Act for Peace’s work began in 1948 with the sending of food and other provisions to help refugees and internally displaced who had suffered during World War II. This important work was carried on when, on Christmas Day in 1949, the Reverend Frank Byatt of Victoria placed an empty bowl on the dinner table and asked all present to give what they considered to be the cost of the meal.
Frank urged his guests to reflect on their good fortunes and encouraged them to do something selfless for the people around the world who are victims of disease, poverty and violence. This small but significant gesture of charity has resonated deeply with thousands of Australians and has shown that we all have the ability to make a difference, no matter how small the gift.
Since the first Christmas Bowl began, over the past 67 years you have helped to provide food, shelter, education, healthcare and training to help the world’s most vulnerable prepare for, cope with and recover from conflict and disaster. As the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia
and a member of the global ACT alliance, Act for Peace helps communities affected by poverty and conflict in more than 130 countries.
With your support, Act for Peace supports partners to respond to emergencies and implement long-term humanitarian and development program and advocacy initiatives responding to the needs of communities in protracted conflicts or disaster-affected regions. Act for Peace is currently working with partners in Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Kenya, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, India, the Philippines, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, Indonesia, as well as in the Pacific and with refugee communities in Australia.
We will continue to work together with passionate people like you to build the foundations for real and lasting peace, and make a growing difference to communities where it’s needed most.
More ways to take action
Bloody conflicts across Africa have forced millions of women and children from their homes. Help them get the medical care and support they need to survive.
Cyclone Gita has devastated Tongan communities, destroying everything in its path. Please help provide the emergency shelter, food and clean water they desperately need.
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.