is a coalition of moral communities (faith-based, civic and professional organizations) helping Latin American Refugees and supporting aid organizations and hosting countries
OZ understands that the refugees’ issue is arguably one of the major moral issues of our time demanding their plight to be seen not solely in terms of national security, cultural identity, or economic impact but first and foremost in terms of human morality.
OZ is aware that that having to juggle the competing demands of security, the economy, and the responsibility to control their borders, most governments are compelled to increase entry barriers and even force refugees from their territories.
OZ also understands that the refugee’s real claim, is not about free movement, entry, and membership, but about putting an end to suffering.
Refugees are about the boundaries of justice, compassion, and the obligations human beings have towards each other.
OZ uses a three prone approach to assist in finding global solutions to the needs of refugees and hosting countries. For each approach it asks:
- What is best for the refugee?
- What is best for the hosting country?
- How to prepare for the future contribution the refugee will bring back to the country he was forced to leave?
OZ helps non-profits, faith-based and local charities already established in the area assisting them to improve and expand their work.
OZ does this by using the extensive networks of its stakeholders. It reinforces them by helping to coordinate and streamline ongoing efforts, secure local governments, regional bodies and international aid support.
The global refugee problem is not a humanitarian problem requiring charity, nor tearing down borders.
Refugees are not poor people. They are skilled individuals with talents and aspirations. Constrained by cruel circumstances they are temporarily without funds and opportunities. The person who is now a refugee previously had a home and a means of earning a living and was part of a community, they can help themselves and their communities if we assist them.