The Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST) assists refugees and other newcomers who have endured torture, trauma and political violence through settlement, counselling and community-based programs. VAST promotes the psychological and emotional healing process for survivors of torture and their families by providing free, culturally appropriate mental health, social support and advocacy services. We also facilitate cultural connectedness and encourage an understanding of trauma and its effects through research and education.
Thank you for considering a donation to VAST!
Despite a drastic reduction in funding, we are committed to continue providing vital mental health services to some of the most vulnerable members of our community – men, women, and children who arrive in Canada as refugees with acute mental health issues as a result of traumatic events in their home countries.
Your donation is greatly appreciated, and will go toward an emergency effort to provide:
• One-on-one and group trauma-based counselling for 200 of our most vulnerable clients
• Interpreter services in over 10 languages, including Arabic, Farsi, and Spanish
• A safe and comfortable space to provide counselling and promote community building
For over 25 years, we have supported tens of thousands of refugees to become active members in the civic and cultural life of our community.
Become a donor, and become part of our community at VAST!
Please consider multiplying your impact by becoming a monthly donor. A regular donation of $5, $10 or $20 a month will make a tremendous difference to VAST and our clients. Monthly donations are easy to set up, reliable and secure through the CanadaHelps giving page.
June 26, 2013 – International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
From the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture:
On the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the Secretariat of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture is pleased to share with you the link to the Secretary-General’s statement which calls upon all member States to step up efforts to support victims of torture, the focus of the UNVFVT’s mandate and activities.
Read the Secretary-General’s message here: http://www.un.org/en/events/torturevictimsday/2013/sgmessage.shtml
The Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture is the only torture centre in Metro Vancouver and we need your support. Please consider making a donation through Canada Helps or by credit card by calling our office at 604 299-3539. We appreciate your support!