When people arrive in Australia seeking asylum, their journey is far from over.
They face immediate and multiple challenges as they wait for the status of their visa to be decided, including finding work, supporting their families, securing schooling for their children and connecting to an unknown community, all in a language other than their own.
MercyCare currently supports over 650 people seeking asylum in Western Australia. Through this work, we witness their incredible courage in escaping trauma and pursuing a better life. Unfortunately, due to a lack of resources, we also see the barriers they face.
MercyCare’s Keys to Life Fund aims to unlock opportunities in our community by providing targeted funding to help people seeking asylum take the next steps towards a positive life.
Through the Keys to Life Fund, people seeking asylum will be able to access opportunities which are vital to their future, including but not limited to:
- English lessons to help gain access to employment or further education
- Short skills-based courses in areas with employment prospects
- Bridging courses to higher education
- Driving lessons to increase mobility in the community
- Sporting club involvement to promote community inclusion
- Child care for parents trying to access any of the above opportunities
By contributing to the Keys To Life Fund you will be making a difference to more than just the 650 people currently being supported by MercyCare. You will be laying the foundations for future generations to thrive and make their own unique contributions to our community..
"Donating to the Keys to Life Fund is a way to participate in the solution because when you help the individual to success you also strengthen the community.
It has my wholehearted endorsement."
Munjed Al Muderis, 2016 MercyCare Orator, orthopaedic surgeon, author, human rights activist and former refugee