Serafina own a vegetable stand at the Kalobeyei Market. For the past three years, she has been selling vegetables. To adequately boost private sector engagement and promote self-reliance of refugee and host communities, UNHCR is collaborating with partners to create market spaces and provide grants to entrepreneurs to help them expand their businesses.
© UNHCR/ Pauline Omagwa

UNHCR's ongoing care work includes providing special protection services for women and children, and ensuring all refugees have access to healthcare and safe shelter.

Your support also helps coordinate education and livelihood programs to help people develop the skills they need to achieve self-reliance and maintain hope and dignity.

How does UNHCR help refugees?

UNHCR responds to refugee emergencies and ongoing crises in more than 130 countries around the world. We provide vulnerable families with shelter, water and essential items in urgent situations, and also support ongoing projects to help refugees rebuild their lives. Read more on our emergency response work

Here are some of the many examples of ongoing care supported by Australia for UNHCR:

 Jordan. Syrian refugees living in urban areas rely on UNHCR cash assistance
© UNHCR/Lilly Carlisle

Cash Assistance

Give the gift of independence and dignity.
Three Eritrean children peek at the camera from their parents' laps
© UNHCR/Stefan Lorint


You can help UNHCR protect displaced children at every stage of their journey.
Lucy Akai, a Kenya woman, holds her baby and smiles at the camera. She is wearing brightly coloured beaded jewelery.
© UNHCR/Samuel Otieno

Refugee Livelihoods

Donate now to help displaced people learn new skills, find jobs or start small businesses so they can support themselves.
Resourceful Tigrayan refugees from Ethiopia start new lives in Sudanese camp with help from UNHCR.
© UNHCR/Ahmed Kwarte


Providing shelter is a core part of UNHCR’s protection mission. 
A woman helps her daughter in law with the kangaroo scarf in Cameroon.
©UNHCR/Xavier Bourgois


Everyone has the right to healthcare, including refugees.
Refugee students smile at camera. In Kakuma Refugee Camp, UNHCR is advocating for technical support and financing for the inclusion of refugees and camp-based schools in the national education system.
© UNHCR/Pauline Omagwa


Without access to education, children miss out on a world of opportunity.
Woman laughing, holding baby. South Sudanese refugee, Bety Aredu, 22, holds her seven-month-old baby, Sarah, at Biringi settlement, Ituri province, north-east Democratic Republic of Congo, where she receives support from UNHCR.
© UNHCR/Hugh Kinsella Cunningham

Women and Girls

Fighting for women’s rights, safety and opportunity.
UNHCR’s Representative in Romania, Batyr Sapbyiev, assists a refugee at the Palanca border crossing in Moldova.
© UNHCR/Mihai von Eremia


Safeguarding the human rights of people seeking safety.