Compelling news from the refugee and migrant sector

Young refugee’s passion to help his homeland

21 March 20170 comments

Somali-born refugee Omar Elmi has dreams that belie his tender years. The 17-year-old is studying horticulture and is the first Somali-born trainee taken on by Parks Victoria. He is driven by passion to help farmers and ordinary families in his homeland who face starvation because of a ‘once in a fifty-year’ drought.

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Volunteer making a difference in refugees’ lives

10 March 20170 comments

Patricia Weickhardt is an unsung hero of the suburbs. For twenty years, she has quietly gone about helping new migrants settle in Australia.

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Blood feuds, battles and bandits – a refugee’s journey

24 February 20172 comments

Unlike the armed-to-the-teeth Australian soldiers alongside him, young Afghan Nabi went into combat wielding only his language skills.

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From bandrooms to boardrooms

24 February 20170 comments

Stuart Crosby is not your average business leader. A captain of the financial services industry who professes progressive politics; a former pub band musician who dresses in smart business suits; and, a deep and lateral thinker who is also a pragmatist.

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Violence against CALD women a pressing issue

23 February 20170 comments

Women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are among the most vulnerable victims of family violence and the issue is leading to the stigmatising of some ethnic groups, a new research report says.

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Courage and resilience revealed in a smile

20 January 20170 comments

They say a smile is the light in the window of your soul. For Karen refugee Eh Hta Dah Shee, his beaming face belies a lifetime of struggle, deprivation and hardship.

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Local AMES News

March 2015

AMES student scores a job with the Doggies

13 March 20150 comments

A former student from the 2014 Youth Program at St Albans has just been recruited by the Western Bulldogs as...

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AMES students shine in bowls tournament

13 March 20151 comment

More than 130 participants – most of them AMES students – took part in a gala lawn bowls day this...

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Karen clients enjoy DIY sessions at Bunnings

3 March 20150 comments

Bunnings’ Hoppers Crossing store provided a free DIY workshop for AMES’ Karen clients in their own language. Five...

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AMES volunteers dressing kids in need

3 March 20150 comments

Up to 80 pieces of clothing have been delivered to children in a remote Chin village in Burma thanks to...

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