parThe Refugee Support Platform (PAR) is an initiative of the Instituto Padre António Vieira, consisting of a set of organizations from the Portuguese civil society, whose purpose is to support the refugees and find a solution for one of the worst humanitarian crises since the Second World War.

Aware of the need for an urgent and common answer, we, the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus , belong to this Platform by encouraging each community, to the extent of its possibilities, to assist in the reception and integration of refugee families.

In Oporto, with the support of the educational community and collaborators of our school we have already welcomed a family of 6 – mother, aunt, and 4 children. We have been assisting this family’s process of integration.

In Lisbon and Palmela, we are expecting to be assigned a family. We are longing to welcome and help them to integrate.