Today HOST International Ltd will finish working in Nauru after two and a half years delivering community-based support services to refugees subject to Australia’s offshore processing program.

During this time, HOST has been delivering individual psychosocial support services to refugees living in the Nauru community; employment and vocational training services; and community capacity development services to support full and safe participation of Nauruans and refugees in the community.

HOST International is an Australian charity seeking to make life better for people on the move regardless of politics, race or gender. We seek to foster humanity, hope and dignity for all people affected by displacement including host communities. In Nauru we have sought to make a positive impact on both the Nauru and refugee community to ensure that the people subject to it are supported to maintain a reasonable level of wellbeing and a belief in a better future.

During our time in Nauru we believe we have been able to make a positive impact on the lives of both refugees and Nauruans through:

  • Regular training and development opportunities for Nauruans including Certificate 4 level training in Community Services, shadowing with Nauruan Government settlement staff, and providing policy advice and training in relation to refugees

  • Community events that build harmony and joint understanding

  • Facilitating community dialogues between refugees, Nauruan leaders and Police to significantly reduce community violence and other issues

  • Delivering employment and training opportunities for 40 per cent of the refugee population

  • Supporting psychological coping through casework support, establishing community support structures and promoting future oriented thinking.

Our CEO, David Keegan, states: “Our work in Nauru has benefited from a close working relationship with the Government of Nauru and we wish to acknowledge their cooperation and commitment to ensuring that refugees feel welcome. This close working relationship has enabled us to jointly bring together refugee and Nauruan leaders to foster mutual understanding and respect in addressing common needs within the community.”

The exit of HOST from Nauru will see community-based support services handed over to a Government of Nauru owned entity and we believe it evidences the improved confidence and capacity of the Government to undertake this specialised work going forward.

“HOST has already begun to extend its community partnership model to other parts of the Asia Pacific Region including Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia where we will continue to seek to implement innovations in refugee protection and community livelihoods.” David Keegan CEO

More information is available about our organisation and our work at www.hostinternational.org.au

Media contact: Emily Chu, Communications Manager 02 8660 1000