Refugee Support Services

July 2016

Zoo Visit

As part of its social inclusion services, Australian Relief Organisation has arranged its fourth refugee excursion on Sat, 23 July 2016. In partnership with the Settlement Services International (SSI), refugee excursions are organised to integrate the recently arrived refugees into Australia and familiarise them with the Australian culture.

On this occasion, a group of refugees was taken on a day trip to visit Taronga Zoo. Our visit coincided with “Eid at the Zoo”, which was held on 23-24 July 2016. This community event was made possible by a joint initiative between Taronga Zoo as the venue host, and Crescent Wealth as the community and ticket distribution partners.

This pleasant activity also included SSI and ARO reps, project coordinators and youth leaders. A group of Amity College Girls High School students also joined the visit, where they exchanged cultures and established new friendships.

With breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour, our new residents enjoyed a fun day out and free animal shows. As usual, complimentary lunch boxes and drinks were provided to the group.

On behalf of the refugee community, we thank Crescent Wealth officials for inviting us to their community event and for liaising with the Zoo management for our visit. We also express our appreciation to Taronga Zoo officials for donating entry tickets for the refugee group.

Our special thanks go to Waleed Gouda, General Manager of Crescent Wealth and Syed Mujtuba, Head of Marketing of Crescent Wealth, Joseph Sando from the SSI, as well as our volunteers for their coordination efforts.

 

June 2016

Refugee Iftar Wollongong

It was all smiles at our refugee iftar dinner held on 29 June 2016.

Promoting solidarity and friendship across communities, an iftar program was organised for 140 people at the Community Hub Reception Centre of Wollongong. Delivered in partnership with Amity College Illawarra community, the friendly dinner aimed to welcome our new residents into Australia.

In addition to the refugee community, staff and guests of the Amity College were present at the dinner along with staff, coordinators and volunteers of the Australian Relief Organisation from Sydney and Wollongong. Robert Ramazan from the Illawarra Muslim Aid, Burhan Zangana from the Wollongong Council and Psychologist Maris Depers from Salvation Army were also present.

Mehmet Aslan, principal of Amity College Illawarra, welcomed the guests with his opening speech, and he expressed his appreciation for the occasion to ARO for bringing refugee families together.

Next, our CEO Cihan Tumen reminded the guests that there are 65 million refugees who are displaced from their homes due to wars and regional conflicts worldwide by 2015. Assuring that the ARO is committed to assist vulnerable communities in Australia, Tumen urged the long term permanent residents of Australia to be considerate towards this humanitarian crisis.

Later, Tumen requested asked the Wollongong community to assist refugees by providing them jobs, social leads, helping them in developing language skills, providing them scholarships and sharing their hospitality. In his speech, Tumen also acknowledged Amity College’s efforts for promoting solidarity and thanked Principal Mehmet Aslan for providing four scholarships to refugee children over the last two years.

Throughout the night, local businessmen Hossam Matar 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.

After Psychologist Maris Depers shared his personal Ramadan experiences with the audience, the night ended with socialising and cultural exchanges among guests.

We thank those who supported this meaningful gathering. Our special thanks go to Recep Kirkil and Mehmet Aslan for their coordination, our volunteers for preparing us the meals and our sponsors for making this night possible for everyone. Personal credits go to Iman Rabah, Dr Mohamad El Roubai, Hamza Tor, Sukru Yavuz, Fatma Ismail, Soner Karaca, Yalcin Kombeci, Noor Alsaied Rabah, Serife Kacak, Betul Agas, Zumrut Tor, Havva Bardak and Gulsah Eren.

May 2016

Clovelly to Maroubra Beach Walk

As part of its social inclusion services, the Australian Relief Organisation has arranged its third refugee excursion on Sat, 14 May 2016. In partnership with the Settlement Services International (SSI), refugee excursions are developed to integrate the recently arrived refugees into Australia and familiarise them with the Australian culture.

On this occasion, 20 youth from Syria and Iraq (who have recently arrived in Australia with their family members) covered the Clovelly to Maroubra Beach walk with SSI and ARO reps, project coordinators and youth leaders. A group of Amity College Girls High School students also joined the walk, where they exchanged cultures and established new friendships.

On a fine autumn morning, the group was transferred from Fairfield to Clovelly Beach. Considered as one of the best picturesque walks around Sydney, some thirty people group started this 7 km walk around 11 am from Clovelly Beach and reached Coogee Beach by the noon. After being served refreshments, the group continued onto the second leg of the walk and reached Maroubra beach by 2 pm for lunch. Spirits were high and the crowd relaxed in a friendly environment and enjoyed the beach with ball games played.

Hinting long term solidarity and social support statements, welcome speeches to the country made by SSI and ARO officials and they were highly appreciated by the group.

Special thanks go to our Project Coordinator Gulten Akbar for coordinating the walk and our volunteer Nadia Shmeissem for her translation during the excursion along with her guests. We also acknowledge our youth volunteers for supporting the group for logistics. So a big thumbs up for Yusuf Aydogan, Koray Ayyildiz, Furkan Cansiz and Akif Aydogan for their efforts.

Note that the ARO Youth Club is open to volunteers for this social inclusion program. Should you wish to volunteer for these excursions, please email us on volunteer@aro.org.au

We would also like to thank our corporate supporters; Amity College Prestons for providing us their school bus and Choppers Transport for providing us a driver for the day

 

Blue Mountains Excursion Feb 2016

As part of our social inclusion services, our organisation has arranged its second refugee excursion on Sat, 13 February 2016.

In partnership with the Settlement Services International (SSI), this project is developed to tackle social exclusion of the recently arrived refugees into Australia.

On Saturday, the group was picked up from the SSI headquarters in Fairfield and transferred to Blue Mountains. Visited landmarks include the Three Sisters and Blue Mountains Botanical Gardens. Complimentary lunch and drinks were provided to the group at the Blue Mountains Botanical Gardens.

Special thanks go to our new volunteer; Nadia Shmeissem and her family. On this occasion, Mohammed Alttahir, Kamran Zaidi and Mustafa Talib Bismi were our youth volunteers who took the initiative and supported the group for logistics and translation.

Note that our youth club is open to volunteers for this social inclusion program. Should you wish to volunteer for these excursions, please email us on volunteer@aro.org.au

We would also like to thank our supporters; Amity College Prestons for providing us their school bus and Choppers Transport for providing us a driver for the day.

 

Sydney City Highlights Tour Dec 2015

It gives us great pleasure to announce that our organisation has recently initiated its Refugee Support Services in partnership with the Settlement Services International (SSI).

On Sat, 05 December 2015, the Australian Relief Organisation arranged the first “Sydney City Highlights Tour” for the recently arrived refugees into Australia.

Assisting the SSI, this project is developed to tackle social exclusion of the newcomers and also attempts to create a friendly environment for our new residents.

Headed by Nahla Toma from the SSI, the group was picked up from the SSI headquarters in Fairfield and transferred to Circular Quay. Visited landmarks include the Opera House, Botanical Gardens, State Library of NSW, State Parliament of NSW and the Queen Victoria Building.

Thanks to our sponsor King Kebab House, a complimentary lunch and drinks were provided to the group at the well-known tourist attraction; Macquarie’s Chair. We would also like to thank our other supporters; Amity College Prestons, for providing us their school bus and Choppers Transport; for providing us a driver for the day.

Special thanks go to our advisor Sa’id Lawama, our project coordinators Rania Chemaissem, Gulten Akbar, Noorjahan McDonald, and our volunteer Mohammed Alttahir who were on duty on the day. Supporting the group for logistics and translation, they made sure all went smoothly on the day.

 

 

 

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