 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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