Like all across the globe, the volunteers here at AFFMA have been following the recent tragic events in France, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Mali and more with heavy hearts.
We send our deepest sympathies and condolences to all those people and their families affected by the recent spate of atrocities across the globe.
In this issue, our contributors have compiled articles with the aim of heightening awareness of these topical issues to outline and reinforce the plight of refugees and how such attacks can affect the perception of refugees and asylum seekers. We also reiterate that our crowdfunding campaign has launched (now live at https://chuffed.org/
Our previous funding campaign remains underway and I would again like to thank all those subscribers that have supported A Dollar A Day To Keep AFFMA Underway to date.
AFFMA on its third operational year
As discussed in the CEO message in the past few issues, AFFMA has recently entered its third operational year since establishment in 2013.
AFFMA began just before the current Government’s infamous first federal budget. The damaging ramifications of that budget on the not-for-profit sector continue to affect all similar organisations, causing internal strain and instability for workers, volunteers and clients alike in social justice industries.
The future viability and capacity of this organisation remains at risk due to the fiscal conditions facing both state and federal governments.
Your help is needed now to continue to allow AFFMA to provide assistance and advice to those asylum seekers and refugees most in need.
AFFMA reiterates its call for all our newsletter subscribers, small businesses and the general public to get on board with our A Dollar a Day to Keep AFFMA Underway campaign as well as our new crowdfunding campaign (https://chuffed.org/project/
Please read our articles written by the AFFMA newsletter team for more details about the challenges faced by refugees and the need for organisations such as ours to remain funded and active so that future humanitarian crises may be adequately managed.
Thank you again in advance for your kind support.
Joël Gédéon, JP