Rising Demand for Travel Loans: Can you help?

Sanctuary Australia FoundationBlog, Travel Loan Program

Supporting a Cause: How You Can Make a Difference

In recent times, Sanctuary has experienced a surge of requests for interest-free travel loans. Once a family member has gone through interviews and medicals overseas, and is finally approved for their visa, family members here often face financial barriers to be able to afford the airfare to get their loved ones to Australia. As one Sanctuary member said “It is like winning the lottery but not being able to afford the bus fare to go and collect it!”

The Need for Travel Loans

The escalating costs of travel have created substantial obstacles for many refugee families striving to be together, like Michael, a former refugee who has settled in Melbourne. As a disabled father, raising $3400.00 for his son Mahmoud’s plane ticket seemed an insurmountable task. He asked Sanctuary Australia and we provided this urgent financial assistance, so that they could finally be together again.

Sanctuary’s Interest-Free Travel Loan Program

Sanctuary’s interest-free travel loan program is an initiative that not only facilitates the booking of flights through the International Office of Migration, but also ensures a gradual repayment process over two years. Amazingly the Program boasts a 100% repayment rate, demonstrating it’s sustainability and effectiveness.

Michaels Testimonial

Michael Sillah’s experience serves as a poignant testament to the impact of Sanctuary’s program. In his own words, “Being a disabled father, it was impossible to raise $3400.00 for Mahmoud’s plane ticket, so I approached Sanctuary Australia Foundation for a no-interest loan, and the assistance was granted.” This heartfelt gratitude echoes the sentiments of many who have found a lifeline through Sanctuary’s initiative.

Supporting a Cause: Why Your Support Matters

The surge in travel loan requests underlines the critical need for programs like Sanctuary’s. It underscores the challenges faced by refugee families and emphasizes the role we can play in making a difference. Your support can directly contribute to reuniting families and providing a chance for a better future.

How to Contribute

The pathway to making a meaningful impact is through contributing to Sanctuary’s interest-free travel loan program. No donation is too small, as each contribution adds up to create a significant impact on the lives of families striving for reunification. It’s not just about financial assistance; it’s about rekindling hope and rebuilding lives.

The Human Side of Sanctuary’s Program

Behind every statistic, there are stories of successful reunifications, families brought together against all odds. These stories emphasize the human side of Sanctuary’s program, portraying the profound impact on individuals and their families.

Rekindling Hope and Rebuilding Lives

Beyond the financial assistance, Sanctuary’s program is about rekindling hope and rebuilding lives. It’s about providing a chance for families to create a brighter future together. In the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges, Sanctuary acts as a beacon, illuminating the path towards a better tomorrow.

Joining the Initiative

We invite you to be part of this transformative journey. Your involvement, whether through financial support or raising awareness, can make a lasting impact. It’s not just about contributing; it’s about joining a collective effort to bring families back together.

The rising demand for travel loan requests emphasizes the indispensable role of programs like Sanctuary’s in addressing the challenges faced by refugee families. The success stories, such as that of Michael, underscore the tangible impact on individual lives. By supporting Sanctuary’s interest-free travel loan program, you become a vital part of this narrative, contributing to the larger tapestry of hope and reunification.


  1. How can I contribute to Sanctuary’s interest-free travel loan program?
    • You can contribute by visiting our Give Now page for secure donations.
  2. Is my donation tax-deductible?
    • Yes, Sanctuary Australia Foundation is a registered charity, and your donations are tax-deductible.
  3. Can I specify where my donation goes?
    • While general donations are welcome, Sanctuary allows you to specify if you want your contribution directed to a particular program.
  4. What is the success rate of Sanctuary’s interest-free travel loan program?
    • Sanctuary proudly maintains a 100% repayment rate, ensuring the sustainability of the program.