The who, what and how.
It’s 2020. Housing affordability is on the decline and the government is making drastic cuts to social housing.
But, it’s 2020, and 78% of Australians have at least one spare bedroom in their homes.
The sharing economy is on the rise, and companies like Airbnb and Couchsurfing are booming.
We are Refugees Welcome Australia, and we connect Australian homeowners who have a spare room, to refugees who have so much cultural diversity to exchange.
The concept started in Germany in 2016 and has now grown to over 15 countries around the world, having made over 1000 placements internationally.
The thing I love most about RWA is meeting new cultures, stories and humans. Every new person I meet keeps me going and I love watching people form lifetime friendships, gain empathy and open their eyes to how "human" refugees are!
In Australia, we have been linking refugees to home owners since January 2017 and have made over 100 placements in Brisbane, Sydney & Melbourne.
Whilst some international governments may help Refugees Welcome hosts cover the cost of rent, this funding is not yet available in Australia.
Refugees Welcome Australia relies on the whole-hearted generosity of our hosts, supporters and volunteers.
I love this organisation because I've gotten the chance to meet some of the world's kindest, and most remarkable people. My favourite part is being able to work with good human beings, challenging people's opinions on refugees and a sense of meaning from some of my time on this planet.