Murray Valley Sanctuary Refugee Group Inc. (M.V.S.R.G) was formed in November 2004. It is part of a wider network in Australia - the Sanctuary Refugee Foundation that was founded in 1988 by Sue and Peter Hallam in Coffs Harbour on the north coast of NSW.
Murray Valley Sanctuary Refugee Group’s vision is to assist refugees to settle in Albury-Wodonga by providing funding and support to those on humanitarian visas in order that they can achieve independence and integration.
How do we help?
• Providing ongoing contact and support, assistance with housing, employment, education, language and cultural activities for sponsored refugees
• Fundraising so that more refugee families can receive our support.
• Providing interest-free loans for airfares and settlement expenses.
We are also involved in supporting educational projects for urban refugees in Nairobi and for orphans and widows in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. These projects have been initiated by refugees currently living in Albury Wodonga.
The MVSRG has provided 31 loans for flights and other expenses associated with settlement since March 2006. The amounts range from $154 to $13,645. The total of loans provided to October 2013 is $105,452. The repayment of loans, which can then be re-loaned again and again has ensured that our support reaches a lot of people.
All this has been achieved with the support of the local community and many volunteers. Our funds come from a variety of sources: donations of money, attendance at film nights, purchasing items at our garage sales and sausage sizzles, and donations of items for us to give to the new settlers or to sell to raise funds.
RACV have been very generous with the donation of nine sets of five driving lessons which have been made available for 'new settlers' and is much appreciated by the Murray Valley Sanctuary Group and the people they are supporting.
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you need more information.