JRS volunteer in JRS #Do1Thing campaign

How can we help the refugees and people seeking asylum in our community? How can we make a difference, when there are millions of people displaced worldwide through conflict and persecution, struggling to survive and find a safe haven for their loved ones? The 2018 JRS #Do1Thing campaign helps to answer these questions.

As Pope Francis says, “A single individual is enough for hope to exist. And that individual can be you.”

Over the years JRS in Australia and in another 50 countries across the world has been supported by the commitment and skill of many individuals, helping to accompany, serve and advocate for refugees and people seeking asylum. In Australia, one of the JRS volunteers, Junghee, features in an international campaign.

To mark the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees on 14 January, JRS launched a campaign, called #Do1Thing, to show what individuals are doing to welcome, protect, promote, and integrate refugees in their communities. The campaign features five videos, each one highlighting the impact one volunteer can have on the lives of refugees. Junghee’s story features in the first campaign video.

Like Junghee, the other volunteers featured in the campaign videos are ordinary people, doing simple things: offering friendship, or helping with swimming lessons or back care or a language class. Often, they just #Do1Thing. Read more.

 

Image of JRS volunteer, Junghee, teaching class and displaying quotation reading: "#Do1Thing. The first thing you do is make them welcome and then things happen from there."

Junghee, JRS Australia volunteer, shows how it’s easy to #Do1Thing

 

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