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HKD 50000 goal
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The Appeal

I would like to put out an appeal on behalf of the Christian Action Centre for Refugees. The Centre for Refugees creates an inclusive community for refugees by fulfilling their humanitarian needs, providing opportunities for their future and empowering them to live with hope and dignity. With their work on basic & emergency needs, psychosocial support and education & training, they have changed the landscape of service to refugees. Originated 30 years ago, CFR is still the only drop-in support centre in HK, with over 600 active clients.

The Inspiration

My husband is a member of the Bahá’í community, a peace-loving world religion that originated in Iran in the 19th Century and has faced persecution since its birth. 

My husband when he was a young child in Iran


Following the Islamic Revolution of Iran in 1979, members of the Bahá’í Faith—the largest religious minority in the country—have been subjected to a relentless campaign of persecution. This persecution has impacted the lives of generations, from young infants to the frail elderly. In the words of the former-United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, Iranian Bahá’ís experience persecution “from the cradle to the grave, and beyond.”
 
Since the mid-nineteenth century, early adherents of the Faith faced violent opposition from the ruling establishment in Iran, which responded to its growth with fierce opposition, inciting violence against followers of the new religion. The persecution continued intermittently thereafter with varying degrees of severity and the Bahá’ís were often being used as scapegoats.  Since the Islamic Revolution, Bahá’ís have suffered under a new wave of persecution, this time systematic and state-sponsored. Since then, over 200 Iranian Bahá’ís have been executed or murdered, thousands have been arrested, detained and interrogated, and tens of thousands more have been deprived of jobs, pensions, and educational opportunities. The Bahá’í community’s holy places, cemeteries, and properties have been confiscated, vandalized, or destroyed, and many Bahá’ís have had their homes and other property seized or damaged.
 
This was the backdrop of my husband’s childhood. His young parents departed Iran for the United Kingdom for their postgraduate studies in 1978 and never returned.  They faced great uncertainty, with no residence status in the United Kingdom, compounded by isolation and forced separation from family and friends, and all the challenges that come with this.  Until he was four years old, my husband was surrounded by his loving extended family in Iran and had a very close bond with his maternal grandparents. It was decades before he saw them again. 
 
Over time, his family obtained refugee status, built a life in England, then Australia, and overcame all these challenges.  They were blessed and lucky for sure – my husband and both his siblings had access to education, opportunities, and all have thrived and done well, all leaders in their respective fields.  But this story would not have been possible without the asylum they were granted. I know he is passionate about paying back as much as I am, and finding ways to support causes like the Centre For Refugees especially during unprecedented times is our way of paying it forward.

Our family - happy and safe

My husband's story is a successful one. Most asylum seekers aren't as blessed. The Centre for Refugees supports the asylum seeker and refugee community in Hong Kong through their highs and their lows. Their unparalleled work with emergencies, along with their education, mental health and re-employment programs, is vital for this community. Your donation will help the important work that they do.

This fundraising campaign is hosted in collaboration: Vivaz x @Jetsettingoddess

 

 

 

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Centre for Refugees

Helping Refugees live with Dignity and Hope