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.


We have decided to delay our shipment that was planned for October until late November. This reason for this is to give the children on Nauru gifts for Christmas and end of year celebrations.

Right now, there are 227 child asylum seekers and refugees stranded on Nauru, with no security and an uncertain future.

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With great uncertainty surrounding the USA deal, it is likely that these children will spend another Christmas living in detention-like conditions.

We hope that Christmas gifts will provide a small ray of happiness for these children.

We are asking for the following items – in NEW condition only:

– Educational resources: games, books, puzzles.

– Board games and card games: such as decks of cards, UNO, draughts, chess, snakes and ladders etc. 

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

– 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 email project@befriendachild.com and we will send you a tax deductible receipt for any financial donations.

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 call the church before you go to drop off donations as staff hours are changing. Their contact number is 9347 7077.

Please contact project@befriendachild.com for more information.


Events: Seminar: Grandmothers Against the Detention of Refugees

Melbourne Befrienders, you might be interested in an upcoming seminar run by the Melbourne Grandmothers Against the Detention of Refugees. Speakers include Professor Gillian Triggs, David Manne, Michael Gordon and Natasha Blucher. There’ll be time for them each to respond to your questions, and then there will be a moderated Q&A panel to find ways to take us forward with hope.

Sunday 12 November 2017 at 9:15am
At ANMF Building: 535 Elizabeth Street Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic 3000

Book tickets here

News: Beyond the politicised white noise, refugees are being brutally mistreated – Daniel Webb

“At a global level, the Turnbull government’s “single-minded focus on deterrence” fundamentally misses the point. People fleeing danger deserve safety. To get it they must go somewhere. The focus needs to be on making sure they get there in a safe and orderly way. After all, if every country in the world had a “single-minded focus on deterrence” then persecuted people would be left with nowhere to flee.”

Read the full article here

News: Twenty-seven refugees leave Nauru for US

2,011 people remain on Manus & Nauru after 52 left for the US. These people live in complete uncertainty, with no idea if or when they will be free.

One refugee told the Refugee Action Coalition “We are happy to be finally going to the United States, but we are not excited. Our heart and hopes have died on Nauru.” “People are happy to be going to the USA,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, “But the movement of just 50 people, shows the level of uncertainty that surrounds the deal with the USA.
Read more here

3 thoughts on “Home

  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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