RAO is a community based organisation endeavouring to advocate on the predicament of refugees and asylum seekers using a human rights approach to ensure local integration which will up lift the communities they live in, in order to eradicate xenophobic thoughts. It was registered in 2008 with the registration NPO: 073-320 in Pretoria, South Africa. RAO has been funded by Save the Children UK, UNHCR and VSO.
RAO has gained support from outside organisations which has made its own programmes to grow. Organisations such as Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO), Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), Citizen’s advice Bureau (CAB), South African Police Services (SAPS) and the Department of Education just to mention a few.
Improve life of all the refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa, thereby integrating all people into the various aspects of our society as promulgated in Section 9 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act 108 of 1996.
RAO strives to promote the awareness on the plight of refugees and asylum seekers using a human rights approach through; campaigning, networking and training service providers, the public and refugees and asylum seekers using a human rights approach and empowering effective integration into society.
Integrity and accountability
Teamwork and participatory management styles
Recognition of employee contribution
To raise awareness to different stakeholders with regards to the plight of refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa thereby building a united community and a united South Africa.
To network all resources offering services to refugees and asylum seekers with the aim of synchronizing and improving the available sources.
To develop programs that will enhance service delivery, awareness and integration of refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa, thereby promoting socio-economic development and political justice for all.
To develop programmes that will enhance the skills of refugees thereby attaining social security and comfort for all, and contribute to the promotion and protection of human rights and freedom ,as well as the values enshrined in the Constitution of South Africa.
To work from a human rights approach and use child rights programming in its activities.
To collaborate with other social welfare organisations that will assist in the attainment of the aims and objectives of RAO.