Resettle a Refugee in their Homeland
Give Sri Lankan refugees, who were forced to flee during the war, the chance to finally go home. Assist families with travel and administrative costs to apply for and obtain civil documents in Sri Lanka.
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Brutal conflict in Sri Lanka forced families to flee to India in search of safety. Now, after many years, refugees are preparing to return home. One of the biggest hurdles to resettling in Sri Lanka is having the proper documentation – a birth certificate and marriage certificate – to secure a National ID card. This gives returning refugees access to government services like education, social benefits and medical care.
Your gift will help a refugee to obtain the documentation they need to resettle in their homeland as a citizen and resume their life there – something they may have hoped for and dreamed about for many years.
“We were assisted with documentation (to return to Sri Lanka). Now, we can hire a boat and are able to sell enough fish to pay the boat hire fee… and we don’t need to take a loan. We are able to support our parents, my sister and our daughter who was born while we were in India.”
- Rashmi*, a returning refugee.
*Rashmi’s name has been changed to protect her identity as a refugee
More ways to take action
Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya families have fled from violence and persecution in Myanmar. Currently living in makeshift camps in Bangladesh, they urgently need our help.
By giving a monthly gift, you can help bring safety, justice and dignity to people around the world who have fled from conflict and natural disasters.
Take the Act for Peace Ration Challenge during Refugee Week (June 2018) to raise money in support of refugees who have lost everything, and challenge perspectives – including your own.