From despair to hope

The Shift is a game-changing new way to back refugees to rebuild their lives and help end the refugee crisis.

The shift  is launching soon...

We’re inviting you to be part of piloting this new initiative. To help refugees create the life they want for themselves. And to find a way to, little by little, help end the refugee crisis.

There are now more than 100 million people around the world who have been forced from their homes due to conflict, disaster or persecution*. The divide between ‘us’ and ‘them’ seems to be getting bigger and bigger, leaving more and more people living as refugees. Stuck in a devastating limbo, many live without the basics to survive; the right to work; a place to call home; and often, even hope for the future.

The Shift  is a way for ordinary people to show that real solutions are possible.

How it works

Over the next two years, backers of The Shift will support a small group of refugees in Kenya to create the life they want for themselves.

Our inspiring local partner, RefugePoint, will help refugees move from surviving on patchy aid handouts, to earning an income, to standing on their own two feet and feeling hopeful for the future again.

Backers will be joining refugees on each step of this intensive program, connecting with them and each other, and learning directly from RefugePoint. 

Together, we will help build public support to scale up this unique approach, create more compassion for refugees here in Australia, advocate for a fairer international system and, little by little, help end the refugee crisis. 

Vincent* stands with his RefugePoint case manager, Damaris, outside his trouser shop in Nairobi, Kenya. Vincent* was forced to flee religious persecution in his home country of Tanzania and came to Nairobi seeking safety. With our local partner’s support, he has started a business selling pants and has just opened his second shop. Ben Littlejohn / Act for Peace

Will you join other committed backers in Australia to help kickstart this ground-breaking new program? 

*United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 23 May 2022.

Register your interest

Leave your details and I will let you know as soon as registration opens. 

I can’t wait for you to join us on this journey! 

Emma at Act for Peace

Emma The Shift

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The international humanitarian agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia.

Act for Peace acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

© Copyright 2021, Act for Peace Ltd ABN 86 619 970 188