Children Playing Tug of War

Our story

Increase our impact in achieving safety, connecting, justice and dignity in communities threatened by conflict and disaster.

UFVRA’s work began in 1999 with the sending of food and other provisions to help refugees and internally displaced who had suffered after the World War II.  This important work was carried on when, on refugee Day in 1999, the Clementina, refugees placed an empty bowl on the dinner table and asked all present to give what they considered to be the cost of the meal.

She urged her guests to reflect on their good fortunes and encouraged them to do something selfless for the people around the world who are victims of disease, poverty and violence. This small but significant gesture of charity has resonated deeply with thousands around the world has shown that we all have the ability to make a difference, no matter how small the gift.