Asylum Seeker Support

As part of its social inclusion services, Australian Relief Organisation delivered an iftar dinner for asylum seekers. For the occasion, the ARO teamed up with the Settlement Services International and sponsored a dinner held in their Bankstown premises.

Held on 15 June 2016, the multi faith iftar dinner attracted asylum seekers who are seeking refuge in Australia due to various conflicts in their own countries. Including asylum seekers, the dinner was also attended by staff and volunteers of the SSI along with directors, coordinators and volunteers of Australian Relief Organisation.

While attendance was over ninety people for the night, SSI Project Manager Catherine Sell expressed her gratitude to ARO community for their social support of the asylum seekers. Throughout the night, our advisor Amro Abdelkarim has done a fantastic job in translating speeches into Arabic. By doing that, he made sure that the messages were clearly understood by non-English speakers.

Pointing out to an estimated 60 million people in the world today who are displaced from their homes due to wars and regional conflicts, our CEO Cihan Tumen mentioned that the ARO is happy to assist the SSI for their asylum seeker project on the blessed month of Ramadan. Explaining the meaning and importance of the month, Tumen stated that iftar dinners are welcomed by many Australians in recent years. Reminding that Ramadan promotes ethics and universal values appreciated by entire humanity, Tumen ended his speech by expressing his pleasure in sharing his dinner with fellow Australians.

We thank SSI for welcoming us on the occasion. Our special thanks go to SSI and ARO volunteers as well as sponsors who supported this meaningful gathering.
Our organisation will continue developing projects for vulnerable communities in Australia.

PS: Due to privacy laws, asylum seeker photos with clear face recognition are not included in this post.

 

English Classes for Asylum Seekers Feb 2015

Certificate 1 

English Program for Asylum Seekers and Migrants

Ladies Class

Whilst adjusting to a new culture and a new society, many migrants and asylum seekers often find themselves challenged with the language barrier. Unable to express themselves properly, they prefer solitude to sociality. Such impediment hinders and prolongs their integration with the Australian community.  

This course is dedicated to asylum seekers and migrants, who are in the elementary level with no or limited English skills. Students of this course will learn basic everyday communication skills, and they will increase language proficiency in four areas including reading, writing, speaking and listening. 

After this complimentary 20 week course, students will grow as independent individuals who are willing to partake in the Australian community confidently. 

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This unit consists of 10 topics:

1. Introducing  yourself.
2. Understanding spoken information.
3. Asking for information about places.
4. Talking about past events.
5. Understanding different directions and signs.
6. Talking to the doctor.
7. Reading instructions.
8. Reading advertisements.
9. Reading a recount.
10. Writing a recount of special events.

Lecturer

Mrs Gulten Akbar

Master of Teaching

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Time 

On Fridays, between 10 am to 12 pm. 

20 weeks complimentary course.

Course starts on Fri, 13 Feb 2015. 

Venue

Australian Relief Organisation

Unit 2, 10 Newton Street South, Auburn NSW 2144

For more information and registrations 

Call 02 8065 8469 or email info@aro.org.au 

Asylum Seekers Community Lunch July 2014

 

On 30 July 2014, the Australian Relief Organisation launched its Asylum Seekers Community Lunch Program. 

On this occasion working in collaboration with the SSI (Settlement Services International), the ARO facilitated the provision of lunch to over 200 asylum seekers at the Auburn Centre for Community. 

About this activity, Chief Executive Officer; Cihan Tumen made the following remarks: 

“Many asylum seekers are struggling with complex issues in Australia, as they are a long way from their family and support of their homeland community.  

Living on bridging visas, they are also isolated from our local community with no work or study rights as well as no travel concession entitlements. Hence, many are experiencing financial hardship in Australia.  

As the Australian Relief Organisation, we are very interested in assisting the asylum seekers and help them successfully blend in to our community. In this regard, we are pleased to work in co-operation with community organisations; such as the SSI or the Settlement Services International. 

Today, we co-hosted a community engagement activity with the SSI which is called “The Community Kitchen” which brings asylum seekers together in a relaxed and social environment. As this activity combats social and cultural isolation, we wanted to partake in it. 

I would like to especially thank Mrs Sima Vatandoust, Case Manager at the SSI and Ms Trina Soulos, Regional & Community Engagement Coordinator at the SSI for working in collaboration with our organisation to provide this lunch to asylum seekers and their families today. We welcome them to our country and wish them the best endeavours in Australia.” 

Asylum Seekers Support Program July 2014

Asylum Seekers – Support Program

On 26 July 2014, the Australian Relief Organisation launched its Asylum Seekers Support Program.

Working in collaboration with the SSI (Settlement Services International), the ARO facilitated provision of financial assistance to two families at this instance.

Chief Executive Officer; Cihan Tumen made the following remarks during the ceremony:

“Many asylum seekers are struggling with complex issues in Australia, as they are a long way from their family and support of their homeland community.

Living on bridging visas, they are also isolated from our local community with no work or study rightsas well as no travel concession entitlements. Hence, many are experiencing financial hardship in Australia.

As the Australian Relief Organisation, we are very interested in assisting the asylum seekers and help them successfully blend in to our community. In this regard, we are pleased to work in co-operation with community organisations; such as the SSI or the Settlement Services International.

I would like to thank Mrs Sima Vatandoust of the SSI for introducing these two families to our organisation. We wish them the best endeavours in Australia. Our board of directors also acknowledge Mrs Canan Yenice and husband Mr Adrian Hernandez, who generously supported our asylum seeker support program on this occasion.”

 

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