Austrian public service broadcaster ORF has teamed up with six NGOs to launch an online communications platform providing help for war refugees and asylum seekers in Austria.

 

 

The initiative, which launched this month, informs donors and volunteers about the refugee crisis, bringing them together with the organisations that provide assistance for refugees and enabling them to donate both cash and assistance in kind.

 

The platform helps aid efforts by acting as a mediator between the participating NGOs and the public, coordinating donations and offers of practical help, including the provision of urgently needed housing and shelter.

 

Over the long-term, the campaign goal is not only to address the immediate refugee crisis, but to improve the nation’s attitudes towards refugees.  Regular updates on the programme are presented via the television, radio, online and print.