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

October 2014

AMES student infused with a Bulldog spirit

20 October 20140 comments

For former AMES student Amy Vy it has been a long journey from the highlands of Vietnam to the Whitten...

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September 2014

Karen refugees become Australian citizens

26 September 20140 comments

Around 35 former AMES clients became Australian citizens at a moving and inspirational ceremony at Nhill, in western...

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Fifteen years of Yarrilinks

8 September 20140 comments

The 15th annual Yarrilinks Planting Weekend was again a roaring success with thirty-seven AMES students taking part.It was...

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August 2014

Care to Share dinner reciprocated

25 August 20140 comments

Two AMES clients have hosted a dinner for the founder of the Care to Share project, which sees Melburnians volunteer...

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