Uyghur Dancer Preserves Culture And Starts Up Business In Australia

Uyghur dancer preserves culture and starts up business in Australia

When Dilnigar Alim arrived in Australia in 2009, she brought with her the unique skills that she gained studying and working as a professional Uyghur dancer and performer in far East-Turkestan.  Now, with the support of SSI Ignite® Small Business Start-ups, Ms Alim has confidence that she can use her unique abilities to share her culture with her new home and build a successful business around traditional dance.  Ms Alim’s passion for the arts can be traced back to her childhood, being raised in a proud artistic Uyghur family…

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Renowned Syrian Singer And Refugee Finds Path To Integration In Music

Renowned Syrian singer and refugee finds path to integration in music

Touching down at Sydney airport Syrian singer and oud player George Karam looked at his wife, Hana, and their daughter, Atra, and said: “Finally we reached Australia, a place where we will be treated with dignity and respect.”   The Karam family received humanitarian visas from the Australian government after they were forced to flee Syria due to the vicious attack on the village that they had once called home.  “We were living very happy and settled life, completed our education, working and our daughters were…

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Legal Aid Community Engagement Officer Recognised For Strong Community Spirit

Legal Aid community engagement officer recognised for strong community spirit

Nohara Odicho, recipient of the STARTTS’ 2019 NSW Humanitarian Award for a Refugee Community Worker, arrived in Australia as a refugee with her father in 2015.  Ms Odicho has since channelled her refugee lived-experience to help others in similar circumstances.  STARTTS is a specialist, non-profit organisation that helps people and communities heal the scars of torture and refugee trauma and rebuild their lives in Australia. Its refugee community worker award recognised a former refugee working on refugee issues with their own or other refugee communities.  Ms Odicho is dedicated to motivating and…

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Former Refugee And Ignite® Entrepreneur Empowers Audiences At TEDxSydney

Former refugee and Ignite® entrepreneur empowers audiences at TEDxSydney

An Ignite® entrepreneur who attended TEDxSydney as part of Settlement Services International (SSI)’s community partnership returned again in 2019 — but this time as a speaker, sharing his incredible story with more than 5,000 people.  Hedayat Osyan, a speaker at TEDxSydney 2019, held in May at the International Convention Centre, was part of SSI’s Pay it Forward contingent at TEDxSydney 2018.  “Pay It Forward” was the key component of the partnership between TEDx and SSI, the official community partner for TEDxSydney. Conference registrants could give community members from a wide range of SSI programs — including…

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Global Refugee Youth Advocate Pronounced Chair Of Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network

Global refugee youth advocate pronounced chair of Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network

SSI Youth Collective steering committee member and refugee advocate Arash Bordbar was elected Chair of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) in 2019.  APRRN is an open and growing network of more than 340 civil society organisations and individuals from 28 countries committed to advancing the rights of refugees in the Asia Pacific.  As a longstanding member, and a partner since 2017, Settlement Services International (SSI) has supported APRRN’s activities in key areas, including joint advocacy for refugee rights at national, regional and international levels.  Other activities between the…

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Sri Lankan Restaurant Supporting Refugees And Asylum Seekers Seeking Employment

Sri Lankan restaurant supporting refugees and asylum seekers seeking employment

Colombo Social, a restaurant in Enmore dedicated to employing asylum seekers and dishing up colourful Sri Lankan cuisine, has partnered with Settlement Services International (SSI) to provide vital employment opportunities to refugees and asylum seekers.  New arrivals play a vital role in preparing delicious Sri Lankan fusion dishes and fruity cocktails. Chandra Ravi, the talented chef, cooked up a storm on Colombo's opening night and is an asylum seeker from Sri Lanka who was recruited through SSI's Employment Services program.  Colombo Social is also working with SSI's Ignite®…

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Gypsy Boy – Evan Yako – Refugee Week Ambassador 2020

Gypsy Boy – Evan Yako – Refugee Week Ambassador 2020

Evan Yako is an Assyrian session drummer, educator, music producer and creative director of Real Rhythm Studio in Sydney, Australia. His passion project, Healing Through Evan Yako’s Drumming, supports young people connect with the power of music in schools. His first solo album, Inspirational Stories will be released in 2020. Evan’s passion for world, fusion and jazz music began in childhood and his earliest memories include playing pots and pans as drums. Not being raised in a musical family, Evan rescued…

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Classroom Resources

Classroom Resources

Looking for resources to use in the classroom this Refugee Week? Check out these great resources including teaching guides, posters, films, stories and more! Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority Intercultural Capabilities Curriculum Resources   Teacher Guide: Navigating intercultural issues in the classroom Poster: How do we talk about culture? Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) E-learning module- Refugee journeys into Victorian Schools Opening the school gate- Engaging migrant and refugee families- a resource for Victorian schools Navigating the Victorian Education System-…

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Book Your Face To Face Speaker For Refugee Week!

Book your Face to Face Speaker for Refugee Week!

The Face to Face program aims to build community harmony and increase awareness of and understanding about refugees through presentations to schools, community groups and professional development activities. We aim to promote social cohesion by addressing negative perceptions and raising public awareness about refugees, their journeys and their contributions to Australia. This is part of a broader strategy of promoting education on social justice, peace and human rights to the Australian community. The good news is that this shift to…

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