Over half of the refugees fleeing the DR Congo right now are children. 480 children under five are forced to flee their homes and their country every day. But no one is talking about it and the Australian government is barely doing anything to help. That's why World Vision is dedicating this year's #BearsOnStairs to raise our voices on their behalf.
We believe everyone has the right to be safe and free - especially children. That's why we're advocating for the Australian Government to stop turning its back on the crisis still unfolding in the DR Congo.
To help, as a nation we must:
*The United Nations' DR Congo Humanitarian Response Plan provides emergency food, water, shelter and other essentials for over 12 million people people in urgent need from the DR Congo.
DONATE YOUR TEDDY BEARS
We aim to collect 480 new or 'as-new' teddy bears. That number represents and raises awareness about the 480 DR Congolese children under five who are forced to flee their home and their country each day. 
DONATION POINTS (6 March - 4 April):
More donation points coming soon...
Alternatively, you can mail your bears to World Vision c/- the above address.
*Please ensure your donation is a new or in as-new condition and a bear! :)
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO MY BEAR?
The bears will be displayed on prominent stairs in towns and cities around Australia. Scroll down to watch our 2018 #BearsOnStairs video to get a better idea. Confirmed #BearsOnStairs events for 2019 are also listed below.
After the events some of the teddy bears will be given to displaced children World Vision works with in the DR Congo. Most will be donated to domestic charities working directly with newly arrived Asylum Seekers and Refugees, your family's way of saying 'Welcome to Australia'.
BEARS ON STAIRS DATES & LOCATIONS:
More venues being announced soon...
Fill out the form below if you're interested in holding your own #BearsOnStairs event, would like to help us collect bears in your community, or would just like to be kept in-the-loop. We'll email you #BearsOnStairs posters and flyers to help you with your promotions as well add it to this webpage and on our social media.
 Average: UNHCR Statistics 12 April - 30 January 2019
Download: #BearsOnStairs Print and Online Resources (110MB)
Includes posters, flyers and social media graphics
The Australian Government can and should do more to help people around the world in the most urgent need of a fair go. To start, we must stop ignoring the crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and start funding the DRC Humanitarian Action Plan.
Email your MP about increasing Australian Aid and funding the DRC Humanitarian Action Plan
Photos: Kate Geraghty, Sydney Morning Herald and Brianna Piazza, World Vision Australia
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