Befriend a Child in Detention is a community project committed to seeing an end to the detention of child asylum seekers. We aim to inspire and support compassionate Australians to make a positive connection with the children and families living in detention: to ameliorate their experience, to raise awareness of their circumstances, and to advocate for positive change.


Right now, there are still over 150 child asylum seekers and refugees stranded on Nauru, with no security and an uncertain future.Befriend a Child in Detention_smaller

Since 2014 we have helped to bring them some joy, and some opportunity for learning, by sending letters of friendship,
beautiful new books, playthings and other resources.

We are providing them with some of the normal things of childhood, and letting them know that they’re not forgotten. All our gifts are donated by Australians from across the country.

We’re planing to send another shipment of goods to the children on Nauru in the next few months, and we welcome the following items – in NEW condition only:

– Educational resources: games, books, puzzles.

– Games and sporting equipment: table tennis balls/bats, frisbees, board games, deflated soccer balls with pumps (Unfortunately we are not able to send large/heavy items such as cricket bats or tennis rackets).

– Books for children of every age.

– We also welcome financial donations to cover the significant postage costs to Nauru. In our last shipment we sent 24 boxes of books, letters and resources for a total cost of $2300.98.

Please send NEW donated goods or cheques to:

Befriend a Child in Detention. P.O. Box 1282, Carlton, VIC 3053.

Or donate by electronic transfer to:

BSB: 083170 

You can also drop books and resources to our office:

The Church of All Nations, 180 Palmerston St, Carlton, 3053

Please contact project@befriendachild.com for more information.


Action: Call your MP

A year ago, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton tried to send 267 people — including babies born in Australia, back to danger in Nauru.

But Dutton was stopped — when thousands of people rallying around the country and demanded the Turnbull Government #LetThemStay.
Over the weekend, news broke that Dutton is again moving to force these people back into danger — this time by starving them into submission.
Call your MP and tell them to #LetThemStay. Use Get Up’s website to instantly find the contact details of your MP.
Action: Walk Together 2017
Walk Together is Welcome to Australia’s annual national celebration of Australia’s diversity – a tangible expression of the welcoming, fair and compassionate society we are committed to building. Walks will be happening all across Australia on Saturday 21 October, keep an eye on the Walk Together 2017 website, details of walks in other capital cities will be published soon https://www.welcometoaustralia.org.au/walk-together-2016/News: An open letter to Peter Dutton on behalf of all those ‘un-Australian’ lawyers

Dutton has claimed ‘lawyers represented asylum seekers are un-Australian’. Dr Catherine Williams responds n an open letter to Dutton, read more here.

News: Charities, advocates, unions join forces to fight asylum seeker crackdown
400 asylum seekers living in the Australian community will be striped of $200 per fortnight in welfare payments and will also lose their accommodation. This is a torturous government bid attempting to force asylum seekers back to their homeland where they have fled persecution. Read more here

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  1. apmartin2014 says:

    Thank you for all you are doing! Sometimes it seems such a long, hard battle to get these children out of detention. One day we will succeed, but in the meantime, projects such as this at least bring a little pleasure and hope into their lives.


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