SSI raises funds for initiatives that focus on pathways to education, employment and engagement.  These initiatives were created to help minimise financial barriers that newcomers face upon settling in Australia. Your fundraising efforts will make a real difference to the lives of refugees and people seeking asylum in NSW.



Refugee Scholarships were created In response to the various needs of refugee communities. Scholarships are offered in four categories; High School, University, Vocational Education and Training, and Skills & Qualifications Recognition. Read more here


Ignite Small Business Starts-ups is an initiative that facilitates business creation for people from refugee backgrounds. Ignite enterprise facilitators, business mentors, volunteers from local businesses, councils, chambers of commerce and other individuals who can share their business knowledge and skills, support our refugee entrepreneurs. Read more here


Community engagement (CE) is an initiative focusing on creating pathways to meaningful engagement and inclusion in the Australian community. CE is informed by community voice and achieve their goals through community-based initiatives such as Community Kitchen, Welcome2Sydney & Garden Playgroup. Read more here



$25 can help provide hot meals and activities at SSI Community Kitchen

$50 can help emerging refugee artists through our dedicated Arts & Culture team

$100 can help overcome barriers to education through scholarships

$150 can help an Ignite Small Business Start-ups entrepreneur obtain their relevant industry licence

$1,000 supports an entrepreneur with the initial costs of setting-up a business (ABN, website domain, business name)

$1,500 directly supports a high school student with a scholarship to cover costs (fees, computer equipment, books)

$5,000 directly supports a University student with a scholarship to cover costs (unit costs, technology, reading material)  


Supporting you 

SSI's fundraising kit provides all the information and resources you need to take your fundrasing to the net level. Download the PDF kit here


SSI’s purpose aligns with a number of dates of significance throughout the year including but not limited to International Women’s Day, Harmony Day, World Day of Cultural Diversity, Refugee Week, and World Humanitarian Day & Social Inclusion Day. Our school communities can celebrate and support SSI on these dates through a number of fundraising and awareness raising initiatives. 


-          Thursday 20th: World Day of Social Justice


-          Sunday 1st: Zero Discrimination Day

-          Sunday 8th: International Women’s Day

-          Friday 20th: International Day of Happiness

-          Saturday 21st: Harmony Day

-          Saturday 21st: World Day to Eliminate Racial Discrimination

-          Tuesday 24th: Truth concerning Human Rights Violation


-          Thursday 2nd: World Autism Awareness Day


-          Thursday 21st: World Day for Cultural Diversity


-          Saturday 20th: World Refugee Day

-          Friday 26th: World Day to Support Torture Victims

SSI (Settlement Services International)

SSI is a community organisation and social business that supports newcomers and other Australians to achieve their full potential. We work with all people who have experienced vulnerability, including refugees, people seeking asylum and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, to build capacity and enable them to overcome inequality.

SSI draws on its expertise and experience to advocate for the people and communities it serves. Through the work we do, we empower people to change their lives. Through our advocacy and representation, we influence ideas and policy.

Your donation will fund vital community programs that support their health and well-being such as our Community Kitchen, Educational Scholarships, Ignite Small Business Start-ups and Arts & Culture initiatives

Our vision is to achieve a society that values the diversity of its people and actively provides support to ensure meaningful social and economic participation and to assist individuals and families to reach their potential.

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