The purpose of this program is to send a message of warm wishes to refugee and asylum seeker children sent to Nauru by Australian authorities, or to children living in community detention arrangements in Australia. Children living in detention do not have the same opportunities as other children to communicate, socialise and learn from people in their community. Day to day life can be monotonous, and children feel and reproduce the stress, anxiety and depression of the adults living around them.
Receiving messages of support is both a pleasure and a distraction from the tedium and anxiety of life on Nauru or in community detention. It also connects the children to the
outside world, and reassures them that there are people who care about them.
When we publish your message of support on our website and our social media outlets, numerous refugee children across Australia and Nauru will be able to read your message.
Please be as creative as you like when creating your message of support. You may like to draw a picture, write a poem or simply decorate your message with lots of colour.
Upload your message of support
Once you have written your message of support you can upload a photo or scanned copy or your message by filling out a simple form and uploading a JPEG or PDF file.
For people wanting to send messages of support please use this form.
For teachers wanting to send messages of support on behalf of their students please use this form.
Alternatively, you can mail your letter to the Befriend a Child in Detention team and we will photograph or scan it, and post it online.
Why are we now posting messages online?
The letter writing program established by the Befriend a Child in Detention Project has been a huge success. We have sent thousands of letters of support to children in detention, written by people from all around Australia. We are now looking to expand this program by publishing messages of support to children in detention on our website and social media accounts.
By posting messages online we can spread our message of support to a greater number of children. Rather than sending one letter to one child we can post hundreds of messages to be viewed by hundreds of children.
Children on Nauru have access to the Internet and will be able to view messages of support through our website. Additionally, messages of support can also be read by children currently living in community detention arrangements in Australia. These children are experiencing hardship due to the uncertainty surrounding their refugee status and the feeling of limbo that this creates. Children in community detention arrangements therefore also need our support.
Letter Writing Guide
Read our Letter Writing Guide for handy hints about writing your messages of support.
View your message in our Messages of Support Album
Our Project Coordinator will vet and moderate messages received to ensure that the content is appropriate. You will then be able to see your message in this album. Messages of support will also be posted on our Facebook page and Instagram account.